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Top 100 Appearances for Celtic

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  1. Drakhan Nac Mac Feegle Gold Member

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    If Joe Hart stays fit and plays until end of 2025/26 season he will join the list
     
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    CalMac tonight draws level with the Late Great Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell
     
  3. Drakhan Nac Mac Feegle Gold Member

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    Forrest 24th and CalMac 27th on list with CalMac moving 1 place ahead of Late Great Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell.
     
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    That’s Forrest moved up to 23rd and next game puts Cal Mac up to 26th.
     
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    Today is CalMac’s 440th game for Celtic.
     
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    If Forrest plays remaining matches of season, however unlikely, he will finish this season in 17th position just 1 place and match behind the Celtic great and legend Tommy Burns.
     
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    If CalMac does the same he will finish this season in 25th place and will need to play a minimum of 29 matches next season to get into top 20
     
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    Jesus, if Calmac dies…
     
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    Changed .
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    :86::biggrin::biggrin:
     
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  11. Taz Blind Justice Gold Member News Writer

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    Let's not forget there are a lot of notable names between the number of appearances that Forrest currently has and where Burns is on the all time list.

    First off, he could pass Andrew McAtee later this month. McAtee was in many ways the prototype for the sort of winger that Forrest is. In fact, it could be said that McAtee, along with Davie 'the Dancer' Hamilton pretty much set the standard for these type of players. It's notable that while Hamilton preferred to stay out wide, drive to the byline and cross, McAtee was much more inclined to cut inside from the right, much like Forrest does. It is these type of players that we as a support have always loved, for their skill, speed and trickery, not only to help themselves but working with the likes of Jimmy Quinn, Patsy Gallagher and Jimmy McMenemy.

    Potentially, he could also surpass Charlie Shaw this season, who statistically is the greatest 'keeper the club has ever had - and it's not even close. Shaw had 240 clean sheets in 436 league games. Noone with more than 20 games has close to bettering his clean sheet percentage of over 55%. Packy Bonner holds the Celtic clean sheet record (254), but he had to play roughly 200 more games than Shaw for those extra 14 more clean sheets.

    Shaw set all manner of GK records, some of which stand to this day. In 1913 he set the British record of 1287 minutes without conceding that stood for 96 years until 2009 when Edwin Van Der Sar beat it with 1311 min playing for Manchester Utd. In 2014, Fraser Forster finally broke Shaw's record of league minutes without conceding (1259 min), but Celtic's overall consecutive record is still Shaw's 1287min (10 league & 3 ScCup) to this day, 110 years later and counting! Shaw also still holds the record for fewest league goals conceded (13) and most league clean sheets (26) in a single season.

    A couple more games beyond that and Forrest will be on the same mark as Alec Thomson; one of McGrory's 'wizards of the wing', along with Adam McLean and Tommy McInally. McGrory's scoring record speaks for itself, but in an era where assists were rarely mentioned or recorded, and stats were not kept on, we can't go past taking into consideration who it was that was providing so many of those chances for McGrory. Thomson's 12 years of service deserves recognition.

    Same with Bertie Peacock. It was Peacock who had to do all the graft, the fetch and carry that allowed Charlie Tully to shine and have the headlines. The skipper through much of the dark days of the 50's and early 60's, it was Peacock who instilled the work ethic and commitment of so many, including the likes of Billy McNeill, Bertie Auld and Bobby Murdoch. In an era when Celtic were continiously being undermined, the 'Little Ant' stood tall and should never be forgotten.

    Then there is Lisbon Lion, Bobby Murdoch. If it were left at that it would be enough of a legacy but Stein recognised Murdoch as such a key and pivotal part of his plans that he changed the entire structure of the team so as to get the best from Murdoch as the powerhouse who dominated the midfield engineroom for the most celebrated era in Celtic's history.

    And then there is the one and only Jimmy McGrory. His goal scoring feats are unlikely ever to be equalled for Celtic, or indeed, in all of British football. One of the true immortals of the Celtic story, who like Shaw, has set so many records that have never been matched. Most goals (472 - Bobby Lennox is next best with 273), most hatricks (55) and fastest hatrick for starters. Larsson in his best ever season scored 53 goals and is still a long way short of McGrory's mark of 62 in a single season. Or the 8 he scored in a single game against Dunfermline in 1928 is also likely never to be equalled. Insane!
     
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    McGrory is the one player from a distant past I’d love to see proper footage of. Football is a different sport now but he must’ve been one of the best in the world at the time.
     
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    I know what you mean although I get the impression he was a total penalty box predator type. Although, considering how many more goals he may've potentially had if he could take a penalty, lol. Think he only scored like 2 or 3 in his entire career. Some things never change with Celtic, I guess, lol.

    As it happens the one moment of football I wish there was footage of is of Patsy Gallagher's legendary 'sommersault goal' in the 1925 Scottish Cup Final.
     
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    The highest possible positions this season for Forrest is 17th and CalMac 25th
     
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    So do I.
    Had the chance in high school to get picked by Celtic scouts but the guy I replaced came back from injury and got picked. Wasn’t part of the clique so didn’t get picked even though on rare time I was picked I always scored at least a hat trick.
    Closest I ever got to playing professional football was serving in the pie shop when I was 11 at Cumbernauld United.:56:
     
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    Best British goalscorer in 550, 39 goals ahead of Englands top goalscorer Jimmy Greaves who scored 511 career goals.
     
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    1-10
    809 Billy McNeill
    718 Alec McNair
    680 Paul McStay
    675 Roy Aitken
    673 Danny McGrain
    647 Pat Bonner
    619 Scott Brown
    607 Bobby Lennox
    605 Bobby Hogg
    600 Bobby Evans

    11-20
    589 Jimmy McMenemy
    526 Jimmy Johnstone
    522 Patsy Gallacher
    519 Jimmy McStay
    513 Jim Young (1903)
    511 Tommy Burns
    500 Jimmy McGrory
    498 Bobby Murdoch
    497 Alec Thomson
    497 Bertie Peacock

    21-30
    495 James Forrest

    495 Charlie Shaw
    486 Andy McAtee
    480 Peter Grant
    464 Callum McGregor
    456 Adam McLean
    440 Peter Wilson
    434 Tommy Gemmell
    427 Joe Dodds
    426 Stevie Chalmers

    31-40
    424 John Hughes
    405 Murdo McLeod
    405 Tom Boyd
    393 Jimmy Quinn
    390 Willie McStay (1912)
    381 Charlie Geatons
    376 Malcolm MacDonald
    367 Tom McAdam
    361 Peter McGonagle
    360 Willie Loney

    41-50
    355 Jackie McNamara
    351 Charlie Tully
    347 Bobby Collins
    345 Jim Brogan
    344 Jimmy Delaney
    336 John McFarlane
    335 John Clark
    334 Paddy Connolly
    332 Davie Adams
    327 Kenny Dalglish

    51-60
    322 Joe Kennaway
    321 George Paterson
    316 Harry Hood
    315 Henrik Larsson
    310 Willie Fernie
    310 Johnny Crum
    309 Stiliyan Petrov
    307 Johnny Campbell
    305 Willie Miller
    304 Neil Lennon

    61-70
    303 Sandy McMahon
    303 Davie Provan
    300 Davie Hamilton
    298 James Hay
    294 Neil Mochan
    287 Bertie Auld
    285 Peter Latchford
    285 Tommy Callaghan
    284 Davie Hay
    275 Derek Whyte

    71-80
    274 John Collins
    273 Paul Lambert
    273 Mikael Lustig
    273 Tom Rogic
    271 Sean Fallon
    271 Nir Bitton
    271 Emilio Izaguirre
    269 Peter Somers
    264 Frank Murphy
    261 Leigh Griffiths

    81-90
    260 Peter Johnstone
    259 Mike Haughney
    258 Roddy MacDonald
    257 Jim Kennedy
    256 George Connolly
    252 Georgios Samaras
    252 Auden McGeady
    249 Charlie Nicholas
    248 Frank McGarvey
    248 Duncan McKay

    91-100
    244 John Divers(1959)
    242 Craig Gordon
    241 Willie Cringan
    240 John Browning
    239 John McMaster
    239 Willie Wallace
    238 Tommy McInally
    236 Jim Craig
    236 Fraser Forster
    234 Bobo Balde


    Currently Forrest 21st on list with Cal Mac 25th
     
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    Hope jamesy gets 15 more appearances before the end of the year to get into that top 20. Will be some achievement for him. And also look a lot more sensical with his trophy haul! Haha. Can’t remember if it had been posted before, if he’d not had as many niggling injuries I wonder how many appearances he could be on


    Edit: just worked out if he had played 30 games total in each of his seasons he didn’t do 30+ (apart from his debut season) he’d have made 38 more appearances.

    McNeils total appearance record is truly incredible
     
  19. Drakhan Nac Mac Feegle Gold Member

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    Hope Forrest gets 17 more appearances to put him into the position of making 500 Celtic appearances a feat only 17 others have achieved.
     
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    Didn’t make that connection haha! Was too busy looking at your 11-20 list :67: