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Joe Craig (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameJoseph Craig
Place of birthBridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionStriker

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Joseph "Joe" Craig (born 14 May 1954 in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire) is a former Scottish footballer who played for Sauchie, Partick Thistle, Celtic, Blackburn Rovers, Hamilton Academical and the Scotland national team.

Craig, a striker, joined Partick Thistle in 1972 from Sauchie Juniors and helped the club to the First Division title in season 1975-76. He signed for Celtic in September 1976 for £60,000 where he won the Scottish Cup and League Championship in his first season. He moved to Blackburn Rovers in September 1978 where he remained until 1981 when he joined Hamilton Academical. He retired in 1983.

Whilst at Celtic, he earned his only international cap against Sweden in April 1977. He started the match as a substitute and came on after 75 minutes and famously scored before having even kicked the ball, scoring a header just two minutes after replacing Kenny Burns.

After his playing career, he managed Cowdenbeath for three years and later had coaching spells at Armadale Thistle and Airdrieonians. His son Steven is also a professional footballer who plays for Highland club Ross County.

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