Jim Craig

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Jim Craig. Jim Craig was born in Govan, Glasgow on 30 April 1943 (age 75).

Craig joined Celtic in 1963, on amateur terms, so as to allow him to complete his studies and having done so, signed as a full professional in January 1965.

Craig’s abilities and style of play matched manager Jock Stein’s tactical philosophy and he soon displaced Willie O’Neill and Ian Young as Celtic’s regular right back. Stein encouraged his fullbacks to overlap the side’s midfield to provide additional support to the forwards, in the style of the modern wing-back role, and in Craig and left back Tommy Gemmell he found willing protagonists.

During his tenure at Parkhead, Craig collected 14 domestic honours as well as a European Cup medal in 1967. He made 231 appearances for Celtic scoring 6 goals. He won one cap for the Scotland national side.

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The Celtic Star · Dec 18

Jim Craig – Two game Celts

A number of Celtic players have only managed two games for the club, men like centre-forward Thomas Allan, who played twice between 1910 and 1913; Jimmy Crozier in 1928/1929; Willie Brown at the end of the 1st World War; Jimmy Docherty in 1955; Sammy Henderson in the 1960s; Jim McInally in the 1980s and Mark...

The Celtic Star · Dec 18
The Celtic Star · Dec 17

Jim Craig – ‘The best performance he had ever seen,’ Jinky’s finest game

Surprisingly enough, in season 1969/1970, as the festive season approached, Celtic had lost three times in 15 league games, to Dunfermline, Hearts and Hibs, and those results seemed to have affected the attendances of the time...

The Celtic Star · Dec 17
The Celtic Star · Dec 16

Jim Craig – 3-1 down at Ibrox, Celtic come storming back

There were so many packed into Ibrox on this day in 1895 for the Glasgow Cup final that the crowd encroached on to the pitch at both the Copeland Road end and the North Stand.

The Celtic Star · Dec 16
The Celtic Star · Dec 15

Jim Craig – Essie Fallon Tribute

On behalf of the all players at Celtic Park in the 1960s and early 1970s, may I take this opportunity to express our sincere condolences to John Fallon on the loss of his wife Esther...

The Celtic Star · Dec 15
The Celtic Star · Dec 15

Jim Craig – Dundee Captain Tommy Gemmell looked rather embarrassed

Due to the State of Emergency being in force, the League Cup final between Celtic and Dundee only attracted a crowd of just over 27,000 and kicked off at 1.30pm on this day in 1973...

The Celtic Star · Dec 15
The Celtic Star · Dec 14

Jim Craig – A Rebel Treble for this scoreline, Celtic 6 Rangers 2…

Every modern Celtic fan can recall with some satisfaction the date of the 27 August 2000, when the Hoops defeated Rangers 6-2.

The Celtic Star · Dec 14
The Celtic Star · Dec 13

Jim Craig – Former Celtic star John Colrain and Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra

As Celtic tried to emulate the success of the Busby Babes at Manchester United with the Kelly Kids at Parkhead in the late 1950s, quite a number of young men got a chance in the first-team...

The Celtic Star · Dec 13
The Celtic Star · Dec 12

Jim Craig – Old Trafford, Celtic play those Rapid Vienna cheats

The first leg of the Cup Winners’ Cup 2nd round tie between Rapid Vienna and Celtic – held in the Austrian capital – resulted in a fine 3-1 victory for Rapid, with Brian McClair getting the Hoops’ only goal.

The Celtic Star · Dec 12
The Celtic Star · Dec 11

Jim Craig – Goalkeepers and Celtic’s outside-left Hugh O’Donnell

After the death of John Thomson in 1931, Joe Kennaway was brought over from Canada to replace him and held the position for the remainder of the 1930s.

The Celtic Star · Dec 11
The Celtic Star · Dec 10

Jim Craig – Three future Celts were in the Jags side

At the end of October 1977, Celtic were placed 7th in the league table, 8 points adrift of Rangers.

The Celtic Star · Dec 10

Jim Craig – After a protest, Celtic hit Clyde for nine

In a fourth round tie of the club’s first-ever Scottish Cup, in November 1888, Celtic lost to Clyde 1-0 at Celtic Park but immediately lodged a protest, stating that since Clyde had turned up late, the match had finished late, in semi-darkness and stormy conditions...

Jim Craig – Rock bottom after drawing a blank against AC Milan

Celtic had been drawn in a tough section in the Champions League group stages in season 2004/05, alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Barcelona and AC Milan.

Jim Craig – Remembering Willie Lyon, Celtic’s Military Cross winning War Hero

Celtic won the Scottish Cup twice in the early years of the 1930s, both times against Motherwell and both matches at Hampden...

Jim Craig – 55,372 see Celtic beat Rangers in Cup Final

In season 1982/83, the League Cup still began with sectional ties and in that campaign, Celtic were paired with Dunfermline, Alloa Athletic and Arbroath...

Jim Craig – Beating Airdrie, happy birthday Tosh McKinlay

On this day in 1932, a Celtic party travelled by bus through to Broomfield, the home of Airdrie FC for a league match.

Jim Craig – The ‘first of the 6-2’ game

By December 1944, Celtic were in the Southern Division of the Scottish League and frankly, the club was not having a good season...

Jim Craig – Tommy Coyne got two and Charlie Nicholas one

To say that season 1989-90 was an up-and-down one for Celtic is something of an under-statement.

The Celtic Star · Nov 30

Jim Craig – 3-0 to Celtic and the fans went wild with delight

For the first – and only – time in the 1970s, Celtic won the League Cup in 1974 when Dixie Deans scored a hat-trick as Celtic overcame Hibs 6-3...

The Celtic Star · Nov 30
The Celtic Star · Nov 29

Jim Craig – Celtic play in the Unemployment Cup

After the Great War finished in 1918, many families found it hard to make ends meet, with jobs scarce and prices rising.

The Celtic Star · Nov 29

Jim Craig – Celtic’s Star Peter Scarff

A routine league match at Celtic Park, on this day in 1931, the Bhoys proving far too strong for the visitors from the east.

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