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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‘I know Scott Brown & he’ll be Raging’ – Exclusive: Pundit on Celtic meltdown

‘I keep Hearing…’ – Exclusive: McAvennie drops ‘Big’ Rogic-Celtic claim ahead of tonight

Exclusive: McAvennie reacts as Celtic work on £10m-valued signing – ‘We need Experience’

Pundit Exclusive: Lennon told to axe Celtic attacker & start 30-yr-old in next 2 games

Exclusive: McAvennie slams Celtic stars for their handling of barely-seen teammate

‘I hope the boy can come through this’ – McAvennie frets about Celtic regular starter

Transfer Tavern · Oct 21

‘I think he will’ – Celtic legend makes prediction about Scott Brown’s Parkhead future

‘So Messed up’ – Exclusive: McAvennie fumes at major Celtic development

‘I have heard…’ – Exclusive: Scots pundit drops big Scott Brown-Celtic reveal

Celtic star rumoured to be set for contract extension

‘Celtic will put an offer on the table’ – Exclusive: McAvennie drops big contract claim

The Boot Room · Oct 16

Derek Ferguson and Frank McAvennie predict Saturday clash between Celtic and Rangers

Exclusive: McAvennie drops Kris Boyd claim ahead of Celtic v Rangers

Exclusive: McAvennie drops Celtic v Rangers prediction after big Edouard update

Ibrox Exclusive: Rangers hold ‘Massive advantage’ over Celtic amid Covid latest

Transfer Tavern · Oct 15

‘I hope I am wrong’ – Frank McAvennie fears for Celtic in derby clash for one reason

Exclusive: McAvennie reacts to ‘Massive’ Rangers update on ‘Magnificent’ player

Evening Times · Oct 14

Celtic vs Rangers: John Beaton ‘fear’ as Hoops hero claims ‘he is not very well liked’

‘I fear for Celtic’ – McAvennie worried by Beaton reveal ahead of Rangers: Ibrox Exclusive

Celts Are Here · Oct 14

Neil Lennon Set to Drop Celtic Star for Derby – Pundit Claims

Exclusive: Celtic exodus tipped by pundit after big Athletic reveal

‘I’ve got a feeling’ – Exclusive: Pundit drops bold Edouard claim amid Celtic covid updates

‘I mean…Wow’ – Exclusive: McAvennie reveals what he’s been told about new Celtic signing

Ibrox Exclusive: Celtic tipped to axe 22-yr-old for Rangers after ‘Exceptional’ development

‘Now he has got a fight’ – Frank McAvennie fears for Celtic regular’s place in Lennon’s first XI

‘What a CV he has’ – Frank McAvennie raves over ‘great signing for Celtic’

‘One thing we know…’ – Exclusive: Pundit on Greg Taylor future after latest Celtic signing

‘What a CV he has’ – Exclusive: McAvennie drops big Celtic signing claim

‘I hear he’s doing extra training’ – Exclusive: Pundit drops Celtic man reveal ahead of Rangers

Video: Trip Down Memory Lane – Late Celtic Goal Flurry Knocks Honved Out Of The European Cup (1988)

Macca Exclusive: Celtic star may miss Rangers clash after big update

‘Real Swagger about him’ – Exclusive: McAvennie Wowed by barely-seen Celtic youngster

‘I heard he’s leaving’ – Exclusive: McAvennie shares update on big Celtic favourite

Exclusive: ‘Incredible’ Celtic player tipped to replace Forrest after big update

Exclusive: McAvennie drops big Leigh Griffiths claim after Celtic development

McAvennie Exclusive: Celtic 25-yr-old has the same problem as Alfredo Morelos

‘He’s been on the golf course too much’ – Exclusive: McAvennie mocks Commons after Celtic dig

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic told to sign defender after Kris Commons verdict

‘Huge problem for Lenny’ – Exclusive: Two Celtic star men told by pundit to ‘Sort it out’

‘Exactly what West Ham need’ – Exclusive: McAvennie Wowed by Celtic ace involved tonight

Read Celtic · Sep 24

Celtic tipped to sign Scott McKenna next year

Exclusive: Celtic tipped to sign defender ‘Very much like Duffy’ next summer after £3m deal

Pundit Exclusive: Lennon told to axe Celtic 25-yr-old & start barely-seen midfielder v Riga

‘I feel for McInnes’ – Exclusive: McAvennie reacts after winner named in Celtic £3m star race

Read Celtic · Sep 23

Celtic show interest in signing Leeds’ Barry Douglas

Celts Are Here · Sep 23

‘Source’ tells Pundit, Celtic Working on £13kpw Premier League Deal

Soccerlens · Sep 22

‘I’ve been told by sources’ – Club legend hints Celtic could move for Leeds United player

Former Celtic Player Confident At Douglas Deal

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