Pat Nevin claims he had a chance to help run Celtic

By Euan Davidson

May 22, 2021

Pat Nevin grew up a Celtic supporter.

The Chelsea legend, who also played for Tranmere Rovers and Everton, seemed to embrace the lifestyle in London. Not the Champagne and Stringfellows lifestyle of Frank McAvennie, but the myriad music venues, amazing 80s bands and culture. Yet, in 1990, after he’d moved to Goodison Park, Nevin was made a very interesting offer.

Nevin, whose book The Accidental Footballer comes out on Monday, has revealed that he had a chance of securing an Executive role at Celtic Park. It was predicated on John Boyle completing a successful takeover at Paradise, something that, of course, didn’t end up happening.

The Chelsea legend and BBC Pundit said [Sun]:

“John didn’t know a lot about football so he asked if I’d be interested in an executive role at a club he thought he’d a chance of buying.

“I asked who and he said Celtic. John was serious about it but I never took it seriously because I was still playing for Everton. In retrospect, it was a narrow escape on everyone’s part.

“Over the years, there were a few approaches from Celtic as a player. It happened when I was at Chelsea, at Everton and at Tranmere.

“The most surprising one was when I met one of the directors in a hotel in Glasgow — a very public place. I didn’t have an agent so I went along myself.”

Former Chelsea player Pat Nevin (R) with Grianfranco Zola. / (Photo by Francis Glibbery/Chelsea FC/Press Association Image) (Photo by Francis Glibbery/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Pat Nevin: likeable fella, potential Celtic director?

In hindsight, it’s impossible to imagine Nevin would’ve actually taken the job. Obviously, John Boyle’s 1990 bid wasn’t successful, but if it had been, the pre-match music at Paradise might’ve been pretty good, on the off-chance Nevin swapped Everton for the Bhoys.

The winger trained at Celtic Boys Club, but was rejected for progression to the first team. In a quite amusing exchange with ToffeeWeb, Nevin was told he was too small, and he actually agreed. Having growing up idolising Jimmy Johnstone, it’s not a mystery to figure out why he ended up becoming a winger.

Nowadays, Nevin is a valued pundit. We actually spoke to the Chelsea legend about the next Celtic manager, and his weekly columns for Chelsea’s website are essential reading for the Stamford Bridge faithful.

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