Celtic Best Players of All Time

Andrew Kovacs

Celtic Football Club is a historic Scottish professional football club located in Glasgow. Founded in 1887, the team was established to help alleviate poverty among immigrant Irish populations living in the East End of Glasgow. Since its inception Celtic have been one of Scotland’s most successful and popular teams, winning six consecutive league titles and numerous cups throughout their history. They are best known for their fierce rivalry with fellow Glaswegian side Rangers which has become an iconic fixture within world football culture. Off the pitch, Celtic have also made significant contributions to charity work both domestically and internationally over many years. In short, there can be no mistake that Celtic are not only an integral part of British sport but a powerful force within global sporting culture as well

Table of Contents

1. Henrik Larsson

Henrik Larsson Career

  • 1977–1988: Högaborgs BK
  • 1989–1991: Högaborgs BK
  • 1992–1993: Helsingborgs IF
  • 1993–1997: Feyenoord
  • 1997–2004: Celtic
  • 2004–2006: Barcelona
  • 2006–2009: Helsingborgs IF
  • 2007: Manchester United (loan)
  • 2012: Råå IF
  • 2013: Högaborgs BK
  • 1992–1993: Sweden U21
  • 1997: Sweden B
  • 1993–2009: Sweden
  • 2010–2012: Landskrona BoIS
  • 2014: Falkenbergs FF
  • 2015–2016: Helsingborgs IF
  • 2019: Helsingborgs IF

Henrik Larsson is a Swedish professional footballer, who currently plays for Manchester United. He has played in the Premier League for both Celtic and Barcelona, as well as periods on loan at Helsingborgs IF and Manchester United.

Henrik Larsson was born on September 20th 1971 in Helsingborg, Sweden. At the age of 17 he joined Högaborgs BK where he would score 64 goals over two seasons before transferring to Helsingborgs IF. 

In 1992, Larsson transferred to Feyenoord where he scored 101 goals over six years including 26 during his time with Feyenoord which earned him selection to play for Sweden at Euro 96 that year.

After leaving Feyenoord in 2004, Larsson signed for Celtic becoming one of their most prolific strikers ever with 174 goals in total across seven seasons with the Glasgow club; this included winning three Scottish Premier Leagues (2005-07).

Two Scottish Cups (2003-05) and one Scottish League Cup (2004). In 2006, after nine successful years at Celtic Park transfer speculation began linking him with some of Europe's biggest clubs including Barcelona and Real Madrid.

It was Manchester United who secured his services on a season long loan deal later that year; this move proved incredibly successful as he helped them win four trophies - FA Cup (2007), Champions League (2008), European Super Cup (2008) and Intercontinental Cup (2009).

Upon returning to Old Trafford from his loan spell at Helsingborgs IF in 2007, rumours circulated once again linking him with Spanish giants Real Madrid but ultimately nothing came of these reports leading.

Many pundits to believe that something had held back negotiations between the two sides until just days before signing officially became official on July 1st 2009 when Barça matched United's £30 million valuation.

On June 30th 2014 it was announced by Manchester united that Henrik Larrson had retired from football due to an ACL injury sustained while playing against Chelsea earlier that month.

However following surgery,[4] Larrson made a return briefly representing Man Utd A team during their pre-season tour of America early 2015 scoring once against Club Tijuana U23.[5][6][7][8] * Senior career includes appearances prior to 1997.

Also Played For: swedish football league, sweden

2. Jimmy Johnstone

Jimmy Johnstone Career

  • 1958–1959: Celtic
  • 1959–1961: Viewpark Boys Guild
  • 1961–1962: Celtic
  • 1961–1962: Blantyre Celtic (loan)
  • 1962–1975: Celtic
  • 1975: San Jose Earthquakes
  • 1975–1977: Sheffield United
  • 1977: Dundee
  • 1977–1978: Shelbourne
  • 1978–1979: Elgin City
  • 1964: Scotland U23
  • 1964–1974: Scotland
  • 1964–1970: Scottish League XI
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Known for his powerful striking ability, Jimmy Johnstone was one of the most successful players in Scottish football history. He began his career at Celtic before moving to Manchester United in 1971.

In 1976, he won the European Cup with Liverpool and two years later helped them win their first ever league title. 

After retiring from playing, Johnstone became a manager and had spells at Aberdeen, Sheffield United and Kilmarnock before returning to Celtic as manager in 2001.

He died only three years later aged 61 after a long battle with cancer. 

A true Scotsman through and through, Johnstone is fondly remembered by fans all over the world for his goalscoring exploits on the pitch – he is Scotland's all-time leading scorer with 128 goals in 266 appearances. 

His son Calum is also a professional footballer who played for Dundee United FC and Rangers FC before joining Motherwell FC earlier this year[5]. The Jimmy Johnstone Statue was erected outside Celtic Park following his death.

Also Played For: scotland's best football players

3. Billy McNeill

Billy McNeill Career

  • 1957: Blantyre Victoria
  • 1957–1975: Celtic
  • 1960–1962[2]: Scotland U23
  • 1961: SFA trial v SFL
  • 1961–1967: Scottish League XI
  • 1961–1972: Scotland
  • 1977: Clyde
  • 1977–1978: Aberdeen
  • 1978–1983: Celtic
  • 1983–1986: Manchester City
  • 1986–1987: Aston Villa
  • 1987–1991: Celtic
  • 1998: Hibernian (caretaker)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Billy McNeill was a defender who spent his entire senior career with Celtic. He won several major honours with the club, including two Scottish League Championships and one European Cup Winners' Cup.

McNeill also represented Scotland at international level on 44 occasions, scoring six goals. After retiring as a player, McNeill went on to manage Celtic for three seasons between 1982 and 1985 before moving onto other roles in football administration.

He died aged 79 after a long battle with cancer Billy McNeill is a Scottish football manager and former player. 

He was most successful as a manager with Celtic, winning three league titles and two Scottish Cups during his ten-year tenure. McNeill also played for Scotland national team, making over 100 appearances between 1961 and 1972.

After retiring from playing he took up coaching positions with Aberdeen, Clyde and Celtic before becoming the manager of Manchester City in 1986. In 1991 he replaced Jock Stein at Celtic Park, leading them to their first ever European Cup Winners' Cup victory four years later.

He retired from management at the end of the 1998 season after another League championship win with Hibs.

4. Jimmy McGrory

Jimmy McGrory Career

  • 1918–1921: St Roch's Boys Guild
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1921–1922: St Roch's: :
  • 1922–1937: Celtic: 378: (395)
  • 1923–1924: → Clydebank (loan): 30: (13)
  • Total: : 408: (408)
  • 1928–1933: Scotland: 7: (6)
  • 1926–1935: Scottish League XI: 6: (6)
  • 1937–1945: Kilmarnock
  • 1945–1965: Celtic
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

McGrory was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1904. He played for St Roch's Boys Guild before making his professional debut for Queen's Park in 1921. McGrory went on to play for Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen over the course of his career, winning several honours including six League titles and one Scottish Cup.

McGrory retired from playing in 1962 but continued to work as a football commentator until his death aged 78 in 1982. 

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest centre forwards ever to play the game and has been inducted into both the Scottish Football Hall of Fame and The English Football Hall of Fame McGrory was a prolific goal scorer for Celtic and Scotland during his playing career.

He is best remembered for his hat-trick against Barcelona in the 1962 European Cup Winners' Cup Final. McGrory retired from playing at the age of 36, but continued to manage Kilmarnock until 1965.

5. Packie Bonner

Packie Bonner Career

  • 1975: Keadue Rovers
  • 1977–1978: Finn Harps
  • 1978–1997: Celtic
  • 1981–1996: Republic of Ireland
  • 1990: Scottish League XI
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Packie Bonner is a 62-year-old goalkeeper who played his youth football at Keadue Rovers. He made his senior debut for Donegal in the 1985/86 season and has since gone on to make over 200 appearances for his county side, winning two All Stars Awards along the way.

In 2003 he moved to England and signed for Notts County, where he spent six seasons before retiring in 2009 at the age of 39 due to injury. 

Packie then returned home to Donegal and took up coaching duties with local club Letterkenny Town, helping them win promotion from Division Two in 2013/14 Bonner was born and raised in Northern Ireland, playing for local side Celtic before being snapped up by Republic of Ireland outfit Celtic.

Bonner made his international debut for the Irish national team in 1990 and went on to make 80 appearances, scoring one goal. After leaving Celtic in 1997, Bonner joined Scottish League XI where he helped them win promotion to the Scottish Premier League. 

He retired from football at the end of the 1998-99 season. In retirement, Bonner has worked as a pundit for RTÉ Sport and is also involved with charity work helping disadvantaged youths get into sport.

Also Played For: republic of ireland football team

6. Paul McStay

Paul McStay Career

  • 1981–1982: Celtic
  • 1981–1997: Celtic
  • 1978–1980: Scotland U16
  • 1980–1982: Scotland U18
  • 1982–1984[2]: Scotland U21
  • 1983–1984: Scotland U20
  • 1983–1997: Scotland
  • 1990: SFA (SFL centenary)

Paul McStay was born in 1964 and started his career at Celtic Boys Club. He played for Celtic between 1981-1982 before moving to England to play for Manchester United.

After making just eight appearances for the Red Devils, he moved back to Scotland and joined Aberdeen where he made over 200 appearances until retiring in 1997. 

In total, Paul Mc Stay won seven Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups and one European Cup with Aberdeen during his illustrious playing career.

He also represented Scotland 80 times scoring six goals between 1987-1997 including a goal against Hungary which earned him a call up to the national team for the 1990 World Cup in Italy where he didn't feature in any of the matches as Scotland finished bottom of their group stage group. 

Since retiring from playing, Paul has been heavily involved with charity work both locally and nationally helping those affected by cancer as well as supporting various other charities through fundraising events such as golf tournaments, etc.

Finally, on 11 January 2014 it was announced that Paul had been awarded an MBE (Member of The British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II "for services to football".

7. Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon Career

  • 1987–1989: Manchester City
  • 1986–1987: Glenavon
  • 1987–1990: Manchester City
  • 1990–1996: Crewe Alexandra
  • 1996–2000: Leicester City
  • 2000–2007: Celtic
  • 2007–2008: Nottingham Forest
  • 2008: Wycombe Wanderers
  • 1990–1994: Northern Ireland U21
  • 1990: Northern Ireland U23
  • 1994: Northern Ireland B
  • 1994–2002: Northern Ireland
  • 2010–2014: Celtic
  • 2014–2016: Bolton Wanderers
  • 2016–2019: Hibernian
  • 2019–2021: Celtic
  • 2022: Omonia
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Lennon began his career at Manchester City before moving to Crewe Alexandra in 1990. After leaving Crewe, Lennon spent a decade with Celtic Park, winning two Scottish Premier League titles and the UEFA Cup in 2003.

In 2006, Lennon left Celtic to join Liverpool where he won another Champions League title in 2013/14. Lennon retired from playing football after the 2014/15 season and later took up a role as manager of Welsh club Cardiff City.

On 27 May 2016, Lennon was sacked by Cardiff following their relegation from the Premier League; he had led them to promotion during his first spell there in 2012–13 but they were relegated back.

Within four seasons once again under his second tenure Neil Lennon is a Scottish football manager and former player who has most recently been the manager of Celtic.

As a player, Neil Lennon won trophies with both Leicester City and Celtic, before later managing them. He was appointed as the new Celtic manager in October 2010, succeeding Tony Mowbray. 

The following season saw him guide his team to their first ever league title since 2001-02, whilst also reaching the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in their history.

In 2014–15 he led Bolton Wanderers to promotion from League One via the playoffs, but left at the end of that campaign after three years in charge due to personal reasons unrelated to his job at Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

This move caused some controversy given that it occurred during European football's off-season period which would have impacted on their preparations for competitive fixtures had they gained promotion under his guidance. 

Also Played For: crewe alexandra f.c

8. Stiliyan Petrov

Stiliyan Petrov Career

  • 1995–1996: Montana
  • 1996–1999: CSKA Sofia
  • 1999–2006: Celtic
  • 2006–2013: Aston Villa
  • 1998–2013: Bulgaria
  • 2013: Aston Villa Academy (assistant)
  • 2015: Aston Villa (team coach)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Petrov is a Bulgarian international midfielder who has played for clubs in his country, Bulgaria and MLS side Toronto FC. Petrov made his professional debut with Montana in 1998 before moving to CSKA Sofia the following year.

He spent two years at the club before joining Lazio in 2001. In 2004, he joined Manchester United on a season-long loan deal but failed to make an appearance for the Red Devils. 

He subsequently returned to Lazio where he stayed until 2007 when he moved to Newcastle United on a free transfer.

After one season at Newcastle, Petrov signed for MLS side Toronto FC ahead of their inaugural season in 2008.

Which proved successful as they reached both the semi-finals and final of that year's CONCACAF Champions League although they were defeated by LA Galaxy in the latter stages of that competition. 

During his four seasons with Toronto FC, Petrov won three Supporters' Shields (2009–11), two Canadian Championships (2010 & 2011) and was named Major League Soccer MVP runner-up during the 2010 season. 

On 7 July 2013 it was announced that Petrov had transferred from Toronto FC to Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow.[3] However just over 12 months later he left Lokomotiv after making only six appearances.

In January 2017 it was announced that Petrov had rejoined former club CSKA Sofia on a short term contract.[4] Just days later however CSKA terminated his contract citing "personal reasons".

On 31 August 2017 it was announced thatPetrova had signed with Greek Superleague outfit AEK Athens[6] where he will reunite with manager Slavisa Jokanovic having coached him while managing Vitesse Arnhem between 2009 and 2012.

Also Played For: scottish premier league, aston villa f.c

9. Shunsuke Nakamura

Shunsuke Nakamura Career

  • 1991–1993: Yokohama F. Marinos
  • 1994–1996: Tōkō Gakuen High School [ja]
  • 1997–2002: Yokohama F. Marinos
  • 2002–2005: Reggina
  • 2005–2009: Celtic
  • 2009–2010: Espanyol
  • 2010–2017: Yokohama F. Marinos
  • 2017–2019: Júbilo Iwata
  • 2019–2022: Yokohama FC
  • 1997: Japan U-20
  • 2000: Japan U-23
  • 2000–2010: Japan

Nakamura started his career with Yokohama F. Marinos, before moving to Serie A club Reggina in 2002. Nakamura had a fruitful time at Celtic, where he won two Scottish Premier League titles and the UEFA Cup in 2007.

He then moved back to Japan to play for Vissel Kobe in 2009. Nakamura announced his retirement from professional football after appearing as a substitute against Atletico Madrid on 17 May 2014.[3] 

Shunsuke Nakamura is one of the most decorated Japanese players of all time, having won league titles with three different clubs - Yokohama FMarinos (1997), Reggina (2002) and Celtic (2005).

He also played for the Japan national team between 1997 and 2003, winning 51 caps overall including qualifying matches for both World Cups tournaments (1998 & 2010). 

After retiring from professional football, Nakamura has since worked as an assistant coach with Shimizu S-Pulse FC,[4] who are currently playing in J1 League Division 1.[5] 

The midfielder is ambassador of children's charity UNICEF Japan[6] and was appointed Honorary President by English Football Association on 5 December 2013,[7][8][9] taking up this role until 2020.

Also Played For: japan football team, j1 league

10. Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster Career

  • 2001–2005: Wallsend Boys Club
  • 2005–2006: Newcastle United
  • 2006–2012: Newcastle United
  • 2008: → Stockport County (loan)
  • 2009: → Bristol Rovers (loan)
  • 2009–2010: → Norwich City (loan)
  • 2010–2011: → Celtic (loan)
  • 2011–2012: → Celtic (loan)
  • 2012–2014: Celtic
  • 2014–2022: Southampton
  • 2019–2020: → Celtic (loan)
  • 2022–: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2013–2016: England
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 05:12, 27 December 2022 (UTC)

Fraser Forster is a goalkeeper who currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur. Fraser Forster started his career with Stocksfield before moving onto Wallsend Boys Club in 2001.

In 2005, Fraser Forster joined Southampton and has since made over 180 appearances for the club. In 2011, Fraser Forster was called up to the England squad by Fabio Capello and played in two matches during that year's World Cup campaign.

In 2016, Fraser Forster won both the Premier League and FA Cup with Southampton, making him their most successful-ever goalkeeper. 

After winning two major trophies with Southampton, it was announced on 17 January 2017 that he had signed a new contract with Spurs which will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021.

Fraser Forster is a goalkeeper who has played for Newcastle United and Southampton. Fraser Forster was born on 14th December 1990 in England. 

Fraser Forster made his debut for Newcastle United against Liverpool in the Premier League on 10th August 2010, aged 18 years and 303 days old. 

In total, Fraser Forster made 134 appearances for Southampton between 2014-2022, winning one league title with them during that time period as well as playing at two European Championships (2014 & 2020).

On 21st May 2019, it was announced that he had signed a contract extension with Tottenham Hotspur until 30th June 2022 which will keep him at the club until he reaches 33 years of age. 

After spending 6 years out injured due to injury, Fraser Forster made his international debut for England in a friendly match against France on 11th March 2013 and has since represented his country 49 times overall - scoring six goals along the way.

Also Played For: england national football team

11. Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish Career

  • 1967–1968: Cumbernauld United
  • 1968–1969: Celtic
  • 1969–1977: Celtic
  • 1977–1990: Liverpool
  • 1972–1976: Scotland U23
  • 1971–1986: Scotland
  • 1985–1991: Liverpool
  • 1991–1995: Blackburn Rovers
  • 1997–1998: Newcastle United
  • 2000: Celtic (caretaker)
  • 2011–2012: Liverpool
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Kenny Dalglish is a Scottish football player who has played for Celtic, Liverpool and Manchester United. He was born on 4 March 1951 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dalglish began his career at Cumbernauld United in 1967 before moving to Celtic the following year. He made his professional debut with Celtic in 1971 and went on to play over 600 matches for the club, winning nine league titles and three Scottish Cups along the way.

In 1977, he signed for Liverpool where he won five English League titles, two FA Cups and one European Cup during his time there – making him arguably one of the most successful British players of all time. 

Dalglish moved to Manchester United in 1985 as manager Alex Ferguson tried to bring him back to Anfield after he had left Liverpool four years earlier due to personal differences with then-manager Bob Paisley.

His final season with Manchester United saw them win another Premier League title. After leaving Manchester United in 1991, Dalglisgh returned home to manage Aberdeen from 1992–96 before retiring from playing professionally at the age of 42.

In 2009, Kenny was appointed an MBE (Member of The Order Of The British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for services to football.

Also Played For: liverpool f.c

12. Bobby Lennox

Bobby Lennox Career

  • : Ardeer Recreation F.C.
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1961–1978: Celtic: 294: (157)
  • 1978: Houston Hurricane: 30: (3)
  • 1978–1981: Celtic: 42: (10)
  • Total: : 366: (170)
  • 1966–1970: Scotland: 10: (3)
  • 1966–1968: Scottish League XI: 3: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Lennox started his career at Ardeer Recreation F.C., before moving on to play for Celtic and Rangers in Scotland. He made his England debut in 1966, and went on to represent the country at international level for over 20 years.

Lennox was awarded an MBE in 1990, and retired from international football later that year. After retiring from playing, Lennox took up a coaching role with various clubs across Europe, including Manchester City and Arsenal FC. 

In 2013 he was appointed honorary president of Scottish Football Association (SFA), a position he still holds today.

Bobby Lennox was a Scottish international and high-scoring forward who played for Celtic and Houston Hurricane in the late 1970s. Lennox is most remembered for his exploits with Celtic, where he won two league titles and three Scottish Cups during his time at the club. 

He also made 10 appearances for Scotland between 1966 and 1970, scoring three goals. After leaving Celtic, Lennox had spells with Houston Hurricane (1978–1981) and Clyde (1983). He retired from professional football in 1986 after playing for Queen of The South FK in the Scottish Second Division.

13. Roy Aitken

Roy Aitken Career

  • 1973–1975: Celtic
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1975–1990: Celtic: 484: (40)
  • 1990–1991: Newcastle United: 54: (1)
  • 1991–1992: St Mirren: 34: (1)
  • 1992–1995: Aberdeen: 29: (2)
  • Total: : 784: (59)
  • 1976–1984: Scotland U21[2]: 16: (2)
  • 1979–1991: Scotland: 57: (1)
  • 1990[3]: SFA (SFL Centenary): 1: (0)
  • 1995–1997: Aberdeen
  • 2006: Aston Villa (caretaker)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Born in 1958, Roy Aitken is a Scottish defender who played for Celtic and then Rangers during his career. He made his senior debut for Celtic in 1973 and went on to make over 360 appearances for the club before joining Rangers in 1988.

Aitken was part of the Scotland squad that reached the 1986 World Cup Finals, but they were knocked out by Argentina in the semi-finals. After leaving Rangers he spent time with Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic before retiring from playing at the age of 38 in 1994.

Roy Aitken has since gone on to become a football commentator and coach, working mainly with BBC Sport throughout his career. In March 2010 he announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer but has since recovered fully.

At present, Roy Aitken continues to work as a football analyst for BBC Sport alongside Gary Lineker.[3] He is also an ambassador for charity The Christie Hospital Foundation which provides support and care to people living with cancer.

14. Kyogo Furuhashi

Kyogo Furuhashi Career

  • 2010–2012: Kokoku High School
  • 2013–2016: Chuo University
  • 2017–2018: FC Gifu
  • 2018–2021: Vissel Kobe
  • 2021: Celtic
  • 2019: Japan
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 27 September 2022 (UTC)

Kyogo Furuhashi is a Japanese footballer who currently plays for Celtic in the Scottish Premiership. 

Furuhashi was born on 20 January 1995 in Ikoma, Nara prefecture, Japan and began his footballing career playing for local club Ikoma Iga J-League Division 1 side Kawasaki Frontale U-19s before being scouted by Sagan Tosu of J1 League side FC Tokyo in 2012.

He made his professional debut with Sagan Tosu later that year. After impressing during trials at Celtic, Furuhashi signed for the Scottish club on 2 July 2017 and made his first team debut against Aberdeen three days later as a 63rd minute substitute. 

The following week he scored his first goal for Celtic in their 3–0 victory over Kilmarnock.[2] In total Furuhashi has made 43 appearances and scored eight goals for Celtic since signing from FC Tokyo.

Making him one of the most highly rated young players in Scotland's top flight, alongside fellow new signings Eboue Kouassi (Stoke City) and Moussa Dembele (Celtic).

Kyogo is also eligible to represent Japan internationally due to having both parents originally from the country,[3] but has yet to make an appearance for them at the senior level despite being dual registered with the Samurai Blue national team since 2016[4]. Kyogo purchase.

15. Aiden McGeady

Aiden McGeady Career

  • 1994–1997: Busby Boys Club
  • 1997–2000: Queen's Park
  • 2000–2004: Celtic
  • 2004–2010: Celtic
  • 2010–2014: Spartak Moscow
  • 2014–2017: Everton
  • 2016: Sheffield Wednesday (loan)
  • 2016–2017: Preston North End (loan)
  • 2017–2022: Sunderland
  • 2020: Charlton Athletic (loan)
  • 2022: Hibernian
  • 2002: Republic of Ireland U17
  • 2003: Republic of Ireland U19
  • 2004–2006: Republic of Ireland U21
  • 2004–2017: Republic of Ireland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 11:45, 27 December 2022 (UTC)

Aiden McGeady is a Scottish footballer who currently plays for Hibernian. He began his career at Busby Boys Club before joining Celtic in 2000. 

He then moved to Premier League side Everton, where he made over 100 appearances between 2004 and 2007, before moving to Hibs in 2008.

He has since won two Scottish Premiership titles with Hibs and represented the Republic of Ireland internationally on many occasions, including at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. 

McGeady has also been capped by Scotland at U21 level and played for them at UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign which ended in disappointment due to group stage exit from competition.

Aiden McGeady is a talented footballer, who has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe. He began his career at Celtic and spent several years there before moving on to bigger clubs, including Spartak Moscow and Everton. 

In 2017 he joined Sunderland on loan, and helped them stay in the Premier League that season. McGeady has also represented Ireland at international level since 2004 and was part of their World Cup-winning squad in 2010.

He is currently playing for Hibernian in Scotland's top division, and looks set to continue playing football into the future.

Also Played For: efl league one, preston north end f.c

16. Chris Sutton

Chris Sutton Career

  • 1991–1994: Norwich City
  • 1994–1999: Blackburn Rovers
  • 1999–2000: Chelsea
  • 2000–2006: Celtic
  • 2006: Birmingham City
  • 2006–2007: Aston Villa
  • 2012: Wroxham
  • 1992–1994: England U21
  • 1994: England B
  • 1997: England
  • 2009–2010: Lincoln City
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Chris Sutton is a former English footballer who played as a striker. He began his career at Norwich City, before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 1994. In 1999, he joined Chelsea where he spent six seasons before retiring in 2004.

After retirement from football, Sutton became an analyst for BT Sport and was appointed ambassador for the organisation's 'Make A Wish' campaign in 2012. 

In September 2017, Sutton was announced as the new manager of Fleetwood Town following the departure of Mark Cooper.

He left Fleetwood Town after one season to take over as head coach of Championship side Birmingham City on 1 July 2018.

Chris Sutton has represented England at under-21 level and made two appearances for the full national team but did not score any goals or get sent off during his time playing international football.

Also Played For: norwich city f.c, blackburn rovers f.c

17. John Hartson

John Hartson Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1992–1995: Luton Town: 54: (11)
  • 1995–1997: Arsenal: 53: (14)
  • 1997–1999: West Ham United: 60: (24)
  • 1999–2001: Wimbledon: 49: (19)
  • 2001: Coventry City: 12: (6)
  • 2001–2006: Celtic: 146: (88)
  • 2006–2008: West Bromwich Albion: 21: (5)
  • 2007: → Norwich City (loan): 4: (0)
  • Total: : 399: (167)
  • : Wales U21: 9: (?)
  • 1995–2005: Wales: 51: (14)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

John Hartson is a Welsh international footballer who played as a striker for Luton Town and Newcastle United. He was born in Swansea on 5 April 1975, and began his career with the Swans before joining Luton Town in 1992.

Hartson enjoyed great success during his time at Luton, scoring 54 goals in 54 appearances between 1992 and 1995 - including 19 goals in 25 appearances during the 1993–94 season which helped them to promotion to Division One.

His form led to interest from Premier League clubs such as Newcastle United and Liverpool but he instead joined Newcastle United for £1 million in 1995 where he went on to score 23 league goals over two seasons before moving onto Liverpool for £6 million in 1998 - helping the Reds win their first ever title that year.

After brief spells at Roma (1999) and Atlético Madrid (2000), Hartson retired from professional football following an injury-plagued 2001–02 season with Arsenal, having made 232 league appearances and scored 101 goals across all competitions.[2] 

John has since worked as a pundit for ESPN EMEA[3][4], co-hosting The Football Show alongside Graeme Le Saux on BBC Two[5], being part of ITV's coverage of Euro 2016,[6] providing commentary for UEFA Champions League matches on BT Sport.

Working as ambassador for Cardiff City FC,[8]and appearing as one of three expert pundits alongside Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Fowler, & Garth Crooks on BT Sport 1’s Monday Night Football show starting from September 2016.

He married long term girlfriend Louise Herron after they met while studying physiotherapy together whilst playing football outside Cardiff city centre.

They welcomed their first child into the world via c section shortly after Christmas 2017 [13]. John has now hit 50 years old. What are your thoughts?

18. Jorge Cadete


  • 1983–1984: Académica Santarém
  • 1984–1987: Sporting CP
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1987–1995: Sporting CP: 164: (62)
  • 1988–1989: → Vitória Setúbal (loan): 29: (8)
  • 1994–1995: → Brescia (loan): 13: (1)
  • 1996–1997: Celtic: 37: (30)
  • 1997–1998: Celta: 36: (8)
  • 1999–2003: Benfica: 19: (3)
  • 2000: → Bradford City (loan): 7: (0)
  • 2000–2001: → Estrela Amadora (loan): 28: (2)
  • 2004: Partick Thistle: 5: (0)
  • 2004–2005: Pinhalnovense: 4: (0)
  • 2005–2007: São Marcos: :
  • Total: : 342: (114)
  • 1989: Portugal U21: 2: (0)
  • 1990–1998: Portugal: 33: (5)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Jorge Cadete was born in Pemba, Mozambique on 27 August 1968. He started his career playing for Académica Santarém before moving to Sporting CP in 1987.

Cadete scored 62 goals in 164 appearances for Sporting CP over a period of 10 years. In 1995, he moved to Vitória Setúbal where he continued playing until his retirement in 2001 at the age of 36 years old.

Jorge Cadete is currently a football coach and commentator with TV Mocambique and SportTV Africa (Mozambique). Jorge Cadete is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a defender. 

Jorge Cadete began his career with hometown club São Marcos and later played for Benfica, Celtic, Estrela Amadora, Bradford City and Partick Thistle in the English Premier League.

Jorge Cadette represented Portugal at youth level before making his senior international debut in 1989.

 After retiring from professional football, Jorge Cadette took up coaching duties with Académico de Viseu and then Guimarães before joining newly promoted side Nacional on an interim basis in January 2019.

19. Emilio Izaguirre

Emilio Izaguirre Career

  • 2003–2010: Motagua
  • 2010–2017: Celtic
  • 2017–2018: Al-Fayha
  • 2018–2019: Celtic
  • 2019–2021: Motagua
  • 2021–2022: Marathón
  • 2005: Honduras U20
  • 2007: Honduras U23
  • 2007–2020: Honduras
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 00:08, 15 June 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 11 October 2020

Emilio Izaguirre is a defender who has played for Motagua in Honduras. He made his international debut for Honduras in 2003 and went on to play 143 times for the team, scoring four goals.

In 2010 he moved to Celtic, where he spent two seasons before returning to Motagua in 2012. Emilio Izaguirre was part of the Honduran squad that competed at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, playing all three of their matches as they reached the semi-finals where they were beaten by Brazil.

Emilio Izaguirre signed with Watford FC in July 2016 but left after one season having made only six appearances for the club. He currently plays for Club Deportivo Olimpia.

Emilio Izaguirre has represented his country at numerous tournaments including Copa America (2007), World Cup (2010) and Olympic Games (2012).

Also Played For: honduras national football team

20. Alan Thompson

Alan Thompson Career

  • 1989–1991: Newcastle United
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1991–1993: Newcastle United: 16: (0)
  • 1993–1998: Bolton Wanderers: 157: (34)
  • 1998–2000: Aston Villa: 46: (4)
  • 2000–2007: Celtic: 158: (37)
  • 2007: → Leeds United (loan): 11: (2)
  • 2007–2008: Leeds United: 13: (3)
  • 2008: → Hartlepool United (loan): 7: (1)
  • Total: : 408: (81)
  • 2004: England: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Alan Thompson was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Alan started his youth career with Newcastle United before moving to Liverpool in 1991.

He spent seven seasons at Anfield and won the FA Cup twice while there. Alan joined West Ham United in 2003 and helped them win promotion to the Premier League that season, as well as two more league titles during his time at Upton Park.

In 2017, Thompson signed for Aston Villa on a one-year deal after leaving West Ham United. He made 37 appearances for Villa before announcing his retirement from professional football at the end of the 2018–19 season Alan Thompson is a former English international footballer who played as a defender.

He started his career at Newcastle United, before moving on to Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa in the 1990s. In 2000, he moved to Celtic, where he spent seven seasons before joining Leeds United on loan in 2007. 

He retired from professional football after helping Hartlepool United win promotion to the Football League Championship in 2008.

Alan Thompson represented England at senior level once, playing against Scotland in 2004.

21. Jackie McNamara

Jackie McNamara Career

  • : Cumbernauld Colts
  • –1991: Gairdoch United
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1991–1995: Dunfermline Athletic: 79: (3)
  • 1995–2005: Celtic: 256: (10)
  • 2005–2007: Wolverhampton Wanderers: 29: (0)
  • 2007–2008: Aberdeen: 17: (0)
  • 2008–2010: Falkirk: 42: (0)
  • 2010: → Partick Thistle (loan): 4: (0)
  • 2010–2011: Partick Thistle: 15: (0)
  • Total: : 442: (13)
  • 1994–1996: Scotland U21: 12: (1)
  • 1996: Scotland B: 1: (0)
  • 1996–2005: Scotland: 33: (0)
  • 2011–2013: Partick Thistle
  • 2013–2015: Dundee United
  • 2015–2016: York City
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

McNamara began his career with Cumbernauld Colts in 1991. He made 79 appearances for Dunfermline Athletic during his senior career, scoring three goals.

McNamara played for Gairdoch United before joining Dundee United in 1995. McNamara moved to English side Charlton Athletic in 1997 and then Aberdeen in 1998 where he finished his playing days after 323 appearances and 38 goals.

After retiring from football, McNamara started working as a coach at Rangers Football Club's under-15s team and subsequently took over the role of assistant manager at Ibrox Stadium aged 29 years old.

In October 2014, McNamara was named player/coach of the year by Scottish Professional Footballers' Association (SPFA).[4] Jackie McNamara's full senior career statistics can be found.

22. Gary Hooper

Gary Hooper Career

  • 1995–2002: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2002–2003: Maldon Town
  • 2003: Grays Athletic
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2003–2006: Grays Athletic: 69: (20)
  • 2006–2008: Southend United: 32: (2)
  • 2007: → Leyton Orient (loan): 4: (2)
  • 2008: → Hereford United (loan): 19: (11)
  • 2008–2010: Scunthorpe United: 80: (43)
  • 2010–2013: Celtic: 95: (63)
  • 2013–2016: Norwich City: 64: (18)
  • 2015–2016: → Sheffield Wednesday (loan): 12: (6)
  • 2016–2019: Sheffield Wednesday: 70: (24)
  • 2019–2020: Wellington Phoenix: 21: (8)
  • 2019–2020: Wellington Phoenix Reserves: 1: (1)
  • 2020–2021: Kerala Blasters: 18: (5)
  • 2021–2022: Wellington Phoenix: 14: (4)
  • 2022–: Omonia: 9: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 11 November 2022

Gary Hooper is a forward who plays for Omonia in Cyprus. He first came to prominence at Tottenham Hotspur, where he was part of the team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2002 and 2003.

After leaving Spurs, Gary played for Maldon Town before joining Grays Athletic in 2006. In 2010, Gary moved to Celtic and has since become an important player for the club. Gary is a regular member of England's national teams, having made over 50 appearances between under-17s and under-21s levels combined.

In December 2013, it was announced that Gary had signed with League One side Milton Keynes Dons on loan until January 2014.

On 22 January 2014, after making 11 appearances for MK Dons,[4]Gary joined Championship side Norwich City on loan until the end of the season.[5][6] On 10 May 2015, following his release from Norwich City,[7],Gary rejoined former club Celtic on a two year contract[8].

Gary Hooper is a talented English Forward who started playing football at Tottenham Hotspur when he was just nine years old. 

As well as being successful while playing at White Hart Lane (winning both FA Youth Cups), Hooper enjoyed success during his time with clubs like Maldon Town (where he scored 29 goals over three seasons) and Grays Athletic (scoring 20 goals across two seasons). 

In 2010 – six years after leaving Tottenham –Hooper finally landed himself a big move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs; Scottish champions Celtic.

Whilst there have been some mixed results since then (mainly due to injuries), most recently scoring against Manchester United in November 2016 whilst representing England Under 21’s confirms what many knew about this striker – that if fit/available he can be very effective indeed.

23. Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio Career

  • 1985–1990: Lazio
  • 1986–1987: → Ternana (loan)
  • 1990–1993: Juventus
  • 1993–1994: Napoli
  • 1994–1996: Milan
  • 1996–1997: Celtic
  • 1997–1999: Sheffield Wednesday
  • 1999–2003: West Ham United
  • 2003–2004: Charlton Athletic
  • 2004–2006: Lazio
  • 2006–2008: Cisco Roma
  • 1988–1990: Italy U-21
  • 1989: Italy B[3]
  • 2011–2013: Swindon Town
  • 2013: Sunderland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Di Canio is a forward who played for Lazio and Juventus in his career. Di Canio was born on 9 July 1968 in Rome, Italy. In 1985, DiCanio joined Lazio as a youth player and made 54 appearances for the team over four seasons.

In 1986, he moved to Serie A club Ternana on loan where he scored 27 goals in 27 appearances before returning to Juventus in 1990. 

With Juventus, DiCanio won six titles including three consecutive Serie A championships from 1991-1993 which makes him one of the most successful players at the club ever.

Following his time with Juventus, DiCanio signed with Sunderland FC in England but only managed five league games before being sacked by manager. 

Kevin Keegan due to disciplinary reasons later that year Paolo Di Canio is a highly respected Italian football manager who has had success in both his domestic and international career.

Di Canio started his managerial career at Swindon Town before moving to Sunderland, where he led the club to promotion to the Premier League. 

Since leaving Sunderland, Di Canio has taken up roles with Lazio and Cisco Roma, each of which he has won multiple trophies during his tenure. 

In 2013, Paolo DiCanio was appointed head coach of Italy's national team but resigned after just 1 year due to disagreements with the Football Federation over player selection policies.

24. Scott McDonald

Scott McDonald Career

  • 1998: Gippsland Falcons
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1998–1999: Gippsland Falcons: 3: (0)
  • 1999–2000: Casey Comets: 10: (3)
  • 2000–2002: Southampton: 2: (0)
  • 2002: → Huddersfield Town (loan): 13: (1)
  • 2002: → AFC Bournemouth (loan): 8: (1)
  • 2003: Wimbledon: 2: (0)
  • 2004–2007: Motherwell: 108: (42)
  • 2007–2010: Celtic: 88: (51)
  • 2010–2013: Middlesbrough: 116: (37)
  • 2013–2015: Millwall: 55: (5)
  • 2015–2017: Motherwell: 83: (24)
  • 2017–2018: Dundee United: 34: (15)
  • 2019: Partick Thistle: 12: (6)
  • 2019–2020: Western United: 9: (1)
  • 2020–2021: Brisbane Roar: 23: (9)
  • 2021: Western Sydney Wanderers: 7: (1)
  • 2022: Gold Coast Knights: 1: (0)
  • 1999–2000: Australia U17: 17: (13)
  • 2001–2003: Australia U20: 24: (16)
  • 2003–2004: Australia U23: 3: (0)
  • 2006–2012: Australia: 26: (0)
  • 2021–: Gold Coast Knights
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21 September 2022

McDonald is a former Australian international footballer who played for clubs in the English Premier League, including Southampton and Huddersfield Town.

He has been capped 73 times by Australia, scoring 14 goals. After leaving Southampton in 2002, McDonald moved to Huddersfield Town on loan before joining them permanently two years later.

With Gold Coast Knights he has scored six goals from 17 appearances this season and helped them reach the 2018 FFA Cup Final where they lost 2-1 to Melbourne Victory after extra time. McDonald made his professional debut in 2002 with AFC Bournemouth, and went on to play 108 games for Motherwell.

He was loaned out to Wimbledon in 2003, where he scored two goals. McDonald then spent four seasons at Celtic before joining Middlesbrough in 2010. After just three seasons there, he joined Millwall in 2013 and helped them reach the League Cup final that year. 

He left Millwall for Motherwell ahead of the 2016-17 season and subsequently won a Scottish Premiership title with the club that year as well as an FA Cup medal later on that season.

He returned to Australia with Dundee United during the 2017-18 season but departed after 15 appearances back home due to family reasons again returning overseas this time joining.

Partick Thistle midway through their inaugural campaign however after only 9 games it was announced McDonald had resigned from his position effective immediately citing personal reasons.

25. Artur Boruc

Artur Boruc Career

  • 1998–1999: Pogoń Siedlce
  • 1999–2005: Legia Warsaw
  • 2000: Dolcan Ząbki (loan)
  • 2005: Celtic (loan)
  • 2005–2010: Celtic
  • 2010–2012: Fiorentina
  • 2012–2015: Southampton
  • 2014–2015: AFC Bournemouth (loan)
  • 2015–2020: AFC Bournemouth
  • 2020–2022: Legia Warsaw
  • 2004–2017: Poland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 07:18, 17 June 2022

Boruc is a goalkeeper who has played for clubs in Poland and England. Boruc joined English club Southampton in 2006, where he made over 200 appearances until his departure to Legia Warsaw in 2021.

He was part of the Polish team that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2012, before being eliminated by eventual champions Spain. Boruc won silver medals with Poland at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, as well as bronze medals at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups qualifiers.

In October 2018, it was announced that Boruc had been selected for Poland's squad for their upcoming World Cup campaign.

He made his international debut on 1 November 2018 in a 2–1 win against Montenegro Artur Boruc was born on October 5, 1989 in Wroclaw, Poland. Artur started playing football when he was just six years old and progressed through the ranks at local side Pogoń Szczecin.

He made his professional debut for Widzew Łódź in 2005 and went on to make over 150 appearances for the club before joining Legia Warsaw in 2009. 

Artur has represented Poland at both U-21 and senior level and played a key part during their successful qualification campaign for Euro 2012 which they reached the semi-finals of. 

After leaving Legia Warsaw following their relegation from the top flight in 2015, Artur joined AFC Bournemouth on a short-term deal later that year before moving back to Poland with Lech Poznań two years later.

Where he spent another three seasons until retiring from international football after UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying ended with victory against Iceland.

Also Played For: poland national football team, polish soccer league

26. Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert Career

  • 1985–1986: St Mirren
  • 1986–1993: St Mirren
  • 1993–1996: Motherwell
  • 1996–1997: Borussia Dortmund
  • 1997–2005: Celtic
  • 2005–2006: Livingston
  • 1990: Scottish League XI
  • 1991–1992: Scotland U21
  • 1995–1996: Scotland B
  • 1995–2003: Scotland
  • 2005–2006: Livingston
  • 2006–2008: Wycombe Wanderers
  • 2008–2009: Colchester United
  • 2009–2012: Norwich City
  • 2012–2015: Aston Villa
  • 2015–2016: Blackburn Rovers
  • 2016–2017: Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 2018: Stoke City
  • 2018–2021: Ipswich Town
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Lambert played for St Mirren and Motherwell in his early career before moving to Celtic in 1997. He was a part of the team that won the Scottish Premier League title three times (2001, 2003, 2004).

Lambert left Celtic after six years to join Aston Villa in 2005. He led Villa to their first ever major trophy when they won the FA Cup in 2007. 

Lambert left Villa at the end of the 2011-12 season after failing to lead them back into the Premier League following relegation from it two seasons earlier.

In 2013, he rejoined Aston Villa as manager on a one-year contract extension.[3] Lambert was sacked by Aston Villa on 15 October 2015 with the club bottom ofthe English Premier League table.[4] 

Lambert is a former English footballer who played as a midfielder for clubs such as Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.

After starting his career with Aston Villa, Lambert enjoyed stints at Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City before joining Ipswich Town in 2018. 

A regular member of the Scotland national team over the course of several years, Lambert made his international debut in 1990 and went on to win 40 caps overall. 

After retiring from playing professionally in 2003, Lambert took up coaching roles with Scottish sides Wycombe Wanderers and Colchester United before landing the managerial job at Livingston in 2005.

Despite struggling to keep Livingston afloat during his tenure, Lambert was later appointed manager of Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012 where he remained until 2015. 

In January 2016, Lambert was appointed head coach of Championship strugglers Aston Villa where he led them to promotion back to the Premier League after just one season at the helm; however.

He parted ways with Villa following their relegation back down to the Championship two seasons later.

Also Played For: st mirren f.c

27. Pierre van Hooijdonk

Pierre van Hooijdonk Career

  • 1989–1991: RBC Roosendaal
  • 1991–1995: NAC Breda
  • 1995–1997: Celtic
  • 1997–1999: Nottingham Forest
  • 1999–2000: Vitesse
  • 2000–2001: Benfica
  • 2001–2003: Feyenoord
  • 2003–2005: Fenerbahçe
  • 2005–2006: NAC Breda
  • 2006–2007: Feyenoord
  • 1994–2004: Netherlands

Van Hooijdonk is a striker who played for RBC Roosendaal, NAC Breda, Celtic and Nottingham Forest in his career. In 2001 he joined Benfica where he spent two seasons before moving to Vitesse Amsterdam in 2003.

Van Hooijdonk retired from playing football in 2007 after failing to win a place at Vitesse's first team and later worked as their sporting director until his departure in 2015. 

He was born on 29 November 1969 in Steenbergen, Netherlands and has three children with Dutch model Tonje Bakker: daughters Amalia (born 2002) and Eloise (born 2004), son Maxime (2006).

Van Hooijdonk made his international debut for the Netherlands national football team on 11 December 1989 against Spain.[3] He scored one goal during this match which helped the Netherlands reach the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 1996 where they were defeated by England.

After retiring from professional football, van Hooijdonk became assistant coach at Feyenoord Rotterdam but left them after just over two months due to personal reasons[5].

On 9 October 2015 it was announced that van Hooijdonk had been appointed Sporting Director of Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen,[6] a position he resigned from less than six months later citing differences with new head coach Fred Rutten. 

Pierre van Hoojikn currently works as an ambassador for various charities including FIFPro – The International Federation of Professional Footballers' Associations – cancer support organisation Breast Cancer UK and children's charity Kindness Ambassadors Holland.

Also Played For: sbv vitesse

28. Ľubomír Moravčík

Ľubomír Moravčík Career

  • 1983–1990: Nitra
  • 1990–1996: Saint-Etienne
  • 1996–1998: Bastia
  • 1998: MSV Duisburg
  • 1998–2002: Celtic
  • 2002: JEF United Ichihara
  • 2003–2004: Nitra
  • 1987–1993: Czechoslovakia
  • 1994–2000: Slovakia
  • 2004–2005: Ružomberok
  • 2005–2008: Slovakia U16
  • 2008: Zlaté Moravce
  • 2016–2017: ŠKF Sereď (assistant)
  • 2017: Zvolen (assistant)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Moravčík was born in Nitra, Czechoslovakia on 22 June 1965. He began his career at hometown club Nitra before moving to French side Saint-Etienne in 1990.

Moravčík made 111 appearances for Saint-Etienne over two spells, scoring 27 goals along the way. After leaving France, Moravčík joined Slovakian outfit ŠK Slovan Bratislava in 1996 and went on to make 245 appearances for the club over 10 seasons, helping them win five league titles and three cups (including the 2008–09 Cup Winners' Cup).

In 2010, he became vice president of Slovakia's football association after serving as their general secretary between 2004 and 2009. 

On 29 May 2011, Moravčík played in midfield alongside John F Kennedy Jr., son of then US President John F Kennedy, during a testimonial match staged in honor of JFK's legacy at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester; United won 3–1 with Bobby Charlton scoring one of the goals.

He announced his retirement from professional football following ŠK Slovan Bratislava's relegation from top flight Slovak football at the end of 2014–15 season.[2] Moravcik also represented Czechoslovakia youth teams.

29. Jota

Jota Career

  • 2007–2018: Benfica
  • 2017–2019: Benfica B
  • 2018–2022: Benfica
  • 2020–2021: Valladolid (loan)
  • 2021–2022: Celtic (loan)
  • 2022: Celtic
  • 2014: Portugal U15
  • 2014–2015: Portugal U16
  • 2015–2016: Portugal U17
  • 2017–2018: Portugal U19
  • 2017–2019: Portugal U20
  • 2018–2021: Portugal U21

Jota was born in Lisbon, Portugal on March 30th 1999. Jota started playing football at the age of 6 for local side Benfica. He made his professional debut in 2017 and has since played 23 games for Benfica B, scoring 10 goals.

In June 2020, Jota signed a three-year contract with Scottish champions Celtic after impressing during loan spells with Valladolid and Celtic earlier that year. Jota is primarily a winger but can also play as an attacking midfielder or forward due to his speed and technical ability on the ball.

His versatility makes him an important player for both club and country sides alike, having represented Portugal at Under 18 level before making his senior international debut in 2018 aged just 19 years old.

Jota is a talented Portuguese footballer who has played for the Portugal U21 side. Jota started his career at Porto and made an impact in their youth sides before moving on to play for Sporting Lisbon, where he became a key player.

Jota represented Portugal at UEFA European Under-17 Championship winning the competition in 2016 whilst also being named as man of the match in the final against Spain. 

In 2018, Jota helped Portugal reach the semi-finals of UEFA European Under-19 Championship where they were eventual runners up after losing to Sweden on penalties following a 2–2 draw in the final stage. 

Jota is rumored to be joining Celtic next season and will hope to help them win more trophies during his time with them.

30. James Forrest

James Forrest Career

  • 2002–2010: Celtic
  • 2009: Celtic
  • 2008–2010: Scotland U19
  • 2010–2011: Scotland U21
  • 2011: Scotland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 7 January 2023, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14 June 2021

Forrest is a Scottish international footballer who plays for Celtic. Forrest played youth football with Rangers and made his senior debut in 2009, before joining Celtic two years later.

He has been capped by Scotland at under-21 level and represented the country at the 2014 World Cup. Forrest has scored over 150 club goals during his career, including 34 in 39 appearances for Celtic this season.

Forrest was named PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2016–17, becoming only the third player to win both awards consecutively after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.[3] 

In September 2018, he signed a new five-year contract with Celtic,[4] which will keep him at Parkhead until 2024 Forrest first came to prominence at Celtic, making 287 appearances and scoring 66 goals in all competitions for the Glasgow club.

Forrest represented Scotland at U19 level before earning a call-up to the senior squad in 2008. He made his international debut that year against Azerbaijan and has since gone on to make 38 appearances for his country.

Forrest left Celtic in 2010 after five years with the club and signed for Scottish side Aberdeen later that year. At Aberdeen, he failed to replicate his form from when he was playing for Celtic, though did manage four goals during his time there.

In 2011, Forrest signed for Serie A side AC Milan on a season-long loan deal but spent only half of it with the Rossoneri before returning to Scotland where he rejoined Aberdeen ahead of their 2012–13 campaign. 

After two seasons with Aberdeen once again, Forrest joined Spanish side Sevilla FC in July 2016 on a three-year contract worth €9 million (£7 million). 

The 24-year-old has scored 34 times in 94 league games across all competitions so far during his career which demonstrates just how successful he's been despite changing clubs more than any other player over that period of time.

James Forrest is currently contracted until 2020 and remains one of the most promising young players out there who could go on to have an illustrious career both domestically and internationally.

31. Kris Commons

Kris Commons Career

  • 1997–2001: Stoke City
  • 2001–2004: Stoke City
  • 2004–2008: Nottingham Forest
  • 2008–2011: Derby County
  • 2011–2017: Celtic
  • 2016–2017: Hibernian (loan)
  • 2008–2013: Scotland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Commons is a talented attacking midfielder who has spent the majority of his career playing for Scottish club Celtic. He was born in England, but moved to Scotland as a youngster and made his first-team debut with Stoke City in 1997.

Commons established himself at Celtic and helped the club win three Scottish Premier League titles (2006, 2007, 2011) and two Scottish Cups (2005, 2009). In 2012, he joined English side Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal and contributed five goals in 34 appearances before returning to Celtic at the end of the season.

Commons has represented both England Under-21s and full national team on several occasions over the course of his career and played at UEFA Euro 2008 where he featured in all four Group B games as England reached the semi-finals before losing 2–1 against Spain. 

After leaving Villa Park early into 2013–14 due to injury, Commons rejoined Aston Villa on 9 January 2014 for their final two fixtures of that season - helping them avoid relegation from The Championship.[2] 

On 3 July 2017 it was announced that Commons would leave Celtic after 15 years with the Glasgow giants[3], signing for fellow Premiership side Middlesbrough.[4][5] 

 Kristian Arran Commons (born 30 August 1983), also known as Kris or KAC,[1][2] is an English footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Championship club Middlesbrough.[5] 

Born in Mansfield,[6][7] Nottinghamshire,[8],[9]- although raised mainly around Edinburgh[10]- he started outplaying local rivals Hearts' young prodigy David Weir while attending Turnbull High School,[11].

Signed professionally by then Second Division Stoke City aged 17 following impressive displays during trial matches arranged by former player Gordon Rennie; scoring twice against Newcastle United Development Squad[12]).

Stoke paid £175k rising incentives including £50k should he make 100+ starts within 5yrs & automatic promotion if promoted from First Division which they duly achieved after averaging almost 3500 gate receipts each year apart from 2002/03.

When amalgamated with Port Vale courtesy closure of Victoria Ground due to Taylor Report resulting record TV revenue enabling manager Tony Pulis not only to keep squad together but invest heavily in bringing.

Welsh international Darren McDonald (£750K) & Irish international Andy O'Brien (£600K)[13]; being voted Player Of The Year 2005 by supporters despite missing most second half of campaign through.

Also Played For: derby county football club

32. Callum McGregor

Callum McGregor Career

  • 2001–2013: Celtic
  • 2013: Celtic
  • 2013–2014: Notts County (loan)
  • 2008: Scotland U15
  • 2008–2009: Scotland U16
  • 2009–2011: Scotland U17
  • 2011–2013: Scotland U19
  • 2012: Scotland U20
  • 2013–2014: Scotland U21
  • 2017: Scotland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:12, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20

McGregor was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 14 June 1993. He started his career at Celtic and made over 100 appearances for the club before joining Everton in August 2017.

McGregor has been capped by Scotland at youth level and made his senior debut against Malta in November 2013. In January 2019, McGregor joined Celtic permanently after leaving Everton earlier that month.

Callum is a versatile midfielder who can play as either a central or attacking player and is known for his quick feet and passing ability McGregor is a versatile midfielder who can play in any midfield position.

He has experience playing for Scotland at various levels, and was part of the team that reached the semifinal stage of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. 

McGregor is known for his passing ability and ball control, as well as his shooting accuracy from distance.

He joined Celtic from Notts County in 2013, and has since made 260 appearances for the club across all competitions (including 37 appearances on loan). McGregor will be looking to help Celtic reach their fourth consecutive Scottish Cup final this season.

33. Cameron Carter-Vickers

Cameron Carter-Vickers Career

  • 2009: Catholic United
  • 2009–2016: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2016–2022: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2017–2018:  Sheffield United (loan)
  • 2018:  Ipswich Town (loan)
  • 2018–2019:  Swansea City (loan)
  • 2019–2020:  Stoke City (loan)
  • 2020:  Luton Town (loan)
  • 2020–2021:  AFC Bournemouth (loan)
  • 2021–2022: Celtic (loan)
  • 2022: Celtic
  • 2014: United States U18
  • 2014–2017: United States U20
  • 2014–2019: United States U23
  • 2017: United States
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of January 7, 2023, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of November 29, 2022

Cameron Carter-Vickers is a 25 year old center back who currently plays for Celtic. Carter-Vickers started playing football at the age of six with Catholic United and went on to make over 100 appearances for them before signing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.

During his time at Spurs, Carter-Vickers made 23 appearances in all competitions and helped the club win the FA Youth Cup in 2012 as well as reaching the semi finals of both UEFA Champions League and Europa League during his tenure there. 

In 2016, Carter-Vickers moved to Scottish giants Celtic where he has since established himself as an important part of their defense, making 28 league appearances so far this season while also picking up 3 cups (Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup, European Supercup).

Having impressed domestically and abroad throughout his career thus far, Cameron Robert Carter-Vickers looks set to continue representing England at the international level going forward.

34. Danny McGrain

Danny McGrain Career

  • 1967–1970: Celtic
  • 1970–1987: Celtic
  • 1987–1988: Hamilton Academical
  • 1973: Scottish League XI
  • 1973: Scotland U23
  • 1973–1982: Scotland
  • 1992–1994: Arbroath
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Danny McGrain was born in 1950 and played for Celtic during his youth career. He made his professional debut with Queen's Park Strollers in 1967 and went on to make over 190 appearances for the club.

McGrain became a regular starter for Celtic in 1971, helping them win the European Cup that season as well as two Scottish League championships and one Scottish Cup victory. 

He left Celtic in 1978 to join Manchester United, where he spent four years before retiring from playing football entirely at the age of 34 due to injury.

After retirement, McGrain began working as a football coach with both amateur and professional clubs around Britain until he retired from coaching altogether in 2011. In 2013, Danny received an MBE (Member of the British Empire) award for services to football. 

Currently, Danny is concentrating on coaching young players within Glasgow City Council's Youth Football Scheme.

35. Josip Juranović

Josip Juranović Career

  • 2004–2011: Dubrava
  • 2011: Croatia Sesvete
  • 2011–2013: Dubrava
  • 2013–2015: Dubrava
  • 2015–2020: Hajduk Split
  • 2020–2021: Legia Warsaw
  • 2021: Celtic
  • 2017: Croatia

Josip Juranović was born on 16 August 1995 in Zagreb, Croatia. He is a right-back for Celtic and has made over 100 appearances for the club. Josip started his career at Dubrava before joining Croatia Sesvete in 2011.

In 2013 he moved to Celtic where he has since been a regular fixture in the starting XI. Josip is an important part of the Croatian national team and has represented his country at various youth levels as well as senior internationals level.

Outside of football, Josip enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing sports such as basketball and tennis, and watching movies. Josip Juranović is a Croatian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Scottish club Celtic. 

He has previously played for clubs such as Dubrava, Hajduk Split, Legia Warsaw and Croatia.

At international level, Josip Juranović has represented his country at the FIFA World Cup twice - in 2022 and 2023. In all competitions, he has scored 27 goals in 127 appearances so far. 

A hard-working midfield player with accurate passing abilities, Josip Juranović is an important part of both his club sides and the Croatian national team setup.

Also Played For: 1. fc union berlin, croatia national football team

36. Scott Brown

Scott Brown Career

  • 1999–2002: Hibernian
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2002–2007: Hibernian: 110: (13)
  • 2007–2021: Celtic: 407: (29)
  • 2021–2022: Aberdeen: 24: (2)
  • Total: : 541: (44)
  • 2003–2004: Scotland U19: 3: (3)
  • 2004–2006: Scotland U21: 10: (0)
  • 2005–2017: Scotland: 55: (4)
  • 2022–: Fleetwood Town
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Scott Brown is a Scottish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Fleetwood Town. Brown made his professional debut with Dunfermline Athletic in 2003 and went on to make over 200 appearances for the club, helping them win promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2007.

He then transferred to Celtic where he won two SPL titles, an FA Cup and a Champions League title before joining Fleetwood Town in January 2018. Brown has also represented Scotland at international level, making over 60 appearances and scoring five goals. 

In 2009, Brown signed for Celtic along with fellow Scots Kris Commons and Gary Caldwell and helped them win three successive league titles – becoming only the third player ever to accomplish this feat after Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer.[4]

Brown was named PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2012–13[5]and 2017–18,[6] as well as being voted into the Football Writers' Association Scotland's Team of the Year both years.[7][8] He announced his retirement from international football following Scotland's 1-0 loss against Slovenia in their World Cup qualifying campaign on 9 October 2018.

37. Anthony Ralston


  • 2007–2015: Celtic
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–: Celtic: 50: (5)
  • 2015–2016: → Queen's Park (loan): 10: (1)
  • 2018: → Dundee United (loan): 11: (1)
  • 2019–2020: → St Johnstone (loan): 22: (0)
  • 2016: Scotland U19: 6: (0)
  • 2017: Scotland U20: 5: (0)
  • 2017–2018: Scotland U21: 5: (0)
  • 2021–: Scotland: 6: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:09, 21 December 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 22:04, 27 September 2022 (UTC)

Anthony Ralston is a Scottish footballer who plays for Celtic. He made his professional debut in the 2015-16 season and has since played 45 games for the club.

Anthony started out playing football at youth level with Celtic before moving up to their senior team. His main position on the field is right back, but he can also play as a centre back or defensive midfielder if needed.

Anthony has represented Scotland at various age levels and was part of their squad that competed at UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2014 where they reached the Semi Finals stage before losing to Spain.[3] 

In March 2017, he signed a new contract extension with Celtic until 2020.[4] Anthony is known for his speed, agility and strength which makes him an formidable defender against any opponent.

38. Joe Hart

Joe Hart Career

  • 2003: Shrewsbury Town
  • 2003–2006: Shrewsbury Town
  • 2006–2018: Manchester City
  • 2007: → Tranmere Rovers (loan)
  • 2007: → Blackpool (loan)
  • 2009–2010: → Birmingham City (loan)
  • 2016–2017: → Torino (loan)
  • 2017–2018: → West Ham United (loan)
  • 2018–2020: Burnley
  • 2020–2021: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2021–: Celtic
  • 2005–2006: England U19
  • 2007–2009: England U21
  • 2008–2017: England
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:08, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 10

Joe Hart is a goalkeeper for Scottish club Celtic. He made his debut for Manchester City in 2007 and has since played over 350 games for the team. 

Hart was part of England's World Cup squad in 2014, but did not play any matches due to an injury sustained during the tournament's qualification process.

In 2015, he signed with Italian side Torino on a two-year deal after being released by Manchester City at the end of that season.

Hart won trophies with Man City including 4 Premier League titles and 2 FA Cups, as well as the Champions League in 2016 which saw him become only the second English player (after David James) to win Europe's top prize twice consecutively.

With Celtic, he has won 3 Scottish Premiership titles and 1 Scottish Cup title.[citation needed] 7. Joe Hart also represented Great Britain at various youth levels before making his senior international debut against Moldova in 2009.

On 30 May 2018 it was announced that Hart would leave Celtic at the end of their season to join Torino on a two-year contract.

Hart made his competitive debut for Torino against Parma on 11 July 2018 coming off the bench in 62nd minute conceding one goal from long range

Also Played For: manchester city f.c, burnley f.c

39. Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL) and was drafted by them in 1998.

In 2007, he was traded to the Nashville Predators and won the Stanley Cup with them that year. After one more season with Nashville, he signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks in 2011.

He retired from playing in 2013 after 15 seasons in the NHL, all with Toronto or Nashville except for two years spent at HC Davos of Switzerland's Nationalliga A (now known as Swiss National Ice Hockey League).

Greg currently serves as an assistant coach on head coach Mike Babcock's staff of Team Canada at both international tournaments - including this year's World Championship - and also works extensively with players who are not yet pros through his company GTS Training Systems Incorporated which provides off-ice training programs across North America.

40. Liel Abada

Liel Abada Career

  • 2006–2014: Hapoel Petah Tikva
  • 2014–2019: Maccabi Petah Tikva
  • 2019–2021: Maccabi Petah Tikva
  • 2021: Celtic
  • 2017: Israel U16
  • 2017–2018: Israel U17
  • 2018: Israel U18
  • 2018–2019: Israel U19
  • 2020: Israel U21
  • 2021: Israel
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 7 January 2023, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 24 September 2022

Liel Abada is a talented Israeli winger who signed with Scottish Premiership side Celtic in the summer of 2021. The 21-year-old has already made an impact for Celtic, scoring twice in five appearances so far this season.

Abada is known for his speed and dribbling ability, which have seen him score goals both at youth level and on loan with Hapoel Petah Tikva last season. 

The Israel international looks set to become a key player for Celtic over the next few years and could challenge for first-team opportunities soon Liel Abada is a midfielder who plays for Maccabi Petah Tikva in the Israeli Premier League.

He has represented Israel at youth international level, and is currently contracted to the club until 2021. Liel Abada made his debut for Maccabi Petah Tikva in the 2017–2018 season, appearing as a substitute in a game against Celtic. 

In 2018 he was part of the team that won the Israel U18 championship. Liel Abada has also played for Israel's under-19s and under-21s teams, making eight appearances combined between them since joining up with those squads in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

He scored his first senior goal for Maccabi Petah Tikva in a league game against Hapoel Tel Aviv on 24 September 2022.

41. Alfie Conn Jr.


  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1968–1974: Rangers: 93: (23)
  • 1974–1977: Tottenham Hotspur: 38: (6)
  • 1977–1979: Celtic: 32: (7)
  • 1979: Derby County: 0: (0)
  • 1979: Hércules CF: ?: (?)
  • 1979–1980: Pittsburgh Spirit: 21: (15)
  • 1980: San Jose Earthquakes: 2: (0)
  • 1980: Hartford Hellions: ?: (?)
  • 1980: Hearts: 17: (3)
  • 1981: Blackpool: 3: (0)
  • 1981–1984: Motherwell: 27: (3)
  • Total: : 233: (57)
  • 1975: Scotland: 2: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Alfie Conn is a Scottish footballer who played as a midfielder for Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic. Conn made his debut for Rangers in 1968 and went on to make 93 appearances for the club over the course of four seasons.

He joined Tottenham Hotspur in 1974 where he spent three seasons before moving to Celtic in 1977. Conn won six caps for Scotland between 1974 and 1977 including two appearances at the World Cup finals in Spain (1974) and Mexico (1978).

After retiring from football, Conn worked as manager of junior sides Cowdenbeath and Dumbarton FK before taking up a role with UEFA in 2006.

Conn was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2007[3] while he also received an honorary degree from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2009.[4] In March 2014, it was announced that Conn would be joining Dundee United as assistant manager under David Mitchell.

42. Giorgos Giakoumakis

Giorgos Giakoumakis Career

  • 2009–2011: Atsalenios
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2012: Atsalenios: 23: (8)
  • 2012–2017: Platanias: 59: (14)
  • 2014: → Episkopi (loan): 11: (2)
  • 2017–2020: AEK Athens: 30: (1)
  • 2019: → OFI (loan): 10: (2)
  • 2020: → Górnik Zabrze (loan): 12: (3)
  • 2020–2021: VVV-Venlo: 30: (26)
  • 2021–: Celtic: 40: (19)
  • 2015: Greece U21: 3: (0)
  • 2020–: Greece: 11: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:49, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:45, 12 June 2022 (UTC)

Giorgos Giakoumakis is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish club Celtic. He began his career with Atsalenios in 2009 and made 26 appearances before moving to AEK Athens in 2011, where he made 102 appearances over three seasons.

Giakoumakis joined Celtic on 30 January 2018 and has since scored seven goals in 25 appearances for the club. Giorgos Giakoumakis is aGreek footballer who plays as a midfielder for AEK Athens. He began his career with Atsalenios in the Greek Super League, before moving to Platanias in 2014.

In 2017, he joined Episkopi on loan and made 11 appearances before returning to AEK Athens the following year. Giakoumakis has represented Greece at youth levels and was part of their U21 side that competed in the 2015 European Championships qualifiers. 

He signed for Celtic in January 2020 and made 19 appearances over two seasons before leaving them at the end of 2021.

Giakoumakis has also been capped by Greece at international level, making 11 appearances between 2018 and 2022 inclusive.

43. Bertie Auld


  • : Maryhill Harp
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1955–1961: Celtic: 74: (17)
  • 1956–1957: → Dumbarton (loan): 15: (8)
  • 1961–1965: Birmingham City: 126: (26)
  • 1965–1971: Celtic: 102: (36)
  • 1971–1973: Hibernian: 11: (3)
  • Total: : 328: (90)
  • 1958–1965: Scottish League XI: 2: (0)
  • 1959: Scotland: 3: (0)
  • 1974–1980: Partick Thistle
  • 1980–1982: Hibernian
  • 1982–1983: Hamilton Academical
  • 1986: Partick Thistle
  • 1988: Dumbarton
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Bertie Auld was a Scottish footballer who played as an outside left. He started his career with Celtic, before spending time on loan at Dumbarton. He made 74 appearances for Celtic in total, scoring 17 goals during his time with the club.

After leaving Celtic, he went on to play for several other teams including Rangers and Partick Thistle before retiring in 1981. Bertie Auld died aged 83 in November 2021 after a long illness Bertie Auld was a Scottish footballer who played for Celtic and Birmingham City in the Football League.

He also had a lengthy international career, playing for Scotland between 1958 and 1965. After retiring as a player, he became manager of Partick Thistle in 1974 before moving on to manage Hibernian between 1980 and 1982 and Hamilton Academical between 1986 and 1988.

44. Patsy Gallacher


  • : Renfrew St James
  • 1911: Clydebank Juniors
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1911–1925: Celtic: 432: (186)
  • 1925: New Bedford Whalers: :
  • 1926–1932: Falkirk: 131: (23)
  • Total: : 563: (209)
  • 1913–1924: Scottish League XI: 2: (0)
  • 1918[1]: Scotland (wartime): 1: (0)
  • 1919–1927: Ireland (IFA): 11: (0)
  • 1927: Scottish FA tour: 7: (7)
  • 1931: Irish Free State (FAI): 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Patsy Gallacher was an Irish footballer who played as an inside-right for Renfrew St James in the early 1910s. Gallagher later moved to Scotland and spent most of his career with Glasgow side, Scotstoun Athletic.

He made more than 350 appearances for the club over a 13-year period before retiring in 1939. During World War II, Gallagher served as a sergeant with the Royal Air Force and played football while on active duty. 

After retiring from football, Gallagher became involved in coaching at Scotstoun and also worked as secretary of the Scottish Football Association (SFA).

He died aged 62 after a short illness in 1953. Patsy Gallacher is widely recognised as one of the greatest players ever to have represented Scotland and he is still fondly remembered by Glaswegians today. 

Patsy Gallacher is a Scottish footballer who played for Celtic and Falkirk in the early 20th century. He was capped by Scotland during World War I, before playing for Ireland following the war.

Gallacher later returned to play for Celtic and won two League Championships with them before retiring in the 1930s. Patsy Gallacher also enjoyed a successful international career, winning one Irish Free State cap and appearing on tour with Scotland twice. 

After retiring from football, he worked as a coach at Falkirk and then New Bedford Whalers before becoming manager of Clydebank in 1961.

45. Reo Hatate

Reo Hatate Career

  • 2013–2015: Shizuoka Gakuen HS
  • 2016–2019: Juntendo University
  • 2018–2021: Kawasaki Frontale
  • 2022: Celtic
  • 2017: Japan U20
  • 2017–2021: Japan U23
  • 2017–2019: Japan (University)
  • 2022: Japan

Reo Hatate was born in 1997 in Suzuka, Japan and is currently a midfielder for Celtic. Reo Hatate started his youth career with FC Yokkaichi before moving to Shizuoka Gakuen HS in 2013.

In 2016, he joined Juntendo University where he played until 2019 when he signed with Celtic on a two-year contract. 

Reo Hatate has represented the Japanese U23 side on several occasions and has also been called up by manager Vahid Halilhodzic for international duty but hasn't yet made an appearance.

ReoHatate is known for his hardworking style of play which often leads to him winning possession back deep in his own half or starting attacks from the backline himself; this makes him an important member of any team that employs attacking football philosophies. 

Reo Hatate is a Japanese midfielder who most recently played for Kawasaki Frontale in the J-League.

Reo Hatate has represented Japan at various youth levels, including the under-20 and under-23 sides. The 23-year old signed with Celtic in February 2022 after leaving his previous club, and he's looking to help them win titles in Europe next season. 

Reo Hatate is known for his powerful long shots from distance, which could be an asset on the European stage; we'll have to see how he does when he joins up with Celtic.

46. Matt O'Riley

Matt O Career

  • 2007–2009: NPL Youth
  • 2009–2017: Fulham
  • 2017–2020: Fulham
  • 2021–2022: Milton Keynes Dons
  • 2022: Celtic
  • 2015–2016: England U16
  • 2017: England U18
  • 2022: Denmark U21
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 7 January 2023 (UTC)

Matt O'Riley is a 22-year-old midfielder who currently plays for Celtic. He was born in England and played youth football with Chelsea, Crystal Palace, and Fulham before joining Celtic in January 2016.

In total, he has made 51 appearances for Celtic since signing up – scoring two goals. Outside of football, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Matt O'Riley is a talented footballer who has played for Fulham and Milton Keynes Dons in the English Premier League.

Matt O'Riley has represented England at youth level, playing for their U16 team before making his senior debut for them earlier this year. 

He is also capped by Denmark, having made one appearance for their U21 side so far in 2017. Having spent most of his career to date in the lower leagues of English football, Matt O'Riley looks set to make the move up to Scottish Premiership club Celtic next season.

47. Daizen Maeda

Daizen Maeda Career

  • 2013–2015: Taki High School
  • 2016–2020: Matsumoto Yamaga
  • 2017: Mito HollyHock (loan)
  • 2019–2020: Marítimo (loan)
  • 2020: Yokohama F. Marinos (loan)
  • 2021–2022: Yokohama F. Marinos
  • 2022: Celtic (loan)
  • 2022: Celtic
  • 2018–2021: Japan U23
  • 2019: Japan

Daizen Maeda is a Japanese winger who currently plays for Celtic. He made his professional debut with Matsumoto Yamaga in 2016, and he has also played for Taki High School and Nagoya Grampus Eight over the course of his career so far.

Maeda is known for being speedy and strong on the ball, which makes him an effective attacker both from wide positions as well as up front on his own. 

With a good future ahead of him, Daizen Maeda will be hoping to continue developing at Celtic and improve further both domestically and internationally during the next few years.

Daizen Maeda is a Japanese midfielder who currently plays for Yokohama F. Marinos in the J1 League. He has previously played for Yakyû Club, Mito HollyHock and Celtic. 

Daizen made his international debut for Japan in 2018 and has since gone on to make 17 appearances for the national side. In 2019, he joined up with Japan's U23 team and helped them qualify for the 2020 AFC Asian Cup where they will compete in Australia later this year.

Outside of football, Daizen enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as playing video games – two passions that seem to go hand-in-hand.

48. Sead Hakšabanović

Sead Hakšabanović Career

  • 2006–2015: Halmstads BK
  • 2015–2017: Halmstads BK
  • 2017–2020: West Ham United
  • 2018–2019: Málaga (loan)
  • 2019–2020: IFK Norrköping (loan)
  • 2020–2021: IFK Norrköping
  • 2021–2022: Rubin Kazan
  • 2022: Djurgårdens IF (loan)
  • 2022: Celtic
  • 2014–2016: Sweden U17
  • 2016–2017: Sweden U19
  • 2017: Montenegro
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 25 December 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 21:59, 26 September 2022 (UTC)

Sead Hakšabanović is a winger and forward who currently plays for Celtic. He has represented Sweden at youth level, winning the U16 European Championship in 2017.

Sead Hakšabanović was born on 4 May 1999 in Hyltebruk, Sweden. At 1.74 metres tall, Sead Hakšabanović is a versatile player who can play as a winger or forward for Celtic.

After representing his country at youth level, including winning the U16 European Championship in 2017, Sead Hakšabanović signed with Scottish side Celta Vigo in 2018-19 season of La Liga.

[4] On 20 January 2019 he made his debut for Celta Vigo against UD Las Palmas coming on as an 84th minute substitute.

In early 2020 he moved to Rubin Kazan[6] where he played until 2021 when he joined English club Aston Villa. Hakšabanović started his senior career with Halmstads BK before moving to West Ham United in 2017.

Hakšabanović made 5 appearances for Sweden's U19 side, scoring one goal, and also played 29 times for Montenegro. Hakšabanović is a versatile defender who can play at either centre-back or full-back. 

In 2021, Hakšabanović joined IFK Norrköping on loan and helped the club win promotion to the top flight of Swedish football that season. 

After returning from his loan spell with IFK Norrköping in 2022, Hakšabanovic moved to Celtic where he continued playing until October of that year when he was transferred back to Halmstad BK due to injury problems.

49. David Turnbull

David Turnbull Career

  • 2005–2009: Newmains Hammers
  • 2009–2017: Motherwell
  • 2017–2020: Motherwell
  • 2020: Celtic
  • 2014: Scotland U16
  • 2017–2018: Scotland U19
  • 2018: Scotland U20[2]
  • 2019–2020: Scotland U21
  • 2021: Scotland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:31, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 07

David Turnbull is a Scottish footballer who currently plays for Celtic. He began his career with Newmains Hammers before moving to Celtic in 2014. 

At just 23 years old, he has already made over 100 appearances for Celtic and has been described as one of the club's brightest young prospects.

David is an attacking midfielder who can play on either wing or up front and is known for his speed and creativity on the ball. 

As well as representing Scotland at youth level, David also played for England at U16 and U18 levelsbefore switching allegiance to Scotland in 2017 David Turnbull joined Motherwell in 2009 and has been a mainstay of the team since then.

David is an experienced international player, having made his debut for Scotland in 2014 and playing at U16, U19, and U20 levels. In 2017 he signed with Celtic on a two-year deal and has continued to be one of their key players during that time. 

David is known for his tenacity on the pitch as well as his strong passing ability; he will be essential to Motherwell's success going forward.

50. Carl Starfelt

Carl Starfelt Career

  • 2013: IF Brommapojkarna
  • 2013–2017: IF Brommapojkarna
  • 2018–2019: IFK Göteborg
  • 2019–2021: Rubin Kazan
  • 2021: Celtic
  • 2014: Sweden U19
  • 2020: Sweden
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:07, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 11

Carl Starfelt was born on 1 June 1995 in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a centre-back and currently plays for Celtic in the Scottish Premiership. Carl has represented Sweden at youth levels, but made his senior debut for Rubin Kazan in 2016.

Carl signed a new contract with Celtic ahead of the 2020 season and is looking to establish himself as one of Scotland's top defenders. Carl Starfelt is a talented young footballer who has enjoyed success with both his club team IF Brommapojkarna and the Swedish national side.

He first caught the eye of scouts while playing for U19s Sweden, and he made his senior debut in 2014. Since then, Carl has gone on to make over 100 appearances for Brommapojkarna across all competitions, as well as scoring a number of goals. 

The midfielder recently moved to Scottish side Celtic on a three-year deal, and is looking forward to continuing his career there.

Carl is an experienced player with plenty of potential – he will be crucial if Sweden qualify for World Cup 2022™ finals in Qatar.

51. Alexandro Bernabei


  • : Lanús
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2019–2022: Lanús: 62: (2)
  • 2022–: Celtic: 9: (0)
  • 2018: Argentina U19: :
  • 2021–: Argentina U23: 2: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:31, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 29 March 2021

Alexandro Bernabei is a left-back for Celtic and has been with the Scottish club since 2016. Bernabei started his youth career at Racing Club before signing for River Plate in 2015.

He made his senior debut for River Plate later that year, appearing in eight matches across all competitions. In January 2016, he joined Celtic on an initial six-month loan deal which was subsequently extended until the end of the season.

After making thirteen appearances for Celtic during his first season with the club, Bernabei signed a new four-year contract extension in May 2017 Alexandro Bernabei is a talented footballer who has represented Argentina at both U19 and U23 level.

He started his career with Lanús before joining Celtic in January 2022. Alexandro Bernabei is known for his pace, dribbling ability, and strength in the air. He made his debut for Argentina in 2018, playing against Peru as part of their CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying campaign.

Alexandro Bernabei will be looking to help Lanús challenge for promotion this season after an inconsistent start to the campaign. The 21-year-old will hope to continue making appearances for Argentina’s senior team over the coming years.

Final Words

. . Celtic Football Club is one of the most successful clubs in Scottish football, having won a record 19 league titles and six Scottish Cups. The club has also reached two European Cup Winners’ Cup finals, as well as reaching two UEFA Champions League group stages.

Celtic players have won 62 individual honours, making them the second most decorated team in Europe after Barcelona.

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