19 Tommy Burns Quotes To Help Celtic Fans Remember A Legend

On the anniversary of the great man's death, his life in words.
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Legends on Tommy

Johan Cruyff: "In the Celtic team I liked the red-haired man."

Brendan Rodgers: "I was a Celtic supporter growing up. My first appointment was by Tommy Burns. As a human being he was incredible & I learnt a lot from him."

Gerry Collins: "He lived the dream of supporting Celtic, playing for them, coaching them and ultimately managing them and I suspect that if I asked any Celtic fan of a certain vintage what brand of football they have enjoyed most in the past 30 years, the majority would answer the type played under Tam."

Danny McGrain: "I loved Tommy Burns. You meet some people and you like them, but Tommy was someone that I loved."

Billy McNeil: "He did the right things, he looked after his diet, he worked hard at his game as he just wanted to further himself all the time. The red hair wasn’t purely superficial as he had a wee sharp temper as well which was excellent as I like people with spirit and Tommy had spirit in abundance."

Gordon Brown: "He will go down as one of the all-time great players for Glasgow Celtic."

Charlie Nicholas: "Tommy captured the imagination of the young Celtic support. He truly was Mr Celtic and he has become such a focal point for what Celtic means to young people."

Gordon Strachan: "His bravery throughout his illness was an inspiration, and right to the end he was checking everyone else was OK, never giving a thought for himself or his situation."

Roy Aitken: "We were fans on the pitch as much as anything else and as far as Celtic Football Club was concerned, Tommy wore his heart on his sleeve."

Davie Provan: "The night against Juventus (September 1981) it turned into Tommy Burns against Liam Brady and Tam won the game for us that night. He bossed that game and I’ve never seen him in such form. He just stuck his chest out that night and decided that was his stage."

Ally McCoist: "You would never hear anybody in football say a bad word about Tommy Burns, and to have been involved in football for so long, that's quite an accolade."

Alan Stubbs: "When we lost a game he gave the impression he was personally responsible and owed the Celtic fans an apology."

Tommy on Tommy

On the derby: "The Old Firm match is the only one in the world where the managers have to calm the interviewers down."

On working under chairman Fergus McCann: "I probably did 15 or 20 years as a manager in those three years."

On a certain Rangers goalkeeper: "On my gravestone it will read 'Andy Goram broke my heart'."

On the change in Scottish football in the late eighties: "There's always room in the team for an exceptional youngster, but I think the Old Firm will be fielding cheque book teams more and more in the future."

On playing his last game for Celtic: "I got all of my crying out of the way during the warm-up before the friendly against Ajax. I ran about the pitch for 20 minutes with tears running down my cheeks because I knew I would never wear a Celtic jersey again. Big Billy was kind and understanding because he took me off 30 minutes into the match so that I could say a lingering farewell to the fans. I ran to the old Jungle and paid my respects before moving to the 'Celtic end' where I had stood as a boy."

On Celtic’s fans: "They're there and they're always there. And God bless every one of them."

On what it means to play for Celtic: "When you pull on that jersey you're not just playing for a football club, you're playing for a people and a cause."


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