Frank McAvennie

Celtic hero Frank McAvennie was born in Glasgow on 22 November 1959 (age 60).

McAvennie moved to Celtic from West Ham United for a then club record fee of £750,000 on 2 October 1987. He made his debut for Celtic the following day in a 1–1 draw at home against Hibernian.

McAvennie made a slow start at Celtic and his progress was not helped when he got involved in an on-field fracas with Chris Woods, Terry Butcher and Graham Roberts in an Old Firm game in November 1987. McAvennie and Woods were sent off in the initial incident, whilst Butcher was sent off later in the game. All four were later reported to the Procurator Fiscal and appeared in court on disorder charges relating to their conduct in that game. McAvennie was found not guilty, Roberts not proven, whilst Butcher and Woods were both convicted of Breach of the Peace.

McAvennie eventually found his form at Parkhead, and his 15 goals in 1987–88 helped Celtic to a Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup double. That season (the clubs’s Centenary Season), he was part of a formidable front trio for Celtic comprising himself, Andy Walker and Joe Miller. One of the high-points during the season for McAvennie were his two goals in Celtic’s 2–0 win over Rangers in January 1988. The Cup Final in May was particularly memorable for McAvennie as he scored two late goals to beat Dundee United 2–1, the winning goal coming in the final minute.

The following season, 1988–89, was not a happy one for Celtic and the team finished in third place in the league behind winners Rangers and second-placed Aberdeen. McAvennie, however, was one of Celtic’s few form players that season and he’d scored 11 goals by Christmas time. However, a broken arm sustained in the New Year game at Ibrox against Rangers curtailed his goalscoring. McAvennie also wished to return to London to enable him to spend more time with then girlfriend, glamour model Jenny Blyth. After a public row with manager Billy McNeill over being dropped for a league match at Tynecastle in March 1989 against Hearts, Celtic relented to McAvennie’s repeated requests for a transfer and sold him back to West Ham.

Scotzine · Mar 1


TODAY, in Part Six of Scotzine’s salute to Denis Law, Scotland’s favourite footballing son, we offer a platform for other legends to have their say.

Daily Record · Feb 22

Frank McAvennie makes Celtic striker claim as he urges Neil Lennon to stick with front pair

The former striker wants his old club to stick with Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard and insists it will guarantee them the title...

Scotzine · Feb 11

Back Page Bulletin: Ex-Celt’s Message to Klimala and Bayo, Killie to Deal in Brophy, Stendel’s Hope

FORMER Celtic hero Frank McAvennie admitted he has “a wee feeling” that £3.5million Polish striker Patryk Klimala will prove to be a hit at the Hoops...

Macca Tells Hoops Duo: Carry on Scoring

CELTIC goal hero Frank McAvennie is convinced Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths will return to action when the champions take on Hearts at Parkhead tomorrow night.

The Celtic Star · Feb 11

Odsonne Edouard – ‘Knowing Peter Lawwell, there will be clauses in his contract,’ McAvennie

Frank McAvennie knows a thing or two about playing as a striker at Celtic and yesterday he explained how he always felt that Odsonne Edouard had what it takes to be a huge success in the Hoops, possibly even turning out to be better than Moussa Dembele...

Read Celtic · Feb 6

“I’d tell him to go to England” – Former Celtic striker urges January target to snub Parkhead move to join West Ham

Ex-Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has urged Hoops target Lawrence Shankland to snub a move to Parkhead, claiming he would “love” to see him join West Ham, another of his former clubs...

67HailHail · Feb 5

Celtic great believes striker should choose England over Parkhead

Celtic great Frank McAvennie has encouraged Lawrence Shankland to choose England over Celtic, should he have that decision to make.

Celtic Now & Forever · Dec 28, 2019

McAvennie Stunned At Great Wall Celtic Signing

Former Celtic hero Frank McAvennie can’t quite understand why Southampton let super goalkeeper Fraser Forster Source...

The Celtic Star · Dec 28, 2019

‘Must Win for Rangers’, Open Goal Preview Glasgow Derby

Open Goal’s ‘Right on the Coupon’ team of Frank McAvennie and Paul Slane gave their opinion with Si Ferry and Derek Ferguson on tomorrow’s blockbuster fixture between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park.

HITC · Dec 28, 2019

Frank McAvennie ‘can’t understand’ how Celtic signed £10m loanee

Fraser Forster has been a revelation since re-signing for Celtic...

Inside Futbol · Nov 22, 2019

I’ve More Chance Of Playing Than You – Former Celtic Star’s Message To Out-of-favour Bhoy

Former Celtic star Frank McAvennie has dismissed Scott Sinclair’s chances of returning to the Bhoys team...

Green Tinted Specs · Nov 22, 2019

Celtic centenary season hero recalls Ibrox rammy that landed four in the dock

Woods, Butcher and Roberts ganged up on the unfortunate Frank McAvennie, like a gang of fish supper raiders after closing time...

Celtic Now & Forever · Nov 9, 2019

McAvennie Makes Bold But True Statement About Final

Frank McAvennie has tipped Celtic for the Betfred Cup when they meet Rangers next month...

The Celtic Star · Nov 9, 2019

McAvennie Backs Celts for Cup but Makes Hilarious Claim

Frank McAvennie has tipped Celtic for the Betfred Cup when they meet Rangers next month.

Soccerlens · Nov 8, 2019

Paddy McCourt and Frank McAvennie react to Celtic win vs Lazio on Twitter

originally posted on Celtic secured their passage to the Europa League last 32 after earning a pulsating 2-1 victory against Lazio in Italy on Thursday night.

Open Goal · Oct 25, 2019

RIGHT IN THE COUPON | Celtic Back On Top, Tavernier Debate, Dons Flying & Relegation Fears

Frank McAvennie & Derek Ferguson join Si Ferry for a carry on and to discuss the latest goings on in Scottish Football as they look to beat the bookies at William Hill with their weekly coupon selections for the SPFL Premiership...

The Celtic Star · Oct 18, 2019

Former Celt predicts Celtic to receive huge bids for Odsonne Edouard

Frank McAvennie told Open Goal’s Right in the Coupon with Si Ferry that Odsonne Edouard could be Celtic’s next big export after impressing with France’s U21s again...

Open Goal · Oct 4, 2019


Frank McAvennie joins Si Ferry to discuss the latest goings on in Scottish Football and how they might effect the outcome of this weekend’s SPFL games as he attempts another round of bookie bashing!

Celtic Fanzine · Sep 24, 2019

An Evening With Alan Thompson

We are delighted to announce that Alan Thompson will be joining us at Malones Glasgow for our Evening with series on Friday 22 November.

67HailHail · Sep 16, 2019

“I seen big Billy storm away” Celtic hero touches on controversial deal

Celtic great Peter Grant has touched on the controversial Mo Johnston snub that saw him sign for Rangers.

HITC · Sep 13, 2019

Frank McAvennie says Celtic youngster could be better than £62m player

Odsonne Edouard is leading the line for Neil Lennon’s Celtic at the moment...

HITC · Aug 31, 2019

Frank McAvennie shares criticism of Celtic star James Forrest

Continue reading “Frank McAvennie shares criticism of Celtic star James Forrest” on HITC.

The Dugout · Aug 23, 2019

Frank McAvennie says Celtic boss Neil Lennon didn’t sign Bolingoli or Jullien

Frank McAvennie has claimed Celtic boss, Neil Lennon, did not sign Boli Bolingoli or Christopher Jullien, for £3m or £7m respectively.

HITC · Jul 3, 2019

Frank McAvennie reacts to what Celtic man Griffiths did on Tuesday

The Celtic hitman missed the second half of last season...

Football Scotland · Jun 24, 2019

Breaking down Frank McAvennie’s column on Partick Thistle’s LGBT+ kit gesture

“It’s all about opinions” protests man responsible for abysmal opinion...

FootballFanCast · Jun 20, 2019

“Used more sparingly” – McAvennie expects reduced role for Celtic mainstay next season

Former Celtic favourite Frank McAvennie expects manager Neil Lennon to use Scott Brown in a reduced role next season...

67HailHail · Jun 20, 2019

Former great expects a significant new arrival at Celtic

Former Celtic great Frank McAvennie expects Neil Lennon to add to his coaching staff in the coming weeks.

67HailHail · Jun 19, 2019

Celtic legend expresses forthright opinion which could split support down the middle

Celtic legend Frank McAvennie has expressed an opinion which could spilt the Hoops’ support down the middle.

HITC · Jun 19, 2019

Frank McAvennie pleas for replacement as £24k-a-week Celtic star reportedly nears exit

Mikael Lustig is reportedly on the verge of leaving Celtic...

HITC · Jun 19, 2019

Frank McAvennie disappointed Celtic are not signing future ‘superstar’

Reported Celtic target David Turnbull is claimed to be on his way to Norwich City...

HITC · Jun 19, 2019

‘It’s dangerous’: Frank McAvennie reacts to what he’s hearirng about Celtic

Celtic are two Scottish Premiership titles away from an elusive 10-in-a-row...

Celtic Quick News · Jun 13, 2019

Billy Remembered: Frank Mcavennie

IT’S Day Thirteen of CQN’s tribute to Celtic legend Billy McNeill.

Scotzine · Jun 10, 2019


TODAY, in Part Six of Scotzine’s salute to Denis Law, Scotland’s favourite footballing son, we offer a platform for other legends to have their say.

Celts Are Here · May 22, 2019

Attention Seeking Former Celt Shares Neil Lennon Dressing Room Story

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie feels comfortable telling his pals at Open Goal Sport about what’s going on in the Celtic dressing room apparently.

67HailHail · May 18, 2019

Former attacker’s disclosure may explain recent Celtic performances

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has made a revelation that may well explain Celtic’s performances under Neil Lennon.

Football Scotland · May 18, 2019

Celtic star said ‘Brendan Rodgers never shouted at us’ after Neil Lennon rollicking claims Frank McAvennie

The former Hoops striker suggest one player had taken exception to Lennon’s methods...

Read Celtic · May 17, 2019

Ex-Celtic star brands Oliver Burke’s Rangers performance ‘a disgrace’

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind and he has not held back in his critique of Oliver Burke’s performance in last weekend’s Glasgow Derby...

Football Scotland · May 17, 2019

Celtic legend slams Oliver Burke’s Rangers performance as ‘a disgrace’

Frank McAvennie pulled no punches when it comes to the on-loan winger...

HITC · May 17, 2019

Frank McAvennie claims departing Celtic player a disgrace

Oliver Burke did not play well for Celtic against Rangers at Ibrox last weekend...

Football Scotland · May 11, 2019

Celtic’s Mikael Lustig’s time is up at the club says Frank McAvennie

The former striker is a fan of the Swede, but thinks the Hoops need to bring on younger players...

Inside Futbol · May 11, 2019

Time’s Up – Former Celtic Star Thinks Bhoy Should Leave Celtic Park In Summer

Frank McAvennie believes Mikael Lustig has now reached the end of his time at Celtic...

FootballFanCast · May 7, 2019

“Why would you want to move” – Former Bhoys star issues strong verdict on Celtic ace’s future

Former Celtic player Frank McAvennie has issued his verdict on the future of the Scottish Premiership Player of the Year James Forrest, and believes he should not want to leave Parkhead...

67HailHail · May 7, 2019

Former Celtic striker makes bizarre claim about recent award winner

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has made a bizarre claim about the newly crowned Scottish player of the year James Forrest.

Football Scotland · May 7, 2019

Celtic legend says Brendan Rodgers is responsible for James Forrest’s improvement

Frank McAvennie also recognises Paddy Roberts’ role...

Daily Record · May 7, 2019

Frank McAvennie reveals two key reasons why Celtic’s James Forrest has improved so much

The 27-year-old has been a big reason why the Parkhead outfit have secured eight-in-a-row this year...

67HailHail · May 1, 2019

“I was laughing” Celtic hero not impressed with rival’s targets

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has claimed that he was laughing when he heard about Rangers’ signing targets.

Football Scotland · Apr 29, 2019

Former Celtic star says Rangers signings for next season have left him laughing

The Gers have already secured Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie, but Frank McAvennie feels that might not be enough...

67HailHail · Apr 16, 2019

“He’s coming on” Celtic hero delighted with rapid progress of star man

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie is delighted with the progress of Odsonne Edouard at Parkhead.

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