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.

67HailHail · Mar 29

Celtic great Davie Provan says Ann Budge knows “nothing about football”

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67HailHail · Mar 23

Davie Provan suggests Celtic title quest could be completed as late as August

Continue reading “Davie Provan suggests Celtic title quest could be completed as late as August” on 67HailHail.

Celts Are Here · Mar 23

Sky Sports Pundit Lays into ‘Crass’ Ibrox Chief, Delivers Lawwell Verdict

Sky Sports co-commentator Davie Provan was pulling no punches when it came to how the league should be settled on the field.

67HailHail · Mar 22

Davie Provan suggests Kristoffer Ajer is getting ahead of himself

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Celts Are Here · Mar 15

Davie Provan Makes Neil Lennon Claim After Shut Down

Davie Provan has had his say on the latest crisis to hit Scottish football.

67HailHail · Mar 10

Davie Provan thinks Celtic strength has made Ibrox job a poisoned chalice

Continue reading “Davie Provan thinks Celtic strength has made Ibrox job a poisoned chalice” on 67HailHail.

VideoCelts · Mar 8

Davie Provan puts Barry Ferguson right over Gerrard’s ‘magnificent job’

Gers legend Barry Ferguson said Gerrard knows he’s in “a magnificent job”.Sorry Barry, but the Ibrox gig is a poisoned chalice right now...

Village Idiot Davie Provan Thinks Gerrard Would Get A Better Job In England Than Lennon.

Regular readers will know of the total contempt I hold Davie Provan in, with his articles being little more than self-serving screeds where he gets to attack people and clubs with impunity whilst he preens as though above it...

Sky Sports Man Delivers Brutal Gerrard vs Celtic Verdict

Former Celtic player and Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has claimed Steven Gerrard must walk away at the end of the season for his own good...

67HailHail · Mar 8

Davie Provan says Celtic can put Steven Gerrard “in bother”

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67HailHail · Mar 1

Some Celtic fans put Davie Provan right after illogical Ryan Kent argument

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Provan’s “smug, self-satisfied Hoops regime” Blame

Former Celtic player Davie Provan makes his feelings clear at the suspects he believes are to blame for Celtic’s Europa...

67HailHail · Mar 1

Davie Provan: Neil Lennon doesn’t have the power Brendan Rodgers did at Celtic

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‘Smug’, ‘Self-Satisfied’, ‘Sold Out’ – Sky Sports Man Goes on Incredible Celtic Rant

This is a recurring theme for Davie Provan in his column.

67HailHail · Mar 1

Davie Provan makes embarrassing £7m Celtic oversight with Ibrox comparison

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67HailHail · Mar 1

Davie Provan hits out at Peter Lawwell after Celtic’s Europa League defeat

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ACSOM · Feb 22

A Celtic State of Mind – From Barrowfield to Paradise with Davie Provan

The following is an excerpt from Paul John Dykes’ interview with Davie Provan: I don’t know if the referee is still alive from our away tie against Real Madrid in 1980, and maybe I better watch what I’m saying here, but the referee’s performance that night was,...

ACSOM · Feb 22

Davie Provan with A Celtic State of Mind – When ten men won the league

Billy McNeill did really well to take over from Jock Stein at Celtic Park.

ACSOM · Feb 21

A Celtic State of Mind – Davie Provan’s baptism of fire from Neilly Mochan

The following is an excerpt from Paul John Dykes’ interview with Davie Provan: Billy McNeill and John Clark were manager and assistant manager when I signed for Celtic in 1978.

Davie Provan makes unexpected title claim about Celtic

Davie Provan, a Sky Sports pundit, has made a surprising claim about Celtic, and the domestic title chances after their recent run of play.

Provan Sticks Boot Into Gerrard

Davie Provan reckons the league is just about over as Celtic are 9 wins away from retaining their Champions status...

Celts Are Here · Feb 17

‘Ignore the usual suspects’ – Sky Sports Pundit Makes Celtic and Steven Gerrard Assertion

Sky Sports commentator Davie Provan believes the title for Celtic is just about in the bag as he stuck the boot into Gerrard’s men for their 2020 capitulation.

Scotzine · Feb 16

‘Celtic Relishing Trip to Ibrox,’ Insists Ex-Hoops Star

FORMER Celtic star Davie Provan insists the ninth successive title is already in the bag for Neil Lennon’s team.

67HailHail · Feb 16

Davie Provan praises Neil Lennon, says title race is over and questions Steven Gerrard exit

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Celts Are Here · Feb 10

Former Celt Takes Transfer Dig at Peter Lawwell

We don’t think Davie Provan and Peter Lawwell have each other on their Christmas card lists given the number of times we’ve seen Provan have a go at the CEO over the years...

Celts Are Here · Feb 10

A Week Late: Sky Sports Man’s Fresh Attack on Celtic Star

WHILE the rest of us get on with the games coming thick and fast, Sky Sports man and former Celt Davie Provan wants to dwell on an incident which wasn’t deemed worthy of any action by a referee and a panel of referees...

67HailHail · Feb 9

Sky Sports pundit bizarrely slams Celtic star despite the player doing nothing wrong

Davie Provan has dubbed Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths ‘Mr Angry’ a week after his performance against Hamilton, writing in his Scottish Sun column today...

Celts Are Here · Jan 20

Opinion: Sky Sports Pundit Makes Phantom Celtic Criticism

DAVIE PROVAN has backed Lewis Morgan’s decision to quit Celtic for the MLS this January window and says he doesn’t agree with the criticism aimed at the midfielder...

The Boot Room · Jan 20

Davie Provan reckons Celtic should have considered a £20m-rated PL star instead of Patryk Klimala

Davie Provan has claimed in his Scottish Sun column that Celtic should have considered a move for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle this month, questioning the decision to sign Polish unknown Patryk Klimala...

67HailHail · Jan 19

Sky Sports pundit questions why Celtic did not make January move that fans would have loved

Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has questioned why Celtic didn’t make a move for Patrick Roberts before his loan move to Middlesbrough this month, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

Celtic legend believes club should have signed former star

Celtic legend, Davie Provan, believes that the club have made a mistake by not resigning one of their former players in this transfer window.

67HailHail · Jan 19

Sky Sports pundit believes £10m striker would fancy a move to Celtic; two others suggested

Former Celtic player Davie Provan has made three signing suggestions for manager Neil Lennon during this January transfer window, writing in his Scottish Sun column.

Celts Are Here · Jan 19

Sky Sports Man Makes Celtic/Patrick Roberts Claim

Sky Sports man and former Celtic player Davie Provan has been left bemused Celtic and in-particular Neil Lennon didn’t try and re-sign Patrick Roberts after his ill-fated switch to Norwich didn’t work out...

“Get him out”, “Will cost us 10 in a row” – Many Celtic fans react to snide comments on Lawwell

Celtic fans react to Davie Provan’s scathing verdict on Peter Lawwell...

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 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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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 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.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

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