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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Jim Craig – Willie Miller’s Celtic debut

There were 16 teams in the Scottish League, Southern Division for the 1942/43 season and this was Celtic’s third match of the campaign.

The Celtic Star · Aug 20

Jim Craig – Celtic went on the rampage, winning 8-2

Celtic had picked up a League/League Cup double in season 1965/66 and went into the following campaign hoping for more.

The Celtic Star · Aug 20
The Celtic Star · Aug 19

Jim Craig – ‘The Albion Rovers centre-half was a certain Jock Stein’

In the summer of 1944, with the 2nd World War nearing its conclusion, Celtic were playing in the Southern Division of the Scottish league and had opened the campaign with a fine 4-1 victory over Hearts at Parkhead...

The Celtic Star · Aug 19
The Celtic Star · Aug 18

Jim Craig – Jimmy Delaney, a shining light for Celtic fans in those tough years

When Celtic met Hearts at Tynecastle on this day in 1934 in a league match, it turned out to be a rather disappointing affair with a 0-0 scoreline, the only redeeming feature the promising play of Celtic’s outside-right, one Jimmy Delaney, making his first-team debut...

The Celtic Star · Aug 18
The Celtic Star · Aug 15

Jim Craig – Dick Beattie, Celtic’s goalie, Hampden in the Sun

The European Cup win over Inter Milan at Lisbon must surely rank as the best-ever victory in the whole history of Celtic Football Club...

The Celtic Star · Aug 15
The Celtic Star · Aug 14

Jim Craig – Liam Brady’s three summer signings

At the end of his first season in charge at Celtic Park – in the summer of 1992 – Liam Brady had overseen the outgoing of a succession of fringe players who had spent some time in the reserve side...

The Celtic Star · Aug 14
The Celtic Star · Aug 12

Jim Craig – Derek Whtye’s moral affected by contract issues, Happy Birthday to Moussa Dembele

Centre-half Derek Whyte was only 17 and a half when he made his debut for Celtic against Hearts in a league match on 22 February 1986...

The Celtic Star · Aug 12
The Celtic Star · Aug 11

Jim Craig: Forgotten boots hands Celtic debut to promising youngster, Bobby Murdoch

In the early 1960s, Celtic were in the doldrums. They certainly had some fine players in the side like right- back Dunky McKay, among the first of the overlapping fullbacks; Pat Crerand at right-half, noted for the precision of his passing, with both long and short balls; and a promising centre-half called Billy McNeill, of...

The Celtic Star · Aug 11
The Celtic Star · Aug 11

Jim Craig – Forgotten boots hands Celtic debut to promising youngster, Bobby Murdoch

In the early 1960s, Celtic were in the doldrums. They certainly had some fine players in the side like right- back Dunky McKay, among the first of the overlapping fullbacks; Pat Crerand at right-half, noted for the precision of his passing, with both long and short balls; and a promising centre-half called Billy McNeill, of...

The Celtic Star · Aug 11
The Celtic Star · Aug 10

Jim Craig – Celtic steal Everton’s star left back

The move by Dan Doyle on this day in 1891 from Everton to Celtic was rather an unusual one.

The Celtic Star · Aug 10

Jim Craig – Trooper Joe Cassidy, Celtic’s hotshot

After the long and wonderful career of the ‘Iron Man’ – Jimmy Quinn, 331 outings, 216 goals – and the shorter but equally successful period when Jimmy McColl was front man – 169 appearances, 123 goals -the next incumbent at centre-forward – Joe Cassidy – was going to have a hard time matching up...

Jim Craig – Opening day in Centenary Season

When Billy McNeill was appointed manager of Celtic for the second time in May 1987, he realised that the side needed strengthening and made some quick decisions.

Jim Craig – Penny pinching from the Celtic Board

On this day in 1993, Liam Brady was in charge as Celtic prepared for a visit to Fir Park where they would meet Motherwell in the opening league match of the new season...

Jim Craig – Billy Connolly’s half time performance

Only one week previously, Celtic had travelled to Lithuania for the first leg of this Champions League qualifier and came away with a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Jim Craig: First Day back in Paradise

Celtic are Back Home in Paradise – That was the headline in one paper the day following the Celtic/Newcastle match which marked the opening of the North Stand on this day in 1995...

The Celtic Star · Aug 21

Jim Craig – The First Glasgow International Exhibition Cup

The First Glasgow International Exhibition was opened on 8 May 1888 by the Prince and Princess of Wales, the future King Edward V11 and Queen Alexandra (pictured above!

The Celtic Star · Aug 21
The Celtic Star · Aug 17

‘When Chopper played, we all played,’ Jim Craig

After a trophy-less season in 1990/91, manager Liam Brady appeared to think that a change was needed in central defence so, on 8 July 1991, Paul Elliott left the club to join Chelsea for a reported fee of around £1.4million, to be replaced by Gary Gillespie from Liverpool, whose transfer cost the club in the...

The Celtic Star · Aug 17
The Celtic Star · Aug 17

Jim Craig – ‘When Chopper played, we all played’

After a trophy-less season in 1990/91, manager Liam Brady appeared to think that a change was needed in central defence so, on 8 July 1991, Paul Elliott left the club to join Chelsea for a reported fee of around £1.4million, to be replaced by Gary Gillespie from Liverpool, whose transfer cost the club in the...

The Celtic Star · Aug 17
The Celtic Star · Aug 16

Jim Craig – Tom Sinclair, 6 clean sheets from 6 games for Celtic, before returning to Rangers!

In the early years of the 20th Century, the stars of teams like Celtic were awarded a benefit match, very often against old rivals Rangers, as a reward for lengthy service...

The Celtic Star · Aug 16
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