Celtic have announced that one of the club’s finest sons will be returning to Celtic Park to help lead the celebrations on trophy day.

Former captain Paul McStay will make a rare appearance at the club 22 years after he was forced to retire due to injury problems.

Play part in trophy celebrations

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The former Hoops skipper will bring the Premiership trophy into the stadium and lead the team onto the pitch before the game. He will also hand over the trophy to current skipper Scott Brown following the game.

McStay was a mainstay in the Celtic side from when he broke into the side as a teenager in 1982. He won a host of trophies with the club. In particular, he was a key man in the centenary winning double team of 1988.

 

Made captain at bad time for club

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Unfortunately for McStay, he was made captain at a time when the Hoops were at one of the lowest ebbs in their history.

The team went six years without a trophy. The drought ended in 1995 as McStay captained the Hoops to a Scottish Cup triumph.

He had to retire two years later, as the Hoops missed out on stopping Rangers win nine in a row.

As Celtic celebrate winning eight in a row, there’s no doubt McStay will receive a rapturous ovation from the support. It is what he deserves, as he is a true Celtic icon.