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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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

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

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
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: 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...

Ex-Celt Praises Broony’s ‘Restraint’

FORMER Celtic winger Davie Provan praised Scott Brown for not blowing his top in the 2-0 win over Aberdeen a week ago...

Evening Times · Jun 8, 2017

Davie Provan – Scotland can give England a run for their money because Celtic’s players feel invincible right now

DAVIE Provan has backed Scotland to give England a run for their money at Hampden Park tomorrow – because the Celtic players who will form the backbone of Gordon Strachan’s team feel invincible right now...

Evening Times · Jun 8, 2017
Evening Times · Jun 8, 2017

Davie Provan – Scotland can give England a run for their money because Celtic’s players feel invincible right now

DAVIE Provan has backed Scotland to give England a run for their money at Hampden Park tomorrow – because the Celtic players who will form the backbone of Gordon Strachan’s team feel invincible right now...

Evening Times · Jun 8, 2017
The Scotsman · May 13, 2017

Celtic legend Davie Provan tells ME sufferers: Never give up

Imagine you’re a 29-year-old footballer, playing in front of thousands of adoring fans every week, at the peak of your powers, getting paid well to do the job you love – then suddenly you’re struck down with a mystery condition and it all ends – leaving you not only unable to play but unable to get out of bed...

The Scotsman · May 13, 2017
Evening Times · Feb 10, 2017

Davie Hay: I hope Davie Provan is wrong and Brendan Rodgers sticks with Celtic

Davie’s belief is that sooner rather than later one of the bigger English clubs will come in for him and he will be back down south...

Evening Times · Feb 10, 2017
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
VideoCelts · Feb 12, 2017

Sky Sports expert attacks the gullibles for forcing out their real billionaire

Davie Provan has slammed the gullible Ibrox fans who forced Mike Ashley out of Ibrox...

VideoCelts · Feb 12, 2017
Scotzine · Feb 8, 2017

‘Cup Success Over Celtic So Costly For Rangers,’ Provan

FORMER Scotland winger Davie Provan believes Rangers’ shock Scottish Cup penalty-kick win over Celtic last season has rebounded on the Ibrox outfit...

Scotzine · Feb 8, 2017
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