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.

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The Boot Room · Aug 13

Frank McAvennie delivers honest verdict as Albian Ajeti swaps West Ham for Celtic in £5m move

Celtic Exclusive: I’ve been told Real Reason Ajeti barely seen at West Ham – McAvennie

Exclusive: Celtic told to sign ‘next Bobo Balde’ after big development

Ibrox Exclusive: McAvennie suggests Rangers title advantage after huge Celtic update

‘He will never play for Celtic again’ – Exclusive: McAvennie shares huge senior star claim

‘He’s given Lenny a headache’ – Exclusive: McAvennie claim about hardly-seen Celtic player

Exclusive: McAvennie shocked as Celtic offer reported one-year striker deal

‘Wow… Going to make him angry’ – Exclusive: Top pundit reacts to claim about Celtic star

McAvennie Exclusive: Celtic will need to offload before signing ‘Wonderful’ midfielder

‘Stupid money’ – Exclusive: McAvennie reacts to big development in Celtic bid to sign Toney

67HailHail · Aug 3

Frank McAvennie cools war of words with Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

McAvennie Responds to Edouard Jibe

Edouard Didn’t Make McAvennie Look Like An Idiot. McAvennie Did That All By Himself.

Indy Celts · Aug 3

Edouard slams former Celt and shows why he is the best in the land

Glasgow Live · Aug 3

Disinterested Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard proved me right by Frank McAvennie

HITC · Aug 3

Celtic star Odsonne Edouard emphatically mocks Frank McAvennie on Twitter after 5-1 win

Disinterested? Edouard’s Cheeky Dig at Macca

Soccerlens · Aug 3

Odsonne Edouard reacts to Celtic legend’s criticism with four-word social media post

Odsonne Edouard makes Celtic legend look foolish with cheeky tweet after today’s hattrick

Odsonne Edouard Mocks Pundits With Social Media Post

Glasgow Live · Aug 2

Odsonne Edouard bites back at Frank McAvennie’s claim

Daily Record · Aug 2

Odsonne Edouard takes pop at Celtic legend as Hoops star responds to criticism

‘Maybe next year’ – Exclusive: McAvennie claims Celtic 21y/o can’t ‘hack it for a full season’

‘So what?’ – Exclusive: Frank McAvennie backs Celtic star after Lennon & Sutton backlash

The Celtic Blog · Jul 30

Frank McAvennie Is The Latest Ex-Celt To Find Turning On Us Gets You Easy Headlines.

BBC Sportsound · Jul 30

Sportsound Podcast 30 Jul 20

Celts Are Here · Jul 30

Attention Seeking Former Celt Has a Go at Odsonne Edouard

‘Did not want to be there’ – Exclusive: McAvennie claims Celtic star looks unhappy in preseason

‘Agents will be phoning’ – Exclusive: Lennon tipped to make signing if Celtic star slips up

The Celtic Star · Jul 29

“I Think They’ve Signed Him,” McAvennie Claims Barkas Deal Is Complete

‘I think they’ve signed him’ – Exclusive: McAvennie claims Celtic set for imminent announcement

Celtic Exclusive: McAvennie can’t believe what’s happening with Ntcham & Rogic

Exclusive: Top pundit fumes at Celtic treatment of two first-team stars in pre-season

‘He can hit a 60-yard pass & I am like, Wow’ – Exclusive: Macca begs for Celtic player promotion

No good enough – Exclusive: McAvennie digs at Celtic signing he’s seen twice in last week

‘He’s a liability’ – Exclusive: Macca rips into Celtic player & hits out at Brown

Exclusive: Celtic star blasted for ‘not living in real world’ after big Lennon transfer update

The Celtic Blog · Jul 22

Neil Lennon Did Not Say “Every Player Is For Sale.” What A Ridiculous Twist On His Words.

‘Celtic fans don’t want to hear that from Lenny when we’re going for 10’ – McAvennie Exclusive

Exclusive: McAvennie expecting centre-back to sign for Celtic

The Celtic Star · Jul 20

‘Cut him some slack’, McAvennie backs Griffiths to get himself fit

67HailHail · Jul 19

Frank McAvennie believes Leigh Griffiths will be fit and ready for start of Celtic season

Exclusive: Lennon pal shares Celtic plan for Dembele next season

‘He’s the best kid this Celtic team’s ever seen in training’ – McAvennie Exclusive

Exclusive: Top pundit tips Celtic star to sign new deal & ‘Go down in folklore’

Celtic Exclusive: McAvennie shares great insight on transfer plans of his ‘neighbour’ Edouard

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