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Jinky Jimmy Johnstone

Discussion in 'The Lisbon Lions' started by The Thumb, Feb 14, 2016.

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    That arm in the air goal celebration..........

    If I close my eyes I'm back there again watching him... thankyou and * bless you, Jinky
     
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    Jimmy Johnstone
    Appearances: 515
    Goals: 130
    Debut: Kilmarnock 6-0 Celtic; 27/03/1963

    The fact that Jimmy Johnstone is the only one of our top 20 goalscorers to have a statue outside Celtic Park tells its own story – for Jinky had more than a few strings to his bow and goalscoring was just one of them.

    When it comes to extolling the virtues of players who have left their mark on football with their inimitable style, it is impossible to exclude Jimmy Johnstone from any kind of esteemed company.

    Jinky's feints and tricks have passed into the club's folklore and he was the very definition of a mercurial talent, and while his ability with a ball marked him out as a unique player, his skills were harnessed for the good of the team.

    He won nine titles, four Scottish Cups, five League Cups and, the pinnacle of them all, the European Cup in 1967.

    His career, though, was littered with highs and there was a plethora of games where he just literally tore teams apart – sometimes seemingly single-handed.

    Among them was Red Star Belgrade when, with a 1-1 half-time score, Jock Stein told Johnstone, who had a chronic fear of flying, that if Celtic won by four clear goals then he wouldn’t have to travel to Belgrade – Jinky ran amok and scored twice in Celtic’s 5-1 master-class.

    His courage on the field was matched off it when he battled bravely for a number of years with Motor Neurone Disease, before sadly passing away in 2006. The iconic statue outside Paradise will remind future generations of a truly extraordinary player.
     
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