Davie Provan

Read all the news about Celtic hero Davie Provan. Davie Provan was born in Gourock, Scotland on 8 May 1956 (age 62).

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.

External links

Davie Provan in the news

Read all the latest Celtic FC news mentioning Davie Provan.

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
FootballFanCast · Mar 12

Celtic fans should be fuming at these ridiculous Davie Provan comments

Celtic fans will be absolutely fuming at club legend Davie Provan, who has slammed fans for criticising Brendan Rodgers...

FootballFanCast · Mar 12

Former Celt’s Astonishing Attack on Peter Lawwell and Neil Lennon

Former Celtic player and Sky Sports co-commentator Davie Provan has told Celtic fans Peter Lawwell is one of the luckiest men on the planet after the way Brendan Rodgers conducting himself last week...

The Celtic Star · Feb 24

‘Wasn’t Tommy Burns on the end of the ‘sad fenian b******” nonsense 25 years ago?’ asks Davie Provan

WE have looked at what Davie Provan has been saying about the events at Rugby Park last Sunday and the failure of Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell or Chairman Ian Bankier to speak out in the aftermath – you can read that below...

The Celtic Star · Feb 24
The Celtic Star · Feb 24

Lawwell – ‘For God’s sake, grow a pair.’ Bankier – ‘less conspicuous than Marvin Compper’

FORMER Celtic Star Davie Provan has hit out at Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell and Chairman Ian Bankier for their silence following the incidents at Rugby Park last Sunday, where he reckoned that “the deranged element of the Celtic support dealt the club a royal flush.” Provan makes his point forcibly in his newspaper column this...

The Celtic Star · Feb 24
HITC · Feb 11

Davie Provan claims Celtic would jump at chance to sign Rangers player

Alfredo Morelos has scored 23 goals but picked up four red cards for Rangers so would he get into Celtic’s Scottish Premiership leading team?

HITC · Feb 11
Celts Are Here · Feb 11

Ex-Celt Makes Bizarre Celtic/Morelos Claim

DAVIE PROVAN really does say anything for attention, and I know we are giving it to him here but, wow – this sort of statement deserves to be ridiculed for its complete and utter failure of relevance...

Celts Are Here · Feb 11
FootballFanCast · Feb 11

Davie Provan claims Rodgers would jump at the chance to sign star from Celtic’s rivals

Football managers can’t afford principles. Put it this way, you can bet Brendan Rodgers would take Morelos tomorrow given the chance...

FootballFanCast · Feb 11
Celts Are Here · Jan 21

Sky Sports Man Makes ‘Liquidation’ Jibe as Ibrox Club Chase Celtic

Former Celtic player and Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has branded the Ibrox club’s spending in this window ‘criminal’ but believes another liquidation event at Ibrox would be welcomed if it managed to stop the ten.

Celts Are Here · Jan 21

Rangers Moving Closer To Liquidation For The Second Time As They Spend Money Trying To Stop Ten.

DAVIE PROVAN, the former Celtic winger, has warned in his newspaper column this morning that the Rangers will risk another liquidation to stop Celtic winning Ten in...

The Celtic Star · Jan 20

Stop the Ten! The Rangers spend £5m on Defoe, hit with ‘Second Liquidation’ warning

DAVIE PROVAN, the former Celtic winger, has warned in his newspaper column this morning that the Rangers will risk another liquidation to stop Celtic winning Ten in a Row.

The Celtic Star · Jan 20

Davie Provan Calls Out Kris Commons Over Celtic Comments

We have said it for a long time now, Davie Provan’s consumption of Scottish Football is heavily filtered through the looking glass of Sky Sports TV as well as his own experience from a bygone era...

Former Celt Attacks Parkhead Board Over ‘Club Mismanagement’

DAVIE PROVAN has used his column to attack the Celtic Board and Celtic in general for letting the Ibrox club keep within touching distance of them during the first half of the season.

Celts Are Here · Dec 17, 2018

Sky Sports Man Makes Celtic Board Claim

SKY SPORTS co-commentator and Ex-Celt Davie Provan has challenged the Celtic board to throw the ‘kitchen sink’ at the January transfer window and leave no stone unturned in Celtic’s pursuit for progress in Europe...

Celts Are Here · Dec 17, 2018
The Scotsman · Dec 16, 2018

Former Celtic star believes club should sign Hearts striker Steven Naismith

Former Celtic star Davie Provan believes the club should go after Hearts striker Steven Naismith...

The Scotsman · Dec 16, 2018
Edinburgh Evening News · Dec 16, 2018

Former Celtic star believes club should sign Hearts striker Steven Naismith

Former Celtic star Davie Provan believes the club should go after Hearts striker Steven Naismith...

Edinburgh Evening News · Dec 16, 2018
Celts Are Here · Dec 16, 2018

Ex-Celt Makes Bizarre Steven Naismith Parkhead Transfer Claim

It’s safe to say, since his playing days, Davie Provan has not endeared himself to the Celtic faithful going about his media duties on Sky Sports and elsewhere.

Celts Are Here · Dec 16, 2018
Celts Are Here · Mar 11

Provan Left Red Faced After Shocking Weekend Scenes – view

DAVIE PROVAN doesn’t get a lot right in his SunSport column and in this instance, his column was monumentally disproven as he tried to put the current speight of crowd trouble firmly at Scotland’s door denying England has any REAL problem with hooliganism – yeah right!

Celts Are Here · Mar 11
Load More That's All Folks!
View the latest Celtic FC news
or browse the Celtic FC news archive