Celtic players and supporters react to passing of Dr. Jozef Venglos

By Euan Davidson

January 27, 2021

The Celtic family is today mourning the passing of Dr. Jozef Venglos.

Venglos passed away last night, at the age of 84. His was a rich life well-lived, having played and managed at the highest level. Dr. Jo spent just one year at Celtic but left an incredible mark, signing Lubo Moravcik, Johan Mjällby and Mark Viduka during his spell as manager.

His attack-minded coaching led to scintillating displays, with Celtic unlucky to finish runners-up to a remarkably star-studded Rangers side. He also led the Bhoys to the Scottish Cup Final, again finishing runner-up.

A pioneer in many respects, Venglos was the first non-British or Irish coach to manage in the English First Division. A spell at Aston Villa in 1990 helped the Villains to retain their top-flight status. He also managed national teams, including Czechoslovakia, with whom he finished 3rd in the 1980 European Championships.

On the 67 Hail Hail YouTube channel, Jackie McNamara said “Dr. Jo was a lovely man” when discussing his former managers. McNamara’s former team-mates Simon Donnelly and Craig Burley tweeted tributes to the legendary coach.

Dr. Jo: a gentleman / (Clive Brunskill /Allsport)

Celtic fans remember Dr. Jozef Venglos

Since news broke of his passing last night, Celtic fans have been remembering Dr. Jozef Venglos. For many, signing Lubo and beating Rangers 5-1 were highlights of the 90s, along with Wim Jansen breaking Rangers’ title dominance in 1998.

More than his signings and results, however, Dr Jo left a mark with his personality. An unassuming gentleman who always made time for fans, he’s remembered most kindly for the person he was.

Fans offered tributes to the former Celtic manager on social media.


Read our tribute to Dr. Jozef Venglos