Houghton speaks of love for Celtic

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Ray Houghton spoke of his love for Glasgow Celtic when growing up as a youngster in Glasgow. Houghton who made a name for himself at Liverpool grew up watching the team affectionately known as the ‘Lisbon Lions’.

Houghton was speaking to Deniese O’Flaherty on the new Sports Talk podcast. He said: 

“I grew up around the ‘67 European Cup win. I remember going to where Jock Stein’s lived after the game. Even though he was in Lisbon picking up the cup. But there was thousands of fans all around. It was remarkable watching it in black and white and seeing what the boys did. It was brilliant.”

Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967. It was a remarkable achievement for the club. Houghton was delighted to see those players in action: 

“Going to Celtic Park and getting lifted over the turnstiles because back then as kids you didn’t pay, you got lifted over. It was great and watching them. You had Billy McNeill, Danny McGrain, Jinky (Jimmy Johnstone), Bertie Auld. There were so many players there. Stevie Chalmers. When you think, to win the trophy that they did with all them ‘home grown’ players and playing like we did.”


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