Paddy McCourt

Paddy McCourt was born in Derry, Ireland on 16 December 1983 (age 36).

The lure of joining Celtic, the club he had supported as a boy, persuaded McCourt to move to Glasgow and, on 19 June 2008, he signed for a fee of £200,000 after agreeing a three-year contract. The manager who signed him, Gordon Strachan, would later claim that McCourt was “as gifted a footballer as I have ever seen.”

McCourt made his competitive debut for Celtic on 25 October 2008 in a 4–2 win over Hibernian. In his first season, he featured primarily for the Celtic reserve team, playing in the deciding game on 28 April 2009 against Rangers reserves to clinch the Reserve League Title for the Hoops for the eighth season in succession.

On 23 September 2009, McCourt opened his goalscoring account for Celtic with a memorable goal in a League Cup match at Falkirk, in which he beat five defenders before chipping the ball over Bairns goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik. He then scored his first SPL goal on his first league start three days later against St Mirren, which saw him go past six defenders before beating the goalkeeper. On 24 January 2010, McCourt bagged his second league goal for Celtic against St Johnstone after a mazy run and finish into the top right hand corner, from just inside the penalty box. English Premier League newcomers Blackpool expressed an interest in McCourt following his performances throughout the 2009–10 season, prompting Celtic to offer him an improved contract, which he duly signed.

In the first game of the 2010–11 SPL season, McCourt scored the only goal of the game against newly promoted Inverness CT with a now-typical solo run and shot, beating three defenders and then netting from the edge of the box. He scored his second goal of the season – his first at Celtic Park – in Celtic’s 3–0 victory over Hearts on 11 September 2010, beating three players before chipping the goalkeeper. On 6 November 2010, McCourt netted the final goal of Celtic’s 9–0 demolition of Aberdeen. Later that month, he scored Celtic’s 600th home SPL goal in a 2–2 draw with Inverness at Celtic Park, with another jinking run and precise finish. On 29 December 2010, McCourt scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win against Motherwell. On 26 January, McCourt added another SPL goal in a 4–0 win over Hearts. He came on as a substitute in the 2011 Scottish Cup Final on 21 May 2011, a 3–0 win over Motherwell, to win his first silverware in Scotland. On 15 August 2011 it was reported that several English clubs, including Liverpool, were interested in buying him.

McCourt was mainly used as a late substitute over the course of the next two seasons, failing to score a single goal, though he was part of the Celtic team that won both the 2011–12 and 2012–13 SPL titles, as well as the 2013 Scottish Cup. In the final at Hampden Park, a 3–0 victory over Hibernian, he entered play as a substitute and was handed the captain’s armband in what proved to be his final appearance for the club. McCourt left Celtic after his contract expired in June 2013, having played in a total of 88 games, scoring ten goals. On 6 August 2013, he began training with Hibernian to try and win a contract, but no move materialised.

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VideoCelts · Jun 19

Paddy McCourt responds to mistaken birthday wishes

VideoCelts · May 23

Watch live as over 40,000 Celtic fans join in online title party

Spencer Vignes with A Celtic State of Mind

ACSOM · May 12

Colin Watt with A Celtic State of Mind – Paddy McCourt – Celtic’s Quintessential Cult Player

VideoCelts · Mar 21

‘You dribble round it’ Celtic fans respond as Paddy McCourt reveals he is in self-isolation

The curious case of Paddy McCourt, one of Northern Ireland and Celtic’s most gifted players this century

Read Celtic · Jan 27

“Greatest player to ever play for the club” – These fans react as ex-Celtic star reminisces about Hoops career

67HailHail · Jan 6

Ronny Deila wasn’t the only Celtic favourite celebrating a new job on Monday

Derry City appoint Paddy McCourt as technical director and increase playing budget by 30 percent

Evening Times · Jan 6

Celtic hero Paddy McCourt unveiled as Technical Director at Derry City

Celts Are Here · Dec 13, 2019

Paddy McCourt Rightly Pinpoints Unsung Hero From Celtic Coaches

Soccerlens · Nov 8, 2019

Paddy McCourt and Frank McAvennie react to Celtic win vs Lazio on Twitter

The Celtic Star · Nov 3, 2019

Ex-Celt pays Rising Star Huge Compliment

Celts Are Here · Nov 2, 2019

Paddy McCourt Delivers Celtic Semi-Final Verdict

Caught Offside · Sep 23, 2019

Video: Former Celtic flop scores long range rocket to clinch league title

Cmon The Hoops Celtic · Aug 18, 2019

Paddy McCourt player profile | Derry Pele | celticfc

HITC · Aug 4, 2019

Paddy McCourt reacts to frightening Celtic result on Twitter

67HailHail · Jul 20, 2019

Exciting signing has all the makings of a Celtic cult hero

Off the Ball · May 25, 2019

Off the Ball Podcast: 25 May Paddy McCourt Stevie Frail and Chris Bungard

Celts Are Here · May 5, 2019

Former Celtic Players Congratulate Club Over Social Media

VideoCelts · Feb 26, 2019

Former Celt close to tears over Rodgers shock

The Scotsman · Feb 25, 2019

Ex-Celtic star posts amusing tweet about being a sub at Parkhead

The Celtic Star · Jan 28, 2019

Scotty Sinclair, curious criticism – McCourt and McGregor have their say

VideoCelts · Dec 16, 2018

Three special Celtic birthdays

Talking Baws · Dec 1, 2018

Celtic Hero Paddy McCourt Absolutely Slates Sol Campbell Saying His Arrogance Is ‘Different Level’

Celts Are Here · Nov 28, 2018

Paddy McCourt Sends Message to Retiring Ex-Celt

Celtic FC · Nov 22, 2018

Celtic View Exclusive: Derry Pele looks ahead to a new challenge

A Celtic State of Mind · Nov 10, 2018

Paddy McCourt with A Celtic State of Mind

BBC Sportsound · Nov 6, 2018

Sportsound Podcast: 06 Nov 18

Celts Are Here · Nov 4, 2018

‘Legend’ – Marc Crosas Acknowledges Celtic Connection

Not The View · Nov 4, 2018

Happy Retirement Paddy McCourt

Celts Are Here · Nov 3, 2018

Former Celtic Star Retires After Colourful Career

Daily Record · Nov 2, 2018

Celtic favourite Paddy McCourt’s career ends in tears as cult winger injured in final match

Celtic Quick News · Nov 2, 2018

Ex-Celtic Favourite to Quit

The Scotsman · Nov 2, 2018

Ex-Celtic ace Paddy McCourt to play last game for Finn Harps before retiring

VideoCelts · Oct 20, 2018

‘A great legacy’ Fans pay tribute as Paddy McCourt prepares for final bow

Talking Baws · Sep 24, 2018

Video: Paddy McCourt Scored a Trademark Stunning Solo Goal For Finn Harps at the Weekend

VideoCelts · Sep 24, 2018

Watch the fantastic slo-mo camerawork of Paddy McCourt’s latest solo spectacular

Celtic Quick News · Sep 19, 2018

‘Strachan Hadn’t a Clue,’ Mccourt

The Scotsman · Sep 19, 2018

Dermot Desmond ‘signed Paddy McCourt for Celtic’, player reveals

Open Goal · Sep 17, 2018

Si Ferry Meets. Paddy McCourt

VideoCelts · Sep 17, 2018

Watch Paddy McCourt’s pre-season confessions

Open Goal · Sep 17, 2018

Si Ferry Meets. Paddy McCourt

Celtic Quick News · Jul 9, 2018

Paddy Mccourt’s Celtic Return

Celtic FC Foundation · Jul 9, 2018

Paradise return for Paddy McCourt with Foundation charity match

Celtic FC · Jul 9, 2018

Paradise return for Paddy McCourt with Foundation charity match

Football Insider · May 16, 2018

‘Tedious’ – Paddy McCourt delivers verdict on Celtic dominance

The Celtic Star · May 16, 2018

‘The buzz is back,’ Paddy McCourt’s praise for Brendan Rodgers

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