Bless you Jimmy Johnstone

Jimmy Jonhstone – Jinky the greatest ever Celt!Â

Legendary Celtic player Jimmy Johnstone has died at the age of 61 after a long battle with Motor Neurone Disease. The green wrist-bands that you may have bought from the official club shop “JINKY GREATEST EVER CELT” was a charitible fundraising initiative with proceeds going to Jimmy’s research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Jimmy will always be known as the greatest player to ever wear a hoops shirt. He was born in September the 30th 1944 in the Bothwell district (Viewpark, Lanarkshire), famous for the Battle of Bothwell Bridge – seeing off the English, go on! It seemed like football was made for the wee man. It was designed for him, he was a genius the “Lord of the Wing” indeed.

He had many nicknames, the “Flying Flea”, “Wee Jinky” and I don’t know to me he was a Ghod. A true Celtic Bhoy. He terrified all defenders wherever he played, just ask Terry Cooper when Jinky destroyed him in the 1970 European Cup Semi-Final 🙂

Celtic players will all wear the number seven on their shorts in Sunday’s CIS Cup final as a tribute to club legend Jimmy Johnstone and there will also be a minute’s applause ahead of the final against Dunfermline at Hampden Park.

My mate Chris sent me a picture taken of some of the tributes that have been left for hm outside Parkhead. I wish I could have left a Jimmy Johnstone tribute shirt or something but I bought the Jink wristband from the official Celtic store so I feel like I did a very small something.

Tribute to Jinky outside Parkhead

For more information about Jimmy “Jinky” Johnstone see his website.

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