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.

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The Scotsman · Nov 26

Ex-Celtic star: Away fans should be banned in ‘embarrassing’ O** F*** fixture

Former Celtic star Davie Provan insists the O** F*** derby is a regular ‘embarrassment’ to Scottish football as he welcomed both clubs cutting the ticket allocation for away supporters...

The Scotsman · Nov 26

Have You Forgotten Liquidation? – Sky Sports Man Savages Ibrox Man for Celtic Boast

Former Celtic and Sky Sports man Davie Provan has used his SunSport column to laugh off the notion The Rangers can compete with Celtic anytime soon...

Celts Are Here · Nov 26

Former Celtic Star Applauds Ibrox Chairman Dave King

DAVIE PROVAN has proved with his comments today he is stuck in the 80s with regards to his views on the Glasgow Derby.

Celts Are Here · Nov 26
Soccerlens · Oct 21

Davie Provan names which Celtic player is “hugely overrated” and has “not enough discipline”

originally posted on Sportslens.com Davie Provan believes Scott Brown is “hugely overrated” and has “not enough discipline” for Celtic.

Soccerlens · Oct 21
The Celtic Star · Sep 18

Jim Craig extra – Celtic pay £100,000 for Davie Provan

A bonus second Diary post today from Lisbon Lion Jim Craig on The Celtic Star On this day in 1978, Davie Provan signed from Kilmarnock for a fee of £100,000, making his debut against Partick Thistle five days later.

The Celtic Star · Sep 18
Celts Are Here · Aug 20

‘You’re Bang Average’ – Former Celt’s Scathing Attack on Celtic Star

Former Celt Davie Provan believes that Boyata being Celtic’s best defender tells its own story and that the player is bang average.

Celts Are Here · Aug 20
Celtic Fans TV · Jul 29

Who Knows Better – Davie Provan or Peter Lawwell?

Celtic’s 3-1 victory over Rosenborg last Wednesday took us another slight step closer to the Champions League Group Stages.

Celtic Fans TV · Jul 29
Celtic Fans TV · Jul 29

Who Knows Better – Davie Provan or Peter Lawwell?

Celtic’s 3-1 victory over Rosenborg last Wednesday took us another slight step closer to the Champions League Group Stages.

Celtic Fans TV · Jul 29
Celts Are Here · Jul 29

I Expect Boyata Parkhead Exit – Former Celtic Star

Davie Provan has told Celtic fans he expects Dedryk Boyata to be sold this summer which will leave Celtic in the black with regards to transfers...

Celts Are Here · Jul 29

From Barrowfield to Paradise with Davie Provan. Part three – “Celtic are a very emotional club. There are maybe only two or three like that in the whole of Britain”

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, let’s say, iffy...

Celts Are Here · Jul 29

Former Celt’s Astonishing Attack on the Celtic Board

Former Celtic star turned Sky Sports commentator Davie Provan has taken a massive swipe at the Celtic board for not being more pro-active in the transfer market...

Celts Are Here · Jul 29
The Celtic Star · May 13

“This is a car crash move for Stevie G,” former Celtic star

DAVIE PROVAN, in his newspaper column today, has a pop at Brendan Rodgers for his comments about the length of the grass at Tynecaste last Sunday...

The Celtic Star · May 13

Sky Sports pundit: Lawwell got on phone to Celtic kit-maker after learning shock Rangers plans

By Richard Parks Davie Provan has slammed Rangers’ pursuit of Steven Gerrard and claimed it will end in tears for the club...

Football Hitz · Apr 16

Sky Sports pundit offers his verdict on Musonda’s £40,000-a-week deal with Celtic

Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has claimed that current contract of on-loan Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda will be rebuffed this summer...

Football Hitz · Apr 16

Sky Sports pundit: Contract of £40,000K-a-week Celtic player will be ripped up this summer

By Richard Parks Davie Provan has claimed that the contract of Celtic attacker Charly Musonda will be ripped up this summer...

Sky Sports pundit: My sources tell me Celtic man in line to join Arsenal

By Richard Parks Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has claimed that Brendan Rodgers is firmly in the running to become the next Arsenal manager...

The Celtic Star · Nov 23

March 1983: Ex-Rangers winger Willie Johnston head-butts Davie Provan

March began with a trip ‘doon the water’ to Cappielow, Murdo MacLeod with another excellent long-range shot to put Celts two ahead within fifteen minutes against doomed Morton...

The Celtic Star · Nov 23
VideoCelts · Apr 29

Gerrard stalls on Ibrox ‘dream move’

Apart from Chris Sutton and Davie Provan there has been no in-depth comment on what Gerrard would be letting himself in for with The Sun putting a dampener on the Stevie Gee #goingfor55 express that has taken of on social media...

VideoCelts · Apr 29
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