Paddy McCourt

Read all the news about Paddy McCourt. Paddy McCourt was born in Derry, Ireland on 16 December 1983 (age 35).

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 · Dec 16

Three special Celtic birthdays

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

VideoCelts · Dec 16
Celts Are Here · Nov 28

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.

Celts Are Here · Nov 28

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...

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...

‘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.

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...

Ex-Celtic Favourite to Quit

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

Talking Baws · Sep 24

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...

Talking Baws · Sep 24
The Scotsman · Nov 2

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...

The Scotsman · Nov 2

‘Strachan Hadn’t a Clue,’ Mccourt

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

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...

The Scotsman · Sep 19

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...

The Scotsman · Sep 19

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.

Open Goal · Sep 17

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.

Open Goal · Sep 17

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...

Not The View · Nov 4

Happy Retirement Paddy McCourt

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

Not The View · Nov 4
VideoCelts · Oct 20

‘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...

VideoCelts · Oct 20
VideoCelts · Sep 24

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...

VideoCelts · Sep 24
VideoCelts · Sep 17

Watch Paddy McCourt’s pre-season confessions

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

VideoCelts · Sep 17
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