Paddy McCourt

Paddy McCourt was born in Derry, Ireland on 16 December 1983 (age 37).

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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The Celtic Star · Nov 27, 2020

Video: Paddy McCourt’s Wonder Goal 10 Years Ago Today

Celtic Huddle Podcast · Nov 27, 2020

CELTIC LEGENDS LIVE, in association with 1st Star! TONIGHT from 7.30pm UK Time

Read Celtic · Nov 19, 2020

Paddy McCourt reveals three Derry City players have trained with Celtic

67HailHail · Nov 18, 2020

Paddy McCourt identifies how Celtic boss Neil Lennon has changed for the better

Celts Are Here · Nov 18, 2020

Three Lennoxtown Trialists Earlier This Year – Technical Director Confirms

67HailHail · Nov 18, 2020

Paddy McCourt says Celtic will likely invite three Derry City trialists back to Lennoxtown

Celtic Huddle Podcast · Nov 18, 2020

Episode 5 The Celtic Huddle

Celtic Huddle Podcast · Nov 17, 2020

Episode 5 – The Celtic Huddle

The Celtic Star · Nov 10, 2020

Former Celtic maverick set for managerial role after latest announcement

67HailHail · Nov 6, 2020

Paddy McCourt’s Lennon message looks badly out-of-touch; Celtic fans right not to buy it

The Celtic Star · Oct 28, 2020

Adam Matthews Reveals Celtic Player’s Green Brigade Prank On Club’s Head Of Security

67HailHail · Sep 29, 2020

Former Celtic hero Paddy McCourt admits he wants to return to Parkhead in some capacity

The Boot Room · Sep 23, 2020

‘Take please’, ‘Paddy McCourt’: Some Celtic fans want ‘exciting’ 21-year-old signed, amid loan reports

The Celtic Star · Sep 23, 2020

Video: Paddy McCourt Scores His First Celtic Goal, On This Day 2009

67HailHail · Sep 9, 2020

‘He was pivotal’; Neil Lennon reveals how Paddy McCourt helped seal Shane Duffy Celtic move

The Boot Room · Sep 2, 2020

John Hartson and Paddy McCourt react as Celtic make ‘tremendous’ loan signing

The Celtic Star · Sep 2, 2020

Duffy reveals Paddy McCourt talks ahead of dream Celtic move

VideoCelts · Sep 2, 2020

‘Time of your life’ Paddy McCourt’s message to Shane Duffy

Herald Scotland · Sep 2, 2020

Shane Duffy hails Celtic hero Paddy McCourt after sealing ‘dream’ switch to Parkhead

67HailHail · Sep 2, 2020

Shane Duffy “over the moon” after officially signing for Celtic; hails Paddy McCourt influence

Daily Record · Jul 22, 2020

Celtic set for Derry City friendly as Paddy McCourt organises Parkhead meeting

VideoCelts · Jun 19, 2020

Paddy McCourt responds to mistaken birthday wishes

VideoCelts · May 23, 2020

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

A Celtic State of Mind · May 17, 2020

Spencer Vignes with A Celtic State of Mind

ACSOM · May 12, 2020

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

VideoCelts · Mar 21, 2020

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

These Football Times · Feb 25, 2020

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

Read Celtic · Jan 27, 2020

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

67HailHail · Jan 6, 2020

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

Irish Daily Mirror · Jan 6, 2020

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

Evening Times · Jan 6, 2020

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

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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

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