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"Celtic jerseys are not for second best, They don't shrink to fit inferior players"
Jock Stein' one of the most successful football managers ever produced in Scotland, led Glasgow Celtic from mid-table mediocrity to the most successful period in the club's history. Nicknamed 'The Big Man' he was admired for his honesty, toughness and modesty.
Born in Burnbank, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, Stein knew football would be his escape from the Lanarkshire coal mines. In 1937 he left Greenfield school in Hamilton and after a short time working in a carpet factory went down the pits to become a miner. He started out as a professional player with Albion Rovers in 1942 and continued to work as a miner during the week, while playing as centre-half on Saturday.Stein was signed for Celtic in 1951 where his leadership qualities were recognized. As club captain he led the team to a League and Scottish Cup double in 1954. His playing career ended prematurely after an ankle injury put him out of the game. He took up coaching Celtic's reserves in 1955 and five years later was appointed manager of Dunfermline.
At a time when the team needed six consecutive wins to avoid being relegated - and he achieved this impossible task. The following year Dunfermline won the Scottish Cup - the first major trophy in the club's history. In 1964 Stein moved to Hibernian where he further enhanced his reputation. Within a year he was asked to return to Celtic as manager.
During his spell there from 1965 to 1978, Celtic won the European Championship in Lisbon in 1967 (with a team who were all born within 30 miles of Glasgow), beating the favourites Inter Milan. Under his leadership, Celtic also won ten League Championships (nine during his first nine years in charge), eight Scottish Cups and six League Cups.
In 1975, Stein was badly injured in a car crash. It put him out of the game for until the beginning of the 1976-77 season, but he never quite recovered his full health. Within a year he was persuaded to stand down to make way for a younger man. Shortly afterwards he became manager of Leeds United but, after just 45 days in charge at Elland Road, Stein abruptly resigned accepting the position of Scotland manager. He led Scotland to the World Cup Finals in 1982 where they went out on goal difference to the Soviet Union. Scotland was stunned when Stein died from a heart attack during an international match in Wales in 1985.