Brian's bunnet salute to Fergus

THE bunnet dunnit - and last night former Celtic chairman Brian Quinn lavished praise on the legacy of Fergus McCann.

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Former chairman Brian Quinn donned a Fergus McCann-type bunnet to address the Celtic fans on Saturday
Former chairman Brian Quinn donned a Fergus McCann-type bunnet to address the Celtic fans on Saturday

The Parkhead club is celebrating the 20th anniversary of McCann's 11th-hour rescue which saved Celtic from financial meltdown.

And last night it was revealed the Scottish-born Canadian and lifelong fan will be back at Celtic Park next season - to unfurl the SPFL Premier League flag.

In an address to the Celtic fans on Saturday before the game with Inverness, Quinn paid his own idiosyncratic tribute to McCann - by adopting a trademark flat cap.

Quinn jumped at the chance to join the revolution when he became a non-executive Director and vice-chairman of the plc board in March of 1996. He later became chairman. He said: "It's difficult to exaggerate the impact that Fergus had. He transformed the club from one that was behind the game to a club that was up for the game and looking ahead all the time."

He continued: "Among all the achievements that Fergus brought to Celtic, I'd say that possibly the biggest was the share issue.

"The share issue gave the supporters the chance to be a tangible part of the club and the ground was built by the supporters so they felt like this was their stadium.

"The club is now one of the best-run clubs in in Europe. It's efficient, properly managed financially, it's got a forward plan that looks beyond the current season ahead and it has a long-term view as to where the club wants to go."


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