Podcast: Frank McGarvey opts for Provan ahead of Jinky, Nicholas before Larsson

I’m Frank and he’s Tommy Podcast Episode 6 is out now…

Episode 6 of the new Celtic podcast, I’m Frank and he’s Tommy is available to view below. The podcast is a conversation on all things Celtic featuring a Celtic supporter – the political activist Tommy Sheridan and a former Celtic player, also a life-long Celtic fan, the one and only Frank McGarvey.

There has been quite a few games since Episode 5 when there was frustration mixed with optimism after the 4-3 Europa League defeat in Seville to Real Betis. Since then Raith Rovers were beaten in the League Cup, points were dropped at home to Dundee United, Celtic shipped yet another 4 goals in European football – this time at home – this time without reply – to Bayer Leverkusen and Ange Postecoglou picked up his first points on the road as Celtic manager in the Scottish Premiership when his side won 2-1 at Pittodrie against Aberdeen on Sunday.

Jota celebrates after scoring the winning goal at Pittodrie.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So the pair had plenty to talk about and there conversation probably reflects many similar chats about the football that have taken place among the support over the past few weeks.

Frank marvels at the Angeball style when it works and reckons that when the manager has the players required to play this system it could be something very special indeed. Tommy is a 3-5-2 man and points out that the full-backs should be wide and should be firing in crosses – noting that theRangers goals against Hibs came in this way, one from each side of the park. And Tommy wants to see Giorgios Giakoumakis join Kyogo in a front two pairing .

Davie Provan & Frank McGarvey hold aloft the Scottish Cup in 1985 after defeating Dundee Utd

Towards the end Tommy asks Frank to name his all-time Celtic eleven, from players, he’s seen and his selection is interesting, option for for instance Davie Provan ahead of Jimmy Johnstone, with McGarvey saying that Sheridan will choose Jinky to keep the fans happy. Provan he said was the best crosser of the ball he’ ever seen, describing him as being world class in that regard. He also opts for Charlie Nicholas (the first time around) rather than for instance Henrik Larsson.

Not sure many will agree with the Celtic legend on those calls but he argues his case very well indeed. Great Celtic conversion that you will enjoy. Have a listen…

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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


    • Totally disagree – the only thing TS was guilty of was being too kind to Ange. His formation is a defensive nightmare and the performance at Pittodrie was awful. Things have to change very quickly and Ange has to have more than one way of playing football/tactical approach. Also agree that buying Scales and the Greek striker doesn’t make sense if Montgomery and Ajeti are picked before them.