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celtic will to win book

The Celtic Story: The Will To Win by Patrick, Tommy and Allan Canning; Mainstream Publishing; 256 pages illustrated throughout; £14.99 paperback

Not so much a review as a plug for this update of the 1988 comic book centenary history by the same authors.

The three Canning brothers have written and illustrated this book to commemorate the 120 year history of the club.

It is a visually stunning full-length comic book story of Celtic Football Club, in which Tommy Canning conveys through his superb illustrations the rich history of Celtic from its founding and early years through to the present day.

The landmark moments in the club’s history are proudly recounted, including Brother Walfrid’s efforts to start a football team to help the poor, the lifting of the European Cup, the winning of nine league titles in a row under Jock Stein and the road to the UEFA Cup final in Seville in 2003.

The Celtic Story also brings to life many of the club’s past greats - players such as Jimmy Quinn, Patsy Gallacher, John Thomson, Jimmy McGrory, Charlie Tully, Jock Stein and the Lisbon Lions - and celebrates current heroes, including Aiden McGeady, Shunsuke Nakamura, Artur Boruc and Stephen McManus.

Patrick, a lifelong Celtic supporter since his father took him to Celtic Park for a European tie in1966 wrote the text.

He said: “It features player and manager profiles with Gordon Strachan as current manager.

“The book brings to life past players that young supporters have perhaps heard of but never seen.

“The book also illustrates matches and star players like Jimmy Quinn from the early 1900s, Patsy Gallacher 1920s, and John Thomson, the goalkeeper killed during an Old Firm match.

“The book goes right through the decades and includes Jimmy Johnstone from the 1960s and 1970s as part of the Lisbon Lions team, and information on players like Kenny Dalglish and Henrik Larsson, as well as a Tommy Burns’ profile and a memorial, all written within the context of the ongoing story of the football team.”

Patrick added: “It is written for anyone interested in Celtic or on the history of football, the changes in trends and football culture and fashion.”

Tommy and Patrick also painted the portrait of Jock Stein that hangs in the Jock Stein Lounge at Celtic Park.

It’s better than the Oor Wullie book for the youngster’s stocking.