Davie Provan

Read all the news about Davie Provan. Davie Provan was born in Gourock, Scotland on 8 May 1956 (age 63).

New Celtic manager, Billy McNeill, swooped for Provan in September 1978. The transfer fee of £120,000 was at the time a record in Scottish football. Provan quickly established himself in McNeill’s revamped Celtic side, scoring his first goal against Hibernian at Easter Road on November 18, 1978. In May 1979 Provan clinched his first major winner’s medal as Celtic defeated Rangers 4-2 in the famous ’10 men win the league’ game. That win saw Celtic crowned Scottish Premier Division champions. The following year Provan was voted SPFA Player of the Year by his fellow professionals. Provan was proving to be a huge success at Celtic and his distinctive long curly hair, jersey hanging over his shorts and socks down at his ankles made him – visually alone – a standout figure on the field of play in Scotland.

Provan went on to win a further three League championships with Celtic (1980–81, 1981–82 and 1985–86), along with one Scottish League Cup (1982) and two Scottish Cups (1980 and 1985). The latter Scottish Cup saw Provan write himself into football history, becoming only the third player at that time to score direct from a free kick in a Scottish Cup final. Celtic had been 1-0 down to Dundee United at the time, and following Provan’s equaliser went on to win 2-1.

Provan’s success at Celtic saw him capped for Scotland 10 times. He made his debut against Belgium in November 1979, scored against Israel in a 3-1 win at Hampden in a World Cup qualifier, and was part of Jock Stein’s 22-man squad for the 1982 World Cup in Spain although he did not actually play. Scotland were particularly well-off for tricky wingers in the early 80s, with the likes of John Robertson (Notts Forest), Davie Cooper (Rangers) and Peter Weir (Aberdeen) all providing Provan with stiff opposition for a place in the international side.

The start of season 1985-86 saw Provan in exceptional form for Celtic, resulting in intense media speculation that a recall to the Scotland international side was on the cards. However, Provan had to be substituted during a 3-0 defeat at Ibrox in November due to illness. This turned out to be M.E. – Myalgic Encephalomyelitis – a long-term condition that leaves the sufferer extremely lethargic and unable to perform much in the way of physical activity. Provan made several attempts at rehabilitation but eventually made the decision in the summer of 1987 to retire from playing football. His last game was coming on as a substitute against Motherwell in January 1986. A testimonial was arranged for Provan, and in November 1987 Celtic played Nottingham Forest in front of 42,000 fans, losing 3-1. Kenny Dalglish made a guest appearance for Celtic, with Provan playing for the first eight minutes.

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67HailHail · Jan 6

‘They won’t be forgiven’ – Sky Sports pundit puts pressure on Lawwell and Celtic board

Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan feels Celtic need to spend significantly in the January transfer window or risk missing out on a superb nine titles in a row, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

67HailHail · Jan 6
67HailHail · Jan 5

Provan claims to feel sorry for one Celtic star; suggests what could lift Lennon’s dressing room

Former Celtic player Davie Provan has called on Neil Lennon to add experience to his first-team squad, claiming he feels sorry for captain Scott Brown after last week’s defeat to Rangers, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

67HailHail · Jan 5

‘The Bank of Celtic,’ the multi-millions that ‘keep the boardroom lights on’ and Peter Lawwell spitting out his cornflakes

FORMER CELTIC star Davie Provan hit the nail on the head this morning and he backs up what the points that have been made on the Celtic fans media sites since the 2-1 defeat to the Rangers on 29 December...

Sky Sports Man Aims Massive Dig at Peter Lawwell

DAVIE PROVAN has aimed a big dig at Peter Lawwell in his SunSport column by aiming a sarcastic apology at the Celtic chief executive.

67HailHail · Dec 29, 2019

Provan notes significant advantages Celtic have today compared to cup final

Pundit Davie Provan thinks Celtic will be a different team today against Rangers compared to the recent League Cup final, in part thanks to the presence of striker Odsonne Edouard, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

67HailHail · Dec 29, 2019
67HailHail · Dec 29, 2019

Sky Sports pundit thinks Celtic can put Rangers ‘in their pocket’ today

Former Celtic player Davie Provan thinks a victory for Neil Lennon’s side today would kill any hopes Rangers have of a sustaining a Scottish Premiership title bid, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

67HailHail · Dec 29, 2019
The Celtic Bhoys · Dec 23, 2019

Celtic legend claims Morelos’ issues on the pitch will continue

Sky Sports Davie Provan believes that Alfredo Morelos’ discipline issues on the pitch will continue against Celtic on Sunday.

The Celtic Bhoys · Dec 23, 2019
Celts Are Here · Dec 23, 2019

Sky Sports Pundit Makes Morelos Celtic Park Claim

SKY SPORTS Pundit Davie Provan has laughed off suggestions about a new and improved Alfredo Morelo when it comes to discipline after the player saw red at Motherwell.

Celts Are Here · Dec 23, 2019
Daily Record · Dec 18, 2019

Tony Watt trolls Celtic legend Davie Provan’s punditry with acid social media quip

The former Celtic ace wasn’t letting the old boys network get in the way of dishing out a skewering...

Daily Record · Dec 18, 2019
Celtic Now & Forever · Dec 15, 2019

“Best Cup Final Keeper Display” Provan Gives Forster Credit

Pundit and former Celtic player Davie Provan has given Fraser Forster immense credit for helping Source...

Celtic Now & Forever · Dec 15, 2019
67HailHail · Dec 15, 2019

‘Make sure they’re legal’ – Provan has been left stunned by one Lennon signing at Celtic

Pundit and former Celtic player Davie Provan has given Fraser Forster immense credit for helping the Hoops deliver silverware this season, The Scottish Sun report.

67HailHail · Dec 15, 2019
The Celtic Star · Dec 15, 2019

Davie Provan tells Celtic board to sign a striker in January

Celtic legend Davie Provan has advised the reigning Scottish champions to buy a striker in the upcoming January transfer window.

The Celtic Star · Dec 15, 2019
67HailHail · Dec 8, 2019

Sky Sports pundit thinks Celtic can sink Rangers’ title challenge today

Former Celtic star Davie Provan thinks that a League Cup final victory over Rangers could prove fatal to the Ibrox side’s title hopes too, The Scottish Sun report.

67HailHail · Dec 8, 2019
67HailHail · Dec 1, 2019

Sky Sports pundit hits out with Celtic Euro jibe; makes Rangers ‘gap’ suggestion

Former Celtic player Davie Provan has slammed Peter Lawwell for the amount of money he makes at the club and has suggested the Hoops should be further ahead of Rangers, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

67HailHail · Dec 1, 2019
Celts Are Here · Dec 1, 2019

Former Celt Attacks Peter Lawwell and Ian Bankier Over ‘Bizarre Response’ to £3.5m Question

There seems to be no love lost between Davie Provan and Peter Lawwell with the Sky Sports man tearing into the Celtic chief executive for his exorbitant wage packet which was brought up at the AGM...

Celts Are Here · Dec 1, 2019
67HailHail · Nov 25, 2019

“Celtic pay his wages” – Sky Sports pundit raises concern about star’s 2020 dream

Former Celtic player Davie Provan has suggested Neil Lennon will have a real problem with Odsonne Edouard’s potential involvement in the Olympics next year, writing in his regular Scottish Sun column...

67HailHail · Nov 25, 2019
67HailHail · Nov 24, 2019

“Get the finger out” – Provan has got it all wrong with verdict on Celtic star

Former Hoops star Davie Provan has suggested that Leigh Griffiths owes Celtic because of the time and patience the club have given the player over the last 12 months, writing in his Scottish Sun column.

67HailHail · Nov 24, 2019
The Celtic Star · Nov 12, 2019

Video – Goal 50 Winner Virgil van Dijk, the stolen Charlie Mulgrew Song, ‘Frank and Fearless’ Davie Provan

CELTIC captain Scott Brown joked that he didn’t think he had it in him as he congratulated former Celt Virgil Van Dijk in winning the Goal 50 award for 2019...

The Celtic Star · Nov 12, 2019
VideoCelts · Dec 29, 2019

Davie Provan gives his Derby Day prediction

Having been mugged in the Betfred Cup final, Gerrard might feel he’s due a break today — but it’ll be down to his players to earn him one...

VideoCelts · Dec 29, 2019
The Celtic Star · Dec 23, 2019

Davie Provan laughs off claims of an improved Alfredo Morelos

Alfredo Morelos disciplinary record has been a hot topic in Scottish football circles.

The Celtic Star · Dec 23, 2019
Scotzine · Dec 1, 2019

‘ANYONE BELIEVING GERS COULD BLANK A £40m BID FOR MORELOS SHOULD BE LOCKED UP,’ INSISTS EX-CELTIC STAR

FORMER Celtic and Scotland international star Davie Provan insists anyone believing Rangers would reject a £40million bid for Alfredo Morelos “should be locked up”.

Scotzine · Dec 1, 2019
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