Jimmy Johnstone

Lisbon Lion and Celtic Legend Celtic hero 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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ACSOM · Dec 9, 2019

Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – Jimmy Johnstone’s Legacy Can Be Found at Cathkin Park

Walking through the trees, catching a glimpse of the pitch with the lush green grass.

ACSOM · Oct 15, 2019

Margot McCuaig with A Celtic State of Mind – The life and times of Jimmy Johnstone

His flame-red curls like a fire in the glen, grace and poise juxtaposed with underdog victories, the self-destructive nature of a classic rogue, and the ability to play football like it was an art form Perhaps the life and times of Jimmy Johnstone was always destined to...

FootballFanCast · Oct 15, 2019

Scott Brown names the one Celtic legend he wishes he could’ve played with

Brown had a number of top players to choose from as Celtic have had some world-class talent over the years such as Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Johnstone, but it was another club legend that Brown most wanted to play with...

The Celtic Star · Sep 30, 2019

‘When Jinky played for San Jose,’ by Celtic’s American Blogger Larry Cafiero

There would be only a handful of reasons for me to blog outside my usual Tuesday/Thursday/gameday schedule, but this is definitely one of them: Happy Heavenly Birthday to the Celtic legend of legends, Jimmy Johnstone...

ACSOM · Sep 30, 2019

Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – Remembering Jimmy Johnstone: Born on this Day

After a fantastic tribute at the weekend for Hibernian legend Pat Stanton, it is also key to note that today would have been the 75th birthday of the late Jimmy Johnstone...

Celts Are Here · Sep 18, 2019

RIP Fernando Ricksen

It was with great sadness we heard of the passing of Fernando Ricksen this morning at the age of 44.

Evening Times · Jul 26, 2019

Frank Skinner on Lisbon Lions: Celtic was a big deal

TV personality Frank Skinner has revealed he was a big fan of Celtic’s legendary Lisbon Lions – even keeping a model of footballer Jimmy Johnstone in his childhood bedroom...

The Celtic Star · Jul 21, 2019

Jimmy Johnstone – A Little Man with a Big Heart and a Huge Talent

In over fifty years of following Celtic, for me there are three stars who shine just that bit brighter than any of the rest – Henrik, Kenny and Jinky.

Janefield Street · Jul 1, 2019

One of our own: In defence of Kieran Tierney

Celtic fans celebrate the good and the great that don the Celtic jersey, but when they are homegrown there is a special place reserved for these Celtic players in the hearts of the Celtic support – be it Billy McNeill, Jimmy Johnstone, Tommy Burns, Paul McStay.

Football Scotland · May 6, 2019

Real Madrid legend who called Jimmy Johnstone “the best player of his era” dies

Back in 2012, the keeper recalled Jinky’s mesmerising performance against Madrid on what was his debut for the club as they lost 1-0 to Jock Stein’s Celtic in Alfredo Di Stefano’s testimonial...

Celts Are Here · May 4, 2019

Celtic Fans Debut Hilarious New Steven Gerrard Song at Pittodrie

CELTIC FANS had a great time at Pittodrie today as the team ran riot in the second half to win 3-0 on the day.

Evening Times · Apr 24, 2019

‘It’s like losing family’: Celtic fans reflect after death of great Billy McNeill

A FRIEND of mine, a Celtic fan since she was knee-high to Jimmy Johnstone, logged onto her office computer yesterday morning...

Read Celtic · Apr 23, 2019

Attack attack attack: Why Celtic must play with two up top going forward

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

Celts Are Here · Apr 20, 2019

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 · Mar 25, 2019

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...

Cmon The Hoops Celtic · Mar 14, 2019

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...

The Celtic Network · Mar 13, 2019

Jimmy Johnstone On The Wing

Born on September 30th 1944 and taken from us on this day in 2006.

Celtic Quick News · Mar 2, 2019

Tommy Gemmell Remembered: Tg, Jimmy Johnstone and Rod Stewart

CELTIC legend Jimmy Johnstone was one of Tommy Gemmell’s best mates, on and off the pitch.

VideoCelts · Feb 19, 2019

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...

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.

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