Pat McCluskey Death – Dead: Scottish retired footballer who spent most of his career in the Scottish League, except for part of one season in Ireland and one season in the United States, Pat McCluskey has passed away. Pat McCluskey was reported to have died today August 24 2020. His cause of death or what led to his demise is not yet known as at the time of filing this report. He died at the age of 68.
Tributes Floods Twitter
Very sad news, former Celtic player Pat McCluskey has died. A true stalwart in the great Celtic team of the early-to-mid 1970s that featured some stars like Dalglish, Connolly, Hay and McGrain.
— 3rdFrame (@The3rdFrame) August 24, 2020
My only memory of Pat McCluskey play was for Dumbarton at Boghead. He hit a penalty Dixie style not only over the bar at the Wee End, but over the roof too! RIP.
— MASH69 (@MASHTRON) August 24, 2020
Just heard the sad news about former Celt Pat McCluskey passing away, not many of the younger generation of fans will know of him but he played his part in our 1st 9 in a row and also scoring in 1975 cup final.
Condolences to his family and friends.
— James Doc Docherty (@Doc6667) August 24, 2020
Pat McCluskey was found dead today..RIP PAT
— John Kelly (@JohnKel32601062) August 24, 2020
RIP Pat McCluskey pic.twitter.com/RrPyWgxQQM
— MerrySloughBhoy (@terry_finnigan) August 24, 2020
RIP Pat McCluskey🍀🙏
Celtic Player from 1970-1977
Playing a total of 115 games for the club💚
13/04/1952 ➡️ 24/08/2020 | YNWA pic.twitter.com/spiClFd0BB
— Glasgow Celtic Champions (@GlasgowCelticC3) August 24, 2020
Sad news about Pat McCluskey. I saw him score a penalty in my first ever Celtic match (programme below) pic.twitter.com/g3740Xwd1T
— Jimbo (@Jimkingofkings) August 24, 2020
Sad news about Pat McCluskey. Was too young to remember seeing him play for us. Do remember seeing him at the Celtic Graves Commemoration for Andy McAtee a few years ago paying his respect to a fellow local Celt. Obviously a good Celtic man. pic.twitter.com/Rc0dH3xdqq
— Johnny Browning (@discolite71) August 24, 2020
Few Things You Need To Know About Pat McCluskey
Pat McCluskey began his professional football career in 1970 after signing with Celtic. However, he went on loan that first season to Sligo Rovers in Ireland.
When he returned to Scotland, he soon became a fixture in the Celtic first team, garnering 195 appearances in all competitions (12 goals), winning six domestic honours – the Scottish League title in 1972–73, 1973–74 and 1974–75, the Scottish Cup in 1973–74 and 1974–75, and the Scottish League Cup in 1974–75 – and playing in two European Cup semi-finals (1972 and 1974), but fell out of the team after the emergence of Roy Aitken and the signing of Pat Stanton, moving to second-tier Dumbarton in 1977 for £15,000, where he spent three seasons.
In 1980, he transferred to Airdrieonians for two seasons. In the autumn of 1982, he signed with the Pittsburgh Spirit of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He spent only one season in the United States before returning to Scotland where he finished his career with Queen of the South.
He is not related to forward George McCluskey who played at Celtic in the same era.
In December 1972 he displayed his talent to the full by scoring a terrific hat trick from midfield against Dumbarton at Boghead. In Madrid in 1974 he had played a heroic role in defence as Celtic held out against Atletico Madrid against all the odds until late in the match, in yet another European Cup semi final. And in 1975 he had his most memorable moment as a Celt when he scored the clinching goal from a penalty when Celtic beat Airdrie 3-1 in the Scottish Cup final.
Pat was embroiled in controversy in 1975 when he was named as one of the ‘Copenhagen five.’ These were five Scottish players, Pat, Billy Bremner, Arthur Graham, Willie Young and Joe Harper, who were all alleged to have been involved in a serious incident in a Copenhagen night club after appearing for Scotland against Denmark. All five were given a life time ban by the SFA, which was later rescinded, but only Harper and Graham ever played for Scotland again.
Pat was a mainstay for Celtic caretaker manager Sean Fallon in the 1975-76 season when Jock Stein was in hospital after a serious car crash. Celtic carried some serious bad luck that season and finished without a trophy with the defence taking the brunt of the criticism. After Stein returned in the summer of 1976 he signed the experienced Pat Stanton from Hibs. This was an inspired move and with Stanton taking up a new defensive role, Celtic won the league and cup double with some style. Unfortunately for Pat McCluskey, he was the player to give way to Stanton and his chances became limited, although he was still a regular member of the first team squad.
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