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 · Feb 10

Jim Craig – Dundee’s captain Tommy Gemmell, got a great reception from The Celtic support

At the beginning of February 1974, Celtic were top of the table, some ten points ahead of Rangers and heading for their 9th consecutive League title.

The Celtic Star · Feb 10

Jim Craig – Many Happy returns to Mick McCarthy

This league match played on this day in 1891 – between a Celtic side in 3rd place in the table and St Mirren in 8th spot in the ten-team league – was played before a crowd of 3,000 at First Celtic Park...

Jim Craig – Celtic’s top star Pat Crerand sold to Man Utd for just £56k

The early 1960s was not a good time for Celtic. Dundee and Rangers had the league title sewn up between them, Celtic lost in the final of the Scottish Cup to Jock Stein’s Dunfermline Athletic and the club just could not cope with the sectional stages of the League Cup, failing to qualify for the...

Jim Craig – Celtic’s hat-trick hero simply ‘disappeared’ after Scottish Cup win at Kynoch Park

Celtic’s opening tie in the Scottish Cup competition of 1928 turned out to be a fairly comfortable win over 2nd Division Bathgate; 21/01/28 – Bathgate (H) 3-1, 3,000 Obviously, a team from the lower leagues was not going to entice a big crowd to Celtic Park but for the fans who did turn up, goals...

Jim Craig – Jimmy McGrory (2), Bertie Thomson, Alec Thomson and Peter Scarff all scored

This Scottish Cup match was First Division versus Second Division, so no Celtic fan was expecting anything other than a comfortable win for the Hoops...

The Celtic Star · Jan 31

Jim Craig – When the final whistle blew, the score was 4-2 to Celtic

On 27 January 1951, at Bayview, Celtic were quite fortunate to gain a draw in a first-round Scottish Cup tie with East Fife, the equaliser in the 2-2 draw coming in the 80th minute through Bobby Collins...

The Celtic Star · Jan 31
The Celtic Star · Jan 30

Jim Craig – Big Yogi ran riot that afternoon, scoring five

Halfway through December in 1964, Celtic were in 5th place in the league table, behind Hearts, Kilmarnock, Hibs and Dunfermline...

The Celtic Star · Jan 30
The Celtic Star · Jan 29

Jim Craig – Jimmy Walsh, Celtic’s goalscoring hero

At this time of season 1954-55, Celtic were in 2nd place in the league table, six points behind Aberdeen but also six points ahead of their opponents that afternoon, Hearts...

The Celtic Star · Jan 29
The Celtic Star · Jan 28

Jim Craig – Celtic on this day in the Scottish Cup, John Thomson’s Birthday

The month of January – and occasionally February – are the months when Celtic have, through the years, played their opening tie in the Scottish Cup...

The Celtic Star · Jan 28
The Celtic Star · Jan 27

Jim Craig – Goals from Bobby Carroll, John Divers and Mike Jackson see off Morton

Towards the end of January 1962, Celtic were lying in 3rd place in the league table, just behind Dundee and Rangers but ahead of Partick Thistle and Dunfermline...

The Celtic Star · Jan 27
The Celtic Star · Jan 26

Jim Craig – Lennox and Doyle get the goals as Celtic beat Raith Rovers

In season 1979-80, Celtic started their Scottish Cup campaign with a home tie against Raith Rovers, the match played on this day in 1980.

The Celtic Star · Jan 26
The Celtic Star · Jan 24

Jim Craig – A dramatic defeat for Celtic in the Scottish Cup at Motherwell

If some neutral stumbled across these offerings by chance, I would not be surprised if they came to the conclusion that Celtic won all the time and that every match in the Parkhead list of fixtures ended happily...

The Celtic Star · Jan 24
The Celtic Star · Jan 23

Jim Craig – Head Bhoy Joe Ledley and Bad Bhoy John Gilchrist

John Gilchrist was a right half who joined Celtic from St Anthony’s juniors in May 1919 at the age of 20 and made his first-team debut against Dumbarton in a league match on 18th August 1919...

The Celtic Star · Jan 23
The Celtic Star · Jan 22

Jim Craig – Celtic win Tennent’s Sixes, then it’s 6-0 in Scottish Cup

On 20 January 1992, Celtic won the Tennent’s Sixes for the first time by beating St Johnstone in the final at the SECC in Glasgow.

The Celtic Star · Jan 22
The Celtic Star · Jan 21

Jim Craig – Burntisland Shipyard, John Cushley and Alfredo Di Stefano to Celtic

For those of you unfamiliar with the place, Burntisland is a royal burgh and parish in Fife, on the northern shore of the Firth of Forth.

The Celtic Star · Jan 21
The Celtic Star · Jan 20

Jim Craig – Celtic’s speedy outside-left Davie Hamilton

Speedy outside-left Davie Hamilton joined Celtic from Cambuslang Hibs in April 1902 and from that point on, he played his part in all the big Celtic moments of the following ten years, like the British Exhibition Cup win of 1902, when Celtic beat Rangers 3-2 at Cathkin, the six-in a –row championship successes between 1905...

The Celtic Star · Jan 20
The Celtic Star · Jan 25

Jim Craig – The call went out to Joe Kennaway

When Celtic went on their first tour of North America in 1931, one of the 13 matches they played was against a side called Fall River in Massachusetts on 31 May...

The Celtic Star · Jan 25
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