7 January 2007

The Celtic Connection

The Celtic-Ireland link is an obvious one. From the very earliest days of the clubs' existence, Irish players have moved to Glasgow to play at 'Paradise', and a large number of fans make the weekly trip to Celtic Park...

Founded: 1888 (originally constituted in 1887)
Grounds: 1888 Celtic Park; 1892 (new) Celtic Park, Parkhead.

League History:
Founder Members Scottish League 1890/91-1892/93; First Division 1893/94-1938/39; A Division 1946/47-1955/56; First Division 1956/57-1974/75; Premier Division 1975/76-1997/98; Scottish Premier League 1998/99-2012/13; SPFL Premiership 2013/14-date.
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Club Honours:
SPFL Premiership Champions (1) 2013/14.
Scottish Premier League Champions (8) 2000/01, 2001/02, 2003/04, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2011/12, 2012/13.
Scottish Football League Champions (36) 1892/93, 1893/94, 1895/96, 1897/98, 1904/05, 1905/06, 1906/07, 1907/08, 1908/09, 1909/10, 1913/14, 1914/15, 1915/16, 1916/17, 1918/19, 1921/22, 1925/26, 1935/36, 1937/38, 1953/54, 1965/66, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1973/74, 1976/77, 1978/79, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1985/86, 1987/88, 1997/98.
Champions of Scotland 45 times.
Scottish Cup Winners (36) 1881/92, 1898/99, 1899/1900, 1903/04, 1906/07, 1907/08, 1910/11, 1911/12, 1913/14, 1922/23, 1924/25, 1926/27, 1930/31, 1932/33, 1936/37, 1950/51, 1953/54, 1964/65, 1966/67, 1968/69, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1973/74, 1974/75, 1976/77, 1979/80, 1984/85, 1987/88, 1988/89, 1994/95, 2000/01, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2006/07, 2010/11, 2012/13; Runners-Up (18).
Scottish League Cup Winners (14) 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, Runners-Up (15).
Glasgow Cup Winners (32), Runners-Up (31).
Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup Winners (28), Runners-Up (14).
Drybrough Cup Winners (1) 1974; Runners-Up (4).
British League Cup Winners (1) 1902.
Empire Exhibition Trophy Winners (1) 1938.
Coronation Cup Winners (1) 1953.
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European/International Competitions:
European Cup Winners (1) 1966/67, Runners-Up (1) 1969/70; entrants 1967/68, 1968/69, 1970/71, 1971/72 (sf), 1972/73, 1973/74 (sf), 1974/75, 1977/78, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1986/87, 1988/89.
Champions League entrants 1998/99 (qual), 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06 (qual), 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10 (qual).
European Cup Winners' Cup entrants 1963/64 (sf), 1965/66 (sf), 1975/76, 1980/81, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1989/90, 1995/96.
UEFA Cup Runners-Up (1) 2002/03*; entrants 1976/77, 1983/84, 1987/88, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1998/99*, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2001/02*, 2003/04*, 2009/10*. (* after elimination from the Champions League).
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup entrants 1962/63, 1964/65.
Inter-Continental Cup Runners-Up (1) 1967.
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Players capped by the Irish FA while at Celtic
.................Club..........League..........Caps
Player......... Career.......App(Sb)/Gls....at club..Total
Bertie Peacock. 1951-1961 .. 318 (0)/ 33 ... 30 ... (31)
Anton Rogan.... 1987-1991 .. 115(12)/. 4 ... 16 ... (18)
Patsy Gallagher 1919-1925 .. 431 (0)/184 ... 10 ... (11)
Charlie Tully.. 1948-1958 .. 216 (0)/ 32 ... 10 ... (10)
Frank Collins.. 1922..... .... 2 (0)/. 0 .... 1 .... (1)
Allen McKnight. 1987-1988 ... 12 (0)/. 0 .... 6 ... (10)
Neil Lennon.... 2001-2007 .. 212 (2)/. 3 .... 5 ... (40)
Billy Cook..... 1932..... .. 100 (0)/. 0 .... 3 ... (15)
Peter Kavanagh. 1929..... ... 32 (0)/. 5 .... 1 .... (1)
Pat McCourt**.. 2008-2013 ... 15(51)/. 9 ....
Niall McGinn**. 2008-2012 ... 12(16)/. 4 .... 
............................1408(13)/261 ... 82 .. (137)

Other Celtic players capped by Irish FA
Mickey Hamill#. 1910..... .... 7 (0)/. 0 .... 0 .... (7)
John Blair..... 1910..... .... 1 (0)/. 0 .... 0 .... (5)
Pat Farrell*... 1896..... .... 0 (0)/. 0 .... 0 .... (2) ..
* Made only firstteam appearance in the Scottish Cup
** Still with club.
# Also 'guested' with club during World War One .

Other Links:
Gerrard Lyttle (0/0, 1994-1998), John Convery (0(1)/0, 1997-2002); Michael McGovern (0/0, 2004-2008) and Daniel Lafferty have all been capped at Under-21 level while with Celtic.
Gerry McElhinney was with Celtic briefly as a teenager in the mid-1970s.
Martin O'Neill (64 caps, 1971-1984) managed Celtic from 2000-2005, winning three Championships and three Scottish Cups as well as leading the club to the UEFA Cup Final.
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