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.

Read Celtic · Jan 27

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

A number of Celtic fans have responded to Paddy McCourt’s Tweet about how he still ‘pinches himself’ when he looks back on his Hoops career...

67HailHail · Jan 6

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

Ronny Deila wasn’t the only Celtic fans favourite to bag a neat new gig on Monday.

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

The ex-Celtic winger has been working with the Candystripes as head of their youth academy for over a year...

Evening Times · Jan 6

Celtic hero Paddy McCourt unveiled as Technical Director at Derry City

Ex-Celtic star Paddy McCourt has been unveiled as Derry City’s new Technical Director...

Celts Are Here · Dec 13, 2019

Paddy McCourt Rightly Pinpoints Unsung Hero From Celtic Coaches

It might be a time since Paddy McCourt pulled on the Hoops for Celtic competitively but he is still an advocate for everything positive about Celtic, he is still a fan favourite too.

Soccerlens · Nov 8, 2019

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

originally posted on Celtic secured their passage to the Europa League last 32 after earning a pulsating 2-1 victory against Lazio in Italy on Thursday night.

The Celtic Star · Nov 3, 2019

Ex-Celt pays Rising Star Huge Compliment

Paddy McCourt has taken to Twitter to express his admiration for one of Celtic’s rising stars.

Celts Are Here · Nov 2, 2019

Paddy McCourt Delivers Celtic Semi-Final Verdict

The Derry Pele was a Celtic fan before he turned up at Celtic Park and he’s still very much a Celtic fan today.

Caught Offside · Sep 23, 2019

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

Celtic went through a phase of bringing players over from Ireland who you knew would never get a fair crack in the first team.

Cmon The Hoops Celtic · Aug 18, 2019

Paddy McCourt player profile | Derry Pele | celticfc

Keith talking about Paddy McCourt who played for the Hoops 66 Times bagged 9 goals from 2008 to 2013...

HITC · Aug 4, 2019

Paddy McCourt reacts to frightening Celtic result on Twitter

Celtic put St Johnstone to the sword with a seven-goal rout on Saturday...

67HailHail · Jul 20, 2019

Exciting signing has all the makings of a Celtic cult hero

Over the past decade at Celtic, there have been players that embody the term ‘cult hero’.

Off the Ball · May 25, 2019

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

Scottish Cup Moments, Euro Misery and Rating Your Rival...

Celts Are Here · May 5, 2019

Former Celtic Players Congratulate Club Over Social Media

Some former Celtic players were quick to congratulate Celtic yesterday after clinching eight in a row at Pittodrie.

VideoCelts · Feb 26, 2019

Former Celt close to tears over Rodgers shock

Paddy McCourt summed up the feelings of many Celtic supporters as news broke about Brendan Rodgers holding talks about leaving Celtic for Leicester City...

The Scotsman · Feb 25, 2019

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

Paddy McCourt posted an amusing tweet about his time at Celtic in relation to the Carabao Cup final on Sunday...

The Celtic Star · Jan 28, 2019

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

PADDY McCOURT, like Scotty Sinclair in the current Celtic team, had an excellent song bestowed on him by the support.

VideoCelts · Dec 16, 2018

Three special Celtic birthdays

Where would our lives be without the differing contributions of Tommy Burns, Paddy McCourt and Tom Rogic...

Talking Baws · Dec 1, 2018

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

Celtic hero Paddy McCourt has slated Sol Campbell after he was named the new boss of Macclesfield Town.

Celts Are Here · Nov 28, 2018

Paddy McCourt Sends Message to Retiring Ex-Celt

PADDY MCCOURT has extended well wishes to the retiring Robbie Keane as the former Spurs and Celtic striker hangs up his boots.

Celtic FC · Nov 22, 2018

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

FOR Celtic supporters he was, is and always will be the Derry Pele...

A Celtic State of Mind · Nov 10, 2018

Paddy McCourt with A Celtic State of Mind

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

BBC Sportsound · Nov 6, 2018

Sportsound Podcast: 06 Nov 18

We debate Alex McLeish’s Scotland squad, hear from ex-Celtic winger Paddy McCourt & talk about what can be done about coin throwing...

Celts Are Here · Nov 4, 2018

‘Legend’ – Marc Crosas Acknowledges Celtic Connection

FORMER Barca bhoy Marc Crosas wished his former teammate all the best for retirement this weekend as Paddy McCourt hung up his boots on Friday.

Not The View · Nov 4, 2018

Happy Retirement Paddy McCourt

So happy retirement then to the Derry Pele, the man with the twinkle toes and the seemingly indestructible liver.

Celts Are Here · Nov 3, 2018

Former Celtic Star Retires After Colourful Career

CELTIC have acknowledged former fan favourites retirement after Paddy McCourt hung up ho’s boots this week The former Celtic midfielder who was and probably still is a bit of a cult hero around these parts played a pivotal role in his club, Finn Harps, gaining promotion before bowing out of professional football...

Daily Record · Nov 2, 2018

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

The Northern Irishman trudged off injured for Finn Harps as he brought to a close his 17-year career...

Celtic Quick News · Nov 2, 2018

Ex-Celtic Favourite to Quit

FORMER Celtic fans’ favourite Paddy McCourt will play his last game this evening.

The Scotsman · Nov 2, 2018

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

Former Celtic crowd pleaser Paddy McCourt will play his last ever game in football tonight before retirement...

VideoCelts · Oct 20, 2018

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

Whether they go up or not McCourt will be hanging up his playing boots as he takes up a full time post within the Derry City Academy...

Talking Baws · Sep 24, 2018

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

Paddy McCourt might be in his mid-thirties now, but the former Celtic winger definitely still has what it takes to bamboozle defenders, as he showed for Finn Harps over the weekend...

VideoCelts · Sep 24, 2018

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

Coming in off the left flank he mesmerised defenders with his close control until he got within sight of goal then casually tucked the ball out of reach of the Cabinteely goalkeeper...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 19, 2018

‘Strachan Hadn’t a Clue,’ Mccourt

CELTIC cult hero Paddy McCourt has revealed Gordon Strachan knew NOTHING about him joining the club in 2008.

The Scotsman · Sep 19, 2018

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

Parkhead cult hero Paddy McCourt has revealed that he was signed by Dermot Desmond, not Gordon Strachan...

Open Goal · Sep 17, 2018

Si Ferry Meets. Paddy McCourt

This week Si sits down with one of Celtic’s most recent cult heroes, the technically gifted winger, Paddy McCourt.

VideoCelts · Sep 17, 2018

Watch Paddy McCourt’s pre-season confessions

“It was funny actually, we did this running on the first day, a two mile jog...

Open Goal · Sep 17, 2018

Si Ferry Meets. Paddy McCourt

This week Si sits down with one of Celtic’s most recent cult heroes, the technically gifted winger, Paddy McCourt.

Celtic Quick News · Jul 9, 2018

Paddy Mccourt’s Celtic Return

FORMER fans’ favourite Paddy McCourt will return to Celtic as the club prepares to host ‘A Match for Cancer’ on September 8...

Celtic FC Foundation · Jul 9, 2018

Paradise return for Paddy McCourt with Foundation charity match

THE Derry Pele will return to Celtic Park this September, as Paradise gets set host ‘A Match for Cancer’, sponsored by Dafabet...

Celtic FC · Jul 9, 2018

Paradise return for Paddy McCourt with Foundation charity match

THE Derry Pele will return to Celtic Park this September, as Paradise gets set host ‘A Match for Cancer’, sponsored by Dafabet...

Football Insider · May 16, 2018

‘Tedious’ – Paddy McCourt delivers verdict on Celtic dominance

Celtic cult hero Paddy McCourt has revealed that he has loved watching the Hoops play since Brendan Rodgers took over at the club in 2016...

The Celtic Star · May 16, 2018

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

PADDY McCOURT was full of praise for Brendan Rodgers yesterday as he considered the impact that his fellow countryman has made since replacing Ronny Deila in May 2016...

VideoCelts · May 16, 2018

Paddy and Paddy: Two cult heroes meet up

Paddy and Paddy met up ahead of a charity match on the famous turf with McCourt getting a view of Adam Roberts in action, the London based Celtic fan...

Daily Record · May 16, 2018

Paddy McCourt hails Brendan Rodgers for Celtic turnaround after ‘tedious’ Ronny Deila run

McCourt admits his old club’s trophy hunting had become a turn-off before the Rodgers effect transformed the champions...

Evening Times · May 15, 2018

Paddy McCourt: Brendan Rodgers has turned this Celtic team around – including my pal Scott Brown

PADDY McCourt saw a grand total of three minutes of normal-time action in Scottish Cup finals and ended up with two winners’ medals to show for it...

Evening Times · May 15, 2018

Paddy McCourt: Brendan Rodgers has turned this Celtic team around including my pal Scott Brown

PADDY McCourt saw a grand total of three minutes of normal-time action in Scottish Cup finals and ended up with two winners’ medals to show for it, writes Stewart Fisher...

Open Goal · May 15, 2018

Keeping the Ball on the Ground with Paddy McCourt and Michael Higdon

We’ve got a Scottish Cup Final Special for you this week on Keeping the Ball on the Ground as we’re joined by former Celtic winger, Paddy McCourt and ex-Motherwell striker, Michael Higdon as the boys look ahead to this weekend’s big game as well as look back on their own memories from Scotland’s premier cup competition...

VideoCelts · Apr 25, 2018

How good is the Egyptian Paddy McCourt?

In an era of designer footballers Salah is a throwback to the days when footballers looked and dressed similar to supporters...

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