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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BALLS.ie · Jan 20

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Read Celtic · Jan 20

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Daily Record · Jan 19

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67HailHail · Jan 14

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Evening Times · Jan 14

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Herald Scotland · Jan 14

Celtic were right to back Neil Lennon says Stiliyan Petrov

Read Celtic · Jan 11

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The Scotsman · Jan 2

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Daily Record · Dec 6, 2020

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Celts Are Here · Dec 5, 2020

Petrov Delivers Sobering Neil Lennon Verdict

Read Celtic · Dec 3, 2020

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Read Celtic · Dec 1, 2020

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Celtic Now And Forever · Nov 12, 2020

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Daily Record · Nov 11, 2020

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Daily Record · Nov 8, 2020

Stiliyan Petrov claims Celtic must perform even better to win the title

HITC · Oct 23, 2020

‘Give up on people way too easy’: Petrov discusses Celtic replacing Lennon

The Boot Room · Oct 23, 2020

Stiliyan Petrov responds when asked about Neil Lennon’s future at Celtic

The Celtic Star · Oct 15, 2020

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Daily Record · Oct 15, 2020

Stiliyan Petrov fires Celtic and Rangers ‘hell’ warning

Sky Sports · Oct 15, 2020

Petrov: Gerrard has the winning mentality

Evening Times · Sep 28, 2020

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Herald Scotland · Sep 28, 2020

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

Celtic Quick News · Aug 26, 2020

Lennon Calls in ‘Secret Weapon’

67HailHail · Aug 25, 2020

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

The Celtic Star · Aug 22, 2020

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

Off the Ball · Aug 21, 2020

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Off the Ball · Aug 21, 2020

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Off the Ball · Aug 21, 2020

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Sentinelcelts · May 26, 2020

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Transfer Tavern · May 7, 2020

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Evening Times · Apr 22, 2020

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

Herald Scotland · Apr 22, 2020

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

Evening Times · Apr 19, 2020

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Herald Scotland · Apr 19, 2020

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Herald Scotland · Apr 18, 2020

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

Evening Times · Apr 18, 2020

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

67HailHail · Mar 31, 2020

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

GentingBet · Feb 28, 2020

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GentingBet · Feb 28, 2020

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FootballFanCast · Feb 25, 2020

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

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Evening Times · Oct 9, 2019

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

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