Stiliyan Petrov

Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov was born in Montana, Bulgaria on 5 July 1979 (age 41).

Stiliyan Petrov · Photo: Vagelis Georgariou

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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Celtic can’t take Europa League lightly despite having eyes set on 10-In-A-Row, says Stiliyan Petrov

Celtic can’t take Europa League lightly despite having eyes set on 10-In-A-Row, says Stiliyan Petrov

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67HailHail · Aug 25

Neil Lennon contacts old Celtic teammate Stiliyan Petrov to get the scoop on Ferencvaros

The Celtic Star · Aug 22

Petrov opens up on the heartwarming gesture from Celtic supporters after his cancer diagnosis

Off the Ball · Aug 21

Chris Sutton, Neil Lennon & Stiliyan Petrov and their priceless Celtic memories

Off the Ball · Aug 21

Champions League predictions | Chris Sutton, Stiliyan Petrov, Neil Lennon & David Meyler weigh in

Off the Ball · Aug 21

Neil Lennon emotionally recalls Stiliyan Petrov cancer | Hartson’s resilience | The bond at Celtic

Sentinelcelts · May 26

Stan from Bhoy to Man

‘Outrageous’, ‘Absolutely immaculate’ – Loads of Celtic fans drool as footage emerges

Evening Times · Apr 22

Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov hailed after helping ex-teammate recover from coronavirus

Herald Scotland · Apr 22

Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov hailed after helping ex-teammate recover from coronavirus

Evening Times · Apr 19

Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov reveals how battle with leukaemia prepared him for coronavirus isolation

Herald Scotland · Apr 19

Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov reveals how battle with leukaemia prepared him for coronavirus isolation

Herald Scotland · Apr 18

Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov on how Martin O’Neill influence helped shape him for management

Evening Times · Apr 18

Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov on how Martin O’Neill influence helped shape him for management

67HailHail · Mar 31

Celtic great Stiliyan Petrov urges authorities not to make rash league decision

GentingBet · Feb 28

EFL Cup Final Manchester City v Aston Villa Preview And Betting Tips (18+)

GentingBet · Feb 28

Stiliyan Petrov and Shaun Goater Exclusive: EFL Cup Final Preview (18+)

FootballFanCast · Feb 25

Stiliyan Petrov reacts to Kieran Tierney’s Instagram post with “hero” Scott Brown

67HailHail · Dec 16, 2019

Petrov in awe of the ‘invaluable’ Celtic star who has taken his game to ‘a new level’ recently

67HailHail · Nov 14, 2019

Celtic legend Petrov’s UEFA celebration

67HailHail · Oct 9, 2019

“Battle of the titans” – Famous Celtic bust-up comes to light

Evening Times · Oct 9, 2019

Si Ferry recalls ‘heavyweight’ brawl between Stiliyan Petrov and Evander Sno in Celtic training

Evening Times · Oct 2, 2019

Martin O’Neill thought Celtic star Petrov was masseur at first meeting – as he was so overweight

Evening Times · Sep 25, 2019

Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov says watching rival Mikel Arteta breeze past him was warning sign of leukaemia

Evening Times · Sep 18, 2019

Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov remembers ‘friend and true fighter’ Fernando Ricksen after tragic death

67HailHail · Jul 29, 2019

29th July: The day Celtic signed two magicians

67HailHail · Jul 15, 2019

Celtic facing win-win scenario this summer

67HailHail · Jul 15, 2019

“You need to be patient” – Celtic legend urges fans

FootballFanCast · Jul 15, 2019

Stan Petrov’s absolutely right with his verdict on the Kieran Tierney situation

FootballFanCast · Jul 6, 2019

Plenty of Celtic fans laud club “legend” – “What a player he was”, “Total professional”

The Sun · May 26, 2019

Ex-Villa and Celtic star Petrov reveals aim to become a manager seven years after being diagnosed with leukaemia

67HailHail · May 21, 2019

Former treble winner wants Celtic to get a move on

Daily Record · May 21, 2019

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

Celtic FC · May 17, 2019

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

Tribal Football · Apr 11, 2019

Celtic legend Petrov: Man Utd can afford Tierney

67HailHail · Apr 11, 2019

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

67HailHail · Apr 11, 2019

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

Read Celtic · Apr 11, 2019

Celtic star will leave soon, says ex-midfielder

Daily Record · Mar 14, 2019

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

Cmon The Hoops Celtic · Mar 5, 2019

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

HITC · Feb 13, 2019

Stiliyan Petrov points out one advantage Celtic have over Valencia

Daily Record · Feb 13, 2019

Celtic legend Stiliyan Petrov on why Valencia heartache sent Hoops on the road to Seville

Daily Record · Dec 6, 2018

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

Daily Record · Nov 14, 2018

How Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov helped former Rangers defender Alan Hutton through broken leg agony at Ibrox

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

Daily Mirror · Oct 24, 2018

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

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