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.

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”

Celtic great Paul McStay

Celtic great Paul McStay (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Here are some of the best reactions from social media as Celtic marked McStay’s debut:


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

Paul McStay and Scott Brown with the Scottish Premiership trophy

Paul McStay and Scott Brown with the Scottish Premiership trophy (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It is good to see that he is still remembered fondly by the support, judging by these comments.

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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.

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