David Potter’s Celtic Player of the Day, No.41 – Andy McAtee

Andy McAtee came from Croy and played for Celtic between 1910 and 1924. His career coincided with some of the best Celts of all time. He was a right winger, fast with a devastating shot, and had a pair of legs that resembled “those of a billiard table”.

Andy McAtee

He won the Scottish Cup on four occasions, the first in 1911 commonly known as the “ final of the three Crojans” for he played alongside Tommy McAteer and Jimmy Quinn, both from Croy.

The right wing of Andy McAtee and Patsy Gallacher has been described as “the best known to man”. He played in that brilliant war-time side, working down the mines in tandem with playing for Celtic before being conscripted in 1917 to fight in the Austrian Alps as a Gunner.

It was his return from the war in January 1919 which made such a huge difference and saw Celtic win the League after having missed out in 1918. In 1922 he scored the goal almost at the death which won the League at Greenock.

His final honour for Celtic was the Scottish Cup win of 1923. Andy died in 1956 aged 68, and is buried in Kilsyth Cemetery not far from Jimmy Quinn.

The Kaiser, they say, only once saw him play
And remarked, it is said, “Dearie Me!
My German artillery’s just fit for the pillory
They can’t shoot like young McAtee!”

David Potter

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I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.

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