Earlier on Thursday, Celtic recognised an anniversary involving one of the club’s greatest ever players. The Hoops official Twitter account revealed that on this day in 1982 Paul McStay made his first appearance for the club.
The Maestro would go on to make 6⃣7⃣7⃣ appearances for the Bhoys! 🍀 pic.twitter.com/M43rkq5Sa9
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 23, 2020
He would go on to play for Celtic 677 times, winning three league titles, four Scottish Cups and one League Cup in his long career with the Hoops.
Unsurprisingly, some Celtic fans on social media were keen to pay tribute to the player nicknamed ‘The Maestro’. One fan called him ‘iconic’, whilst another plumped for ‘legend’.
“What a player he’ll be”
Here are some of the best reactions from social media as Celtic marked McStay’s debut:
I remember what my dad said when we were watching the Scotland-England schoolboys’ match on TV:
‘This lad McStay’s got everything – what a player he’ll be.’
— Paul Robertson (@pauliewoll) January 23, 2020
Today will be renamed national maestro day . pic.twitter.com/hV4suo8v5R
— CelticMatchworn (@matchwornceltic) January 23, 2020
Love this picture… my first game v them at Ibrox, Big Yogi header in the last couple of minutes. Chaos in the stands. The emotion of the maestro, if ever there was an image of what it means to play for Celtic. Iconic.
— Rab Robertson (@rabr1985) January 23, 2020
You used the wrong picture, this is always the correct picture to use of the Maestro pic.twitter.com/ZlujwIRIfK
— Alan (@thebhoyalan) January 23, 2020
Legend ☘️ pic.twitter.com/rReQxytYCX
— Dane Thompson (@Danethompson10) January 23, 2020
The Maestro. Favourite player of all time. 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀
— Jockozxrp (@jock_rob) January 23, 2020
Look at the passion in this pic. Brilliant. 🍀🍀🍀
— Tricia⭐️ (@TRICIA_67) January 23, 2020
— Li’l Ze (@LilZe85) January 23, 2020
It might be hard for younger Celtic supporters to remember, but McStay was one of the Hoops’ best players in what was a very poor period for the club.
He captained the side during the period of 1989-1995, when Celtic didn’t win any trophies. Thankfully McStay captained the side when the Hoops won their first trophy in six years, the 1995 Scottish Cup Final.
Still remembered fondly by the support
It is good to see that he is still remembered fondly by the support, judging by these comments.
He did make a rare return to Celtic Park last season, presenting the trophy on the day that the Hoops lifted their eighth league title in a row.
Should we make it nine and day in a row, hopefully McStay will once more return to Celtic Park, and be part of what will be a legendary celebration.
That is for the future, but at the moment it is good to celebrate one of the icons of Celtic’s past.