Today we have a quick conversation starter (and maybe a blog poll ) before the quiz tonight at 8pm Belfast time. It struck me during the week that we have had not only many good players in the Celtic Park dugout, but we have had a plethora of cracking players in the hot seat at some time or another.
It then struck me that trying to discern which was actually the best player in their pomp is a matter of opinion sure, but also there’s bound to be quite a few different answers.
It’s known that Kenny was revered both at Parkhead and Anfield, so perhaps he might get a nod or two, but the bloke he picked for his apprentice was one hell of a player himself.
John Barnes on his day was world class, and that’s far from an athletes physique btw which means he fought the weight plus the rife societal racism of his period, yet still went to the top of the game showing the bloke had character. Pity he couldn’t cut it in the dugout but many great players don’t, just a fact even if it is strange.
Kenny might have more European Cups than the others with three, but Wim does have one in the collection along with plenty others. He is the only one to have played in TWO world cup finals, unfortunately for him lost both but still to have been a lynchpin for almost the greatest side on Earth isn’t bad going at all. Nothing compared to stopping the ten he would easily admit if asked.
Martin did pick up two big cups which is sometimes forgotten,one hell of a feat considering back to back. Yet he himself would admit John Robertson was the flair player while he was a worker, so I can’t imagine him staking a claim here, wonderful, manager that he was.
Brendan had a short career, and was no flair player during it so nah.
Mr Mc Grory was one of the finest strikers in the land, with a record to rival Henkes. A variety of goals he has under the belt but does knowing where the goal is equate to best? Debatable.
WGS was a more mobile Lenny imo and by playing top flight until 40 showed he had qualities.
Neil himself would probably admit he couldn’t compare to some of the names in the frame, but I’m sure he would also never give up some of the special nights he has had with the club both playing and managing, especially that Barca scalp.
Maggie Mc Gill insists, absolutely insists, the winner is Davie Hay. Superior in every way shape and form to Barnes on the pitch is quite a bold claim but as one who has never watched him, who am I to agree or argue with his choice? I know we can’t judge on caps as that system was more bent than a Chinese gymnast.
Macari likewise before my time but he amassed over 400 appearances for two huge clubs I’m aware showing the man had skill.
Billy is and always will be Captain, Leader, Legend. But he didn’t have the skills of some mentioned, even if his heart was greater.
Tommy simply one of us, and skillful indeed, yet the best? A hard claim.
Jock, sorry the above is true again.
Willie Maley a club legend but never any claim a great player.
Sean a great Celt but more off the pitch, don’t know if Ronnie even played tbh.
I guess it’s natural to go with the player you’ve seen play yourself to gauge his quality. The English Jamaican gets my nod for his skillset, producing mazy dribbling runs galore yet also knew how to use that big frame of his. He doesn’t have as much honours as a player as some mentioned, but he has been recognised as the 5th greatest ever player in Liverpools history by their fans while Englands following voted him their greatest ever left foot which isn’t bad considering you have Waddle, Pearce and more in the running.
That goal of his against Brazil was the quality expected of the opposition, high praise indeed. A fine, fine footballer was John Barnes.
Who do you think was the best player of all our managers?