John Hughes

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero John Hughes was born in Coatbridge, Scotland on 3 April 1943 (age 76).

Hughes signed for Celtic from Shotts Bon Accord in 1960, and scored 189 goals in 416 appearances during his eleven seasons with the club. He was part of the Celtic squad who won the 1967 European Cup and became known as the Lisbon Lions. Although Hughes was dropped for the side who won the final, he was awarded a winner’s medal in recognition of the part he played in the team. He had played in the requisite number of matches to qualify for a medal, as had Joe McBride and Charlie Gallagher.

Celtic reached the European Cup final for the second time in 1970, after they defeated English champions Leeds United in both legs of the semi-final. In the first leg, Celtic beat Leeds 1–0 at Elland Road with a goal from George Connelly. The second leg, which was played at Hampden Park in front of almost 140,000 people, was won 2–1 by Celtic. Hughes scored Celtic’s first goal in that match, after Billy Bremner had given Leeds an early lead and levelled the aggregate score. Celtic lost the final 2–1 after extra time to Dutch side Feyenoord, with Hughes playing the whole game. Despite playing primarily on the wing, Hughes remains one of Celtic’s highest all time highest goal scorers (6th) and is firmly established as a club legend.

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Herald Scotland · Jan 11

John Hughes compares Steven Gerrard’s Rangers revolution to Tommy Burns’s Celtic revival of the 90s

FOR Steven Gerrard’s Rangers revolution to be compared to the one undertaken by Tommy Burns at Celtic in the 90s is undoubtedly a compliment, but the Ibrox supporters will be hoping to avoid the same heartbreak that eventually befell one of their great rivals...

Evening Times · Jan 11

John Hughes compares Steven Gerrard’s Rangers revolution to Tommy Burns’s Celtic revival of the 90s

FOR Steven Gerrard’s Rangers revolution to be compared to the one undertaken by Tommy Burns at Celtic in the 90s is undoubtedly a compliment, but the Ibrox supporters will be hoping to avoid the same heartbreak that eventually befell one of their great rivals...

Former Celtic defender backs 19-caps Scotland international to fire Celtic to the title

Former Celtic defender John Hughes says that Leigh Griffiths can fire his old club to the Premiership title, and he can be the striker that Neil Lennon’s team are crying for...

John Hughes believes Olivier Ntcham should have started vs Rangers

It has already been a week since Celtic lost at home to the Rangers for the first time since 2010 but the defeat still stings as bad as ever.

67HailHail · Jan 4

Former Celtic man names player he wished had started in derby

Former Celtic centre-back John Hughes has named the player he wishes had started for the Hoops in the recent 2-1 defeat to Rangers.

67HailHail · Jan 4

Former manager details circumstances behind 30-goal man’s Celtic switch

Celtic’s Ryan Christie has turned out to be one of the Hoops’ best signings in recent years.

67HailHail · Jan 4

‘Never give up’ – former Celtic man still has faith in misfiring hitman

Former Celtic defender John Hughes has revealed that he still has faith in Leigh Griffiths’ ability as a player.

Scotzine · Jan 4

Ex-Celtic Star’s View on How Gers Beat Hoops

CELTIC failed to beat Rangers because they weren’t allowed to work a flanker.

Evening Times · Jan 3

Ryan Christie grab on Alfredo Morelos was ‘not quite Vinnie Jones’, says Hughes

RYAN CHRISTIE should be cleared of the charges brought against him for his clash with Alfredo Morelos in the O** F*** match, according to John Hughes...

John Hughes savouring title race, but says Neil Lennon will have plan to derail Rangers

JOHN HUGHES has fought tooth and nail for Celtic in a title race with Rangers before, so he knows a challenge for the flag when he sees it...

Evening Times · Jan 3

John Hughes savouring title race, but says Neil Lennon will have plan to derail Rangers

JOHN HUGHES has fought tooth and nail for Celtic in a title race with Rangers before, so he knows a challenge for the flag when he sees it...

John Hughes says Leigh Griffiths can come back and fire Celtic to the title

FORMER Celtic defender John Hughes says that Leigh Griffiths can fire his old club to the Premiership title, and he can be the striker that Neil Lennon’s team are crying out for...

Evening Times · Jan 3

John Hughes says Leigh Griffiths can come back and fire Celtic to the title

FORMER Celtic defender John Hughes says that Leigh Griffiths can fire his old club to the Premiership title, and he can be the striker that Neil Lennon’s team are crying out for...

Exclusive: Legend Pleads with Lenny

JOHN HUGHES, Celtic’s seventh-highest scorer with 189 goals, has urged Neil Lennon to add to Celtic’s firepower.

Not The View · Dec 30, 2019

Ian Young

December saw the passing of, over 160 appearances in the Hoops between 1961 and 1968 and still memorialised in song to this day: There’s Fallon, Young and Gemmell, who proudly wear the green, There’s Clark, McNeill and Kennedy the best there’s ever been, Jim Johnstone, Murdoch, Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes, And...

A Celtic State of Mind · Dec 26, 2019

John McInally Jr with A Celtic State of Mind

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

Celtic Quick News · Dec 6, 2019

Big Yogi Reveals Cup Final ‘Secret’

JOHN HUGHES was the Celtic hero when he was put on the spot TWICE when Celtic faced Rangers in the League Cup Final at Hampden on October 23 1965...

The Celtic Star · Nov 11, 2019

Christie Tips Ex-Celt Defender for Hibs Vacancy

Ryan Christie has tipped former Celtic defender, John Hughes for the vacancy at Easter Road.

Celtic Quick News · Oct 25, 2019

Exclusive: ‘Big Billy Would Have Been Proud,’ Roars Lisbon Lion

CELTIC legend John Hughes thought he was caught in a time-warp at Parkhead last night.

BBC Sportsound · Oct 22, 2019

Sportsound Podcast: 22 Oct 19

Ian McCall, John Hughes and new Ayr Utd manager Mark Kerr join Kenny Macintyre...

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