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David Hay

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Full nameDavid Hay
Date of birth29 January 1948(age 68)
Place of birthPaisley, Scotland
Playing positionMidfielder

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David Hay (born in Paisley, Scotland, 29 January, 1948), is a former footballer.

After completing secondary education at St Mirin's Academy in Paisley he signed for Celtic in 1966 and became one of the so called 'Quality Street Kids', the great Celtic reserve team that also included players such as Kenny Dalglish, Lou Macari, Danny McGrain and George Connelly, who eventually took the places of the ageing Lisbon Lions.

Hay made his league debut on 6 March 1968 against Aberdeen going on to make 230 appearances for Celtic scoring 12 goals, winning 5 League Championships, 3 Scottish Cups and 1 League Cup. After playing for Scotland in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, he was transferred to Chelsea following a dispute with Celtic. In 1979 a serious knee injury forced him to retire from the game as a player. He had also suffered problems with a detached retina and eventually lost full vision in his right eye. He won a total 27 caps for Scotland.

His first venture into football management was when he took over the reins at Motherwell in 1981 following Ally MacLeod. He succeeded Billy McNeill as Celtic manager in 1983 winning the Scottish Cup in 1985 and the Scottish Premier League in dramatic fashion in 1986. Celtic won their final game 5-0 against St Mirren at Love Street but needed Hearts, who were league leaders and favourites to lift the trophy, to lose to Dundee at Dens Park. Albert Kidd secured the victory for Dundee with two goals and Celtic were crowned surprise champions. Hay made way for Billy McNeill to return to the Celtic managership in 1987.

Hay was manager at Livingston in season 2003-04, having previously been co-manager with Jim Leishman and General Manager, taking over from Marcio Maximo Barcellos after just 9 games of the season, he then went on to win the Scottish League Cup while the club was in administration. He was released at the end of the season to be replaced by Allan Preston, one of his first team coaches, by new chairman, Pearse Flynn of the Lionheart Consortium. He was later appointed manager of Dunfermline Athletic, joining Jim Leishman, another former Livingston manager. Hay's time at Dunfermline was not a happy one however, as he proved one of the least popular managers in the club's history (partly due to him succeeding the hugely popular and successful Jimmy Calderwood) and was sacked near the end of the season with the club looking certain to be relegated from the Scottish Premier League - although in the event his former manager, Leishman managed to prevent relegation in the few remaining games.

Davie Hay rejoined Livingston on 16 June 2008 in an advisory role. He briefly became interim manager at Livingston in 2009 after Paul Hegarty was suspended by the club.

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