The Celtic Star Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind presents its 36th instalment of insightful discussion around the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning treble-winning Scottish champions.
This week, Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined by one of the heroes of Celtic’s centenary season – Frank McAvennie.
When Frank joined Celtic from West Ham in October 1987, he was undoubtedly one of English football’s hottest properties. Billy McNeill had to splash out a club record fee to secure the flamboyant striker’s services, but there is no doubt that he repaid every penny during that glorious double-winning season.
None more so than in the 1988 Scottish Cup final when Frank scored a double as Celtic came from behind to clinch the league and cup double. He immortalised himself in Celtic’s history that day, yet he cannot be seen on the stadiums fascia, which is decorated with images of club icons.
This omission by the club is understandably something of a bugbear of Frank’s, and he is candid when discussing his disappointment at being left out by Celtic’s current incumbents. The 1980s pinup also speaks about his fallout with the Celtic board, his appearance at a criminal court following an Old Firm sending-off, and that gloriously sunny day at Hampden almost 30 years ago.
A Celtic State of Mind has gone from strength-to-strength over the last few months, and there are many more guests lined up in the weeks ahead from the world of sport, music, film, art, broadcasting, literature and politics.
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