James Kelly

Celtic hero James Kelly was born in Renton, West Dunbartonshire on 15 October 1865. He passed away on 20 February 1932, aged 66.

James Kelly was a Scottish footballer who mainly played for Celtic after being signed from Renton where he had won the Scottish Cup twice. He was a Centre-half and was the first team captain of the Club and played in the Club’s first ever match a 5-2 win against Rangers. He was capped 8 times by Scotland and scored 1 goal. He also appeared seven times for the Scottish League XI. After retiring as a player, Kelly became a director of Celtic, serving as chairman between 1909 and 1914. His descendants Michael Kelly and Kevin Kelly also became Celtic directors.

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