Paddy McCourt

Read all the news about Paddy McCourt. Paddy McCourt was born in Derry, Ireland on 16 December 1983 (age 34).

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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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

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

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...

Daily Record · May 16

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...

Daily Record · May 16
Evening Times · May 15

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...

Evening Times · May 15
Evening Times · May 15

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

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...

‘My Proudest Moment’ – Celtic Cult Hero Opens Up

PADDY MCCOURT spoke to the Derry Journal about his whole football career and the pitfalls he fell into during his career...

Derry Journal · Mar 5

Celtic legend Paddy McCourt feared off-field mistakes would cost him his childhood dream

CELTIC LEGEND, Paddy McCourt feared silly mistakes he made during his early career had cost him the chance of fulfilling his childhood dream of scoring a goal at Parkhead...

Derry Journal · Mar 5

‘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...

Celtic FC · Jan 17

Derry Pele reveals his football ambitions in this week’s Celtic View

PADDY McCourt has been a football magician throughout his career and now he’s passing on his box of tricks to youngsters in his hometown of Derry...

Celtic FC · Jan 17
Derry Journal · Mar 6

Paddy McCourt: A typical day in the life of a Celtic player

WHEN Paddy McCourt first arrived through the doors of Celtic’s state-of-the-art training centre at Lennoxtown in 2008, he was introduced to a new world of sports science and professionalism...

Derry Journal · Mar 6
Derry Journal · Sep 29, 2017

Former Celtic star set to open the doors to his elite football academy

FORMER Celtic star, Paddy McCourt is offering young Derry footballers the chance to achieve their dream of becoming professional players as he prepares to open the doors to an elite football development academy in the city...

Derry Journal · Sep 29, 2017
The Scotsman · Sep 18, 2017

Watch Paddy McCourt score ridiculous solo goal for Finn Harps

Former Celtic winger Paddy McCourt is still scoring eye-catching goals in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, as is evident by this solo goal for Finn Harps at the weekend...

The Scotsman · Sep 18, 2017
Evening Times · Sep 18, 2017

Watch: Ex-Celtic star Paddy McCourt beats seven defenders to score incredible solo goal for Finn Harps

The 33-year-old, who spent five seasons at Parkhead between 2008 and 2013, moved to the Harps in February following a spell at Glenavon in Northern Ireland...

Evening Times · Sep 18, 2017
Daily Record · Sep 18, 2017

Former Celtic fans’ favourite Paddy McCourt scores outrageous solo goal for Finn Harps

McCourt turned back the clock by beating half a team on his own before slotting past the Sligo Rovers keeper...

Daily Record · Sep 18, 2017
The Celtic Star · May 16

‘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...

The Celtic Star · May 16
VideoCelts · Apr 25

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...

VideoCelts · Apr 25
BBC · Sep 18, 2017

Former Celtic midfielder McCourt scores wonder goal for Finn Harps

Former Celtic and Northern Ireland midfielder Paddy McCourt scores a trademark wonder goal for League of Ireland side Finn Harps...

BBC · Sep 18, 2017
Talking Baws · Sep 18, 2017

Video: Ex-Celtic Winger Paddy McCourt Scores Stunning Solo Goal

Paddy McCourt reminded the world of his incredible raw talent over the weekend as he scored an absolutely outrageous solo goal for current side Finn Harps...

Talking Baws · Sep 18, 2017
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