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Celtic F.C.
Celtic crest
Full name The Celtic Football Club
Nickname(s) The Bhoys (official), the Hoops, the Celts
Founded 6 November 1887[1]
Ground Celtic Park
Glasgow
Scotland
(Capacity: 60,837)
Chairman Scotland John Reid
Manager England Tony Mowbray
League Scottish Premier League
2008–09 Scottish Premier League, 2nd
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

The Celtic Football Club (pronounced /ˈsɛltɪk/) (LSE: CCP) is a Scottish football club based in the Parkhead area of Glasgow, which currently plays in the Scottish Premier League. The club was established in 1887, and played its first game in 1888. Celtic have won the Scottish championship on 42 occasions, most recently in the 2007/08 season, and the Scottish Cup 34 times. Celtic's home stadium is Celtic Park, the biggest football stadium in Scotland, with a capacity of 60,832. Together with their Glasgow rivals, Rangers, they form the Old Firm, one of the most famous and fierce rivalries in sport. The club's traditional playing colours are green and white hooped shirts with white shorts and white socks.

In 1967, Celtic became the first British team, and only Scottish team, to win the European Cup:[2][3] the players, subsequently known as the Lisbon Lions, were all born within a 30-mile radius of Parkhead. Celtic won every competition they entered that season: the Scottish League Championship, the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup, the European Cup and the Glasgow Cup. Celtic also reached the 1970 European Cup Final, but were beaten by Feyenoord 2-1.

In 2003 Celtic reached the UEFA Cup Final, where they lost 3–2 to FC Porto. Over 80,000 Celtic supporters travelled to Seville, despite many lacking match tickets. Celtic fans received awards from UEFA and FIFA for their behaviour at the match.[4][5][6][7] In April 2008 the club was estimated to have a fan base of nine million people, including one million in North America.[8]

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Formation and history

Celtic were formally founded in St. Mary's Church Hall on East Rose Street (now Forbes Street), Calton, Glasgow, by Brother Walfrid, an Irish Marist brother, on 6 November 1887. Brother Walfrid's move to establish the club as a means of fund raising for his charity, The Poor Children's Dinner Table, was largely inspired by the example of Hibernian who were formed out of the immigrant Irish population thirteen years earlier in Edinburgh, with 7 of Celtic's first eleven players signing from Hibs. Walfrid's own suggestion of the name Celtic was intended to reflect the club's Irish and Scottish origins, and was adopted at the same meeting.

On 28 May 1888, Celtic played their first official match against Rangers and won 5–2 in what was described as a "friendly encounter".[citation needed] During their formative years, Celtic played in a white shirt with a green collar and a red Celtic cross on the breast, then switched to green and white vertical stripes around 1890. They made the switch to their green and white hoops in 1903.

1967 was Celtic's most successful ever year. The club won every competition they entered: the Scottish League, the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup, the Glasgow Cup, and the European Cup. Managed by Jock Stein, and captained by Billy McNeill, the club defeated Inter Milan 2–1 in Lisbon, Portugal on 25 May 1967. Celtic thus became the first British team, and the first from outside Spain, Portugal and Italy to win the competition. They remain the only Scottish team to have reached the final. The winning players subsequently became known as the 'Lisbon Lions'. The East Stand at Celtic Park is dedicated to the Lisbon Lions, and the West Stand to Jock Stein. Celtic reached the European Cup Final again in 1970, but were beaten 2–1 by Feyenoord at the San Siro in Milan.

Stein managed Celtic to nine straight Scottish League wins from 1966 to 1974, establishing a world record which was not equalled until 1997.

In 2003, Celtic reached the final of the UEFA Cup, and around 80,000 Celtic fans travelled to watch the game in Seville in Spain.[9][10] Celtic lost the match 3–2 to FC Porto after extra time. The Celtic fans were awarded prestigious Fair Play Awards from both FIFA and UEFA "for their extraordinarily loyal and sporting behaviour".

See also List of Celtic F.C. seasons

Recent seasons

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2007-08

Last Old Firm clash of the season results in 3-2 victory for Celtic

Celtic bolstered their side for the 2007/08 season, signing Scott Brown, Chris Killen, Scott McDonald and Massimo Donati. Skipper Neil Lennon left for Nottingham Forest after seven years with the club, with Stephen McManus taking over the club captaincy.[11] However Lennon returned to the club later in the season as a coach.

Celtic were drawn against Russian side Spartak Moscow in the third round of qualifying for the 2007/08 Champions League. The tie ended in a penalty shootout, with Artur Boruc twice saving a penalty to ensure Celtic's passage to the next round. This was Celtic's first European penalty shootout victory.[12] They competed against AC Milan, Benfica and FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stages, who they beat 2–1, 1–0, and 2–1 respectively at home, but lost all their away matches. They finished second in their group, ensuring qualification to the knockout stage for the second year in succession. Celtic were drawn against FC Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League. The first leg, played at Celtic Park, saw them defeated 3–2, after being ahead 1–0 and 2–1. In the second leg Barcelona grabbed an early goal through Xavi and held on for a 1–0 win on the night and 4–2 on aggregate.

The club's first signing of the winter transfer window was Andreas Hinkel. They followed up by signing Japanese youngster Koki Mizuno, Barry Robson from Dundee United as well as young striker Ben Hutchinson from Middlesbrough and also Greek International striker Georgios Samaras on loan from Manchester City, who signed permanently at the beginning of the following season.

Although leading for the early part of the season, Celtic found themselves 7 points behind Rangers having played a game more with only seven weeks of the season left. However, the club made a remarkable comeback, winning their last 7 games, including two victories over rivals Rangers at Celtic Park 2–1 and 3–2, and won the league on 22 May 2008, the last day of the season with a 1–0 win over Dundee United. Meanwhile Rangers lost to Aberdeen at Pittodrie. The victory was dedicated to the memory of Celtic's coach Tommy Burns, who had died the previous Thursday. The result also meant Gordon Strachan became only the third Celtic manager to win three consecutive League Championships.

2008-09

Celtic signed winger Paddy McCourt from Derry City, and Greek international striker Georgios Samaras, who had spent the second half of the 2007/08 season on loan, signed on a permanent basis. Celtic also added the signings of Marc Crosas, Glenn Loovens and the return of Shaun Maloney from Aston Villa before the closure of the summer transfer window.

As SPL Champions, Celtic gained automatic entry to the UEFA Champions League, but after being drawn with Manchester United, Villarreal, and Aalborg, they finished fourth in their group.

As the new year of 2009 rolled in, The Hoops found themselves 7 points clear of their Glasgow rivals, just days after they had beat them 1-0 at Ibrox thanks to a second half strike from Scott McDonald. So far, they had proved formidable at home, the only defeat at Celtic Park being a 4-2 reversal to Rangers in August.

In the January transfer window, Celtic signed winger Niall McGinn from Derry City, left back Milan Mišůn from FK Příbram, and midfielder Willo Flood from Cardiff while also agreeing a deal to sign Dundee United goalkeeper Łukasz Załuska on 1 June 2009.

Celtic won the League Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden Park on 15 March 2009, in extra-time, goals coming from defender Darren O'Dea, and a late penalty from Aiden McGeady. This victory marked the end of a 20 year gap since Celtic last defeated Rangers in a domestic cup final. That occasion was the Scottish Cup Final on 20 May 1989.

After a poor run of form in 2009, which saw them record only 2 away wins during the rest of their league campaign, they saw that 7-pont lead slip to just one point in early May. Although Celtic still looked favourites to retain the Championship, this league lead disappeared completely after a 1-0 loss to Rangers on 9 May.

On the final day of the season, Celtic failed in their quest for a fourth successive title, with Rangers defeating Dundee United 3-0 at Tannadice to win the Championship and Celtic playing out a 0-0 draw with Hearts. The following day, manager Gordon Strachan resigned from the club and was replaced by former Celtic player Tony Mowbray, who had been manager of West Bromwich Albion, a few weeks later.

Current season 2009-10

In the summer transfer window, Celtic signed Marc-Antoine Fortune for around £3.8million along with AS Nancy team mate Landry N'Guemo who arrived on a season-long loan, Daniel Fox from Coventry City for an undisclosed fee and Josh Thompson from Stockport County. Shunsuke Nakamura left the club to join Espanyol, and Paul Hartley joined Bristol City. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Bobo Balde also left the club as their contracts had not been renewed. Celtic won their first game, and the Translink Cup, 3-0 against Brisbane Roar in Australia under Tony Mowbray. On 26 July, they added their second piece of silverware, lifting the Wembley Cup, after beating Egyptian and African Champions Al-Ahly 5-0 and Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 while fielding a side full of reserve players, to top the group.

In the third round of qualifying for the Champions League, Celtic faced Dynamo Moscow at Celtic Park on 29 July, losing 1-0, but won 2-0 in the second leg in Moscow. Celtic lost 0-2 at home against Arsenal in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League play-off, with Arsenal becoming the first English team in 26 years to beat Celtic at Celtic Park. Arsenal won the second leg on 26 August 3-1. The loss meant that Celtic entered the group stage of the inaugural UEFA Europa League, and were drawn in Group C alongside SV Hamburg, Hapoel Tel Aviv and old European Cup Winners Cup rivals Rapid Vienna. Celtic finished 3rd in the group with 6 points and failed to reach the knockout stages.

In the January transfer window Celtic added to their squad by signing Ki Sung-Yong from FC Seoul[13], Jos Hooiveld from AIK Solna,[14] Norwegian teenager Thomas Rogne from Stabæk[15] and Morten Rasmussen from Brøndby.[16] On transfer deadline day Celtic added defender Edson Braafheid and strikers Diomansy Kamara[17] and Robbie Keane[18] to their squad on loan until the end of the season.

Defender Gary Caldwell was sold to Wigan Athletic,[19] Danny Fox moved on to Burnley,[20] while Barry Robson, Willo Flood, Chris Killen,[21] Stephen McManus[22] and Scott McDonald[23] joined former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough.

In the Scottish League Cup Celtic beat Falkirk 4-0 at home before losing 1-0 to Hearts in the quarter-final. Celtic started their Scottish Cup campaign with a 1-0 win away to Morton before beating Dunfermline Athletic 4-2.

By 28 February, Celtic were in second position in the SPL, 10 points behind leaders Rangers.

Celtic media

The Celtic View, the oldest football club magazine in the United Kingdom

In 1965 Celtic began publishing The Celtic View, the oldest club magazine in football [24].

In 2004 Celtic launched its own digital TV channel Celtic TV available in the UK through Setanta Sports on satellite and cable platforms. Due to the collapse of Setanta in the UK in June 2009, Celtic TV is no longer broadcasting, although the club are hoping to find a new broadcast partner soon. Since 2002 Celtic's Internet TV channel, Channel67 (previously known as Celtic Replay), has broadcast Celtic's own content worldwide, offers live match coverage to subscribers outside the UK, and now provides 3 online channels.

Old Firm and sectarianism

Celtic have a historic association with the people of Ireland and Scots of Irish extraction, who are both mainly Catholic. Traditionally fans of rivals Rangers came from Scottish or Northern Ireland Protestant backgrounds and were supporters of British Unionism. As a result both clubs attracted the support of opposing factions in the political difficulties of Northern Ireland, which intensified the rivalry in Scotland.

In recent times both clubs have taken measures to combat sectarianism. Working alongside the Scottish Parliament, church groups and community organisations, the Old Firm has clamped down on sectarian songs, inflammatory flag-waving and troublesome supporters, using increased levels of policing and surveillance.[25][26] In 1996 Celtic launched their Bhoys Against Bigotry campaign, later followed by Youth Against Bigotry to "educate the young on having ... respect for all aspects of the community — all races, all colours, all creeds", according to then chief executive Ian McLeod.[27] In 2002 McLeod then wrote to all season ticket holders concerning chants at the clubs matches.[28]

Records

  • The Scottish Cup final win against Aberdeen in 1937 was attended by a crowd of 147,365 at Hampden Park in Glasgow, which remains an all-time world record gate for national cup final[29]
  • The highest attendance for a European club competition match: Celtic v Leeds United in the European Cup semi-final, 15 April 1970 at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Official attendance 136,505[29]
  • Celtic currently hold the UK record for an unbeaten run in professional football: 62 games (49 won, 13 drawn), from 13 November 1915 until 21 April 1917 - a total of 17 months and four days in all (they lost at home to Kilmarnock on the penultimate day of the season)[citation needed]
  • Celtic hold the SPL record for an unbeaten run of home matches (77), from 2001 to 2004[citation needed]
  • Record home attendance: 92,000 against Rangers on 1 January 1938. A 3–0 victory for Celtic[citation needed]
  • Most capped current player: 96, Robbie Keane
  • Most capped player (Scotland): 102, Kenny Dalglish
  • Record appearances: Billy McNeill, 790 from 1957–1975
  • Most goals in a season (all competitions): Jimmy McGrory, 59 (1926/27) (49 League/10 Scottish Cup)
  • Most goals in a season (league only): Jimmy McGrory, 50 (1935/36)
  • Record scorer: Jimmy McGrory, 468 (1922/23 - 1937/38)
  • Most goals scored in one Scottish top-flight league match by one player: 8 goals by Jimmy McGrory against Dunfermline in 9–0 win on 14 January 1928
  • First British club to reach the final of the European Cup
  • Only Scottish, and first British team to win the European Cup
  • The highest score in a domestic cup final: Celtic 7–1 Rangers, Scottish League Cup Final 1957[citation needed]
  • Fastest hat-trick in European Club Football - Mark Burchill vs Jeunesse Esch in 2000; 3 minutes (between 12th minute and 15th minute), a record at the time[30]
  • Earliest SPL Championship won. Twice won with 6 games remaining, against Kilmarnock on 18 April 2004 and Hearts on 5 April 2006[citation needed]
  • First weekly club publication in the UK, The Celtic View
  • Biggest margin of victory in the SPL. 8–1 against Dunfermline Athletic, February 2006 and 7-0 against St Mirren on 28 February 2009[citation needed]
  • Celtic and Hibernian hold the record for the biggest transfer fee between two Scottish clubs. Celtic bought Scott Brown from Hibernian on 16 May 2007 for £4.4m[31][32]
  • First European club to sign a player from the Indian sub-continent[citation needed]
  • Appeared in 14 consecutive League Cup finals, from season 1964/65 to 1977/78 inclusive, a world record for successive appearances in the final of a major football competition[citation needed]

National honours

Trophy case at Celtic Park
1893, 1894, 1896, 1898, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1922, 1926, 1936, 1938, 1954, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
1892, 1899, 1900, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1951, 1954, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007
1956-57, 1957-58, 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1974-75, 1982-83, 1997-98, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2005-06, 2008-09

International club honours

1967

Minor honours

1891, 1892, 1895, 1896, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1941, 1949, 1956, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1975*, 1982, 2008
1902
  • Ferencvaros Vase: 1
1914
1918
1938
  • Victory In Europe Cup: 1
1945
1951
1953
1967
1968
1970
1974
2009
1977
1981
  • Dubai Gold Cup: 1
1989
2009
  • Jock Stein Friendship Cup: 2
2008, 2009
1984, 1987, 1989, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006
  • Under 18 Scottish Premier League: 2
2000, 2003
  • Under 19 Scottish Premier League: 3
2004, 2005, 2006
  • Under 21 Scottish Premier League: 3
2002, 2003, 2004
  • Reserve Scottish Premier League: 8
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

* 1975 trophy shared with Rangers after a 2–2 draw

Ferencváros Vase

The Ferencváros Vase (also known as The Budapest Cup)[33] is a football trophy won by Celtic on a European tour in 1914.

Celtic arrived in Budapest and played Burnley in what evolved into a bad tempered affair. Ferencváros had agreed to award a trophy to the winner but the match ended in a draw and both teams refused to play extra time. A replay couldn't be organised in Budapest as Celtic were travelling back to Glasgow. After winning the coin toss to play the game at home, Burnley played host to Celtic. The visitors won 2-0 and part of the gate money was sent to the Hungarian Charity Fund, however Celtic were not presented with the trophy, which had been sold to raise funds for the war effort.

Seventy four years later, in 1988, Celtic were celebrating their centenary and Ferencváros remembered they owed the club a trophy. In the absence of the original trophy they brought a decorative white porcelain vase, fashioned in the traditional shape of a football cup, to Glasgow. It was presented at Celtic's centenary championship winning match against Dundee in April 1988.

Victory In Europe Cup

The Victory In Europe Cup was a one-off football tournament won by Celtic on 9 May 1945.

To celebrate Victory in Europe Day in 1945, the Glasgow Charity Cup committee presented the Victory in Europe Cup to be awarded to the winners of a charity cup final. Rangers were invited to participate but declined as they had a forthcoming cup tie against Motherwell. This allowed Queen's Park to step in and play Celtic. The game was well contested in front of a large crowd and Celtic won only by the margin of a corner kick after the teams could not be separated by goals.

The winning Celtic team was: Miller, Hogg, P. McDonald, Lynch, Mallan, McPhail, Paton, M. MacDonald, Gallacher, Evans, McLaughlin and Dey.

After this win Celtic endured one of the worst periods in their history only avoiding relegation on the last day of the season in the 1947-48 campaign.

Special honours

1
1
1
1
2003 (awarded to the fans of Celtic FC)
  • UEFA Fair Play Award:
1

Individual

All players are from Scotland unless otherwise stated.
Top Goalscorers
Rank Name Career Goals
1 Jimmy McGrory 1922–1937 550
2 Bobby Lennox 1961–1978
1979-1980
273
3 Henrik Larsson Sweden 1997–2004 242
4 Stevie Chalmers 1958–1971 231
5 Jimmy Quinn 1900–1917 217
6 Patsy Gallacher Republic of Ireland 1911–1926 192
7 John Hughes 1960–1971 189
8 Sandy McMahon 1891–1903 171
9 Jimmy McMenemy 1902–1920 168
10 Kenny Dalglish 1969–1977 167
Top League Goalscorers
Rank Name Career Goals
1 Jimmy McGrory 1922–1937 397
2 Jimmy Quinn 1900–1917 187
3 Patsy Gallacher Republic of Ireland 1911–1926 186
4 Henrik Larsson Sweden 1997–2004 174
6 Bobby Lennox 1961–1978
1979–1980
167
6 Stevie Chalmers 1958–1971 159
7 Jimmy McMenemy 1902–1920 144
8 Sandy McMahon 1891–1903 130
9 Adam McLean 1917–1928 128
10 John Hughes 1960–1971 115
Most Appearances
Rank Name Career Apps
1 Billy McNeill 1957–1975 790
2 Paul McStay 1981–1997 678
3 Roy Aitken 1976–1990 669
4 Danny McGrain 1970–1987 661
5 Packie Bonner Republic of Ireland 1978–1995 642
6 Bobby Lennox 1961–1978
1979–1980
587
7 Bobby Evans 1944–1960 548
8 Jimmy Johnstone 1962–1975 515
9 Jimmy McMenemy 1902–1920 515
10 Tommy Burns 1975–1989 504

Managers

Name Scottish League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup European Cup Total
Maley, WillieWillie Maley 1897–1940 Scotland 16 14 30
McStay, JimmyJimmy McStay 1940–1945 Scotland 0 0 0
McGrory, JimmyJimmy McGrory 1945–1965 Scotland 1 2 2 5
Stein, JockJock Stein 1965–1978 Scotland 10 8 6 1 25
McNeill, BillyBilly McNeill 1978–1983 Scotland 3 1 1 0 5
Hay, DavidDavid Hay 1983–1987 Scotland 1 1 0 0 2
McNeill, BillyBilly McNeill 1987–1991 Scotland 1 2 0 0 3
Brady, LiamLiam Brady 1991–1993 Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 0 0
Macari, LouLou Macari 1993–1994 Scotland 0 0 0 0 0
Burns, TommyTommy Burns 1994–1997 Scotland 0 1 0 0 1
Jansen, WimWim Jansen 1997–1998 Netherlands 1 0 1 0 2
Vengloš, JozefJozef Vengloš 1998–1999 Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0
Barnes, JohnJohn Barnes 1999–2000 England 0 0 0 0 0
Dalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish 2000 Scotland 0 0 1 0 1
O'Neill, MartinMartin O'Neill 2000–2005 Northern Ireland 3 3 1 0 7
Strachan, GordonGordon Strachan 2005–2009 Scotland 3 1 2 0 6
Mowbray, TonyTony Mowbray 2009–present England 0 0 0 0 0

Current squad

As of 1 February 2010 [34]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Poland GK Artur Boruc
2 Germany DF Andreas Hinkel
3 England DF Lee Naylor
6 Cameroon MF Landry N'Guémo (on loan from Nancy)
7 Republic of Ireland FW Robbie Keane (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
8 Scotland MF Scott Brown (captain)
9 Greece FW Georgios Samaras
10 France FW Marc-Antoine Fortuné
12 Scotland DF Mark Wilson
13 Scotland FW Shaun Maloney
14 Northern Ireland MF Niall McGinn
15 Senegal FW Diomansy Kamara (on loan from Fulham)
16 Netherlands DF Jos Hooiveld
17 Spain MF Marc Crosas
18 South Korea MF Ki Sung-Yong
19 Denmark FW Morten Rasmussen
No. Position Player
20 Northern Ireland MF Paddy McCourt
21 Netherlands DF Edson Braafheid (on loan from Bayern Munich)
22 Netherlands DF Glenn Loovens
24 Poland GK Łukasz Załuska
25 Norway DF Thomas Rogne
27 People's Republic of China MF Zheng Zhi
29 Japan MF Koki Mizuno
38 England DF Josh Thompson
46 Republic of Ireland MF Aiden McGeady
47 United States GK Dominic Cervi
48 Republic of Ireland DF Darren O'Dea
52 Scotland DF Paul Caddis
55 Scotland FW Paul McGowan
Czech Republic DF Milan Mišůn
Scotland MF Paul Slane

Players out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Scotland DF Stephen McManus (on loan at Middlesbrough)
23 England FW Ben Hutchinson (on loan at Dundee)
26 Republic of Ireland FW Cillian Sheridan (on loan at St. Johnstone)
53 Scotland MF Simon Ferry (on loan at Swindon Town)
No. Position Player
36 Republic of Ireland MF Graham Carey (on loan at St Mirren)
54 Scotland MF Ryan Conroy (on loan at Partick Thistle)
56 Scotland MF Mark Millar (on loan at Újpest)

Reserve team and youth squad

For Celtic's reserve and youth squads, see here

2009/10 transfers

Click here for a list of Celtic transfers in season 2009/10

Non-playing staff

Board of Directors

Position Name
Chairman John Reid
Chief Executive Peter Lawwell
Director of Finance Eric J. Riley
Non-Executive Director Ian Livingston
Non-Executive Director Dermot Desmond
Non-Executive Director Eric Hagman
Non-Executive Director Thomas E. Allison
Non-Executive Director Brian McBride[35]
Non-Executive Director Brian Wilson
Commercial Director Adrian Filby
Director of International Developments Jason Hughes

Management

Position Name
Manager Tony Mowbray
Assistant Manager Mark Venus
First Team Coach Peter Grant
Reserve Team Coach Neil Lennon
Reserve Team Assistant Coach Danny McGrain
Head of Youth and Academy Chris McCart
Head of Intermediate Academy John McLaughlan
Under 19 Coach Stephen Frail
Under 17 Coach Miodrag Krivokapić
Goalkeeping Coach Stevie Woods
Goalkeeping Coach Chris Hannah
Club Doctor David Pugh[36]
Head of Sports Science Dan Harris
Physiotherapist Graham Parsons
Physiotherapist Andrew Robson
Physiotherapist Ross Harvie
Kit Controller John Clark
Football Development Manager John Park
Chief Scout Tommy O'Neill

Sponsors

As of January 2010, Celtic are sponsored by:[37]

Notable former players

See List of Celtic F.C. players for players with over 100 appearances, List of Celtic F.C. international footballers and Category:Celtic FC players

Scotland Football Hall of Fame

So far 18 Celtic players and managers have entered the Scottish Football Hall of Fame:[38]

Scottish Sports Hall of Fame

In the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame 5 Celtic players have been selected, they are:

Greatest ever team

Greatest ever Celtic team

The following team was voted the greatest ever Celtic team by supporters in 2002:[41]

See also

References

  1. ^ The club was formally constituted on 6 November 1887, but played its first game on 28 May 1888. See the club website's history page
  2. ^ BBC - A Sporting Nation - Celtic win European Cup 1967
  3. ^ SI.com - Soccer - Celtic immersed in history before UEFA Cup final Sports Illustrated, 20 May 2003
  4. ^ Celtic in Seville: Observer Sport Monthly index | | The Observer
  5. ^ ESPNsoccernet - Report: Celtic vs FC Porto - UEFA Cup
  6. ^ Celebrating Celtic pride in the heart of Andalusia
  7. ^ Celtic Fair Play proposal, uefa.com, 11 December 2003
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  9. ^ Celtic in Seville: A picture special
  10. ^ UEFA Cup: Final
  11. ^ Forest win race to capture Lennon, BBC Sport, 12 June 2007
  12. ^ "Celtic Ousts Spartak Moscow 4-3 in Penalty Shootout". WSN. 27 August 2007. http://www.wsn.com/2007/08/27/football/news/champions-league/celtic-ousts-spartak-moscow-4-3-in-penalty-shootout/. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
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  14. ^ "Celtic sign Dutch defender Jos Hooiveld". Celtic FC. 11 January 2010. http://www.celticfc.net/news/stories/news_110110121545.aspx. 
  15. ^ "Celtic sign highly-rated Norwegian defender". Celtic FC. 20 January 2010. http://www.celticfc.net/news/stories/news_200110094341.aspx. 
  16. ^ Morten Rasmussen completes move to Celtic from Brondby BBC Sport, 26 January 2010
  17. ^ "Celtic sign Fulham's Kamara, Braafheid and Well's Slane". BBC Sport. 1 February 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/8490897.stm. 
  18. ^ "Transfer sensation: Robbie Keane signs for Celtic". Celtic FC. 1 February 2010. http://www.celticfc.net/news/stories/news_010210201341.aspx. 
  19. ^ Gary Caldwell joins Wigan Athletic Celtic FC, 13 January 2010
  20. ^ "Celtic defender Danny Fox agrees Burnley deal". BBC Sport. 29 January 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/burnley/8485230.stm. 
  21. ^ "Middlesbrough sign Celtic trio". Celtic FC. 13 January 2010. http://www.celticfc.net/news/stories/news_130110150005.aspx. 
  22. ^ "Stephen McManus joins Middlesbrough on loan from Celtic". BBC Sport. 29 January 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/8482838.stm. 
  23. ^ "Middlesbrough and Celtic agree a deal for McDonald". BBC Sport. 1 February 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/8486278.stm. 
  24. ^ Celtic View Celtic FC
  25. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Celtic | Quinn warns on offensive chants
  26. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Rangers | Murray sends sectarianism warning
  27. ^ BBC News | SCOTLAND | Bigotry puzzle for Old Firm
  28. ^ BBC News | SCOTLAND | Celtic seek end to 'IRA chants'
  29. ^ a b Hampden Park Scottish Football Association
  30. ^ O'Neill tells hat-trick hero Burch: You're not moving
  31. ^ Scott Brown signs for Celtic
  32. ^ Brown completes switch to Celtic BBC Sport
  33. ^ Budapest Cup Kerrydale Street
  34. ^ "First Team". Celtic FC. http://www.celticfc.net/home/players/firstTeam.aspx. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  35. ^ Profile of McBride
  36. ^ Celtic appoint a new Club Doctor Celtic FC, 30 December 2009
  37. ^ Celtic's Sponsors Celtic FC
  38. ^ The Scottish Football Museum: Hall of Fame
  39. ^ a b c d Eight more Scots greats enter Hall of Fame The Scotsman, 16 November 2009
  40. ^ BBC Football - Johnston nets Hall of Fame place BBC Sport, 29 October 2009
  41. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Celtic | Jinky best-ever Celtic player

External links

Preceded by
Real Madrid
European Cup Winner
1967
Succeeded by
Manchester United

Simple English

Celtic
Full nameThe Celtic Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bhoys, The Hoops, The Celts
Founded1888
GroundCeltic Park, Glasgow, Scotland
(Capacity 60,832)
ChairmanJohn Reid, Baron Reid of Cardowan
LeagueScottish Premier League
2008/09Scottish Premier League, 2nd
 
Home colours
 
Away colours

Celtic F.C. is a football club in Scotland playing in the Scottish Premier League.

Players

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 GK Artur Boruc
2 DF Andreas Hinkel
3 DF Lee Naylor
4 DF Stephen McManus
5 DF Gary Caldwell
7 FW patrick shevlin
8 MF Scott Brown
12 DF Mark Wilson
20 MF Patrick McCourt
23 FW Ben Hutchinson
24 DF Jean-Joël Perrier-Doumbé
26 FW Cillian Sheridan
29 MF Koki Mizuno
33 FW Chris Killen
38 MF Rocco Quinn
41 DF John Kennedy
42 FW Michael McGlinchey
46 MF Aiden McGeady
48 DF Darren O'Dea
49 DF Scott Cuthbert
51 FW Nicholas Riley
53 MF Simon Ferry

Old Firm

Celtic is half of the Old Firm, alongside Rangers F.C.. This is a term used to describe both Rangers and Celtic collectively.

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