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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ACSOM · Jul 4

“It was brilliant, especially as a winger, being coached by Jimmy Johnstone and Davie Provan.” – David Elliot with A Celtic State of Mind

David Elliot with A Celtic State of Mind

67HailHail · May 24

Davie Provan strangely longs for days of Jim Farry in angry Scottish FA rant

VideoCelts · May 24

Davie Provan sets the record straight over Alex Ferguson myth

67HailHail · May 19

‘Spare me’; Davie Provan skewers Celtic rivals; feels sympathy for Lennon and Bhoys

VideoCelts · May 19

Davie Provan names four former Celts that played a huge role in 9-in-a-row

VideoCelts · May 17

Davie Provan orders humble pie for deluded Jermain ‘matter of time’ Defoe

Celts Are Here · May 17

Sky Sports Pundit Laughs Off Jermain Defoe’s Celtic Comments

The Celtic Blog · May 10

Davie Provan Has It Right For Once. The Sevco-SPFL Spat Is About Targeting Celtic’s “Power.”

Davie Provan believes that Celtic might be in trouble soon

67HailHail · Apr 26

Davie Provan thinks Celtic and Rangers will be hit hardest financially by crisis

Celts Are Here · Apr 26

Sky Sports Man Brands Leicester ‘Smaller Club’ During Celtic Rant

Transfer Tavern · Apr 17

‘Totally overrated’, ‘Fantastic player’ – These Celtic fans split on 42-goal ex-player

Celts Are Here · Apr 12

Latest: Ex-Celt Hopes SPFL Proposal Fails

67HailHail · Apr 5

Davie Provan thinks UEFA are the problem when it comes to Celtic title decision

VideoCelts · Apr 5

‘Need an anaesthetic’ Davie Provan’s grim warning on Ibrox accounts

67HailHail · Mar 29

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

67HailHail · Mar 23

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

Celts Are Here · Mar 23

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

67HailHail · Mar 22

Davie Provan suggests Kristoffer Ajer is getting ahead of himself

Celts Are Here · Mar 15

Davie Provan Makes Neil Lennon Claim After Shut Down

67HailHail · Mar 10

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

VideoCelts · Mar 8

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

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

Sky Sports Man Delivers Brutal Gerrard vs Celtic Verdict

67HailHail · Mar 8

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

67HailHail · Mar 1

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

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

67HailHail · Mar 1

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

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

67HailHail · Mar 1

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

67HailHail · Mar 1

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

ACSOM · Feb 22

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

ACSOM · Feb 22

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

ACSOM · Feb 21

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

Davie Provan makes unexpected title claim about Celtic

Provan Sticks Boot Into Gerrard

Celts Are Here · Feb 17

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

Scotzine · Feb 16

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

67HailHail · Feb 16

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

Celts Are Here · Feb 10

Former Celt Takes Transfer Dig at Peter Lawwell

Celts Are Here · Feb 10

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

67HailHail · Feb 9

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

Celts Are Here · Jan 20

Opinion: Sky Sports Pundit Makes Phantom Celtic Criticism

The Boot Room · Jan 20

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

67HailHail · Jan 19

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

Celtic legend believes club should have signed former star

67HailHail · Jan 19

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

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