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