Celtic pay tribute to former player Johannes Edvaldsson after his sad passing

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Celtic have paid tribute to former player Johannes Edvaldsson following his sad passing yesterday.

The Icelandic international – nicknamed Shuggie – played for the Hoops over five years between 1975 to 1980 after being signed by Jock Stein.

Celtic wrote: “Everyone at Celtic is saddened to hear of the passing of former player, Johannes Edvaldsson, who has died at the age of 70.

“Johannes, or ‘Shuggy’ as he was affectionately known by Celtic supporters, was an Icelandic internationalist who joined Celtic in 1975 following a short trial with the club. He went on to make 195 appearances for the club over the next five years, scoring 38 goals.

“He won two league titles and one Scottish Cup with Celtic – the league and cup double in 1977 and, most famously, playing his part in the 1979 title triumph, when the Hoops beat Rangers 4-2 at Paradise to become champions, an event that has gone done in Celtic folklore as the night 10 men won the league.

“Johannes left the club in 1980 to joined Tulsa Roughnecks in the United States, but returned to Scotland two years later, and played for two seasons with Motherwell.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic are with Johannes’ family at this very sad time.”

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