1868 – 1958
Football Manager: Willie Maley’s connection with Celtic, both as player and manager, stretches incredibly from the club’s formative steps onto the football field in 1888 until the early years of the Second World War. Maley was a notable midfielder and his performances for Celtic would earn two caps for Scotland in 1893. His initial appointment to a management position with Celtic came in 1897 and for the next 43 years he would assert a controlling influence over the Parkhead club.
Maley won the Scottish League Championship in his first full season in charge and between 1906 and 1910 his greatest side, featuring Jimmy McMenemy and Jimmy Quinn, would win an unprecedented six league titles in succession. From the First World War until 1940, Maley would built a further two great Celtic teams. His first would win six titles between 1914 and 1922 while the second, towards the end of his reign, would win League titles in 1936 and 1938 and the Scottish Cup in 1937. In total Celtic, under Willie Maley, claimed an impressive haul of 16 league titles and 14 Scottish Cups.
1900 – 1959
Football Player: An immense presence both as a defender and as a captain, Davie Meilkejohn must go down as one of the greatest Rangers players of all time. Born in the neighbouring district of Govan, Meiklejohn would play 563 times for the Ibrox club between 1919 and 1936 scoring 46 goals. He captained Rangers during one of the most successful periods in the club’s history, winning 12 League Championships and five Scottish Cups.
Meiklejohn famously scored the first goal from the penalty spot in Rangers’ 1928 Scottish Cup Final win over Celtic. The Gers’ 4-0 victory would end an incredible 25 year wait for the Scottish Cup. Meiklejohn was also an important player for Scotland winning 15 caps, six of them as captain, and scoring three goals. Perhaps his finest match at international level came in 1931 when he captained Scotland to a 2-0 victory over England at Hampden Park. Having retired from playing in 1936 Meiklejohn enjoyed a career in journalism before taking on the managers job at Partick Thistle in 1947.
Football Player: A UEFA Champions League winner with Borussia Dortmund in 1997, Paul Lambert is also remembered as captain of the Celtic side which went all the way to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2003. His professional career started off with St Mirren where as a teenager he won the Scottish Cup in 1987. After eight years with the Paisley side Paul moved on to Motherwell where impressive performances against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Cup helped to land him a big move to the German Bundesliga.
After a dream season with Dortmund, where Lambert became the first British player to win the Champions League since its inception, he moved back to Scotland and to Celtic Park where he would help the Celts win four League titles, two Scottish Cups, and two Scottish League Cups. Paul, who was capped 40 times for Scotland, played at the 1998 World Cup Finals and in 2002 was voted Scottish Player of the Year.
Football Player: A lively and instinctive striker, Mo Johnston first came to the fore with Partick Thistle before winning a move to Watford, where he would become an FA Cup finalist in 1984. A big move back to Scotland, and Celtic FC, took place in 1984 and Maurice would win a Scottish Cup and a League Championship title with the Parkhead side, scoring 52 goals in 140 appearances.
In 1987 Johnston moved into French football with Nantes where he scored 22 goals in two seasons. Having publicly stated in 1989 that he was coming back to sign for Celtic, Johnston stunned Scottish football when he later chose to join Rangers. He would enjoy a successful spell with the Ibrox club scoring 46 goals in 100 games and winning two League Championships. At international level Johnston won 38 caps, scoring 14 goals, and played at the 1990 World Cup Finals.
Football Player: A creative player and deadly marksman, Alan Gilzean is particularly remembered by a generation of Dundee and Tottenham Hotspur fans for his prowess in the air. In the dark blue of Dundee, Gilzean became a household name scoring over 100 goals in the top division of Scottish football. With the Dens Park club he would win the Scottish League Championship in 1962, would reach the European Cup semi final in 1963 and would be a Scottish Cup finalist in 1964.
A high profile move to Tottenham Hotspur followed, where Alan formed a deadly partnership with Jimmy Greaves and later with Martin Chivers. With Spurs, Gilzean would win the FA Cup in 1967, the League Cup in 1971 and 1973 and the UEFA Cup in 1972. He would retire from playing in 1974 after 491 games and 173 goals for Tottenham Hotspur and having reached a second UEFA Cup Final. At international level Alan played 22 times for Scotland, scoring an impressive 12 goals. Perhaps his most memorable goal for Scotland, a trademark glancing header, came against England in a 1-0 victory at Hampden Park in 1964.
1914 – 1989
Football Player: Jimmy Delaney is unique for having played in national cup finals in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and for having won three cups in different decades. Born in the Lanarkshire village of Cleland, he joined Celtic from local side Stoneyburn Juniors in 1933. Delaney enjoyed a lengthy career with Celtic, making well over 300 first team appearances, and with the Parkhead club he was a Scottish Cup winner in 1937 and a Scottish League champion in 1936 and 1938.
In 1946 the talented forward joined Matt Busby at Manchester United, where he lifted the FA Cup in 1948. After spells with Aberdeen and Falkirk, Delaney moved to Northern Ireland, winning the Irish Cup with Derry City in 1954, and then the Republic of Ireland, where he was a finalist in the FAI Cup with Cork Athletic in 1956. Jimmy won 13 caps for Scotland, scoring six times, and famously scored the winning goal against England in the 1946 Victory international at Hampden Park.
Football Player: The future Lisbon Lion became established as a winger in his first spell with Celtic which lasted from 1955 to 1961. Auld’s unquestionable football talent made him stand out on the football field but problems with discipline led to the young starlet being transferred to Birmingham City in 1961 for a fee of £15,000. With the Midlands club Bertie would win the League Cup in 1963 and he was an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finalist in season 1960/61. The best was yet to come for Auld, however, as in 1965 he returned to Celtic Park in advance of Jock Stein’s arrival at the club.
Under Stein’s guidance Auld formed a brilliant midfield partnership with Bobby Murdoch and he would win six League titles, three Scottish Cups, and four League Cups as Celtic dominated the domestic scene. Bertie was also an integral member of the team which in 1967 won the biggest prize of all, the European Cup, and he would reach the final of the same competition in 1970. He moved on to Hibernian in 1971 and with the Easter Road club was a Scottish Cup finalist in 1972. Auld was capped three times for Scotland and would later manage Parthick Thistle, Hibernian, Hamilton Academical and Dumbarton.
Football Player: Steve Archibald started off as a midfielder with Clyde but was converted to a striker at Aberdeen and played an important attacking role during the ‘Dons’ championship winning campaign of 1979/80. His excellent performances earned a move from Pittodrie to White Hart Lane in 1980. Archibald was top scorer in the English League in his first season with ‘Spurs’ and in a four year spell would score 77 goals in 189 appearances.
In 1984 Archibald made a sensational move from Tottenham Hotspur to FC Barcelona, following the departure of Diego Maradona to Napoli. Steve would remain with the Catalan giants for four years although his final season was spent on loan to Blackburn Rovers. At international level Archibald won 27 caps for Scotland scoring four goals and he was a member of the World Cup squads of 1982 and 1986. He was a Scottish League Champion in 1980, an FA Cup winner in 1981 and 1982, a League Cup finalist in 1982, a UEFA Cup winner in 1984, a Spanish League winner in 1985 and a European Cup finalist in 1986.