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  • Celtic View celebrates our greatest goalscorers - Patsy Gallacher

    Celtic View celebrates our greatest goalscorers - Patsy Gallacher

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 28 Mar, 2020 09:01

  • Over the next few weeks, the Celtic View will look at our 21 greatest goalscorers, which includes our current No.9, Leigh Griffiths, looking briefly at the careers of the men occupying the top scoring spots.

    Today, we feature the legendary Patsy Gallacher, scorer of 192 goals including probably the best goal none of us have ever seen!

    Patsy Gallacher
    Appearances: 464
    Goals: 192
    Debut: Celtic 3-1 St Mirren; 02/12/1911

    Widely regarded as one of the most gifted footballers to ever wear the Hoops, the Irishman earned the nickname of the ‘Mighty Atom’ due to his unique brilliance with the ball. Despite his seemingly fragile build, Gallacher would convince manager Willie Maley that he was not one to be bullied off the ball.

    A stand-out goal in the 1925 Scottish Cup final for Celtic against Dundee became a favourite for the Celtic support when a mazy dribble took him through a thick wall of opponents until spectacularly scoring, somersaulting over the line with the ball between his feet.

    His Celtic career would last 15 years in which time the Hoops won six league titles four Scottish Cups, four Glasgow Cups and 11 Charity Cups. In the summer of 1926 Maley announced that Gallacher would be retiring but a furious Patsy denied all knowledge of this and subsequently joined Falkirk where he played on for another six years.

    Many believed that if he'd stayed, Celtic could and should have won even more.

    Tomorrow: John ‘Yogi’ Hughes

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