Celtic's Lost Legend
Twenty-nineteen marks the 70th birthday of ‘Celtic’s Lost Legend’, George Connelly, a player hailed as the greatest Scottish footballing talent of his generation. He made 254 appearances for Celtic and played in the Scotland team that qualified for the 1974 World Cup Finals but at the age of just twenty-six he walked away from football and a glittering career.
So what went wrong?
In Celtic’s Lost Legend, George Connelly tells the incredible true story of his life and career. He had a rare talent, could pass long or short with unerring accuracy, could entertain crowds with his keepie-uppie skills and seemed to have the world at his feet. But with a troubled private life and the pressures of stardom weighing on his shoulders, the man behind the laidback exterior was starting to fall apart.
George Connelly tells the incredible story of why he walked away from his dreams and from the team he loved and finally answers the question that has intigued football fans for forty years: Whatever became of George Connelly?
Published: 6th June 2019
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 312 pages
George Connelly made 254 appearances for Celtic between 1968 and 1975. He was a Scotland international and hailed as the greatest Scottish talent of his generation. He walked away from football at the age of 26 and has never told his story until now.
'Connelly's candid story makes a fascinating read, not just for Celtic fans but for all those who recall the skills of a player Stein dubbed 'The Scottish Franz Beckenbauer'
– BBC Sport Scotland
'What happened to destroy George Connelly's glittering career with Celtic has been an enduring source of mystery for the clubs supporters.'
– The Daily Record