Tributes for Celtic terrific Johannes Edvaldsson after his death aged 70
HOMAGES have actually gathered for Celtic great Johannes Edvaldsson after his death at the age of 70.
Icelandic star Edvaldsson – nicknamed Shuggie – played for Celtic for 5 years from 1975 to 1980 after being signed by Jock Stein.
He went on to make 195 appearances for the club, scoring 38 goals.
Edvaldsson won two league titles and one Scottish Cup with the Hoops and later on returned to Scotland to play for Motherwell.
In a profession which brought him 34 international caps, he also played in South Africa, France, Denmark, the USA and Germany.
His younger sibling, Atli, was likewise capped for their homeland and later managed the Icelandic nationwide group.
Previous Celtic team-mate Murdo Macleod tweeted: “Really unfortunate to become aware of the passing of Johannes ‘Big Shuggie’ Edvaldsson.
” Big part of the team when we beat Rangers 4-2 to win the league in 1979. My ideas are with his household.”
Macleod likewise tweeted an image of the Celts team which won the 1978-79 title under boss Billy McNeill.
Edvaldsson played 188 games and scored 36 goals for the Glasgow giants and developed a cult following amongst the Hoops faithful.
The club’s Previous Gamers’ Association tweeted: “Very unfortunate news today about Huge Johannes ‘Shuggie’ Edvaldsson who passed away today. A fantastic Celt. Our ideas are with household. RIP.”
Celtic validated the news on their website and included: “Everybody at Celtic is saddened to hear of the death of former player, Johannes Edvaldsson, who has actually died at the age of 70.
” The thoughts and prayers of everybody at Celtic are with Johannes’ family at this extremely unfortunate time.”