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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The Celtic Star · Nov 12

Video – Goal 50 Winner Virgil van Dijk, the stolen Charlie Mulgrew Song, ‘Frank and Fearless’ Davie Provan

CELTIC captain Scott Brown joked that he didn’t think he had it in him as he congratulated former Celt Virgil Van Dijk in winning the Goal 50 award for 2019...

The Celtic Star · Nov 12
67HailHail · Nov 11

Sky Sports pundit suggests Celtic could beat 6th & 7th placed EPL sides

Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan suggests Celtic have nothing to fear from teams such as Manchester United and Arsenal in the Europa League knockout stages, writing in his regular Scottish Sun column.

67HailHail · Nov 11
Celts Are Here · Nov 11

Ex-Celt Unimpressed by Celtic’s Lazio Victory

Another week, another article from Davie Provan proving the man has very little good to say about Celtic...

Celts Are Here · Nov 11
67HailHail · Nov 10

‘Having made £8.8m’ – Sky Sports man points to potentially exciting January for Celtic

Former Celtic player Davie Provan suggests the Hoops’ spending power in the upcoming January transfer window could tip the balance of power in the Scottish Premiership this season towards Celtic Park, writing in his regular Scottish Sun column...

67HailHail · Nov 10
67HailHail · Oct 28

What Rodgers told Provan about his Celtic situation

Pundit Davie Provan has written in his Scottish Sun column that former manager Brendan Rodgers told him that he was in a ‘no-win situation’ at Celtic prior to his move to Leicester City.

67HailHail · Oct 28
67HailHail · Oct 27

Sky Sports pundit bizarrely belittles brilliant Celtic result; declares no ‘real quality’

Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has tried to the lessen Celtic’s achievement of beating Lazio on Thursday night, writing in his regular Scottish Sun column on Sunday.

67HailHail · Oct 27
The Celtic Blog · Oct 27

Davie Provan Has Become So Anti-Celtic Even His Editors Must Be Embarrassed For Him.

If there was ever any emotional attachment to Celtic running through Davie Provan’s veins, you sometimes get the impression that he would rather have a full blood transfusion than show the slightest sign of it.

The Celtic Blog · Oct 27
Celts Are Here · Oct 27

‘A Joke’ – Former Celt Discredits Celtic Win Against Lazio

DAVIE PROVAN doesn’t take much joy out of anything these days and even when Celtic Park is rocking and the bhoys pull out a result against Lazio the first thing that comes to mind to appease his paymasters at The Sun is to discredit the opposition...

Celts Are Here · Oct 27
67HailHail · Oct 20

Provan claims Celtic ‘look vulnerable’; it’s bizarre analysis

Former Celtic player Davie Provan has claimed the Hoops ‘look vulnerable right now’, writing in his regular Scottish Sun column.

67HailHail · Oct 20
Celts Are Here · Oct 20

Sky Sports Man Laughs Off Neil Lennon/Steven Gerrard Comparison

DAVIE PROVAN has suggested Neil Lennon saying he has mellowed as a manager is wide of the mark after he heard through the grapevine about the Almondvale dressing room noise after Celtic’s defeat to Livingston two weeks ago...

Celts Are Here · Oct 20

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...

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