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  • Death of former Celt, Paul Wilson

    Death of former Celt, Paul Wilson

    By: Newsroom Staff on 18 Sep, 2017 14:57

  • EVERYONE at Celtic is saddened to hear of the death of former player, Paul Wilson, who  passed away earlier today at the age of 66.

    Paul spent 11 years with the Hoops, joining the club in 1967 and coming through the ranks as one of the famed Quality Street Gang, alongside the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain, Davie Hay, Lou Macari and George Connelly.

    He made his debut in a League Cup quarter-final tie against Dundee on September 23, 1970, coming on as a substitute for John Hughes and scoring in the 5-1 victory. Over the next eight years, he went on to make a total of 217 appearances for Celtic, scoring 55 goals.

    He won two league titles, playing his part in the club’s nine-in-row triumph in 1974 and the 1977 Double-winning success, the League Cup in the 1974/75 season, scoring one of Celtic’s goals in the 6-3 victory over Hibernian, and two Scottish Cups during his time with the Hoops.

    He scored two goals in the 3-1 Scottish Cup final victory over Airdrie at Hampden, just days after his Mum sadly passed away. He also gained one international cap for Scotland.

    After leaving Celtic in 1978, he played for Motherwell and Partick Thistle before playing junior football with Blantyre Celtic.

    Speaking to the official Celtic match programme back in 2014 to mark the anniversary of him signing for the Hoops, Paul said of his proudest moment as a Celt: “Just pulling on the jersey, as I have always been a Celtic supporter, so to get your first chance and to win trophies in the Hoops was fantastic. It all accumulates. It's hard to say one individual thing. If I look back on my time at the club, everything was a proud moment for me.”

    The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic are with Paul’s family and friends at this very sad time.

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