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07 Apr 2018 11:08:10
Ed, Gents.

Based on who you have grown up watching at CP, or who you regarded as one of your favourites what team would you list based on players from the UK and Ireland only. Clearly age will be a factor and throw up some decent line ups. My 11 with subs is.

P. Bonner

T. Boyd
P. Elliot
A. Stubbs
K. Tierney

S. Brown
P. McStay
P. Lambert
T. Burns

C. Sutton
G. Hooper

J. Hartson
L. Griffiths
J. Ledley
J. McNamara
A. Thompson.

{Ed007's Note - I'd have Danny McGrain in before KT and Brian McClair before Hooper at least.}

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07 Apr 2018 11:19:47
Just a bit before my time Ed, Was 7 or 8 when I first went around 86/ 87 and for some reason Burns was always in my memory. Possibly the red hair made him stand out to the rest at that age 😁.

{Ed007's Note - It is an age thing, there'll be folk old enough to have seen the Lions play and they'll pick at least some of them.}

07 Apr 2018 11:34:55
I thought you might have had Rolando Ugolini in goals Ed πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚.

{Ed007's Note - You can pi$$ right off!}

07 Apr 2018 12:03:08
You can put a team out of the guys that did not make it at CP and still win the league, lol hail hail.

07 Apr 2018 11:52:17
like you said Ed, some of us were lucky and saw the Lions play. So many great players over the years but I would have Jinky in every team.

{Ed007's Note - I think most people would, TT, even guys like me that have only seen him playing through videos.}

07 Apr 2018 12:00:08
ED007 as you predicted, us "doddery guys" had the privilege of watching the Lisbon Lions in the flesh therefore MY team
Simpson, Craig, Gemmell, Murdoch, Mcneil, Clark, Johnstone, Wallace, Chalmers, Auld and Lennox.
That team were not only the Invincibles but the Untouchables also hail hail.

{Ed007's Note - I thought you'd have had a couple of the 1938 Empire Exhibition Trophy winning team in yours, Tim.}

07 Apr 2018 13:16:22
Player I would most liked to have seen play was Cesar. Was lucky enough to have met him when I was a kid at East End Park in 89. Always loved listening to him talk about the club whether on the tv or radio always positive.

{Ed007's Note - I'd have liked to see Davie Hay play, from what I've seen and been told he's the kind of player I really like.}

07 Apr 2018 13:06:04
It's obviously way way too early in the morning for you two pmsl

No HENRIK LARSSON :-o deary me!

And Ledley ahead of Lubo or Nakamura? tut, tut lol.

07 Apr 2018 13:07:39
Mine is:
Bonner, mcgrain, kt, Elliot, aitken, mcstay, burns, provan, Larsson, dalglish, lubo.

07 Apr 2018 13:08:25
my all time 11 is:
Simpson, McGrain, McNeill, Clark, Gemmell, johnstone, Moravcik, Murdoch, Lennox, Larsson, Dalglish.

07 Apr 2018 13:25:12
It's not an all time 11 lads its only players from the UK and Ireland.

{Ed007's Note - Must be too early in the day for some people, Stan - deary me!}

07 Apr 2018 13:38:40
Haha πŸ‘.

{Ed007's Note - :-D

07 Apr 2018 13:50:13
Oops I never read the OP right. my bad πŸ‘πŸ€πŸ€

Definitely to early in the morning for me 😎.

{Ed007's Note - Bawbag! :)

07 Apr 2018 14:06:06
Have a go Jamie be good to see what your 11 is. What type of player was Hay Ed?

{Ed007's Note - He was a hard as nails midfielder, Stan but he couldn't half play a bit too. A mix of the best bits of Scott Brown and Paul McStay, would that be a fair assessment of Davie Hay Tim?}

07 Apr 2018 14:30:09
Bonner mcgrain kt Elliot aitken burns mcstay brown dalglish Nicholas provan.

07 Apr 2018 14:35:47
I would go Bonnar, McGrain, Aitken, Boyd, Collins, McStay Burns, Lennox, Nicholas and a will get pelters but because he was very good to me Mo Jo

Subs would be hard Brown, Provan, Griff, McGarvey, McLeod, could go on.

07 Apr 2018 14:28:00
Sounds like the complete midfielder Ed. I feel blessed to have grown up watching McStay even through the hard times.

{Ed007's Note - McStay is one of my footballing heroes, we were definitely privileged to have watched him for so long. It was just a pity there weren't more like him in the team back then.}

07 Apr 2018 15:05:32
A rare breed Ed would love KT to follow his example. Good line ups gents. Just when i'm seeing Aitken in a few line ups i forget how much i loved him as a player. Hard as nails and could certainly play a bit for a defender.

07 Apr 2018 15:38:34
Hay was that hard he battered my pal Roddie while he was his paperboy and was cheekily trying to convince him St Mirren were better than Celtic πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Nowadays they call it a happy slap πŸ˜πŸ‘.

07 Apr 2018 18:41:44
McGrain McNeill Connelly Gemmell
Johnstone Murdoch Moravcik Dalglish
Larsson Lennox.

07 Apr 2018 18:42:02
Couldn't nail down a team so done a euro squad roster 23 players I believe?

Forster boruc

Mgrain. mcnamara. elliott. vvd. mjallby. aitken. kt. boyd

Thom. naka. brown. mcstay. lambert. petrov. collins. lennox. lubo

Larsson. dalglish. sutton. pierre. van h .

07 Apr 2018 18:43:56
i know stan but that's my all time 11 as i said, jamie on the other hand was distracted counting his dosh, who wants to say a uk and irish team anyway lol.

07 Apr 2018 19:14:02
Would love to see that team in action James there's no one that would compete against it.

DRB, Elliot beside VVD could be a 2 man defence and still keep clean sheets.

07 Apr 2018 20:14:30
Counting my dosh jb67 lol, fook me Stan was kind enough to give me another go and I only managed TEN players lol I meant to put Elliot in beside Aitken

It's all Ed's fault every time of late he has been putting the team sheet up and missing out a player . I am only following his lead :-P (Y)

07 Apr 2018 20:48:27
Interesting reading today, cheers gents.

07 Apr 2018 21:46:15
The Lisbon Lions were undoubtedly all wonderful players but just after them I think we had a better player than any of them . George Connolly, he was really outstanding and it was probably the saddest thing that happened Celtic was the demon drink shortening this fantastic footballer's career.

{Ed007's Note - I ended up reading a bit about Connelly when I was reminiscing about Davie Hay today Chris. Was it true that Jock Stein felt he needed to split him and Hay up but when Hay left for Chelsea it had the opposite effect on Connelly? There's a lot of Celtic supporters in my age group that don't know much about George Connelly so it would be good to hear from some of the older posters about players like him.}

07 Apr 2018 21:46:15
The Lisbon Lions were undoubtedly all wonderful players but just after them I think we had a better player than any of them . George Connolly, he was really outstanding and it was probably the saddest thing that happened Celtic was the demon drink shortening this fantastic footballer's career.

08 Apr 2018 00:04:27
I included George Connelly in my selection above and although his Celtic career was sadly too short, he was one of the most natural, confident and coolest, ball-players I ever saw.
Although I put him in defense, he could play almost anywhere and I fondly remember two of his best, big occasion goals - the third, in a 4-0 cup final against Rangers in '69 and the winner against (The best team in britain lol) - Revie's Leeds Utd at Elland Road in the first leg of the EC semi-final (0-1 Celtic) .
I have a vague memory from my father who told me of his introduction to the Celtic support at HT in a European game at Celtic Park, where he juggled the ball continuously for the duration of the interval much to the appreciation of the crowd.

{Ed007's Note - I'll try and dig up some videos of him tomorrow. Mind me on the live chat about it (yes)

08 Apr 2018 02:46:14
I am sure Jock thought George Connelly was a bad influence on David Hay and led him to drink too often . But big George was a lonely type person from a small village I believe and hated been in Glasgow . Davey Hay was about the one person at the club George trusted and he went to pieces when D H left .
B Lennox, I think claims that George's big brother was a bit of a waster and encouraged George to go on frequent binges together .
Hay was a brilliant footballer and I think it was George who tells the story that when they played centre half together if D H passed to him, he would return ball to D H and shout for ball back . Connelly would see Stein climbing out of the dug out to give out a bollicking but Connelly would still return to D H . Stein would be limping and growling towards them and D H would eventually clear the ball. Big George would call over "coward " and laugh . Hay would be worried about what would happen with Stein afterwards .
I don't think Stein would like our current tactics of playing ball along back four and back

But George Connelly was unique, could play any midfield row, as well as centre half, he always had time on the ball, he worried whilst playing centre half he was dominant in the air . He didn't need to be as he followed the flight of the ball brilliantly and was always in the best place to win the header .
West Germany had Beckanbeur ( and Connelly in his all to brief career was the only player who could properly compare.

08 Apr 2018 06:42:31
Great posts Chris, OaB. I have his book so i think i will give it another read this week. I know its a rumours page but it would be fantastic if we could have a day every week where some of you older gents could post some stories regarding older players or just stories in general from supporting Celtic. Would love it if Celtic brought out a book based on fans stories from throughout our history. I don't think any fan regardless of age doesn't enjoy a good read about these kind of things. Have you gents read Dan Doyle - Life and death of a Wild Rover? Its a favourite of mine what a character.

08 Apr 2018 09:30:38
From the players I have seen play for us my team would be:


McGrain Aitken VVD Tierney

Wanyama McStay

Di Canio McClair Collins


Subs: Boruc, Balde, Agathe, Lambert, Moravcik, Thompson, Sutton.

08 Apr 2018 10:47:37
Wanyama ain't a Coatbridge lad RAW πŸ˜‰.



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