Who’s that leading out the ‘Gers?
Stories are ten-a-penny about Celtic’s iconic Irish star of the 1950s, “Cheeky” Charlie Tully. Surely one of the most surprising, though, is that of the night the ‘bould’ Charles Patrick CAPTAINED a Rangers select as a guest in a friendly to mark the hanseling of a new floodlighting installation by Inverness Caledonian.
It’s debatable whether the invitation was intended as an honour, or as revenge for the many roastings Charlie had given the Ibrox outfit. Certainly the roguish Bhoyo must have felt distinctly uncomfortable decked out in lurid red, white and blue for the occasion … and many’s a ribbing he suffered for it afterwards.
Charlie’s light shone all to briefly at Celtic Park. While it did, though, it lit up a stop-start era of the club’s history that so often flattered to deceive, with many great players, a few truly delicious triumphs but ultimately an overwhelming sense of under-achievement.
Mind you, it gifted us Jock Stein and heralded the most glorious era of all for Celtic.