6. Danny McGrain
McGrain is regarded as one of Scotland’s greatest players. Esteemed sports journalist Hugh McIlvanney once said, “Anybody who saw him at his best had the unmistakable impression of watching a great player, probably one who had no superior anywhere in the world.”
He too, like Dalglish was a Rangers supporter while growing up. A Rangers’ scout is said to have visited his junior club to scout him, only to then turn around on hearing his surname in the mistaken belief that Danny McGrain was of Irish Catholic descent.
After being turned down by Rangers, Danny McGrain signed for Celtic on May 13th, 1967. At first, McGrain was regarded as a midfielder but was utilized in a variety of roles in the reserve side before becoming established as a right-back.
He spent 17 seasons with Celtic, winning the league 7 times and Cup 5 times. In May 1987, McGrain was given a free transfer by Celtic to Hamilton Academical. Without any doubt, he is one of the greatest Celtic players ever.
5. Paul McStay
McStay spent his entire playing career with Celtic after signing from Celtic Boys Club in 1981. He made his first team debut for Celtic on 23 January 1982 in a 4–0 win over Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup. A week later on 30 January, he made his first league appearance in a 3–1 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
A key man under Billy McNeill and then Davie Hay, the precocious youngster soon earned international recognition with Scotland and by the end of season 1985-86 – at the age of 21 – he had collected two league titles plus a Scottish Cup and a League Cup winners medals. He retired in 1997.
In 2002 he was voted a member of Celtic’s greatest ever team by the club’s fans. He is also a member of the Scotland Football Hall of Fame, which honors the best players to play in Scotland and is located in the Scottish Football Museum.
4. Jimmy Johnstone
Voted Celtic’s greatest player in a 2002 poll, Jimmy Johnstone was a player like few others in football have ever been. He had the ability to ease past the defenders, leaving them petrified.
Johnstone was one of the “Lisbon Lions”, the team that won the then European Cup for Celtic in 1967. In an early round tie against Nantes, Johnstone’s trickery on the wing saw him dubbed “The Flying Flea” by the French press, whilst his performances over the course of the season saw him finish third in the European Footballer of the Year award. He is easily one of the greatest Celtic players ever.
He scored 129 goals for Celtic in 515 appearances over the course of 14 years with the club. Apart from the European Cup in 1967, he also won 9 League titles and 4 Cups.