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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Provan hits out at the Europa League clown

Davie Provan has praised Celtic for their 1-1 draw with Rennes but slammed UEFA and referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez...

67HailHail · Sep 9

International boss slammed for Celtic omission

Former Celtic star Davie Provan has slammed Steve Clarke’s decision to leave Leigh Griffiths out of the Scotland squad.

67HailHail · Sep 9

Provan Makes Celtic Ibrox Confession

Sky Sports commentator and former Celtic star Davie Provan has admitted to Celtic fans he didn’t have Celtic down for a carefree win at Ibrox last week before the international break...

‘Crumbled’ – Sky Sports Man Slams ‘Pathetic’ Gers

Former Celtic player and Sky Sports commentator Davie Provan isn’t shy with his opinion on Celtic usually but this week he’s chosen to go for the throat when it comes to Steven Gerrard and his side a week after they capitulated on their own turf...

Scotzine · Sep 8

Back Page Bulletin: Griff Decision Puzzles Ex-Celt, O** F*** Kids on Target, Hearts Star Setback

FORMER Celtic and Scotland winger Davie Provan insists Steve Clarke’s omission of Leigh Griffiths from his Euro 2020 squad “made no sense”...

Scotzine · Sep 8
67HailHail · Sep 8

Provan believes international manager’s stance on Celtic star makes ‘no sense’

Pundit and former Celtic player Davie Provan has questioned Steve Clarke’s decision not to include Leigh Griffiths in his most recent international squad, The Scottish Sun report.

67HailHail · Sep 8

Ex-Celtic and Scotland star Davie Provan says Russia clash at Hampden is must-win for Scots

Ex-Celtic and Scotland star Davie Provan insists Steve Clarke’s men have to beat Russia to stand any chance of qualifying for Euro 2020 via Group I...

67HailHail · Aug 18

‘Down a drain’ – Lawwell slammed by Provan for Celtic’s Euro debacle

Former Celtic player and Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has slammed Peter Lawwell for his role in the club’s exit from the UEFA Champions League, writing in his Scottish Sun column.

67HailHail · Aug 18
FootballFanCast · Aug 12

“Wouldn’t take anything that Provan says seriously” – Some Celtic fans slam legend’s comments

Pundit Davie Provan believes that Celtic are in a weaker position now than they were last season, something that hasn’t gone down well with their supporters...

FootballFanCast · Aug 12
Celts Are Here · Aug 12

Peter Lawwell’s Puppet? Sky Sports Man Makes Neil Lennon Claim

Former Celtic player and Sky Sports man Davie Provan claims Celtic fans are about to find out if Neil Lennon is just Peter Lawwell’s puppet or if he’s going to hold the chief executive’s feet to the fire as Rodgers did...

Celts Are Here · Aug 12
67HailHail · Aug 11

Peter Lawwell slammed by ex-Celtic man – told to spend

Former Celtic man Davie Provan has stated that Peter Lawwell needs to up his game before the transfer window is over.

67HailHail · Aug 11
HITC · Aug 11

Davie Provan says Celtic’s squad is getting worse

The former Celtic player says the current squad is now ‘weaker’ than it was last season...

HITC · Aug 11
Celts Are Here · May 19

Sky Sports Man Hammers Gers and Claims Celtic player ‘Got Lucky’

Former Celtic player and Sky Sports commentator Davie Provan has written Jozo Simunovic was ‘lucky’ not to face a similar charge to Flanagan for his elbow on Jermain Defoe.

Celts Are Here · May 19

Davie Provan’s Anti-Brown Article Is His Most Deplorable Rant Against Celtic Yet.

I remember Davie Provan in a Celtic strip. I remember him for one goal, against Dundee Utd, in a Scottish Cup Final in 1985.

Former Celt’s Astonishing Attack on Scott Brown After Title Win

DAVIE PROVAN has taken an astonishing swipe at Celtic Captain Scott Brown after the midfielder helped Celtic to their 8th consecutive title and his 9th at Celtic overall...

Celts Are Here · Apr 14

No Chance! Ex-Celt Tells Celtic Support to Get Real

Davie Provan has used his weekly column to again talk Celtic down to anyone who is willing to read his drivel...

Celts Are Here · Apr 14
67HailHail · Oct 13

“An embarrassment to our Premiership” Celtic hero not holding back on key issue

Davie Provan’s opinion on artificial surfaces has been made pretty clear by the former Celtic man this weekend.

67HailHail · Oct 13
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