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This week St Anthony is joined by a legend of Scottish Football, Pat Stanton. In these modern times of high wages, as we have seen, players like Pat would never have stayed at Hibs for so long but…well he goes into all of that on the podcast.
Stanton is the great-great nephew of Michael Whelahan, one of the founders of Hibernian FC and its first captain. He signed for the club in 1963 and made his professional debut later that year. He established himself in the Hibs first team, playing either in defence or midfield. Stanton captained Hibs when they won the 1972 Scottish League Cup Final.
Stanton left Hibs in 1976 when he was transferred to Celtic in a swap deal for Jackie McNamara, Sr. Jock Stein, who had briefly managed Stanton at Hibs in the 1960s, identified Stanton as the man to stop Celtic conceding soft goals. This was an apparent success, as Celtic won the Scottish Cup and the Scottish league championship in 1976–77. Stanton suffered a bad injury early in the 1977–78 season, which eventually forced his retirement from playing. Hibs and Celtic played a testimonial match for Stanton on 30 April 1978.