Bertie Bhoy

After the recent sad news that Bertie Auld has been diagnosed with dementia. A Celtic legend who I personally believe is and was the best ever Celtic ambassador, he is the epitome of Celtic, always willing to share time with fans young and old alike, a hugely popular character among the support.

I thought it might be an apt time to take a walk down memory lane.

Bertie joined Celtic in 1955 from his local side Maryhill Harp, he would play for Celtic in his first spell as a winger, but had poor discipline which led to him being loaned out to Dumbarton, several discipline issues followed and depite his obvious talent, this led to former chairman Bob Kelly deciding it wasn’t going to work and Bertie was sold to Birmingham.

While playing in England Bertie continued to make a name for himself as a tough and talented player, in one game he headbutted 2 fulham players, in another game Ron Yeats of Liverpool, thought by many at the time to be the hardest player in English football also got a famous glesga kiss from Bertie.

In another game Bobby Stiles broke Bertie’s collar bone, but Bertie wouldn’t come off until he had retaliated, Stiles was eventually stretchered off, yes Bertie was a hard player but he was very skillful too, Bertie could pick a pass and was a very talented player.

Bertie’s no nonsense, never scared to mix it Maryhill attitude would follow him throughout his career both in England and Scotland. Jack Charlton often refers to having a black book of players names, and wee Bertie was reportedly the first name on it, Bertie however was not (at least in my eyes) a dirty player, but one very capable of looking after himself and his team mates, many many players would testify to this, some of them with broken bones, but primarily he never went looking for trouble, he just dished out what came to him, more often than not, with a little on top, just for good measure.

In 1965 Bertie Auld returned to Celtic, shortly after the appointment of Jock Stein as Celtic manager, many believed at the time Bertie returned because of Jock, but different sources point to it being Sean Fallon who won over chairman Bob Kelly and convinced him to bring Bertie back, Fallon was always a huge admirer of Bertie.

Not sure what this cheque was for but pretty sure Bertie never got what he was worth from the biscuit tin board

After re-signing for Celtic Bertie scored five goals in a 6-0 win against Airdrie

In April of 1965 Bertie Auld had what is believed by many to be his most important game for Celtic.

Jock Stein’s Celtic faced a determined and highly fancied Dunfermline side at Hampden in the Scottish Cup final. Twice Dunfermline took the lead but twice Bertie Auld put Celtic back level. This day would go down in history as Cesar’s finest Scottish cup day.

Billy McNeill as we know became a legend that day by scoring the winning goal but it was really Bertie Auld’s final with his two goals that kick started the great years under Jock Stein.

Celtic had qualified to play in the European Cup, and their reults were.

Celtic v Zurich. 2–0 (Gemmell, McBride)
Zurich v Celtic. 0-3 (Chalmers Gemmell,2)
Nantes v Celtic 1-3 (McBride, Lennox, Auld)
Celtic v Nantes 3-1 (Johnstone, Chalmers, Lennox)
Celtic v Vojvodina 0-1 (who cares)
Vojvodina v Celtic 0-2 (Chalmers, McNeill)
Celtic v Dukla Prague. 3-1 (Johnstone, Wallace,2)
Dukla Prague v Celtic 0-0

In 1967 Celtic were unstoppable and won every competition they entered. Bertie claims if they had owned a horse and golf clubs they would have won the grand national and golf open too that year.

Bertie as we all know led the chorus in the tunnel of the Celtic song on their Glorious day of 25 May 1967 when they won the European Cup against Inter Milan in the Cup Final.

In the tunnel one of the Inter players said something to Bertie in Italian, and Bertie shook his hand and said “I’m going to boot your arse up and down that park” much to the laughter of his team mates.

Bertie would play many games for Celtic he was a player with vision and talent and wit, and one who could take care of himself, he would not suffer fools gladly, and woe betide anyone who crossed him or his team mates, he stood up and stood tall.

Bertie gave his all in every game no matter what he was playing for, he was once sent off against Real Madrid in the great Di Stefano’s testimonial

At a Celtic Supporters Association Q+A Evening, a fan once asked “Bertie how hard did you hit that Racing Club player ?

He replied “Son I’m from Glasgow, how hard do you think I f*cking hit him ?”

Bertie Auld played his last game at Parkhead in a 6-1 victory over Clyde in 1971. After the game Bertie was carried off the park, shoulder high, by the Celtic players as the crowd chanted his name.

You need to have been something special for Big Tam and Billy to hoist you high.

Anyone who is lucky enough to have spoken to Bertie Auld will know that Bertie rarely speaks about himself and appears humble and normally wants to talk about the brilliance of fellow Lisbon lions such Bobby Murdoch or Jimmy Johnstone, who he says in the 1970 European Cup semi final ties against Leeds United, that Jinky was simply unplayable as he took Leeds on a merry dance in both legs, and Bertie swears that Bobby Murdoch shouted during the game to Jinky, “Hey you, is that ball tied to your foot ?..we want a kick too.”

Or how George Connelly who was a surprise starter for Celtic when Celtic won the first leg at Elland Road 1-0 through an early George Connelly goal in just 40 seconds, Bertie says George was quiet but confident, and that he knew George had the class and ability to play anywhere in that winning team.

Remember those wee blue cars ?

Bertie though does himself an injustice, as during this time Leeds had a tremendous midfield of Billy Bremner and Johnny Gyles, on both occasions Bertie Auld and Bobby Murdoch just blew them away, in the 2nd leg Leeds struck first through a Billy Bremner goal though, Two minutes into the second half, John Hughes drew Celtic level on the night, before ­Jinky set up Bobby ­Murdoch for the winner, as the tie ended 3-1 on aggregate amid deafening noise.

One Leeds fan encapsulted the whole Celtic teams performances brilliantly when he said “Celtic put 17 players on for the warm-up. I don’t think they have taken any of them off, above all Jimmy Johnstone has had England left back Terry Cooper on toast for 90 minutes”

Regardless of any football game you have seen or may see in the future, I know you will never see the talent that was on display that night, Leeds had a full team of English, Welsh and Scottish internationalists, and Celtic well what more needs to be said about that team.

Bertie was the forerunner to PC Lustig, when he was pictured after the Leeds return leg at Hampden wearing a distinctive Fedora hat, celebrating with the fans. The crowd was over 135,000.

The thoughts of all Celtic fans are with you Bertie, you gave us your all and more and we cherish the fact you remained a Celtic bhoy through and through, we wish your family and yourself strength in these times.

God Bless and Hail Hail.

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June 30, 2021 5:33 am

The above by ASWGL , many thanks.

June 30, 2021 6:36 am

Great leader
I loved Berties dribbling ability in his first spell with Celtic, moved to Canada a few months before he came back, did see see him a couple of times later on but he was playing in a new team structure, less maze runs.
I was in his periphery in Las Vegas but not close enough to hear his many stories. Ask anyone who has attended the N.A Celtic convention and they will tell you endless stories of Bertie giving his time freely to anyone who wanted to talk. He was a great player but his family must be proud of him as a great man ,and one of Celtics greatest ever ambassadors
I don’t think anyone who grew up in Maryhill had any false airs about them , they were rough and ready but very fair and all they asked or gave was a fair shake, no liberties

June 30, 2021 7:38 am

Bertie was an outstanding footballer.
With the type of character sadly lacking in today’s game.
A genuine Celtic legend and fan.

June 30, 2021 8:16 am

Watching the Euros a few things have caught my attention.
1. How good coaches can make teams better than the sum of their parts and how poor coaches have done the exact opposite.
The France and Switzerland game being a prime example.
2. Modric’s swansong leaves football with few players who have the ability or desire to make telling diagonal passes.
Germany’s horizontal and vertical passing was a prime example of what’s lacking
3. Very few players now have the ability or bravery to take a man on.
Sterling terrified the Germans by doing such.
4. Most full backs can’t defend.
They don’t really have to as their direct opponents rarely attack them choosing sideways or backwards passing instead.
5. The refs for the most part have been good at letting games flow and refusing to be conned by the theatrics of players.
Funny watching England and listening to commentators justifying Kane ,Sterling and Saka’s constant flopping with slightest contact without the slightest hint of irony when they used to moan about foreign players doing it.
6.VAR. Has been used well.
Quick decisive decisions allowing game to flow better.

big packy
June 30, 2021 8:19 am

MORNING ALL and JIM , aswgl ,brilliant post about bertie thanks for that, one game that stands out for me and it was only a friendly, we played spurs at hampden think 67, wee bertie completely controlled that game, remember him putting the ball through alan mullerys legs not once but twice, what a servant to celtic, god bless him and his family, HAIL HAIL.

June 30, 2021 8:44 am

Morning all! Last night’s diatribe from the Man on Many Monikers was unnecessary, disgusting and demeaned both the author and the recipients! Really not interested in reading shit like that at all!
ASWGL…great read this morning about my favourite Celt ever! His commitment to the Celtic fans is obvious to anyone who has ever seen him interact with the paying public outside Parkheid – Celtic’s Finest Ambassador by a long, long, long way! I hope he is still able to attend games despite his illness.
One night my brother and nephew were visiting, from Birmingham, and we went to Parkheid for a game. Afterwards my wee fella was showing his wee cousin the ropes on how to get selfies/autographs as my bro and I stood chatting outside the Main Door. Wee Bertie came out and I engaged him in conversation…or maybe it was the other way about, I can’t remember. But anyway, the conversation came round to chat of Bertie’s time at Birmingham and he explained he hated it, stuck in a B&B with no support network about him he explained to us he seriously considered chucking fitba altogether and coming back up the road to his family! He then told us about one guy at Birmingham, whose name I forget but I think was backroom staff, called him that night and took him out to the pictures and talked through the issues he was facing. That changed his viewpoint of whether to stay or come home. He decided to stay and remained grateful to the guy for taking the time to help him through his problems! In relation to your article, ASWGL, I think he also mentioned to us that night that it was indeed John Fallon who called him at Birmingham to ask if he’d be interested in coming back to play for the ‘Tic.
A true Legend, a local Bhoy with no sense of entitlement or airs or graces! To think of him any other way than seeing him chat to his ain folk outside Parkheid fills me with a great sadness!
Keep well Bertie…Hail Hail Wee Man!! 💚🤍🧡

June 30, 2021 9:12 am


Great article and lovely memories of a wonderful Celtic Legend.

Thank you!

June 30, 2021 9:25 am

Morning all, and thanks for the kind words. I hope I have now fixed the images.

Hail Hail Bertie 🇮🇪

June 30, 2021 9:48 am

ASWGL, lovely leader about a great Celt and a lovely mhan. Many on here will have met Bertie, simply because he always made himself available to the fans. My own personal highlight was spending a fortnight in his company down at Largs when we were both doing our SFA coaching badges way back in the early 70’s. (There are a few stories from there, I can tell you!).

Bertie the hard man? In the twilight of his Celtic career he went down to Dumfries with a young team of Celts to play a reserve game, him being the ‘old head’ on the park. As they were getting changed a very loud voice in the home dressing room was letting out about how he was going to sort out any old has-been he comes across on the park. Bertie didn’t react, just finished getting ready to play. Less than ten minutes in to the game said loudmouth was getting carried off after a ‘coming together’ with Bertie. As he was being taken off Bertie eventually pipes up to the QoS reserves, “Anyone else want to sort out this old has-been?” No-one took him up on that.

God love you Bertie.

Ave Ave

Jobo Baldie
June 30, 2021 10:14 am

Good morning friends. Great article ASWGL. Could I be so bold (or stupid?) to ask what your moniker is short for?

June 30, 2021 10:26 am


Bertie is an iconic treasure for Celtic fans,and it is a great shame that he should be suffering from this horrible disease which has already affected so many of his contemporaries-some of whom you mention in your article.I have my own-if somewhat second hand-story of just what a wonderful human being he is,and while I know he wouldn’t object to me relating it,I will need permission from a friend in The States.

Suffice to say that he was utterly selfless. Then and now.

June 30, 2021 10:30 am


Think of something modest said by Tommy Burns. Last word is lucky.

June 30, 2021 10:39 am


I think the player Bertie chinned in (his first game for Birmingham) your story was against Fulham.

It was Johnny Haynes. The first £100 a week player,and the England captain!

Well,reputations mean nothing to Bertie,as the likes of Hunter,Giles,Charlton would soon discover. Down he went like a Saturday coupon!

The second player he chinned in England was the brave-or foolish-Fulham team mate of Haynes who tried to remonstrate with Bertie as he left the field.Two for the price of one,give the fans their moneysworth!

St tams
June 30, 2021 10:41 am

Fantastic article about Bertie.
First cup final I attended was the League cup final in 1969 against St Johnstone, when Bertie scored the only goal.
Another great memory I have is him dancing around hampden after we beet Leeds utd.
Have had the pleasure of meeting him once at Haggs Castle golf club ‘, what a character he is.

June 30, 2021 10:45 am


Ah,that certainly sounds like Bertie!

June 30, 2021 10:46 am


I didnt want to post any of your good news until after you did.

I had a feeling when you phoned me after the operation that you were not quite down to speed .

It was your singing of the Canadian national anthem that tipped me off, you were a bit out of tune.

Needless to say my lips are sealed and delighted to see you back posting already.

June 30, 2021 10:51 am

I have a very early memory of Bertie Auld cutting in from the wing and shooting powerfully for goal.

He obviously had talent and I was sad to see him transferred to Birmingham City.

The rest though is Celtic history where Bertie is woven into its tapestry and shown here today.

The Gombeen Man
June 30, 2021 11:17 am


Football blogging at it’s best. An enjoyable and fitting tribute to Bertie.


June 30, 2021 11:36 am
Angel Gabriel
June 30, 2021 12:18 pm

Cracking summary of a great Celt .

June 30, 2021 12:44 pm


Fantastic article. Can’t recall seeing Bertie play but by all accounts fabulous player and incredible human being.

HH 🍀🍀

June 30, 2021 12:59 pm

Good to see that the blog has shrugged off the criticism directed yesterday.

Criticism can be painful, especially if it comes from informed and respected sources.

But when it comes from spiteful trolling, it doesn’t occupy any head room whatsoever.

Keep up the good work and don’t let the blog become subject to People’s Front of Judea type splits.

On the subject of Bertie, he is still some man, even with the effects of dementia showing.

Garry Enrique 5665
June 30, 2021 1:06 pm

Brilliant article on the Maryhill legend.
Great to see you on here.
What a great story of Bertie in Dumfries.

June 30, 2021 1:20 pm

What was the score with England last night ?

Not heard a peep on the radio or tv !!!!!!!!


Peter’s last day today. Thought I might get a whip-round and get him a going away pressie ???

Anyone got any ideas for a present ????

HH 🍀🍀

June 30, 2021 1:32 pm

Football getting the blame for allowing travel to London

Sol Kitts Hygge
June 30, 2021 1:32 pm

My parting gift for PL is a door on a strong spring to hit him on the arse on his way out.😎

June 30, 2021 1:37 pm

What was the score with England last night ?

Not heard a peep on the radio or tv !!!!!!!!


Peter’s last day today. Thought I might get a whip-round and get him a going away pressie ???

Anyone got any ideas for a present ????

HH 🍀🍀


A lie predictor to warn him if he is about to tell a deliberate lie..

Keeps everyone safe including him

bada Bing
June 30, 2021 1:51 pm

Amazing how accurate the Covid stats are re cases from Euro games involving Scotland, but fk all said about the huns rampaging through Glasgow twice, fkn shitebags

June 30, 2021 1:52 pm

Anyone got any ideas for a present ????

A number 10 jersey with a stroke through it.

June 30, 2021 1:54 pm

We might get an idea if we asked the defendants of the various trials for George Square offences, how many have had Covid in the past 2 months? But would you trust them to tell you the truth?

June 30, 2021 2:04 pm

You unwittingly assembled the perfect article for today, and it’s a great stroke of luck Bobby didn’t use it on Monday, for it’s absolutely what the blog needs after yesterday’s strife. A poster had sent me his walking away story but a bit of positivity is needed today, and so it worked out.

Of course I never witnessed the man himself play but he stood on the other side of Baird’s bar from me one night and sank a pint in one go to great cheers. The old fashioned handle pints, the heavy glass mugs with the dimples.
I recall thinking, what’s he doing pouring pints and is he not a bit old to be skulling pints in one?
Dad told me all the Lions hit the drink post football and one big reason was they couldn’t buy a drink themselves.

One of those photos strikes a real chord though. If those heroes felt Bertie was worthy of being giving the king’s chair, then that’s more than good enough for me. That’s a cracking pic of him getting carried.

Glad you were able to fix the photos, you’ll need to let me know how that’s done.
Cheers again.

Hail Hail

June 30, 2021 2:15 pm

Peters leaving gift?
Buy him a cheap bargain from Eastern Europe and tell him I don’t care if you don’t want it you’re stuck with it.

June 30, 2021 2:19 pm

Accurate insight that players dont take opponents on anymore.
Sterling does indeed, he’s good at it.
I think that’s also why Mbappe will be a great,,,he hangs back and beats his man with a great burst of pace and some trickery.
I haven’t been watching the games tbh.
Probably start now.

Hail Hail

June 30, 2021 2:35 pm

Brilliant leader………my favourite player.

June 30, 2021 2:44 pm

Something else you don’t see to many players doing….puting their laces through the ball……….they all seem to hit it with their instep.Mbappe with the pk, could be a great player but i think he has a real attitude problem.

June 30, 2021 2:59 pm

Farmers in California who are issued water by the state gov, will now make more cash by selling their water than their crops.
Water wars are next.

Mike in Toronto
June 30, 2021 3:15 pm

Mbappe looked off the whole game, and for most of the tournament…. something not right in his head… or perhaps was carrying an undisclosed injury?

Notwithstanding KM’s penalty miss, I have been impressed by the standard of penalty taking in the tournament generally.

I never rated Raheem Sterling when he was at Liverpool… but, give the kid (he has been around for so long, I tend to forget he is only 26!) credit… he has grown by leaps and bounds under Guardiola, and does seem to turn up in big games.

I know his team got knocked out, but I really liked the look of Kai Havertz. Think he could become a very special player.

big packy
June 30, 2021 3:25 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM,didnt realize it was peters last day, im down in essex at the moment a place called laindon, but im going to drive up to parkhead to give peter a wee leaving present, wont tell you what it is or ill be banned for life on here,😎 god i hate essex, load of fly by nights down here😎 quiz question, what famous actress is from laindon

Garry Enrique 5665
June 30, 2021 3:48 pm

No idea. Authors of a Celtic song come from Laindon. Do you know their name?

big packy
June 30, 2021 3:52 pm

GARRY must admit no idea

June 30, 2021 3:56 pm

Joan Sims. Carry On…..

big packy
June 30, 2021 3:58 pm

JIM, cyber pint, did solkitts tell you the answer😎😎

June 30, 2021 4:00 pm

He’s the president of her fan club!

Garry Enrique 5665
June 30, 2021 4:00 pm

Clue. Just Can’t Get Enough.

June 30, 2021 4:01 pm

Vince Clarke from Erasure?
(Sol Kitts again)

big packy
June 30, 2021 4:03 pm

GARRY was it depeche mode???

Garry Enrique 5665
June 30, 2021 4:04 pm

Spot on. 👍

June 30, 2021 4:08 pm


I doubted the choice of Sterling by Southgate. His form for MC was patchy to say the least. His confidence was shot. Either due to lack of confidence or Guardiola’s instructions, he sat out on the wing and was only involved periodically. However, he has come alive for England. To think he was offered as make weight in a deal for Kane, seems astounding of forehead now.

Havertz is an excellent player who has it all.

Glad to see you are back quickly posting.


big packy
June 30, 2021 4:13 pm

GARRY, thought it was, did you notice jim coming in there with erasure, no chance jim 😎😎 but at least jim knows his music, unlike mcaff 😎😎

June 30, 2021 4:15 pm

Packy, it was Vince Clarke but he was with Depeche Mode at the time! He went on to found Erasure.