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PersonalFullname: Andrew McAtee
aka: Andy McAtee
Born: 2 July 1888
Died: 15 July 1956
Signed: 12 Sep 1910 (from Mossend Hibernian)
Left: Sep 1917 (RAF); 2 May 1924 (free)
Debut: Partick Thistle 1-1 Celtic, League, 26 Sep 2010
International Caps: 1 Cap
International Goals: 0
BiogLightening quick Andy McAtee was a huge fans favourite with the Parkhead faithful for more than a decade.
The Cumbernauld-born outside-right moved to the Bhoys from Mossend Hibernian in September 1910 and made his debut on the 26th of that month in a 1-1 league draw at Partick Thistle.
McAtee was a frighteningly quick player who also boasted an equally blistering shot although, he was a scorer of spectacular goals rather than a spectacular goal scorer. His strength and pace made him a fearsome opponent and his strong skilful running would often rip holes in the opposition defence. It was said he had thighs "like swelling oak"!
His party trick was to rampage down the line before cutting inside and unleashing a trademark cannonball shot past a despairing goalkeeper and into the back of the net. McAtee's Celtic career was interrupted by the first World War where he served with typical bravery and heroism as a gunner for the 29th Division in the Italian Alps and the Somme.
As a footballer McAtee was simply a match winner who was adored by the Celtic faithful. After 14 years with the Hoops this dedicated and whole hearted servant was eventually released by the club in 1924 and the next year he moved to America where he played for New Bedford under another Celtic great (Charlie Shaw).
In his career as a Bhoy Andy McAtee played 439 games and scored 72 goals and for those and many other reasons he is rightly regarded as a Celtic great.
[..Really need to expand this biography, over 400 games and yet such a small biog....]
As a measure of his popularity, a wonderful little poem was written by his admirers in the support, pasted below:
#Here's to you Andy
For you're sure a dandy
We know you're a product of Croy's
Long may you indulge in
Your famous net bulgin'
And score many a goal for the Bhoys!
The Kaiser, they say
Only once saw him play
And remarked, it is said
My German artillery's
Just fit for the pillory
They can't shoot like young McAtee.
His shootings like lightening
And bringing the points to Parkhead#
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