On Celtic’s Twitter account on Wednesday, the club wished happy birthday to a player who was unfortunate to play for the club when the team was a low ebb, but who made a great impression in his time – Paul Elliott.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 18, 2020
Elliott joined the Hoops in 1989 from Italian side Pisa, and was an immediate favourite with the fans for his tough tackling, and heading ability.
Unfortunately for Elliott, the Hoops finished fifth in the league that season, and lost the Scottish Cup Final on penalties to Aberdeen.
It was a similar story the following season, as Elliott once more played excellently for the Hoops, but the team performed badly.
He gave Celtic the lead in the 1990 League Cup Final, but the team were unable to hold on and lost 2-1 to Rangers after extra time.
Named as player of the year
The Hoops finished third in the league that season, but so good were Elliott’s performances that he was named as Scotland’s player of the year, as reported by BBC Sport.
That summer he left Celtic to join Chelsea. Celtic’s mention of Elliott prompted a reaction from some Hoops fans on social media.
More than one fan compared him to Liverpool star
More than one fan compared him to Virgil Van Dijk, which is high praise indeed. Another fan praised Elliott’s heading abilities.
It says a lot about how good Elliott was in a poor Celtic side that 3o years after joining the Hoops he is still fondly remembered by a section of the Hoops support.
Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter to Celtic’s Tweet about the great Paul Elliott.
Big man would be worth as much as VVD now a days.
— Kevin Hackett (@KevinHa26255509) March 18, 2020
Smashing centre half
— Harry Eillis (@pkel79) March 18, 2020
What a player, imagine him and Virgil together 💚🍀💪🏻
— Pedro (@Pedro29382540) March 18, 2020
Outstanding header of the ball.
— Andy Colley (@colley_andy) March 18, 2020
— Mark Carey (@brianfantanaaa) March 18, 2020
Could you imagine him in today’s central defence? 🤤 Or beside VVD a few years ago?? Sweet Lordy.
— Ger (@NantucketBhoy) March 18, 2020
An outstanding player for Celtic.
— The Void (@buckethead1985) March 18, 2020
No messing with this big fella! 🍀
— Terence Kelly (@Terence101961Au) March 18, 2020