‘Tommy Burns’ – An emotional Premiere, Paul McStay made sure he was there

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Last night saw the premiere of the new Tommy Burns documentary in front of a packed Glasgow Film Theatre.

I was fortunate enough to be there to view this extraordinary story of Celtic legend Tommy Burns.

The documentary discussed Tommy’s fourteen years at his lifelong love, Celtic, as well as his affinity with religion and his eternal bond to his family. Tommy’s story evokes emotions of sadness, happiness and triumph profiling his rise from a boy in the Calton to a Celtic legend and a Jungle hero.

The player that twist and turned, the manager that fought and battled and the man that thanked God for his achievements. Tommy Burns was Mr Celtic, he embodied the belief that Celtic is more than a club.

This Tommy Burns story is told through the testimony of his children, who detail their memories of the former Kilmarnock manager’s rise to the main office at Celtic Park. We hear his battles as a player with Jock Stein; we are told of his joy that he became a Celtic player and furthermore, the complete and utter ecstasy when he became the manager of Celtic.

The documentary, produced for BBC Alba, was emotional and truly inspiring. The biopic portrayed the life of Thomas Burns, the Celtic icon and footballing hero. Tommy’s story is told through his children, his team mates and colleagues – all of whom hold Tommy in the highest regard.

‘Tommy Burns’ is an intimate portrayal of a man that held the holy trinity of family, faith and football close to his heart throughout his life. A beautiful yet tragic story, told via the testimony of his children, his friends and his football family, will be a must-watch film on BBC ALBA scheduled for 9pm on Friday 21 September.

The story is a fitting reminder of the extraordinary life of Tommy Burns, the Celtic legend and icon in football. Some of Tommy’s Celtic teammates were there last night, most notably Paul McStay, who these days lives in Australia. He wanted to be there for Tommy. Mr Celtic.


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