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Peter Grant I'm A Celtic Supporter First And Foremost
The ink was hardly dried on the page when Peter Grant picked up the telephone and called the Celtic View.

The ink was hardly dried on the page when Peter Grant picked up the telephone and called the Celtic View . The die-hard Celt had just signed for Norwich City , but it is the mark of the man that the first thing he wanted to do was put the record straight with the Celtic support , among which he still numbers himself .

Grant ended a 20 year relationship with the club that is embedded in his bones and he is the first to admit that Peter Grant of Norwich doesn’t have the same ring to it as Peter Grant of Celtic. But now he is committed to the East Anglian club after signing a three year deal that netted £200,000 for Celts. He said: “It’s been a long time but unfortunately the term ‘Peter Grant of Celtic’ had to come to be a thing of the past. “I wanted to have that phrase on my tombstone but I am a Norwich player now, although no one can ever take away from me the fact that l am first and foremost a Celtic supporter.

“There were opportunities for me to stay in Scotland but that would have thrown up the chance of having to play AGAINST Celtic.

“That is something i couldn’t cope with and now playing in the green and yellow of Norwich is the closest I can come to playing in the green and white of Celtic. Grant turned out 481 times for Celtic and in true Roy of the Rovers style his debut was as an 18-year-old against Rangers in 1984. in truth though, he played 481 debuts for Celtic as he treated each and every day at the club as if it was his first - or last . His final game, however, was last weeks Coca Cola Cup win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, marking his only appearance as a Celt this season . He came off the bench to take part in his last two minutes as a Celtic player and that left an indelible mark in his heart. He said " I didn‘t know at the time that game wouId mark my last appearance but it's quite ironic that It would be away frorn Celtic Park .

"But 1 got a standing ovation when i came on near the end and things like that far outweigh the times when you come In for unfair criticism.

“I ve had to take things like that on but i had a lump in my throat last week as it again opened my eyes to the fact that Celtic have the greatest supporters in the world . “They deserve nothing but success, as do the players and everyone at the club and they deserve it sooner rather than later "There will be nobody prouder than me , if they do it this season and I will be first in the queue for the one-in-a-row party back at Celtic Park .

“i want them to do the treble, I want them to win EVERY Competition they enter as i would still feel part of it as a supporter . Despite earlier Speculation involving Wolves, Grant was still as committed as ever to the Celtic cause and the move by Norwich still came as a surprise to him. He said: “That Is why I didn’t know the St Johnstone game was my last for Celtic and Wim Jansen made it quite clear to me that I was in his plans .

But with Celtic being linked to so many midfield players I felt that I had to move on and that it was time to go: "I wasn’t pushed out by any manner of means and the Norwich contact came right out of the blue. I trained as usuat after the McDiarmid match and then on Thursday I was totd that the clubs had agreed terms and it was basically up to rne. “i think i have made the correct decision at this point in my career as there is a wonderful set-up at Norwich. “i play for Norwich now and as ever I will give 100 per cent but there is no doubt that i will miss playing in front of 50,000 at Celtic Park.

Ironically: Grant could have moved to Carrow Road five years ago when the Canaries first expressed an interest in the midfielder. But on St Patrick’s Day 1992 in a Reserve League West game against Partick Thistle at Tinto Park, Govan he was sent off. Grant was completely innocent in the incident with former Rangers player Dougie Bell but he walked and the red card proved to be the death knell on any move south. He said:
“I’ve had five wonderful years since then so I’ve got a lot to thank Dougie Bell for at the end of the day. I lifted another Scottish Cup medal when l was voted Man of the Match in our final win over Airdrie.

Then there was my testimonial night which would never have happened if I had moved on from Celtic. That was one of the greatest nights of my professional career and I was amazed that over 40,000 supporters turned out on a freezing cold evening. “I was in tears and that is just one of the many cherished memories that I have from my time at Celtic. “I simply can’t tell you what it means to have worn the green and white hoops in front of the best supporters in the world. I know what the Celtic badge means to them and i wore it with pride and honour . But if you had told me that i would wear it nearly 500 times i wouldn't have believed you .

“Right up until the end I still got a thrill driving along London Road and turning into Kerrydale Street. I got that buzz the very first day and it never left me and i'll experience it again at the very first opportunity I get to attend a game as a supporter. “And until then I want to take this chance to thank everyone on the staff at Celtic Park for their friendship through the years.”

Peter Grant I'm A Celtic Supporter First And Foremost

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