Stiliyan Petrov

Read all the news about Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov. Stiliyan Petrov was born in Montana, Bulgaria on 5 July 1979 (age 39).

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Petrov was signed in the summer of 1999 by John Barnes for a fee of £2.8 million. The teenager featured prominently in a season where he won the League Cup with Celtic, his second major honour and the first of many with Celtic. Despite the happy end to the season Petrov had a very hard time starting with the club. He was homesick and lonely at the start, and could not speak English. This was made worse by the manager playing him out of position at right back. Eventually, he improved his English by working in a friend’s burger van. This hard work and determination to fit in showed in his performances for the club.

After a good first season with Celtic he enjoyed a brilliant second season under Martin O’Neill’s treble winning side, becoming a regular scorer netting 7 league goals in 28 appearances, one of which was in Celtic’s 6–2 victory over Rangers. He also became the first foreign player to win the SPFA Young Player of the Year award.

The 2001–02 season was the year when he really came into form at Celtic becoming the dynamic, hardworking box to box midfielder that Celtic badly needed and deservedly won his second SPL medal.

In his fourth season with Celtic, Petrov continued his fine form and was being linked to some of the top clubs in Europe but after protracted contract talks he eventually agreed a new deal with Celtic. This was his highest ever goalscoring season, netting 14 in 50 appearances. He also got to the only European final of his career getting a runner’s up medal in the Uefa Cup despite not winning anything else.

In his next two seasons for Celtic he continued to be an essential player making 105 appearances and scoring 19 goals. He won the Scottish Cup twice in this time along with his third SPL medal, the 2004–05 season proved to be Martin O’Neill’s last at Celtic although Stiliyan Petrov would later join him at Aston Villa. The 04/05 season was also a good year for Petrov personally as he became the third player to win the Celtic Player of The Year award.

The 2005–06 season was a time of great change for Celtic. Martin O’Neill the club’s most successful manager in 20 years left and new manager Gordon Strachan came in. Things started badly for Celtic as they lost 5–0 to Slovakian minnows Artmedia Bratislava in Strachan’s first match. Celtic then managed to throw away a 3–1 lead over Motherwell to draw Strachan’s first league match 4–4, although Petrov later helped Celtic exact revenge over the Fir Park side by scoring his first hat-trick in a 5–0 demolition in October that year. Celtic overcame their bad start to the campaign to win the SPL and League Cup double.

The 2005–06 season proved to be his last at Celtic as he re-united with former manager Martin O’Neill at Aston Villa for a fee of £6.5 million rising to £8 million after clauses. This was after a long transfer saga in which Stiliyan Petrov was linked to almost every mid-table side in England. He only made 3 appearances for Celtic before leaving in the summer transfer window.

In all, Petrov made 312 appearances for Celtic over seven years, scoring 55 goals. He won the SPL four times and also won both the Scottish and Scottish League Cup 3 times each. He was the tenth most prolific goalscorer in the SPL (55 goals) when he left Celtic.

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67HailHail · May 21

Former treble winner wants Celtic to get a move on

Former Celtic treble winner Stiliyan Petrov has told the Hoops board that they need to appoint their new manager quickly.

67HailHail · May 21
Daily Record · May 21

Stiliyan Petrov urges Celtic to clear up Neil Lennon’s Parkhead future

The Bulgarian believes the next manager must be named straight after the Cup Final as he faces a massive rebuilding job...

Daily Record · May 21
Celtic FC · May 17

Celtic FC Foundation’s London Gala Dinner is a great success

CELTIC FC Foundation hosted its third annual fundraising Gala Dinner in London last night (Thursday) and it was another huge success...

Celtic FC · May 17
Tribal Football · Apr 11

Celtic legend Petrov: Man Utd can afford Tierney

Manchester United could be set to sign Kieran Tierney from Celtic.That is the opinion of former Hoops star Stiliyan Petrov.Read more on Tribal Football...

Tribal Football · Apr 11
67HailHail · Apr 11

‘He is a winner’ – former team-mate backs Neil Lennon for Celtic job

Former Celtic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov has backed his old team-mate Neil Lennon to be named as permanent Celtic manager.

67HailHail · Apr 11
67HailHail · Apr 11

Celtic fans will be hoping that club legend’s prediction doesn’t come true

Celtic fans will be hoping that a prediction made by club legend Stiliyan Petrov doesn’t come true.

67HailHail · Apr 11
Read Celtic · Apr 11

Celtic star will leave soon, says ex-midfielder

Celtic must accept that Kieran Tierney will look for a new challenge in the near future, according to former midfield favourite Stiliyan Petrov.

Read Celtic · Apr 11
Daily Record · Mar 14

Stiliyan Petrov to play for Celtic in charity six-a-side tournament held in Derry

The former midfielder will be back in the Hoops for a tournament in memory of former Derry City captain Ryan McBride...

Daily Record · Mar 14

Stiliyan Petrov | Celtic Fc | Villa captain | celtic throwback player

Watch “Stiliyan Petrov | Celtic Fc | Villa captain | celtic throwback player” by Cmon The Hoops Celtic.

HITC · Feb 13

Stiliyan Petrov points out one advantage Celtic have over Valencia

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic will host Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League clash at Parkhead on Thursday...

HITC · Feb 13
Daily Record · Dec 6, 2018

Celtic announce Stiliyan Petrov and James Milner’s ‘A Match for Cancer’ raises incredible total

The September Parkhead charity match brought in a massive total for good causes as the Hoops heroes side battled a Liverpool legends team...

Daily Record · Dec 6, 2018
Daily Record · Nov 3, 2018

I hit Celtic hero Bobo Balde so hard but he didn’t move – Chris Sutton recalls how he saved Stiliyan Petrov

The legendary Hoops star talks to Keith Jackson about his Chelsea mistake and the winning mentality forged under Martin O’Neill...

Daily Record · Nov 3, 2018
Daily Mirror · Oct 24, 2018

Leukaemia survivor Stiliyan Petrov explains why Roman Reigns can beat disease and highlights WWE fans’ key role

EXCLUSIVE: Former Aston Villa and Celtic midfielder Petrov is in remission after being diagnosed with leukaemia six years ago...

Daily Mirror · Oct 24, 2018
Irish Daily Mirror · Oct 24, 2018

Leukaemia survivor Stiliyan Petrov explains why Roman Reigns can beat disease and highlights WWE fans’ key role

EXCLUSIVE: Former Aston Villa and Celtic midfielder Petrov is in remission after being diagnosed with leukaemia six years ago...

Irish Daily Mirror · Oct 24, 2018
Celtic TV · Sep 25, 2018

Celtic FC – ICONS: Stiliyan Petrov

In #CelticTV’s first of ICONS series Gerry McCulloch is joined by Stiliyan Petrov who looks back on a life and career that took him to his two favourite boyhood clubs and presented him with challenges he never thought he’d have to face...

Celtic TV · Sep 25, 2018
ESPN · Sep 13, 2018

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp turns stand-up comedian at Celtic match

Liverpool travelled to play Celtic to play a joint charity match on Saturday to help raise money for both the James Milner Foundation and the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation...

ESPN · Sep 13, 2018
Celtic Quick News · Sep 10, 2018

Mjallby Aims for Return

FORMER Celtic defender and assistant boss Johan Mjallby is aiming for a return to club management.

Celtic Quick News · Sep 10, 2018
Herald Scotland · Sep 9, 2018

Former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor tells Celtic to come and get him

If Saturday afternoon was a nostalgic look largely at what used to be – Henrik Larsson, Joos Valgaeren, John Mjallby, Stiliyan Petrov and Jackie McNamara all offering a vision of what was once de rigour at Celtic Park – there might have been something a little more tangible to come out of what was an entertaining kick-about all in the name of charity...

Herald Scotland · Sep 9, 2018
Evening Times · Sep 9, 2018

Former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor tells Celtic to come and get him

If Saturday afternoon was a nostalgic look largely at what used to be – Henrik Larsson, Joos Valgaeren, John Mjallby, Stiliyan Petrov and Jackie McNamara all offering a vision of what was once de rigour at Celtic Park – there might have been something a little more tangible to come out of what was an entertaining kick-about all in the name of charity...

Evening Times · Sep 9, 2018
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