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  • Jimmy Kelly to Scott Brown - 13 degrees of separation

    Jimmy Kelly to Scott Brown - 13 degrees of separation

    By: Joe Sullivan on 12 Jan, 2019 12:31

  • This article was originally published in the Celtic View on January 9, 2019 (on sale now). For more quality articles, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes team news, you can subscribe here.

    SCOTT Brown recently joined the exclusive Celtic 500 Club when he played in the 3-0 in over Motherwell just before Christmas. Currently the club’s longest serving player, the captain embodies Celtic’s fight for success that has epitomised the club ever since the first game in 1888.

    When Celtic took to the field on May 28, 1888 for that first ever game, they set in motion a link and a bond between players that carries on right through until the present day Scott Brown among the latest in the current batch of Celtic heroes.

    Those first Celtic heroes, the team that beat Rangers 5-2 that day, was Dolan: Pearson, McLaughlin, W Maley, Kelly, Murray, McCallum, T Maley, Madden, Dunbar, Gorevin and that side contained the first of the nearly 900 players who have represented the club up until this season.

    Among their number was...

    Jimmy Kelly
    He also played in the club’s first competitive game when the Celts beat Shettleston 5-1 in the Scottish Cup – that was his first of 178 games in all competitions, and among them were 40 with...

    Dan McArthur
    The keeper played from 1892 until season 1901/02, making 147 appearances as the last line of the Celtic defence and among the last of them were three with...

    Jimmy Quinn
    A Celtic legend of the highest order who carved his own chapters in the club’s history in his 369 games with 239 goals in all tournaments, which included 42 matches alongside...

    Patsy Gallacher
    Another club hero, the Donegal Bhoy would make nearly 500 Celtic appearances between 1911/12 and 1925/26, with no fewer than 34 of them featuring a young...

    Jimmy McGrory
    Quite simply, the greatest goalscorer of them all with more goals scored than games played, with 502 Celtic goals in 477 games in all competitions, and among those games he lined up in 90 alongside...

    Jimmy Delaney
    A Celt whose career traversed the Second World War years and who played 327 games between 1934/35 and 1945/46 before he moved on to Manchester United, and among those games were nine with...

    Bobby Evans
    One of the heroes of the post-war years who played in the Hoops right up until 1960, finishing on a total of 580 games in all tournaments, with 33 of the those team line-ups including a young...

    Billy McNeill
    The club’s greatest ever captain also tops the appearance charts with 822 games in a career that started in 1958 and ended in 1975, but not before he had played 153 games with...

    Danny McGrain
    World-class defender who made his debut in 1970 for the first of 681 appearances between then and 1987, and those games featured no fewer than 208 in which he appeared with...

    Paul McStay
    Another Celtic legend and a one-club man who hit 72 goals in 683 games played between seasons 1981/82 and 1996/97, which included 43 games in the same team as...

    Jackie McNamara
    Son of a former Celtic of the same name, the defender played in 358 games which delivered 15 goals before moving to Wolves in 2005, and 23 of those Celtic games were played alongside...

    Aiden McGeady
    Product of the Celtic Youth Academy, the winger scored 37 goals in 251 games in the Hoops before joining Spartak Moscow in 2010, but not before playing 90 times with...

    Scott Brown
    The current Celtic captain has scored 37 goals in 502 games and there’s still more to come from the midfielder, and lots more to come from Celtic after that beginning on May 28, 1888 when men such as Jimmy Kelly started the Celtic lifeline.

    (All stats used also include competitions such as the Glasgow Cup, Charity Cup etc.)

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