I Have a Dream

Let’s dream for a moment.

You are a Glasgow boy and signed by, and get to play under, Celtic manager the great Tommy Burns. (so far, so good)

After this transfer to Glasgow Celtic in your first season, you are nominated and win the PFA Young player of the year. (doing well here)

How about we dream a little further, and during this dream, soon you become an integral part of the Celtic team to stop The now dead Rangers of old, in their holy grail quest of ten-in-a-row, suddenly you become a parkhead hero. (you’re smashing it now)

Let’s expand that dream further and during your time at Celtic, you get to score the opening goal in a Scottish Cup Final, (what’s not to like here ?)

You remain at Celtic for the next 10 years, which of course both you and I know, that unless there is something really special about you, it just wont happen. (still we’re only dreaming, aren’t we ?)

In this dream, you go on to beat the likes of Henrik Larsson and Chris Sutton as Footballer of the year (I mean seriously ?)

Let’s dream even more, and you get to appear with Celtic in a European Cup final. (c’monnn)

Probably at this point you are saying “Yeah sure IF ONLY !! …(but what a dream though eh ?)

Actually for one person, this is no dream !!!.

Jackie McNamara

Signed by Tommy Burns from Dunfermline in 1995 aged 22 years old, in the year after the Celtic boardroom takeover. Jackie almost instantly became a Celtic favourite, and his direct play and decent pace made him popular with fans.

Jackie won his first League medal in 1997-98 Just in time to stop the hun hordes cheating up to the holy grail of ten-in-a-row, and was the PFA Players Player of the Year 1998. Jackie held a regular place in the Celtic side ever since Tommy signed him, and through several manager changes, and along with his defensive abilities, and his directness when attacking at pace was warmly welcomed by the parkhead faithful.

When Martin O’Neill took over the managers seat a few years and manager changes later, in 2000-01 Jackie found himself used sparingly. Jackie did however score the opening goal in the 2001 Scottish Cup Final a 3–0 scoreline while facing Hibernian. He might have went on to another cup final triumph but was sadly suspended for the 2001 League cup final a 3–0 win against Kilmarnock.

Martin O’Neill rarely used Jackie at first in his preferred formations, so Jackie found himself getting fewer games in 2002, and became more of an effective squad player, more so in defensive or midfield positions. Something which infuriated me at the time as Jackie would often get MOTM awards, while filling these positions, yet Martin would drop him for the next game or two, when whoever he was covering for were again fit. When 2003 came around Jackie though found himself, more regularly in Martins plans, and played most of the big games in the Seville season.

Jackie was an intelligent player and could read the game very well in 2004 Jackie was voted Football Writers Player of the season, this was I think the pinnacle of his Celtic achievement, as he beat co-players Henrik Larsson & Chris Sutton for the award, which in itself was no mean feat at all. Martin later made Jackie Celtic captain.

Jackies form appeared consistent throughout the eight or nine years so far, and he had adapted well to most positions he was asked to fill, by previous managers, i personally don’t think he had a bad season for us, injuries aside.

After having lost the league on the final game of the season 2004-05, Celtic did win the Scottish cup and Jackie proudly collected it. The following day Jackie McNamara had a testimonial against the Republic of Ireland, this occasion also gave the Celtic fans the chance to say goodbye to Martin O’Neill who was leaving due to his wife’s health problems.

Unknown to the Celtic support this was also to be Jackie’s farewell as contract talks seemed to be a clusterfsck and each party blamed each other for failing to agree a deal for Jackie to continue playing at Celtic, and he ultimately headed to Wolves in 2005.

There was some grumbling at the time, that Jackie had gotten his testimonial and just left looking for more money, which does not appear now to be the case as he went to Wolves, for what is now known, to have been the same money he was on at Celtic, so the money theory doesn’t fit.

Jackie says that he wanted to end his career at Celtic, but felt he never received enough prompt encouragement to do so. The fallout was highlighted in the press several times, agents blaming club for slow to no progress and vice-versa club blaming agents, however unlike some former players Jackie has remained respectful of his long bond with Celtic, and is not one of the bad mouth brigade, now used as useless TV pundits, who we ‘thought’ were Celtic bhoys.

Jackie gave every bit as much to the club as the support gave to him, he was a great servant, and he is still very well respected to this day, something that was brought to light when he was recently put into an induced coma due to a brain bleed issue, he is thankfully now on the mend.

Jackie McNamara was a favourite of mine, quiet unassuming, very work like, and respectful, in his prime he was excellent, and later in his career his football intelligence and reading of the game made up for any lack of sharpness. Jackie won four league medals, three Scottish cup medals, three Scottish league cup medals, made the EUFA cup final, played in most of the big games leading up to it, and managed to stay at Celtic for ten years.

Internationally Jackie had a fairly good career as he won 33 Scotland caps. Jackie played over 350 times for Celtic scoring 15 goals. (This from wikipedia)

Jackie’s father Jackie senior also played with Celtic as a defender, when Jackie senior was asked “Is your son a better player than you were ?” he replied “He was a better player than i ever was when he was still only nine years old !”

Thanks for the memories Jackie, Quite a dream sir.
(And may your health continue to improve).

The above is by ASWGL. Should you fancy flinging one in yourself as usual the email is sentinelcelts@gmail.com

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Margaret McGill
May 2, 2020 5:51 am

I always loved Jackie.
Thanks ASWGL.

May 2, 2020 5:59 am

I loved Jackie ASWGL, but I think he was more of a Musselburgh bhoy than his Govan father was a Glasgow bhoy.
Thanks for You M McGill.
The National Anthem by Radiohead is for you to start this Saturday.

May 2, 2020 6:20 am

Jackie Mac is a long-time favourite of mine. His game intelligence was superb. A wee correction, and I’ve had a few beers tonight so if I’m wrong I apologise, but i think he signed from Jim Leishman’s Dunfermline…NOT Dundee. Apologies in advance if I called that wrong.
Jackie Mac’s link up play with SiD was phenomenal, we look at modern wing partnerships and the speed the modern game is played at but Jackie and SiD had an almost telepathic connection at times. Their forward play was superb. They had an inbuilt sense of where each other should be and Celtic regularly benefitted from it. Another thing about Jackie Mac is he is as hard as nails. He was like KT in that regard, he always knew who he was playing against but he always knew who he himself was and how good he was. I also think Jackie was part of the ’98 League Champs to stop the 10 and that bestows Legend Status on any player in the team! Hail Hail Jackie Mac!!

May 2, 2020 6:24 am

Was Jackie Snr a Govan boy – I’ve never heard that before I don’t think!?!

May 2, 2020 6:26 am

We signed Jackie fae Dunfermline. The best right back we had since Danny McGrain who was 70 yesterday. The greatest Celtic right back ever, and my favourite ever Celtic player. Drumchapel’s greatest ever son was Danny.

May 2, 2020 6:29 am

….but was his Da from Govan? I don’t know the answer but I don’t think it’s Govan!

May 2, 2020 6:31 am

My auld man knew Jackie senior. He was a red Clydesider fae Govan. My dad was a Red Clydesider fae Partick. Both were commies. Jackie McNamara senior was active politically in Socialism with my dad.

May 2, 2020 6:33 am

Sorry, I just read back and realised you attributed his contribution to stopping the 10!

May 2, 2020 6:38 am

I knew Jackie Mac SNR worked in the shipyards and was active in left-leaning politics, this in fact was part of the reason CFC transferred him to Hibs. I just didn’t think he was from Govan

May 2, 2020 6:42 am

I wish my dad was alive to verify, but I am certain he was from Govan. My dad knew him well. I remember when we swapped him for Pat Stanton my dad wisnae happy.

May 2, 2020 6:44 am

Another Tim fae Govan was Andy Lynch. The son of a copper. My dad knew him too.

May 2, 2020 6:46 am

Jim Craig was a Govan bhoy too.

May 2, 2020 6:47 am

My only reason for doubting it is Jackie snr isn’t that much older than me, maybe 12-15 yrs. I’m sure his name would have been passed about if he was going out with someone!

May 2, 2020 6:52 am

Feck knows what I meant here ; I’m sure his name would have been passed about if he was going out with someone!
What I meant was surely we would know about a local boy who’d signed for Celtic? The only boy I remember signing for Celtic, in my time watching, was Ronnie Coyle in the Reserves!

May 2, 2020 6:52 am

Joe McBride was another Govan bhoy.

May 2, 2020 6:55 am

I know what you mean McCaff. It was big news when two Partick bhoys I went to school with signed for Celtic, Tosh McKinley and Pat McGinley.

Margaret McGill
May 2, 2020 7:09 am

Garry the old ones are the best right?
Shes only 80 now.

May 2, 2020 7:18 am

M McGill
That Castaways song is from 1965, the year I was born. That female dancer is hot. Wonder what she looks like now 55 years later?

May 2, 2020 7:24 am

M McGill
This was number one in the charts on the day I was born. Quite like it and them. ?

Margaret McGill
May 2, 2020 7:32 am
May 2, 2020 7:39 am

M McGill
That is fuckin genius ??
I am the POTUS and I ask myself “How did I get here?” ???

big packy
May 2, 2020 8:24 am

MORNING ALL and JIM, just been reading the nightshift, great craic bhoys, but ffs play some proper music?ASWGL, great post loved Jackie, last time I seen him play was in a friendly down here at Bolton, for john mcginlay, we were getting beat 1-0 then Jackie took a pass, ran about 30 yards, and hit a screamer into the top corner, it ended 1-1 ?

May 2, 2020 8:27 am

Big Packy
Some proper music for you from a gloriously sunny Clydebank.

big packy
May 2, 2020 8:52 am

GARRY you know I love led zepp cheers for that? right im off down to the salon now to get the shampoos and stuff prepared, its only one dog but its 45 quid, but we will have to wear masks and gloves, and then when we finish the whole salon disinfected, wont probably be on now till tonight, if I don’t make the quiz have a good one ,think garry will win? ? as kev says aff oot

May 2, 2020 9:02 am

Need this song this May more than ever.

May 2, 2020 10:29 am

Good morning from beautiful sunny Berkshire!

Brilliant read ASWGL!

What really amazed me about Jackie was as a Scottish lad, he held his own amongst the International players around him… even when he was on the bench, he remained very focused and professional knowing he would always get his chance during a game.

Is it my imagination or wasn’t Jackie just as good at left back as well as right back? Sign of a very good footballer that can can play opposite sides as a full back.

So glad he has recovered from his recent health scare …. one of many of my favourite Celtic team from the Seville / MoN era.

May 2, 2020 10:48 am

Morning All, always glad to donate a wee article, McCaff and Garry both correct Jackie did indeed sign from Dunfermline, i must have been having a blonde moment while writing it (now fixed) Cheers. ?

May 2, 2020 10:50 am

Great Piece on Jackie ASWGL,

Think that MO’N had a penchant for particular types of players, especially in certain positions, most notably in defence. The pace of Agathe and Petta was something he relied heavily on and few would argue they were better defenders or “footballers” than Jackie. A’mean Franco Baresi might have struggled to get a game in Central Defence for MO’N;)

At the end of the day J-Mac had a great Celtic career…

“There was some grumbling at the time, that Jackie had gotten his testimonial and just left looking for more money, which does not appear now to be the case as he went to Wolves, for what is now known, to have been the same money he was on at Celtic, so the money theory doesn’t fit.”

No it doesn’t and 15 years later we know all about our CEO’s modus operandi and have seen many a good mans Celtic career end in such a fashion – their reputation tarnished by a man that couldn’t lace their boots.

Still it’s great to see Jackie Mac given the respect he deserves and I wish him well in his battle to regain his fitness.

Stay Safe

Hail Hail

A thing of beauty
May 2, 2020 11:02 am

Another great night shift. Cracking tunes all rounds chaps. It cheers me up in the morning.
Mags that trump mock up is genius. Duly passed on.
McCaff I can 100% recommend getting a dog but if you’re not sure you can foster for a bit. Lots of people in hospital just now needing their pets looking after. If you’re interested I’ll ask my pal for more details.
JNP still no wren. I have a blackbird and his wummin regularly in my garden and they look similar. Does that count?!!

Bada Bing
May 2, 2020 11:17 am

Tommy Wright quits St Johnstone….Administration or Norn Iron job?

May 2, 2020 11:53 am

You can say that wee sparrow you seen, was just a big wren.
Next 3 then?
Blue Tit.
Dunnock ( They are really common, think sparrow, with a light blue tinge.)
Collared Dove ( since I just saw a pair when out for my walk, there.

May 2, 2020 11:55 am

Another great read, thanks buddy.
A lot of work out into that article.
I think Jackie is one of those players, that are remembered fondly, by virtually everone.
A genuinely decent guy.

May 2, 2020 12:28 pm

Cracking article,ASWGL. MAHE will be very pleased as Jackie is his all-time favourite player. Did you send him a shiny wee apple along with the article,ya sook?

Jackie,Snr was a very promising player for us,and in a problem position. He could play sweeper,centre back or midfield-now,he wasn’t up to the class of George Connelly,but we had just lost him,and what a loss,and some questioned the wisdom of giving him away for a veteran in Pat Stanton.

Jackie Snr went onto legend status at Hibs,a position already achieved by Pat who only lasted a season at Celtic Park-yet I would argue that we got the best part of the deal! Pat Stanton was instrumental in our 77 double,and his loss to injury at the beginning of the next season,along with the departure of Dalglish and injuries to just about everyone else meant that we were FUBAR’d that year.

Such is life,but it was a poor way to end Jock’s time with us.

Jackie himself,you know I don’t think I’ve ever met a Celtic fan with a bad word to say about him. And that doesn’t happen very often. Possibly a greater accolade than all his medals and awards.

May 2, 2020 12:31 pm


If you look at the squad from the second season after MON’s departure,I think there are only six players who played more than 20 games for us who were previously regular starters for Martin. And only NL and Aidan McGeady were regulars. A shocking waste of a talented squad.

May 2, 2020 12:32 pm


The Trump send-up is genius. Thank you for that. Do me a favour and send it to Joe Biden for his campaign.

May 2, 2020 12:35 pm

Vandals have attacked Rangers shop in Glasgow city centre- daubing a pro-Celtic slogan in paint.
One of the front windows of the St Enoch Square store was almost totally covered by “CFC 1” written in green paint.

From the Daily ranger so don’t want to post the link and incur the wrath of Mahe the Madman, until he finishes eating that big Rid apple i polished for 3 days, my pretty ?

May 2, 2020 12:43 pm

Noo this is how to vandalise, take note thugs


May 2, 2020 12:52 pm

A thing of beauty

Another great night shift. Cracking tunes all rounds chaps. It cheers me up in the morning.

I wonder if any of our techie geniuses can put them all on a playlist for downloading and listening to on mobile devices?

Just a thought.

May 2, 2020 1:21 pm

Bobby it’s do-able, using wget or curl, but kind of hard to do as it’s a rolling blog with a number of pages and not 1 single page, then you have to filter out which instance of “https” is not musical, and then some posters link youtube.com and others youtube.be then if you eventually get the list you need to know which media format of playlist each device uses, spotify and such.

example being

wget -qO- https://sentinelcelts.com/2020/05/01/gullible-isnt-in-the-dictionary/ | grep -oP ‘http:.*’


Which has probably given you a sore head so 2 cyber Asprins to you ?

May 2, 2020 1:24 pm

BMCUWP’s @ 12:31 pm,

That’s quite a statistic, from recollection the only player we got decent money for was Stan and that was only because he was gracious enough to sign an extension before moving on.

It seems squad continuity and building is a perennial issue for Celtic.

Stay Safe

Hail Hail

May 2, 2020 1:30 pm


I have said it before and I’ll say it again, you have a talent for writing these Celtic CVs.

Enjoyed that very much.


Awe Naw
May 2, 2020 1:34 pm

Why don’t you freely register with youtube. If you like a link immediately add it to your favourites one click and when you have the time add it to your personally created play lists. Time some of you dabbled with tinterweb.

May 2, 2020 1:43 pm

Rebus Much obliged ?

Awe naw ?

Bada Bing
May 2, 2020 2:06 pm

Doncaster on Shortbread soon

Sol Kitts
May 2, 2020 2:07 pm

Brazil v Italy 1970 World Cup Final on BBC1 now.

May 2, 2020 2:13 pm


May 2, 2020 2:16 pm

Great article on Jackie and I agree that he and Simon Donnelly were a promising link in the team during some dark years.


“There was some grumbling at the time, that Jackie had gotten his testimonial and just left looking for more money, which does not appear now to be the case as he went to Wolves, for what is now known, to have been the same money he was on at Celtic, so the money theory doesn’t fit.

Jackie says that he wanted to end his career at Celtic, but felt he never received enough prompt encouragement to do so.”

This does not hang together for me. If he was offered the same money why did he need encouragement? Could it be that , at a time Brian Quinn was trying to control the wage bill, Jackie was asked to sign on for less. He was turning 32 when he left- not really past it but, as it turned out, he was decent but no more at Wolves, Aberdeen and United after he left us. Nobody was so impressed by his form that they demanded he be re-signed.

Sometimes, our affection for players blinds us to whether they can still do the job for us and what their contribution is worth in wages. We overpaid Paul Lambert to do his coaching badges. We paid a variety of ex-EPL chancers like Wright, Lljunberg and, maybe even Roy Keane for services which were not worth the money paid out.

Always a difficult call. We may have got it right with Jackie and Lustig, another sterling performer, but we took the chance of retaining Scott Brown and it has worked.

May 2, 2020 2:30 pm


He was offered the same money by Wolves. He wasn’t offered anything by Celtic.

May 2, 2020 2:31 pm

Cheers SFTB
Iirc WGS or Celtic offered him less than what he was already on, and as it dragged out looking like the Celtic offer would not be bettered he then got an offer from Wolves matching what Celtic had previously paid him and agreed to sign, later Celtic eventually offered him a 2year deal on the same money, but he had already given his word to Wolves, always happy to be corrected though.


Mike in Toronto
May 2, 2020 2:36 pm


Loved the Trump video. It has already been forwarded. It also lead me to this one, which made me laugh … bet it would do a bomb on the night shift

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