Chris Sutton pays social media tribute to Celtic great John Clark

By John Reid

October 8, 2020

Celtic legend Chris Sutton has used social media to pay tribute to another Hoops legend, John Clark. Clark signed for the Hoops on this day in 1958, and went on to win 15 major honours with the club.

The biggest honour of all, of course, was the European Cup, as Clark was part of the Lisbon Lions in 1967. Sutton took to Twitter to pay a three word tribute to Clark: ‘what a man’ he said.

Some Celtic fans out there might be wondering how Sutton, who signed for the Hoops in 2000, would be familiar with Clark. Well, the reason for that is that for many years John Clark has been Celtic’s kit controller, the man in charge of sorting the strips for the players on match days.

Helped Hoops win titles as assistant manager

That isn’t all that Clark did at Celtic though. He had a spell as assistant manager to Billy McNeill, between 1978 and 1983. In that time Celtic won three league titles.

John Clark in action for Celtic (Photo by Don Morley/Allsport /Getty Images)

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Clark has been involved with Celtic for over 60 years, and he deserves to be considered a club legend. Back in 2015 he was given the honour of unfurling the league flag on the first day of the season. However, perhaps it is time that he was given a more permanent honour.

Deserves permanent recognition at club

Celtic currently have four statues outside the stadium – Brother Walfrid, Jimmy Johnstone, Jock Stein and Billy McNeill.

Celtic legend John Clark (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

John Clark would be an ideal candidate for a fifth statue at the front of the stadium. He has played such a key role in Celtic’s history that he deserves to be remembered forever. You would bet that the likes of Chris Sutton, Martin O’Neill, Henrik Larsson and a host of other club legends would back the campaign.

That might not be able to happen right now due to the current situation the world is in. However, Clark does deserve some kind of recognition at Celtic Park sooner rather than later.

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