I’m going to keep this simple. I reckon the squad needs five or six specialist goalscorers; and in my humble opinion, three walk in unopposed, as iconic figures in the history of our great club.
Predictably, the “Big Three” are Jimmy Quinn, leader of the line for Willie Maley’s Edwardian Six-in-a-Row squad and Celtic’s first real superstar; his eventual natural heir to the Number 9 centre forward shirt and the accompanying fan idolatry – the club’s all-time record scorer, Jimmy McGrory; and the inimitable Henrik Larsson, latter-day “King of Kings”, who, in the eyes of many, seriously rivals the great “Jinky” as Celtic’s greatest-ever player.
Beyond that exalted trio, you can debate till the cows come home the relative merits of the likes of McMahon, Cassidy, McInally (Tommy, that is), Crum, the McPhails, Lennox, Chalmers, McBride, Hughes, Wallace, Dziekanowski, Deans, Hood, Dalglish, Nicholas, McGarvie, McAvennie, Cadete, van Hooijdonk, Sutton, Hartson and a host of others who do not come so readily to mind.
To make up our front six, I’m opting for the jet propelled and prolific Bobby Lennox (second only to McGrory in the Celtic goalscoring stakes); the enigmatic, contentious Kenny Dalglish, who gallingly devoted his greatest years to Liverpool; and the remarkable but ill-fated Joe McBride, who would surely have shattered every imaginable single-season scoring record had he not been injured out of the epic 1966/67 campaign before Christmas.
So here it is, then – the 25thMay1967 all-time Celtic striker line-up:
Jimmy Quinn … Jimmy McGrory … Bobby Lennox … Joe McBride … Kenny Dalglish … Henrik Larsson
Tell you what – there’s goals in that lot!