David Potter’s Celtic Player of the Day, No.55 – Ian Young

Ian Young was a good right back who came in just at the start of the glory years of Jock Stein, and but for the plethora of full backs around at the time would almost certainly have played at Lisbon. He was good enough, although possibly Jim Craig was just marginally better.

Ian first came into the team to displace the ageing Dunky MacKay in season 1963/64, although he had had a few games the previous season.

He was a grimly determined full back with a curious hunched sort of a run, and very soon won the affection of the support in that 1963/64 season when everything was good apart from the “death wish” about Rangers.

Things were bad in midwinter 1964, but Ian was seldom one of the players singled out for criticism, and Jock Stein made no effort to move him. He was thus a part of the great day of April 1965 and he played in the early part of the following season, winning the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish League, in the League Cup final earning a little notoriety for a robust challenge on Willie Johnston which showed the world that under Stein, no holds were barred.

It was towards the end of that season that he began to lose out to Jim Craig as right back, but he was a solid deputy. He ended his career playing for St Mirren.

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Terence Nova on

    Ian started out playing for his Dad’s juvenile team called Neilston Waverley…Who I signed for just after Ian went to Celtic…His brother Bobby signed for Motherwell …and he was a centre-forward…I later signed for Neilston Juniors…and played with a certain John ” Dixie” Deans.