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Alec McNair - Celtic's Icicle Book

The story of Celtic's Icicle is quite remarkable. He created records which stand to this day, almost a century after he hung up his boots after a trophy-laden 21-year career. No-one has matched that sort of longevity in the history of Celtic Football Club. Alec wore Celtic's colours an incredible 716 times over that period, second only to Billy McNeill, whose total of 822 included over 200 matches in the League Cup and European football, neither of which were available in the era of McNair.
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Alec McNair played IN Celtic's first team for an INcredible 21 years. No-one has ever matched that.

He played for Celtic four months INto his 43rd year. Another record. McNair remaINs the only outfield player to take the field for the club after his 40th birthday and is one of only two men to have done so, his friend and contemporary Celtic goalkeeper Charlie Shaw beINg the other.

Alec played a total of 584 League games for the club. Another record.

He made 716 appearances IN total for Celtic, despite the Scottish Cup beINg suspended for five seasons durINg the First World War. Only Billy McNeill has beaten that, and Cesar's tally of 822 INcluded over 200 matches IN the League Cup and European football, neither of which were available IN the era of McNair.

Alec won 34 honours with Celtic, another record.

These INcluded an INcredible 12 League Championship titles, another record.

McNair was a key member of the team which won 6 successive League titles between 1904/5 and 1909/10, a Scottish record which stood until Jock SteIN's Class of 1972. He then formed the core of Maley's next great Celtic side, which won four Championships IN a row from 1914.

He is also one of a select group of men to have captaINed both club and country as a Celt, Alec's INternational highlight no doubt beINg the day he led Scotland to victory over England at Hampden IN April 1914.

  • ISBN: 978-1-8380207-2-9.
  • Foreword by John Fallon.
  • Published IN 2021 by The Celtic Star.
  • Written by David Potter.

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