The bizarre link between a Celtic legend and Oasis

By Euan Davidson

March 4, 2021

Celtic goalscoring hero Brian McClair has explained his ties to Oasis.

The former Hoops and Manchester United hero, who won 35 Scotland caps, has a new podcast, ‘Life With Brian’. The first episode did not disappoint. McClair reeled off anecdotes about being recognised, pub interactions with supporters and – juiciest of all – his relationship with Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam.

As it turns out, McClair had his car washed by the brothers, who would eventually form Oasis. Known for hits like ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and Celtic favourite ‘Roll With It’, the brothers would go on to sell over 75 million albums worldwide. Their beginnings, however, were considerably humble.

McClair explained [42.42]:

“Liam and Noel were part of a car cleaning company that was owned by a lad who came from the same part of Manchester as them.

“They were all big City fans and they managed to persuade Alex Ferguson to allow them to come to the Cliff to clean the cars.

“Noel had a penchant for Penguin biscuits with his coffee if he ever came round to the house to valet the cars there. I don’t recall Noel ever saying anything other than thanks for his coffee and Penguin biscuits.”

Brian McClair for Manchester United / (Photo by Howard Walker/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

Celtic hero McClair and Oasis; an unlikely pairing

Of course, we know all about how Oasis got on after cleaning cars for Manchester’s footballers.

The duo had enormous success, before splitting in 2009. Ever since then, they have launched their own solo projects, and sniped at each other in the press.

McClair, for his part, went on to do good things, too. The former striker, twice Scotland’s top scorer and a 4-time Premier League Champion, had a spell coaching.

Working with compatriot Ricky Sbragia at Manchester United, McClair had a big role with reserve and youth sides, helping to run the United conveyor belt of talent.

He also worked as the Director of United’s youth academy before joining the SFA in 2015 [BBC].

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