David Potter’s Celtic Player of the Day, No.6 – Bobby Lennox

And where does one start to talk about Bobby Lennox? Well, the second top scorer, behind only Jimmy McGrory for a start, but there was so much more to him than that.

He first appeared in 1962 without impressing anyone too much, but he worked hard in the reserves and when Stein arrived he teamed up with Bertie Auld on the left in a fluid, interchanging left wing with Lennox the speed and Auld the craft.

Photo imago/Colorsport Bobby Lennox (Celtic) 1969/70 season

It was indeed the speed that made many supporters convinced that he would have scored many more goals if linesmen could have believed how fast he really was. He was particularly good against Rangers with John Greig often bewildered by his pace.

But he was also a good team man. There were loads of good forwards in that squad, and Jock interchanged them with Lennox often being the unfortunate man to lose out.

Bobby, the ideal team man never complained, and he never showed the slightest desire (apart from a brief sojourn in the USA) to leave Celtic under Stein and his friend Billy McNeill. He eventually retired in 1980, having been at Celtic Park for early 20 years.

He won 10 Scottish caps, and no fewer than 11 Scottish League medals, 8 Scottish Cup medals and 5 Scottish League Cup medals, and of course one European Cup medal. He was also the first ever Celtic player to score at Wembley.

David Potter

Here are some additional photos of Bobby Lennox…


Photo imago/Colorsport Bobby Lennox (Celtic) Scottish Cup Final 1969 Celtic v Glasgow Rangers. 
Celtic v Racing Club World Club Championship Glasgow Celtic v Racing Club of Argentina Bobby Lennox of Celtic is escorted from the field after being sent off during the match in Montevideo. 4th November 1967. Photo Top Fotox 
Photo imago/Kicker/Metelmann Bobby Lennox (Celtic) 1967 
Alex Ferguson , of Rangers , shoots for goal as Ronnie Simpson , Celtic goalkeeper , tries to block the ball during the Scottish League Cup match at Ibrox Park , Glasgow , 16 August 1967 . Other Celtic players seen are Bobby Lennox and Bobby Murdoch . 20 August 1967. Photo Top Foto. 
 Photo: imago/United Archives. Action during recent Scottish League Celtic v Kilmarnock game at Celtic Park in which Celtic team mates Bobby Lennox and Joe McBride fail to make contact with a corner kick and the ball is stopped by Eric Murray , Kilmarnock s right half. 29th November 1965 
Arrival of Celtic at Schiphol. Players Bobby Lennox and Jimmy Johnstone. March 9, 1971. Noord-Holland, Schiphol 



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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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