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Former Players :: Tommy Burns



Tommy Burns was born and brought up in the Calton district of Glasgow, just a stone's throw from Celtic Park, and he joined the club in 1973.

Two years later, on April 19, 1975, he made his first-team debut, coming on as a substitute for Paul Wilson in a home league match against Dundee which, unfortunately, Celtic lost 2-1.

However, that game was to be the start of a long and illustrious career with Celtic that saw Tommy make 503 competitive appearances and score 84 goals.

In his 16 years as a player with the club, Tommy won six league championships, five Scottish Cups and one League Cup medal.

Following a successful spell as a player and then manager of Kilmarnock, Tommy returned to Celtic in July 1994. He was in charge of the club for three years, winning the Scottish Cup in 1995 and restoring pride to the club. His teams played football 'the Celtic way', following in the traditions of the club, and during his time as manager at Celtic, he brought some great names to the club.

After a period in charge at Reading, Tommy returned to home to Scotland, and came back to Celtic when Kenny Dalglish brought him in after John Barnes left.

He then took charge of the youth set-up at the club, putting in place the foundations for the Academy which has produced a number of first-team players, including Shaun Maloney, John Kennedy, Stephen McManus, Aiden McGeady and, more recently, Richie Towell and James Forrest.

Alongside Gordon Strachan, Tommy became first-team coach, helping to bring more success to the club.

Sadly, in May 2008, he passed away after a brave and courageous battle with skin cancer. He was only 51.



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