Pat McCluskey, one of the 44


Pat McCluskey, who died yesterday, was one of the 44 players who won nine-in-a-row first time around.  He was from a generation of Celtic players who returned to the club when their careers ended, as fans and in other capacities.

Pat was a popular figure on for Supporters’ Nights, where he would share tales of how it was in those other glory years and give his take on current events.  Celtic players are different today.  For a start, few come from the neighbourhood and many live elsewhere after leaving football.  The loss of Pat’s generation will not be easily filled by those able and prepared to give up their evenings to meet fans.

My earliest memories of Celtic are patchy; mostly of big crowds and travelling to and from games, without specific memories of the games themselves.  The Scottish Cup Final in 1975 was different.  Hampden in the sun, Paul Wilson (twice) and Pat with the goals, now both sadly lost.  I know for sure that Pat’s penalty and Paul’s headers are the earliest goals I remember.  That was the first team I knew well and could recall effortlessly (I got it wrong when I tried this morning: Steve Murray!!).

Celtic pivoted that season, nine years of unfettered success ended.  Billy McNeill retired and Jock released Jimmy Johnstone, but Pat, Paul, Billy and the others made sure there were no mistakes against Oldco Airdrieoneans in the final.

Pat is a part of our rich history. Our sympathies to his family and friends.

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  1. weebobbycollins on

    Aipple…nice wee stadium. Coincidentally, the article is written by KENT Taylor😂

  2. GENE



    Get this, they said it was extremely important that it was natural grass and not plastic as football (they said soccer of course) is supposed to be played on grass. The fact that they get and some in the old country don’t!



    “It was extremely important to me that our new stadium have a natural grass playing surface,” Louisville City FC Coach John Hackworth said in a news release. “Soccer is meant to be played on grass, and I am excited to see the field begin to be installed at Lynn Family Stadium.



    Ah, the old Bluegrass thing. Not going to lie I was a little worried about that when I moved here. “Surely the grass aint blue” I said to myself. It has a wee hue on a summers day but far from blue. The horses do love it though.




    Good eye! As per previous posts, they are everywhere!






    Ps Head coach called Hackworth? So many jokes in there……

  4. weebobbycollins on

    DD…I give the guy the benefit of the doubt…more careless than disgraceful…however, have to keep an eye on him, seems agenda driven…could be wrong though.




    I think the poster made a simple mistake.



    Not nice for anyone close reading it either, but I guessed the poster meant Pat McCluskey.



    Hope you are good!

  6. Wonder what i will see first



    a) Imminent Celtic medical


    b) Major money coming into Rangers copyright DJ or Alex Rae


    c) A unicorn

  7. Stephen McGowan ? a serious journalist? A joke. he basically wrote a column on how fans (Celtic ) were driving him,e out of Scotland by racist attacks and trying to kill him by tampering with his car…

  8. The second paragraph here surprised me:



    `Neil Lennon `… refused to be drawn further on potential transfers, insisting his side’s Champions League qualifier against Ferencvaros on Wednesday is too important for “distractions”.



    The Celtic boss says Champions League football “probably ranks second” to the domestic campaign, with the club chasing an unprecedented 10th title in a row, but wants his side to reach the “blue riband” group stage.`

  9. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Phil Mac’s latest chuckle gram largely speculative but makes an interesting point.



    It “kinda” looks like someone is profiteering significantly from the Turkish supply chain.



    How quickly Ashley can get back in to court will likely be a factor in where this goes.



    I wonder if Bisgrove was just ignorant enough that he didn’t know how supply chains work (see Paul’s previous).



    If he, and Sevco, DID know – then an inference could easily be drawn that this was a premeditated attempt to fleece their fans by using a little known Del Boy and Rodney combo as patsies – while taking the lion’s share of the profits.



    Tick tock






    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith

  10. Paul67 et al



    Sad to hear of the passing of Pat McCluskey. A fine midfielder, and not one to be messed about. Played at a time when Celtic played at a high level, and a time when there was no shortage of talented players at Parkhead and elsewhere. Great loss to the Celtic family.



    Condolences to friends and family


    RIP Pat

  11. Big Pat McCluskey was a lovely big Mhan.


    I was lucky enough to meet Pat at the NAFCSC conventions a few times and partnered him on four occasions at the the golf tournament


    Great fun, always had great stories and not all of them about football


    I think it was at a Q&A at the convention in San Francisco, Pat , Dixie and Joe McBride were dealing with questions from the supporters when Pat asked the crowd What have I done that neither Joe or Dixie ever done?


    Score against Rangers was the answer. Big Pat what a Mhan


    RIP Pat, you’ll be sadly missed

  12. Delaneys Dunky on



    All good thanks. Hope you and your two lovely ladies are well too.





    This JHB character is definitely agenda driven. He has been trolling my mate An Tearman and I, both here and on SentinelCelts. He has picked the wrong guys to troll. One for the watching.

  13. God Bless Pat McCluskey 🙏🙏


    A fellow Kilsyth Bhoy who lived the dream


    of wearing the Hoops!!




  14. glendalystonsils on

    Bigot Broadcasting Corporation are at it again. Lyndon Dykes called up to international squad is not really headline worthy in itself , but if it enables you to show a clip of him scoring against Celtic…………………………..

  15. I remember seeing Pat McCluskey playing in the LOI with Sligo Rovers on a number of occasions as a youth. A big lad for his age and doing a stint on loan with Sligo Rovers. He returned to Celtic and was one of their standout players particularly in that European Cup semi-final against AC Milan in Milan.


    RIP Pat.

  16. hi ghuys, just been discussing the ibrox disaster game in 71 over on sentinel celts i remember jinky scoring then we left, my cousin peter and i ,we had gone there with my father, and he met his brother my uncle tony, 2 croy bhoys, drink was consumed and they went their separate ways, when jinky scored we left then an allmighty roar from their end, we heard sirens but it was normal for those games, it was only when we got back to glenboig and seen nearly the whole village waiting at the bus stop, we knew something serious had happened ,but it could have been at our end .god bless them all.H.H.

  17. i'vehadtochangemynamebacktojackiemac on

    We slip and slide and we fall in love



    Thanks Pat, rest in peace.

  18. Small correction to my post, Pat McCluskey was outstanding in the European Cup semi-final in the San Siro against Inter and not AC Milan. HH

  19. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    Pat McCluskey, a fine, fine player and a lovely man.



    Shocked to hear today of his passing.



    Rest in peace, big man.

  20. BIG PACKY 1



    I was at the game with my brothers and some pals. We were at top of Celtic end. When Colin Stein scored the equalizer we decided to leave straight away. Made our way back to the supporters bus then to Clydebank and the pub – The Clydebank Bar on corner of Kilbowie Road and Dumbarton Road. Did not have a clue about what had happened until we were watching the evening news on the pub’s tv.

  21. My apologies to connections of Pat McGinley for my error- I reiterate my sincere condolences to those of Pat McCluskey RIP HH.