On This Day: Happy Birthday Stiliyan Petrov

Happy Birthday to former Celtic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, who turns 42 today. Petrov made 311 appearances for Celtic, scoring 64 times in a successful seven-year spell at the club. A fighter on and off the pitch, Petrov has gone into some punditry work often appearing on Sky Sports and Celtic TV.

Petrov was signed from CSKA Sofia in 1999 by John Barnes for £2.8m but it wasn’t long before Kenny Dalglish replaced Barnes and his performances improved after a tough period of settling. The summer that ushered Martin O’Neill’s arrival would be the catalyst for Petrov, he won the SPFA Young Player of the Year as Celtic completed a domestic treble.

After leaving in 2006, Petrov went on to move to Aston Villa. In that time he became club captain and enjoyed success with the English side before his career was cut short by a shock leukemia diagnosis. Despite beating the illness and getting himself fit, he did not remain

Stan has completed his UEFA Pro Licence and also holds a Masters Degree in Sports Management. He is an impressive individual, continuing the success that he enjoyed at Celtic into his retirement.

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