LISBON LION Jim Craig was asked about the most unusual thing he had ever witnessed on the park while playing for Celtic, in an interview about his new book Right Back To 67 – The Lisbon Lion Diary in an interview on Celts Are Here this morning.
There were a few stories that Cairney considered, before answering. One he told to the next CQN Podcast and it is so disgusting that it is very funny. The other involved a particularly cold, frosty day and an unfortunate incident when one of the Lions was struck very hard with the ball in the most delicate of locations!
However he opted to tell this little story and the respect shown towards Celtic’s greatest ever player one day by a Rangers legend.
“I have various incidents that I recall with either affection or raised eyebrows, depending on the particular moment. This rather special one, though, was a tribute to a great player from another star and it came at a very unusual moment,” Cairney recalls.
“On 17 December 1969, we thrashed Dundee United 7-2 at Parkhead in a league match.
“The whole side played well but Jinky was in special form, tantalising the Terrors defence with his special skills and really stamping his authority on the game.
“At the end, as I was coming off the park with my immediate opponent – ex-Rangers and Scotland star Davie Wilson – wee Jimmy walked past. “Well done Jimmy” said Davie, holding out his hand “that was the best display I have ever seen by any player at any time”. What an accolade!”
In Right Back to 67 – The Lisbon Lion Diary, Jim Craig captures everything that happened in 1967 at Celtic from the perspective of a player, in the dressing room and on the park. It is a remarkable book with the guys at CQN saying it is the finest Celtic book that they have published,.
Read the full interview with Jim Craig from Celts Are HERE.