Exclusive – A Phoenix Rising, a House of Steel. Celtic Park Redevelopment Photographs

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Tom Grant’s Celtic Park Photographs, Work to Demolish the old Celtic Park begins… 

RECENTLY on The Celtic Star, Highland Paddy provided some photos of the old Celtic Park, and quite a few memories where shared as a result. I was contracted by former Celtic Director Tom Grant, who was the Stadium manager in the years leading up to Fergus McCann wrestling control of the club from from the old board.

Tom Grant played a significant role in that successful take-over and can certainly be regarded as one of the ‘Good Guys’. He stayed on at Celtic Park after the takeover in a Project Management role and was essentially Fergus’ right hand man in fulfilling his dream of building a 60,000 stadium at Celtic Park. The new Paradise, the one we know and love today.

Tom Grant, sitting on Fergus McCann’s right hand side at Celtic Park.

We’d like to share with you a remarkable collection of photographs, all taken by Tom, that show the end days of the old Celtic Park – the Celtic End, the Rangers End and of course the Jungle and the gradual transformation to our new stadium.

These days Tom, a former publican, is retired and enjoys his trips to Celtic Park with his pals as a supporter. They sit in the Jock Stein stand, and he must look around occasionally and think back to the days in in mid-1990s when this impressive stadium was built.

So, thanks to Tom Grant, let’s take you on a journey go back to the summer of 1994, to a place that we call Paradise…

Continued on the next page, as the Jungle is Demolished…

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About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk


  1. I consider myself privileged that i lived during the era of the jungle, was no better place in the ground especially to be especially victories over them.

  2. what a transformation all that needs done now is to do the main front stand in future looks a bit out of place now need the full stadium same height i know front part of it is listed but im sure it can be worked around make stadium bigger we got a massive following so be no problem filling the seats