Pat Bonner, known by many
as 'Packie', was born in County Donegal in 1960. He was
spotted by Celtic while he kept goal for Leicester City
in the FA Youth Cup and was signed by Jock Stein on May
An agile, perceptive
keeper, his performance in 1987-88 helped the team
achieve the best defensive result in Britain, conceding
only 23 goals in 44 League matches.
Bonner's skill even
earned him the praise of Pope John Paul II. After
becoming Eire's hero in the World Cup second round
penalty shoot-out against Romania in 1990, the Pope told
him: "I know you are the goalkeeper. I used to play
in that position myself."
Although Bonner lost his
first-team place at Celtic to Gordon Marshall in the
1991-2 season, he was back in goals by late September
the following year.
Bonner has made around
500 League appearances for Celtic and has won 80 caps
for the Republic of Ireland.
With Celtic he has won
four League Championship badges, three Scottish Cup
winners' medals and a League Cup winners' medal.