Davie Provan

Davie Provan was born in Gourock, Scotland on 8 May 1956 (age 64).

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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Glasgow Live · Feb 24

The Celtic ‘hard sell’ for fans as Davie Provan pinpoints blueprint to follow

Celtic Boss: ‘Desmond Hasn’t Found a Worthy Replacement’

Celts Are Here · Feb 21

‘Really?’: Sky Sports Pundit Tears Into Celtic Chairman

67HailHail · Feb 21

Davie Provan slams Celtic chairman; still wants Lennon out too

HITC · Feb 2

Pundit Davie Provan confused by Neil Lennon’s reaction to Jeremie Frimpong’s exit

Former Hoops Player Makes Lennon Demand After Lawwell Notice

VideoCelts · Jan 31

Davie Provan recalls Johannes Edvaldsson’s incredible reply to Jock Stein

Vital Celtic · Jan 31

Pundit’s savage Lennon and Lawwell review

Lenny ‘Has Been Done in by His Own Players’ Claim

67HailHail · Jan 31

Davie Provan expecting two more high-profile Celtic departures

Daily Record · Jan 29

Davie Provan says Alfredo Morelos’ discipline may spell Rangers exit

HITC · Jan 26

Pundit Davie Provan doesn’t think Celtic fans would accept Eddie Howe as Lennon’s replacement

Celts Are Here · Jan 24

Sky Sports Pundit Rubbishes Major Celtic Rumour

67HailHail · Jan 24

Davie Provan calls on Dermot Desmond to open his wallet & deliver big at Celtic; doubts Eddie Howe

Lenny ‘Knows It’s Over,’ Insists Ex-Celt

The Celtic Star · Jan 17

‘Please go now’, Celtic pundit calls for Lawwell’s resignation

Vital Celtic · Jan 17

“Why was he even there in the first place?” – Pundit puts the boot in

67HailHail · Jan 17

Davie Provan demands high-profile Celtic resignation immediately

VideoCelts · Jan 16

The game is up Peter, please go now- Davie Provan’s message to Lawwell

Celts Are Here · Jan 16

Prominent Media Celt Calls for Lawwell Resignation

VideoCelts · Jan 10

Davie Provan hits back at Sturgeon and her silence over Scotland’s drunken Conga

Sky Sports Pundit Believes Celtic are Working On ‘Severance Package’

67HailHail · Jan 3

Davie Provan sounds absolutely furious with Celtic chief Peter Lawwell

Celts Are Here · Dec 20, 2020

Sky Sports Man Makes Predictable Celtic Call

Celts Are Here · Dec 20, 2020

Former Celtic Striker Takes Fresh Swipe at Peter Lawwell

HITC · Dec 13, 2020

Pundit Davie Provan urges Lennon to start Soro and Turnbull today

VideoCelts · Dec 12, 2020

Spare me the nonsense- Davie Provan’s verdict on Neil Lennon Vote of Confidence

67HailHail · Dec 6, 2020

“Nice conspiracy”; Davie Provan hits out at Levein’s anti-Celtic title theory

Celtic Quick News · Dec 6, 2020

‘Lennon is Doomed’ Claim

The Celtic Star · Dec 1, 2020

The day I signed for Celtic – ‘Rangers became the enemy’

The Celtic Star · Nov 29, 2020

Commentator hits out at John Hartson after Neil Lennon stance

Celts Are Here · Nov 28, 2020

‘Could Have Fooled me’ Provan Hits Out at Lennon Cheerleader

VideoCelts · Nov 26, 2020

Davie Provan highlights the only opinion that matters at Celtic

Celtic Quick News · Nov 26, 2020

‘Neil is Running Out of Time’

The Celtic Star · Nov 26, 2020

“Second is last in Glasgow and Lennon knows that,” Provan

Daily Record · Nov 26, 2020

Davie Provan thinks Celtic will give Neil Lennon every chance to fight back

VideoCelts · Nov 22, 2020

Davie Provan hits out at Potty Professor Leitch

Celtic Quick News · Nov 15, 2020

High Praise for Elyounoussi

Celts Are Here · Nov 15, 2020

Pundit Praises Celtic Star; Makes Cristian Ronaldo Comparison

67HailHail · Nov 14, 2020

Davie Provan gets excited about Celtic’s Moi Elyounoussi; compares headed goal to Cristiano Ronaldo

HITC · Nov 10, 2020

Pundit slams Celtic board, thinks Brendan Rodgers has proven he was right to leave

The Celtic Star · Nov 2, 2020

“Meeting up with Billy McNeill for the first time. Fantastic memories from my time at Celtic,” Murdo Macleod

HITC · Nov 2, 2020

Pundit Davie Provan thinks Celtic signing Shane Duffy looks a shadow of the ‘warrior’ he was before Parkhead move

Celts Are Here · Nov 1, 2020

‘Not Been Good Enough’ Pundit Admits Poor Celtic Prediction

VideoCelts · Oct 26, 2020

Davie Provan hits out at Celebrity Professor Jason Leitch

HITC · Oct 26, 2020

Davie Provan thinks Rangers have ‘stronger squad’ than Celtic

VideoCelts · Oct 25, 2020

God help the club- Davie Provan takes Dermot Desmond to task

Celts Are Here · Oct 25, 2020

Provan’s Astonishing Peter Lawwell Lennon Replacement Claim

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