Lubo Moravcik pictured at Banik Ostrava v Celtic match

As gifts go, Lubomir Moravcik is certainly one that God blessed Celtic Football Club immeasurably with when he saw fit to deliver the former Saint Etienne man to us in 1998. Spending four years at the club, Lubo became a cult hero and an icon of modern Celtic and set the standard alongside our King of Kings, Henrik Larsson.

Classy as you like, the diminutive figure of Lubo was truly a delight to behold when in full-flow. Comfortable with the ball on either foot, the small Czechoslovakian tormented teams and managers up and down this country and even beyond. A true maverick and a player that never failed to amaze when on the ball, Moravcik has a shout of being the most naturally gifted player to ever pull on the hooped jersey.

Always welcome back at Celtic Park and never shy in coming home to Paradise to partake in charity matches and fundraisers, he is a true ambassador for the club and its values too. It’s a great treat to see such a great servant back in the Hoops or even just watching his old team from the stands as a supporter.

Well, that’s just what happened yesterday as Lubo took in the game as a spectator in the Czech Republic, as Celtic finished off their initial pre-season training camp with a 4-2 win over Banik Ostrava. Pictured in his glasses, the magician looked well as he was snapped smiling away in the stadium.

I wonder if Ange has space for one more in the squad..?

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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  1. Stain Yerrline on

    Remember him trapping the ball with his arse at Tynecastle – incredible. He had more control than the whole of our team put together. Could dribble, run even tho he was 90 (remember that Huns game), shoot with both feet, head the ball, he could have scored a goal with his tadger if he needed to. There was nothing the bloke couldn’t do. And so decent and humble with it all.
    Shame he left so soon, even he regrets it but felt he was robbing a wage not playing every game. I think he could still go on for 15 mins and be too good.