Joe McBride -- who scored 86 goals in 94 games for his childhood heroes -- hits a volley for Celtic against Dundee in August 1965. Picture: Herald & Times
The coaching and the exhortations of a famous manager were secondary. He was blessed with square shoulders and a squat, powerful trunk, which even on the most cursory examination suggested he was specially made for that frenzied area, the six-yard box. A young bullock, full of running and graced with finesse. That is what comes to mind. Indeed, he seemed to have been formed from the same DNA of a famous predecessor, Jimmy McGrory. I never saw McGrory play, but when I met him as Celtic's manager, in his habitually avuncular manner, pipe in mouth and never other than courteous, you could nevertheless sense why this burly figure was one of the great predators of his age. There are things you can't disguise.
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