September 3, 2014 News

Paul McStay’s Maestro team sheet

Name: Mark Burchill

Age: 34-year-old

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Current occupation: Pro football player and assistant manager for Livingston

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Former Clubs: Celtic (1998-2001), Portsmouth (2001-2005), Rotherham United (2004), Heart of Midlothian (2005), Dunfermline Athletic (2005-2008), Rotherham United (2008-2008), Kilmarnock (2009-2010), Enosis Neon (2010-2012), Esan United (2012-2013) & Livingston (2013-).

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Biography: Burchill was born in Broxburn and grew up in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland. He attended St Mary’s Academy, Bathgate followed by St. Margaret’s Academy, Livingston, where his footballing ability became apparent.

Burchill began his career at Scottish club Celtic for the 1997–98 season. In his first three seasons with the club he scored 20 Scottish Premier League goals in only 17 starts, with 33 appearances as a substitute.

Maestrio facts: In 2000 Mark Burchill nets fastest hat-trick in Celtic history as the Hoops defeat Jeunesse 7-0.

Follow him here: @Burchyboy27

Name: Ross McCall

Age: 38-year-old

Current occupation: Actor and producer

Former Clubs:Ross McColl is a man who carries his love of Celtic wherever he travels. The actor has earned a reputation as a Celtic fan on a mission to turn Hollywood green and white, having convinced some of Tinseltown’s best and brightest of the merits of the Bhoys.

Biography: Born in Port Glasgow, McCall’s early acting education took him to London followed by a move to Los Angeles. And, like so many other Celtic supporters on the other side of the pond, his passion for the Hoops has only increased in exile.

Ross is mostly known for his roles as known for Green Street (2005), Alpha Males Experiment (2009) and Autopsy(2008) and Freddie Mercury, been shot at as Private Joseph Liebgott in Band of Brothers and helped track down some international terrorists alongside Kiefer Sutherland’s alter-ego Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day,

Maestrio facts:“McStay was just one of those players who really came to the fore when I was starting to really appreciate and get into Celtic. We’re lucky as Celtic supporters that we have been blessed with so many idols over the years but there is a select few, a smaller group who are elites and Paul McStay is one of them.

Follow him here: @maccageezer

Name:Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

Age: 35-year-old

Position: Striker

Current occupation: Retired footballer

Former Clubs: Twente (1996-2001), PSV (2001-2006), Celtic (2006-2009), Hull City (2009-2010), Rapid Wien (2010-2011) & PSV (2011-2012)

He scored three goals for Netherlands and made 17 appearances from 2000-2009

Biography: Dutch striker Vennegoor of Hesselink came to Celtic after he was signed by former manager Gordon Strachan in 2006 and quickly became memorable for the fans through his important goals.

He also scored against Manchester United in a UEFA Champions League ‘Battle of Britain’ tie in 2006 – the year Celtic reached the knockout stages of the competition for the first time.

While Jan was playing at Celtic they won the Scottish Premier League ’07 & ’08 and the Scottish cup in ’07.

In 2012, Vennegoor of Hesselink announced his retirement from professional football.

Vennegoor of Hesselink has two children with his wife Laura.

Maestrio facts: Fans will now get a chance to see Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink back in action at Celtic Park for the charity match next nonth.

Paul McStay’s Maestros take on Rio Ferdinand’s All-Stars in the MAESTRIO match, sponsored by Flip and Magners, at Celtic Park on Sunday, September 7 and tickets are on sale now – maximum of 10 per person – priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Follow him here:@JanVofH

Name: Lubo Moravcik (Ľubomír Moravčík)

Age: 49-year-old

Position: Midfielder

Current occupation: Football manager for Zlate Moravce

Former Clubs: Nitra (1983-1990), Saint-Etienne (1990-1996), Bastia (1996-1998) & Celtic (1998-2002)

Lubo played for the Czechoslovakia national team (1987-1993), before he capped 38 times for Slovakia (1994-2000)

Biography: The 49-year-old was born in Nitra, Slovakia, were he also started his amazing football career. Lubo was known through his career for being equally lethal with left and right foot and he was a special player, one whose technical ability was exceeded only by his intelligence.

The Slovakian wizard was a joy to watch and the memory of his performances will live long in the minds of the Celtic support.

The wonderfully gifted footballer was in the veteran stage of his career (33-year-old) when he was brought to Celtic Park in November 1998 by then boss Josef Venglos.

Lubo’s first two goals for Celtic was when he scored twice and inspired his new club to a 5-1 thrashing of old rivals Rangers at Parkhead, which turned out to be a memorable victory in the midst of a very poor season.

He stayed at Celtic Park for a total of four seasons, winning two SPL championships, one Scottish Cup and two Scottish League Cups

Lubo was a member of the Czechoslovak team at Italia 90, where he was sent off against Germany in the quarter-final in Milan.

Maestrio facts: The Celtic legend will manage a team of former Hoops players, who will go head-to-head against an all-star cast assembled by Manchester United and England great Rio Ferdinand.

“I’m always happy to come back to Celtic Park because it’s a great place and I have a lot of good memories of it,” Lubo told the official Celtic website.

Name: James McAvoy (Jamesy Boy, Jimmy, Floyd)

Age: 35-year-old

Current occupation: Actor since 1995

Biography: McAvoy who is raised in Drumchapel, Glasgow, by his grandparents, went to St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill, Glasgow.

He was born as a Celtic fan and he has previously said that playing at Celtic Park would be a dream come true.

The 35-year-old married Anne-Marie Duff in 2006 and in 2010 their son was born.

McAvoy liked the idea of becoming a Catholic priesthood when he was younger, but instead he came to the British public attention in 2004 when playing Steve McBride in the successful UK TV series Shameless.

He is also remarkable for playing Charles Xavier (Professor X) in the 2011 superhero film X-Men.

Chosen as one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.

Maestrio facts: “We come from a really generous city,” Said McAvoy. “It will be nice to come back to Glasgow, to the team that I support, and in a sport dominated by money, to see that Celtic are looking out for other people.”

“We started as a charity and the fact that Celtic have managed to remain connected to those initial roots and the genesis of the club is amazing.

“It will be fantastic,” he told the official Celtic website. “Even if I only get on for five minutes, it’s just an absolute honour to be invited.

Name: Simon Donnelly

Age: 39-year-old

Position: Midfielder

Current occupation: He has since 2013 worked as the assistant manager of Dundee United

Former Clubs: Celtic (1993-1999), Sheffield Wednesday (1999-2003), St. Johnstone (2003-2004), Dunfermline Athletic (2004-2006), Partick Thistle (2006-2013)

Simon played 10 matches for Scotland’s national team in 1997-1998

Biography: Simon is currently assisting fellow former Hoops favourite Jackie McNamara at Dundee United, and Simon explains how he got the job:  “Jackie’s first job in management was on an interim basis at Partick Thistle. As soon as he got it he phoned and asked me to be his No.2. He also told me I had to hang up my boots.

“I wanted to keep playing but was getting towards the end of my career and knew this was an opportunity to stay involved in football. I had to look at the bigger picture.

“Basically Jackie retired me but hopefully I can have 10 or 15 or 20 years now in this side of the business.”

Maestrio facts: In recent years, Donnelly has starred in similar fundraising events in Paradise, including tributes matches in memory of Phil O’Donnell and Tommy Burns.

Celtic spoke to Simon who said about the great Maestro: “After moving to Australia, we haven’t seen as much of him over the years so it’s great on these occasions to meet up with him again.

“For the guys like myself who have hung the boots up and want to go and play, if the crowd are there it just makes it all the more special.” Said Simon.

Name: Francis McAvennie

Macca or Frank

Age: 54-year-old

Position: Striker

Former Clubs: St. Mirren (1980-1985), West Ham (1985-1987), Celtic (1987-1989), West Ham (1989-1992), Celtic (1992-1994), St. Mirren (1994-1995)

Frank played five matched for Scotland in 1985-1988

Biography: Born in Glasgow, Scotland, McAvennie grew up in Milton. Striker Frank McAvennie was unquestionably one of the most popular and colourful “characters” to pull on the Hoops in the 80s.
With his bleached blonde hair, designer clothes, ‘Page 3’ glamour model wife, yet for all his off-field antics the man known to Celtic fans as ‘Macca’ will always be fondly remembered by the Bhoys support as a wonderful and blessed footballer. 

Maestrio facts:“I see Paul when he comes to the games and it’s great to see him. We have a great relationship and it’s a brilliant event that he’s organising here.

“Celtic do a lot of charity work but to get a name like Paul McStay to run one is fantastic and I also don’t think the fans got a chance to say goodbye to Paul properly so it will be great for them to come out for the charity but also for Paul.

He was one of the greatest players for our club. He was a Celtic man who stayed with the club and being a Celtic supporter, if I wasn’t playing, I would have come to the game anyway.” Told Frank Celtic.

Follow him here: @MaccaFrank

Name: Raymond McStay

Age: 44-year-old

Position: Midfielder

Current occupation: McStay is the UK commercial director of Maestro Sports

Former Clubs: Celtic (1987-1995), Hamilton Academical (1995-1996), Cardiff City (1996-1997)

Biography: He was born to be a Celtic fan as his two brother are Celtic players Willie and Paul McStay, the captain on the Maestro team and their Great Uncles, Willie and Jimmy McStay, also played for Celtic. Although all three McStay brothers have been on the club’s books, there could be a first on the cards come the MAESTRIO match.

He is, together with his two brothers, running Maestro Sports. An Academy & Grassroots football coaches to manage and develop players and team performances founded by his brother Paul McStay.

Follow him here: @raymondmcstay

Name: Willie McStay

Age: 52-year-old

Position: Defender

Former Clubs: Celtic (1981-1987), Notts County (1987-1990), Kilmanock (1990-1992), Sligo Rovers (1992-1994).

Biography: Born in Hamilton, Scotland.

He was born to be a Celtic fan as his two older brothers are former Celtic players Raymond and Paul McStay, the captain on the Maestro team and their Great Uncles, Willie and Jimmy McStay, also played for Celtic. Although all three McStay brothers have been on the club’s books, there could be a first on the cards come the MAESTRIO match.

Maestrio facts: Will told Celtic; “When you think of the players who will be there, it’s amazing and I loved meeting the players at the earlier charity games.

“Not just the players, but the top comedians and film stars and these are brilliant, brilliant days with carnival atmospheres.”

Name: Tom Boyd MBE

Age: 48-year-old

Position: Defender, Full-back and Central Defender

Current occupation: He retired in 2003, but has remained an integral part of Celtic Football Club

Former Clubs: Motherwell (1983-1991), Chelsea (1991-1992) and Celtic (1992-2003). He played for the Scottish national team from 1990-2001 scoring one goal in 72 games

Biography: Tom grew up in Glasgow, his only ever wish was to play football for Celtic. Tom is the fifth most capped player for Scotland with 72 caps.

Maestrio facts: Boyd played alongside McStay for five years and took over the captaincy from the midfielder following his departure from the club. He has also participated in several charity events such as the Tommy Burns Tribute match and climbing Ben Nevis.

“It’ll be a challenging time to get myself fit. I played in the Stan Petrov match and I’ve had a couple of 11-a-side matches recently. I’m almost 50 now so it’s important to stay away from injuries.

“The success of the day will be determined by the fans turning out but we know they will. They are easily, by far, the best supporters in the world for giving to charities.

“I know what they have done down the years in so many different ways and to have so many people at Stan’s match was an outstanding response and we hope they can continue to give the great support that they do.”

Name: Jonathan Gould

Age: 45-year-old

Position: Goalkeeper

Current occupation: Goalkeeper coach for the A-League side; Wellington Phoenix.

Former Clubs: Clevedon Town (1989-1990), Halifax Town (1990-1992), Coventry City (1992-1996), Bradford City (1996-1997), Celtic (1997-2003), Preston North End (2003-2005), Hawke’s Bay United (2005-2007)

He appeared in two games for Scotland’s national team.

Biography: Jonathan was born in England, but because of his grandparents, he played for Scotland. His dad is the former Wales manager; Bobby Gould.

He is now based in Wellington, New Zealand, where he has been coaching in the A-league for more than six years.

Even though Jonathan lives on the other side of the planet he still supports Celtic, like the rest of his family, Matthew, his son has always been an avid Celtic supporter and his daughter wears the Celtic onesie that she had bought two years ago.

Maestrio facts: Living in New Zealand means if he travelled any further he would be on his way back here but the one-time Hoops No.1 didn’t have to think twice when asked to travel halfway around the world for the MAESTRIO match and the chance to raise funds for a number of worthy causes

“Some of us are very, very lucky to have had these opportunities so to be able to provide a path for someone that has a talent, such as Rio’s charity and the Celtic FC Foundation do, is fantastic.” Said Jonathan to Celtic.

What about his fitness for the big day asked Celtic? He laughed:  “I’m not too bad – since I’ve confirmed that I’m coming over for the game I’ve started eating soup!”

Follow him here: @jonathangould68


Name: Tosh McKinlay (Thomas Valley McKinlay)

Age: 49-year-old

Position: Left-back/defence

Current occupation: He works as an agent for Celtic Media.

Former Clubs: Dundee (1981-1988), Heart of Midlothian (1988-1994), Celtic (1994-1999), Grasshopper Club Zurich (1999-2000) and Kilmarnock (2000)

He played for Scotland’s national team from 1995-1998

Biography:  Tosh was born in Glasgow and he supported Celtic from childhood, as his father was a lifelong Celtic supporter.

Tosh lives with his wife Yvonne, who he has two children with; daughter Nicole and son Conran.

Maestrio facts: McKinlay played left wing and was a regular goal scorer with a deadly left foot shot.

“I’d been told about fans who were physically sick for days afterwards if their team lost the Old Firm game. And Paul McStay, my captain, said the same thing every time our team bus approached Ibrox. ‘Whatever happens, we don’t lose here,’ he told Celtic.

“I think they used to say there are no friendlies at Celtic, especially when you’re out on that pitch wearing the green and white hoops, and you want to win,” he added.

“The main thing you want to do is make sure you don’t embarrass yourself,” he joked. “Hopefully on the day the people will be turning up for the charity and hopefully to see Celtic score a few goals.”

Name: Stiliyan Petrov

Age: 34-year-old

Position: Midfielder

Current occupation: Working for his charity the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation.

Former Clubs: CSKA Sofia (1996-1999), Celtic (1999-2006) and Aston Villa (2006-2013) together with playing 106 matches for the Bulgaria national team (1998-2012)

Biography: Born in Montana, Bulgaria, Petrov started to play football for a local team, before he joined CSKA.

Petrov had a very hard time starting with Celtic, as he was homesick and lonely at the start, and could not speak English, eventually, he improved his English by working in a friend’s burger van.

In 2012 the doctors announced that the active football player had leukaemia and it forced him to retire from his active career, he later on signed a contract to become the assistant coach of the Aston Villa Under-21 squad, working alongside another former Villa player, Gordon Cowans.

Stiliyan is married to his wife Paulina and they have 2 sons, Kristiyan and Stiliyan Jr. After he announced his retirement from football his family joined him on the Villa Park pitch to applaud the Villa fans who supported him during his illness.

Maestrio facts: Last September he took centre-stage on an emotional day at Celtic Park, with the #19 Legends’ charity game which raised money for Celtic FC Foundation and Stiliyan’s own foundation.

Petrov’s battle with leukaemia has inspired people in and out of football, and he created his own Foundationc which supports leukaemia sufferers and their families.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back and being part of this game and I’m also looking forward to seeing all the players who’re going to be playing for Celtic and for Rio Ferdinand’s All-Stars.

“I’m sure the stadium will be full again for the Maestrio match because when it’s for charity the Celtic fans will be there – they always fill the stadium.”

Follow him here:@StanPetrov19

Name: Jackie McNamara

Age: 40-year-old

Position: Defensive midfielder/right back

Current occupation: Jackie currently manages Dundee United

Former Clubs: Celtic (1995-2005), Wolverhampton (2005-2007), Aberdeen (2008-2008), Falkirt (2008-2010), Partick Thistle (2010-2011)

Scotland’s national team (1996-2005)

Biography: His dad is the of former Celtic and Hibernian player Jackie McNamara, Sr.

Jackie grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland and played his first game for his country at the age of 23.

Private he lives with his wife Samantha and their three children; Evie, Erin and Sidney.

Maestrio facts: McNamara, who played 359 times for Celtic in a successful 10-year period at the club, played in the Stiliyan Petrov Charity Match last year, the Celtic great is looking forward to the experience again.

“Fans will go along and enjoy the day.”

He was also lucky, in his early days at Celtic, to play alongside Paul McStay, and doing so only confirmed what he’d already known from watching the player as a supporter and an opponent.

“I remember watching him (Paul) as a kid but it’s not until you actually train and play with him that you realise how influential he could be in a game. He was a fantastic player and captain for Celtic.”

Name: Peter Grant 

Age: 48-year-old

Position: Midfielder 

Current occupation: Football coach

Former Clubs: Celtic (1982–1997), Norwich City (1997–1999), Reading (1999–2000) and Bournemouth (2000–2002)

Biography:  Peter made 478 appearances for the club, scoring 19 goals in a 15-year career at Celtic. He is a lifelong Celtic fan, winning League and Scottish Cup medals plus two Scotland caps.

Bellshill born Peter was awarded a testimonial match against Bayern Munich by Celtic in 1997 during his 15 years at Celtic he was team mates with Maestro captain: Paul McStay.

“Playing alongside Paul for the amount of years I did, through good times and hard times, throughout it all we had a pride in pulling on the Hoops every week. 

Peter is right now in-between jobs but has started to make a big name on the manager market.

Maestrio facts: He quickly became a cult hero among Celtic fans, with his never say die attitude, and most of all his love of the club. He was a key figure in many memorable league campaigns, such as the 1986 League Championship which Celtic won in spectacular style in the last game of the season.

“It’s phenomenal that there will be 60,000 fans at the game, but I’m not surprised,” he said. “The supporters are Celtic Football Club, I’ve always said that.”

Name: Harald Brattbakk

Age: 43-year-old

Position: Striker

Current occupation: Previously professional football player but now a pilot

Former Clubs: Bodø/Glimt (1992-1994), Celtic (1997 – 2000), F.C. Copenhagen (2000-2001) and Rosenborg BK (1990–91, 1994–97 and 2001–06)

Biography: The Norwegian played 17 games for his country before he retired in 2006 and he is now a father to three kids. He stated that he wanted to become a pilot and he worked a few years for the Norwegian coast guard as a helicopter pilot, before he started to work for Norwegian Air Shuttle in 2010.

“Being able to see the sunrise – getting up above the clouds – is always something special. Also, I can be flying anywhere across Europe really but I’m based in Trondheim and flying back here takes me over my old stadium with Rosenborg, which is always nice. I really can’t complain.”

Maestrio facts: At Celtic Brattbakk enjoyed some success with the club — including hitting the clinching goal against St Johnstone to help them win the SPL title on the final day of the 1997–1998 season, and scoring all four goals in a 4–0 win over Kilmarnock that same year.

“I think the most important thing is to show everyone around the club, the supporters, and even people who don’t support the club or those who are not football fans that this is something we are going to go through with, especially with the history of Celtic.

Name: Paul McStay OBE

Age: 49-year-old

Position: Midfielder

Current occupation: Owner of the design consultancy; Midgibte

Former Clubs: McStay spent his entire career (1981 – 1997) with Scottish team Celtic F.C signing his first contract at the age of 16.

Biography: He moved to live in Sydney, Australia with his wife Anne Marie and their six children in 2010.

Maestrio facts:  He captained both Scotland and Celtic at all age levels. He was capped 76 times for his country and scored nine goals. He helped Celtic win three league titles, the last one in 1988 and remains a popular figure amongst Celtic’s fans

Will be leading and captain the Paul McStay’s maestro team.

Paul McStay said: “Although I am now based in Australia, my heart will always belong in the East End of Glasgow.  It was a privilege to play for and captain the Club I have supported all my life and the pride I felt all those years ago will forever remain. 

“The Celtic fans were always an inspiration to me and I can’t wait to share another very special day with them, one which honours the very essence of our Club and its charitable beginnings.

“There’s going to be a buzz about the place!”

Name: John Hartson

Age: 39-year-old

Position: Striker

Current occupation: Sports commentator and columnist

Former Clubs: Luton Town (1992), Arsenal (1995), West Ham United (1997), Wimbledon (1999), Conventry (2001), Celtic (2001), West Bromwich Alboin (2006) and Wales national team (1995-2005)

Biography: Proud Welshman. He was known as a though fighter on the pitch, but defends himself by saying he only did what came naturally.

John is already doing a lot for charity and is the founder and ambassador for the John Hartson Foundation; called Grab Life By The Balls and is increasing awareness of testicular cancer and to help raise money to support others affected by cancer.

Maestrio facts: At Celtic he become one of only 28 players to score more than 100 goals for the club and was named joint winner of the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year 2005.

Was asked to play for Paul Mcstay’s Maestros – announced on his twitter June 10.

Follow him here:@JohnHartson10


Name: Martin Compston

Age: 30-year-old

Current occupation: Actor known from Sweet Sixteen, Line of Duty, Monarch of the Glen

Former Clubs:  Greenock Morton Football Team (2001-2002)

Biography: Martin was born in 1984 and his football skills were discovered when he was very young, however he only played two seasons for the Scottish team Morton, before he changed his career and became an actor.

Said Compton: “I stopped playing football for Morton when I was 17 to become an actor because I probably realised I would never have gotten to where I wanted to be as an actor.”

Maestrio facts: The Scot, who last year played in Stiliyan Petrov’s chairty match, has always been a Celtic fan.

“To be playing in Paul McStay’s team, who is one of my idols, will just be a phenomenal experience. It’s unreal as a fan,” Compston told the official Celtic website.

He added: “It’s going to be a great day again for the Maestrio game, and I’ve got plenty of time to get myself in shape.”

Follow him here:  @martin_compston

Paul McStay’s Maestros take on Rio Ferdinand’s All-Stars in the MAESTRIO match, sponsored by Flip and Magners, at Celtic Park on Sunday, September 7 and tickets are on sale now – maximum of 10 per person – priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

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