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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HITC · Feb 11

Davie Provan claims Celtic would jump at chance to sign Rangers player

Alfredo Morelos has scored 23 goals but picked up four red cards for Rangers so would he get into Celtic’s Scottish Premiership leading team?

HITC · Feb 11
Celts Are Here · Feb 11

Ex-Celt Makes Bizarre Celtic/Morelos Claim

DAVIE PROVAN really does say anything for attention, and I know we are giving it to him here but, wow – this sort of statement deserves to be ridiculed for its complete and utter failure of relevance...

Celts Are Here · Feb 11
FootballFanCast · Feb 11

Davie Provan claims Rodgers would jump at the chance to sign star from Celtic’s rivals

Football managers can’t afford principles. Put it this way, you can bet Brendan Rodgers would take Morelos tomorrow given the chance...

FootballFanCast · Feb 11
Celts Are Here · Jan 21

Sky Sports Man Makes ‘Liquidation’ Jibe as Ibrox Club Chase Celtic

Former Celtic player and Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has branded the Ibrox club’s spending in this window ‘criminal’ but believes another liquidation event at Ibrox would be welcomed if it managed to stop the ten.

Celts Are Here · Jan 21

Rangers Moving Closer To Liquidation For The Second Time As They Spend Money Trying To Stop Ten.

DAVIE PROVAN, the former Celtic winger, has warned in his newspaper column this morning that the Rangers will risk another liquidation to stop Celtic winning Ten in...

The Celtic Star · Jan 20

Stop the Ten! The Rangers spend £5m on Defoe, hit with ‘Second Liquidation’ warning

DAVIE PROVAN, the former Celtic winger, has warned in his newspaper column this morning that the Rangers will risk another liquidation to stop Celtic winning Ten in a Row.

The Celtic Star · Jan 20

Davie Provan Calls Out Kris Commons Over Celtic Comments

We have said it for a long time now, Davie Provan’s consumption of Scottish Football is heavily filtered through the looking glass of Sky Sports TV as well as his own experience from a bygone era...

Former Celt Attacks Parkhead Board Over ‘Club Mismanagement’

DAVIE PROVAN has used his column to attack the Celtic Board and Celtic in general for letting the Ibrox club keep within touching distance of them during the first half of the season.

Celts Are Here · Dec 17, 2018

Sky Sports Man Makes Celtic Board Claim

SKY SPORTS co-commentator and Ex-Celt Davie Provan has challenged the Celtic board to throw the ‘kitchen sink’ at the January transfer window and leave no stone unturned in Celtic’s pursuit for progress in Europe...

Celts Are Here · Dec 17, 2018
The Scotsman · Dec 16, 2018

Former Celtic star believes club should sign Hearts striker Steven Naismith

Former Celtic star Davie Provan believes the club should go after Hearts striker Steven Naismith...

The Scotsman · Dec 16, 2018
Edinburgh Evening News · Dec 16, 2018

Former Celtic star believes club should sign Hearts striker Steven Naismith

Former Celtic star Davie Provan believes the club should go after Hearts striker Steven Naismith...

Edinburgh Evening News · Dec 16, 2018
Celts Are Here · Dec 16, 2018

Ex-Celt Makes Bizarre Steven Naismith Parkhead Transfer Claim

It’s safe to say, since his playing days, Davie Provan has not endeared himself to the Celtic faithful going about his media duties on Sky Sports and elsewhere.

Celts Are Here · Dec 16, 2018
The Scotsman · Nov 26, 2018

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, 2018
Celts Are Here · Nov 26, 2018

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, 2018
Soccerlens · Oct 21, 2018

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, 2018
The Celtic Star · Sep 18, 2018

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, 2018
Celts Are Here · Aug 20, 2018

‘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, 2018
The Celtic Star · Nov 23, 2018

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, 2018
Celts Are Here · Dec 6, 2018

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 · Dec 6, 2018
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