The Celtic Star of the Decade – 2000-2009, The King of Kings, Henrik Larsson

A FEW WEEKS AGO we started a new series which is nearing its end. We asked club Historian and author of countless Celtic books, David Potter to select The Celtic Star of the Decade for each and every decade since 1888.

Starting at the very beginning during Celtic’s early years, David opted for SANDY  McMAHON and you can read his Celtic story below.

Moving into the first decade of the 20th Century there really only could be one name that David Potter could opt for and that’s JIMMY QUINN who David named as The Celtic Star of the Decade for 1900-1909 Here’s why…

And David’s next pick for The Celtic Star for the club’s third decade running from 1910-1919 is none other that PATSY GALLACHER. You can read about The Mighty Atom here…

Then David Potter’s selection for the Celtic Star of the club’s fourth decade running from 1920-1929, who else could he go for but the one and only JIMMY McGRORY Read about Celtic 550 goal legend below…

Now the brief to David Potter was clear, select The Celtic Star of each decade. That means he doesn’t necessarily have to opt for a PLAYER for that decade, although it could quite easily be a former player that the Celtic historian opts for. For instance he may well opt for Jock Stein as The Celtic Star of the 1960s but he doesn’t. The ONLY decade that David has opted for a non-playing winner of The Celtic Star of the decade was the one we featured yesterday for the decade 1930-39.

Read David’s logic in choosing JIMMY McMENEMY as The Celtic Star of the Decade 1930-39 below…

And for David Potter’s selection for the Celtic Star of the club’s sixth decade running from 1940-1949, is the one and only CHARLES PATRICK TULLY.

On Wednesday David selected The Celtic Star of the 1950s and he opted for Celtic’s Forgotten Hero BOBBY EVANS, here’s why…

On Thursday the Celtic Historian probably had his most difficult decision yet, choosing just one Celtic man from the 1960s? Who could he choose, maybe the manager Jock Stein or any one of Simpson, Craig, Gemmell, Clark, Murdoch, Auld, Johnstone, Chalmers, Wallace, Lennox or maybe John Hughes, Joe McBride or John Fallon? Any of the above would have been a fine choice, but David has gone for the one Lisbon Lion we haven’t mentioned – the captain Billy McNeill.

And David reveals that the decision wasn’t that tough as we’d thought. It was rather easy actually.

By Friday the club historian turned his attention to the 1970s when Celtic started the decade with most of the Lisbon Lions still doing their thing and added to that we had the Quality Street Gang before ending the decade with the likes of Roy Aitken, Tommy Burns and George McCluskey all emerging. Lots of names within that lot for David Potter to choose from.

But after giving the matter careful consideration David Potter selected The Celtic Star of the Decade 1970-79 and that Celt is Lisbon Lion Bobby Lennox. David explained why he opted for the Buzzbomb, see below…

And for yesterday featured decade – the 1980s – David Potter has decided that The Celtic Star for 198-89 is The Bear himself, Roy Aitken. Read David’s reasoning below…

Moving onto the final decade of the 20th century and there can be no arguments, debates or even discussions about the validity of the David Potter’s choice of The Celtic Star of the Decade for 1990-1999 – The Maestro, Paul McStay, second only to James McGrory as the song says…

Read David’s reason for selecting Paul McStay on the link below…

How do you follow on from the Maestro, Paul McStay? Well this one is easy for the Celtic Historian and would be unanimous if the wider Celtic Support were to be asked. The Celtic Star of the Decade for 2000-2009 is The King of Kings, Henrik Larsson.

Go to the next page and read what David Potter has to say about Celtic’s sensational Swede…

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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

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