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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Celts Are Here · Jan 20

Opinion: Sky Sports Pundit Makes Phantom Celtic Criticism

DAVIE PROVAN has backed Lewis Morgan’s decision to quit Celtic for the MLS this January window and says he doesn’t agree with the criticism aimed at the midfielder...

The Boot Room · Jan 20

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

Davie Provan has claimed in his Scottish Sun column that Celtic should have considered a move for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle this month, questioning the decision to sign Polish unknown Patryk Klimala...

67HailHail · Jan 19

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

Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has questioned why Celtic didn’t make a move for Patrick Roberts before his loan move to Middlesbrough this month, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

Celtic legend believes club should have signed former star

Celtic legend, Davie Provan, believes that the club have made a mistake by not resigning one of their former players in this transfer window.

67HailHail · Jan 19

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

Former Celtic player Davie Provan has made three signing suggestions for manager Neil Lennon during this January transfer window, writing in his Scottish Sun column.

Celts Are Here · Jan 19

Sky Sports Man Makes Celtic/Patrick Roberts Claim

Sky Sports man and former Celtic player Davie Provan has been left bemused Celtic and in-particular Neil Lennon didn’t try and re-sign Patrick Roberts after his ill-fated switch to Norwich didn’t work out...

“Get him out”, “Will cost us 10 in a row” – Many Celtic fans react to snide comments on Lawwell

Celtic fans react to Davie Provan’s scathing verdict on Peter Lawwell...

67HailHail · Jan 6

‘They won’t be forgiven’ – Sky Sports pundit puts pressure on Lawwell and Celtic board

Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan feels Celtic need to spend significantly in the January transfer window or risk missing out on a superb nine titles in a row, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

67HailHail · Jan 5

Provan claims to feel sorry for one Celtic star; suggests what could lift Lennon’s dressing room

Former Celtic player Davie Provan has called on Neil Lennon to add experience to his first-team squad, claiming he feels sorry for captain Scott Brown after last week’s defeat to Rangers, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

‘The Bank of Celtic,’ the multi-millions that ‘keep the boardroom lights on’ and Peter Lawwell spitting out his cornflakes

FORMER CELTIC star Davie Provan hit the nail on the head this morning and he backs up what the points that have been made on the Celtic fans media sites since the 2-1 defeat to the Rangers on 29 December...

Sky Sports Man Aims Massive Dig at Peter Lawwell

DAVIE PROVAN has aimed a big dig at Peter Lawwell in his SunSport column by aiming a sarcastic apology at the Celtic chief executive.

67HailHail · Dec 29, 2019

Provan notes significant advantages Celtic have today compared to cup final

Pundit Davie Provan thinks Celtic will be a different team today against Rangers compared to the recent League Cup final, in part thanks to the presence of striker Odsonne Edouard, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

VideoCelts · Dec 29, 2019

Davie Provan gives his Derby Day prediction

Having been mugged in the Betfred Cup final, Gerrard might feel he’s due a break today — but it’ll be down to his players to earn him one...

67HailHail · Dec 29, 2019

Sky Sports pundit thinks Celtic can put Rangers ‘in their pocket’ today

Former Celtic player Davie Provan thinks a victory for Neil Lennon’s side today would kill any hopes Rangers have of a sustaining a Scottish Premiership title bid, writing in his Scottish Sun column...

The Celtic Bhoys · Dec 23, 2019

Celtic legend claims Morelos’ issues on the pitch will continue

Sky Sports Davie Provan believes that Alfredo Morelos’ discipline issues on the pitch will continue against Celtic on Sunday.

The Celtic Star · Dec 23, 2019

Davie Provan laughs off claims of an improved Alfredo Morelos

Alfredo Morelos disciplinary record has been a hot topic in Scottish football circles.

Celts Are Here · Dec 23, 2019

Sky Sports Pundit Makes Morelos Celtic Park Claim

SKY SPORTS Pundit Davie Provan has laughed off suggestions about a new and improved Alfredo Morelo when it comes to discipline after the player saw red at Motherwell.

Daily Record · Dec 18, 2019

Tony Watt trolls Celtic legend Davie Provan’s punditry with acid social media quip

The former Celtic ace wasn’t letting the old boys network get in the way of dishing out a skewering...

Celtic Now & Forever · Dec 15, 2019

“Best Cup Final Keeper Display” Provan Gives Forster Credit

Pundit and former Celtic player Davie Provan has given Fraser Forster immense credit for helping Source...

67HailHail · Dec 15, 2019

‘Make sure they’re legal’ – Provan has been left stunned by one Lennon signing at Celtic

Pundit and former Celtic player Davie Provan has given Fraser Forster immense credit for helping the Hoops deliver silverware this season, The Scottish Sun report.

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