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Tom Boyd
Personal information
Full name Thomas Boyd
Date of birth 24 November 1965 (1965-11-24) (age 44)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
252 (6)
023 (0)
304 (2)   
National team
1990–2001 Scotland 072 (1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Thomas "Tom" Boyd (born 24 November 1965 in Glasgow) is a former football player.

He played for Motherwell, Chelsea and Celtic, and played 72 times for Scotland, which means he is a member of the Scotland national football team roll of honour. He is currently the Celtic under 17 coach.


Playing career



Boyd's distinguished professional career began at Motherwell, where he made a total of 252 appearances. The most notable of his achievements in his time at Fir Park was skippering the Motherwell side that defeated Dundee United 4–3 in the 1991 Scottish Cup Final, considered one of the most exciting in the competition's history.


Boyd's form as an attacking full back saw him win a move to London giants Chelsea that year. However, Boyd struggled to settle and spent only one year at Chelsea.


Boyd was transferred to boyhood heroes Celtic in an exchange deal which saw Tony Cascarino going to Chelsea. He played for Celtic for the remainder of his career, serving as club captain from 1997 to 2002. He holds the distinction of having been the captain who lifted Celtic's first league title in 10 years in 1998, preventing bitter rivals Rangers from securing a record-breaking ten titles in a row.

As Boyd's career moved on he began playing more in the centre of defence, whilst continuing to operate at full back on either side of the pitch when required, making him an exceptionally versatile defender. Boyd continued to captain the club after the arrival of Martin O'Neill at Celtic Park in 2000. In O'Neill's first season in charge Boyd played a significant part in the securing of a domestic treble, only the third in the club's history. Boyd became only the second Celtic captain (after Billy McNeill) to captain Celtic in a treble winning season. He also helped them win another Scottish Premier League title in 2001-02, although Celtic were pipped to the 2002-03 title by Rangers on goal difference.


Tom is the 5th most capped player for Scotland with 72 caps meaning that he is a member of the Scotland national football team roll of honour and can be found in the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden Park. . His international career saw him garner 72 Scotland caps, playing at the European Championships in 1996 and the World Cup in 1998. In the latter tournament, he scored an own goal in a match against Brazil, which gave the Brazilians a 2–1 win in the tournament's opening match.

After playing

He retired in 2003, but has remained with Celtic as a youth coach for the Under 17s side. Since retiring he has also participated in several charity events such as the Tommy Burns Tribute match and climbing Ben Nevis.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paul McStay
Celtic F.C. captain
Succeeded by
Paul Lambert


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