Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – My Greatest Celtic XI

Fraser Forster

La Gran Muralla is one of the only players (if not the only one) to have signed for Celtic four times. His performance against Barcelona on 7 November 2012 remains the greatest goalkeeping performance I have ever seen and he has been an integral part of the club’s success this season. Forster also holds the Scottish record of 1,256 minutes without conceding a goal.

Jackie McNamara

The song about him is one of the distinctive memories of my childhood. He was a fantastic servant to the club and was always reliable in big matches.

Mikael Lustig

As I didn’t play him at full-back, it was only right that the big Swede made his way into my side. Another great servant to the club that produced some wonderful moments during his time with Celtic. My own personal favourite being his tremendous solo effort at Ibrox to make it 5-1.

Virgil Van Dijk

The guy was a Rolls Royce defender and absolutely oozed class. He has proven how good a player he is with what he has gone on to achieve with Liverpool.

Kieran Tierney

Everyone at the club was disappointed with the way in which he departed. He was a great young talent who was an integral part of Celtic’s Treble Treble success.

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Scott Brown

I think for anyone my age, Scott Brown has been the Legend of our time. There is no doubt that he is Celtic’s greatest captain after Billy McNeill with what he has achieved in the game. At the current age of 34, he looks as though he still has a lot left in the tank.

Neil Lennon

The current manager was a key player under both Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan. A proven winner who has certainly shown his worth as a manager this season.

Callum McGregor

A player I have watched since breaking into the first-team. A player who is always consistent and who gives so much when he plays.

Shunsuke Nakamura

A luxury player who always produced the goods in big games. Naka scored in my first away game against St Mirren in 2008. With the clock ticking down, it looked as though it was finishing as a stalemate at Love Street. He lined up a free-kick from 25 yards and found the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Odsonne Edouard

An incredible talent who has thrived under the management of Neil Lennon. He has scored some clinical goals during his time at the club with my personal highlights being the winner in the 3-2 game at Ibrox and his brace in the 2019 Scottish Cup Final against Hearts. He has had an incredible season and is a player I really hope that we can keep a hold of.

Henrik Larsson

I found out a couple of weeks ago that my first Celtic game was against Hearts on Saturday 10 May 2003, meaning that I did get to see the King of Kings. An outstanding world class talent who achieved everything in the game.

Declan McConville

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