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PersonalFullname: Alexander Millar
aka: Alex Millar
Born: 21 Oct 1911
Died: 28 Jan 1978
Birthplace: Mossend (Lanarkshire)
Signed: 22 May 1935; 5 Oct 1940 (loan for 1 game)
Left: 13 Oct 1938 (to Preston North End)
Debut: Celtic 1-1 Kilmarnock, League, 5 Oct 1935
BiogMossend-born Alexander Millar fulfilled a boyhood dream when he signed for his beloved Celtic from Shawfield Juniors in May 1935. He was mad about Celtic, and used to follow them on long away trips.
A centre-half he eventually made his debut at outside-right in place of Jimmy Delaney who was on international duty. Celtic drew that league game 1-1 at Kilmarnock. A stalwart for the successful Celtic reserve side Millar found first team opportunities few and far between due to the excellence of Willie Lyon. He was however a more than capable deputy but in October 1938 he left for Preston North End in search of regular first team football.
After the outbreak of the Second World War he returned on loan for one Regional League game in October 1940. That match meant that Millar played a total of 10 games in his career for Celtic.
Alex Milar was of Lithuanian descent, one of three children (2 boys & 1 girl). Likely the first of the 2nd generation Lithuanian to have played for Celtic whose community gave us the wonderful Billy McNeill.
Made a name for himself later as secretary of the Scottish Player's Union until Nov 1950 and condemned the nascent power of FIFA as a Bosses' plot to deprive the players further of a decent livelihood. You have to admire his strength in character in standing up for players' right and it's great to be able to count such a man as one our our own.
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