Jimmy Johnstone

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic Legend Celtic hero Jimmy Johnstone. Jimmy Johnstone was born in Viewpark on 30 September 1944. Died 13 March 2006, aged 61

James Connolly “Jimmy” Johnstone, nicknamed “Jinky”, was a Scottish football player. Johnstone was best known for his time with Celtic, and was voted their best ever player by the club’s fans in 2002. He scored 129 goals for Celtic in 515 appearances.

Johnstone made his first team debut for Celtic on 27 March 1963 in a 6–0 defeat away against Kilmarnock in the league. His next appearance came a month later away against Hearts. He was again on the losing side, Celtic losing 4–3, but scored his first senior goal. Despite the defeats, Johnstone’s performances won him a place in the starting XI for the Scottish Cup Final on 4 May 1963 against Rangers. The young winger turned in a fine performance, helping Celtic to a credible 1–1 draw with his confident dribbling. He also scored a goal but it was disallowed due to a foul moments earlier by team-mate John Hughes. Inexplicably, Johnstone was dropped for the replay and Celtic were completely outclassed by Rangers who ran out comfortable 3–0 winners.

The following season saw Johnstone establish himself as a regular in the side. He played in 25 league games, scoring six goals. He also helped Celtic reach the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, scoring against FC Basel in a 5–0 win at Parkhead in the first round, and then scoring against MTK Budapest in a 3–0 win in the first leg of the semi-final. Celtic, however, lost 4–0 in the return match in Hungary and were knocked out on aggregate.

Celtic were struggling throughout the 1960s until Jock Stein arrived at the club in 1965. By this time Johnstone was struggling to hold down a regular spot in the first team. On arrival at Celtic, Stein had doubts about Johnstone, considering him to be too much of an individual player to the overall detriment of the team, and left him out of the team for the 1965 Scottish Cup Final. Johnstone soon won Stein round with his skill, and won his first winner’s medal on 23 October 1965 when he played in Celtic’s 2–1 win over Rangers in the Scottish League Cup Final. His 32 league appearances and nine goals over the course of the season helped Celtic to win their first league title in 12 years. Johnstone also helped Celtic reach their second European semi-final, scoring twice against Go Ahead Eagles en route, before losing 2–1 on aggregate to Liverpool in the Cup Winners’ Cup.

Johnstone was one of the “Lisbon Lions”, the team that won the then European Cup for Celtic in 1967. In an early round tie against Nantes, Johnstone’s trickery on the wing saw him dubbed “The Flying Flea” by the French press, whilst his performances over the course of the season saw him finish third in the European Footballer of the Year award.

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Over the years Celtic fans have worshipped strikers probably more than the rest of the team – Jimmy Johnstone aside.

Celts Are Here · Apr 20

Dion Dublin Gives His Verdict on Next Full Time Celtic Manager During Live Broadcast

DION DUBLIN only had a short stint in Glasgow under Gordon Strachan back in the day but the former striker still speaks fondly of his time up north.

Celts Are Here · Apr 20

John Mclaughlin with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Awards.

Celts Are Here · Mar 25

Who is Celtic’s player of the decade?

Many great players have donned the mighty green and white hoops of Celtic and the likes of Jimmy Johnstone, Paul McStay and Henrik Larsson all embody by-gone era’s...

Celts Are Here · Mar 25

Jimmy Johnstone | Lord of the Wing | Celtic Fc

Keith from cmon the hoops celtic talking about jinky the Lord of the wing 10 honours for celtic, 500 apps for the hoops and 129 goals...

Read Celtic · Mar 14

Simpson? Bonner? Who has been Celtic’s greatest ever goalkeeper?

Most Celtic heroes from down the years are attacking players – they had flair, skill and pace.

Read Celtic · Mar 14
The Celtic Star · Mar 13

‘Jinky – Planes, taxis and rowing boats,’ Matt Corr’s tribute

“On the day we remember a wonderful Celt, here’s my tribute to the little genius, published on The Celtic Star on what would have been his 74th birthday, last September.

The Celtic Star · Mar 13
VideoCelts · Feb 19

Hartson makes amazing Scott Brown claim

You talk about Henrik Larsson and Jimmy Johnstone, Paul McStay, Jimmy McGrory, the Lisbon Lions and Billy McNeill, but for me Scott Brown has joined the list of legends at Celtic Park...

VideoCelts · Feb 19

Agnes Johnstone with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Awards.

Celtic Quick News · Dec 19, 2018

Confirmed: 500 Not Out for Broony

SKIPPER Scott Brown will make his 500th appearance for Celtic against Motherwell at Parkhead tonight.

Celtic Quick News · Dec 19, 2018
The Celtic Star · Dec 17, 2018

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, 2018
The Celtic Star · Nov 8, 2018

‘The day Jimmy Johnstone signed for Celtic,’ Jim Craig

Born on 30 September 1944, Jimmy Johnstone grew up in Viewpark, Lanarkshire, where a close-knit family unit made his early life a very happy one...

The Celtic Star · Nov 8, 2018
The Celtic Star · Oct 29, 2018

Jim Craig – Bobby Lennox wins the League Cup for Celtic

Celtic had been very impressive as they made their way through the early rounds of the League Cup in 1966.

The Celtic Star · Oct 29, 2018
The Scotsman · Oct 3, 2018

Jimmy Johnstone’s personalised car number plates up for auction

Collectors of Celtic memorabilia are in for a treat next week as two rare items take centre stage at an auction in 
Glasgow...

The Scotsman · Oct 3, 2018
Glasgow Live · Oct 2, 2018

Jinky Johnstone’s private number plate and rare 1919 Celtic medal up for auction in Glasgow

Both pieces of club history are expected to fetch a pretty penny when they go under the hammer next week...

Glasgow Live · Oct 2, 2018
The Celtic Star · Mar 13

‘The pitch was my stage, the whistle meant it was showtime,’ Jinky

There’s a flash a turn and he spins away The greatest ever Celt a legend of his day A natural talent so hard to find Wee Jinky Johnstone, one of a kind...

The Celtic Star · Mar 13

1st March 1969: Celtic v St Johnstone – Scottish Cup Quarter-final

25th February 1969 The reports in the press informed us that Jinky had volunteered to play against Clyde in last night’s Scottish Cup replay at Parkhead although he was suffering from an ear infection...

The Celtic Star · Nov 8, 2018

Jim Craig – On this day, we signed the greatest ever Celtic star

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The Celtic Star · Nov 8, 2018
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