PROJECT Jock Stein
Jock Stein memorial bronze statue
This statue was commissioned by the Celtic Football club as a centrepiece feature to the entrance of the Celtic Parkhead football stadium in Glasgow.
The over life-size statue was modelled in clay by McKenna and the cast using the ceramic shell lost wax technique into bronze at the a4a bronze foundry at the John McKenna sculpture Studio
“Jock will undoubtedly be remembered as one of world football’s greatest ever managers – a man of immense stature and someone who gave so much to Celtic, Scotland and the game of football in general.
“As a player, and as a manager, when he lifted a remarkable 25 trophies, Jock Stein did the lot. Of course, to take our great club to the pinnacle of European glory in 1967 is something which will be forever the Club’s finest moment, an achievement which will always be Jock’s and always be Celtic’s.
“Already Jock’s great name graces the famous ’Celtic End’ at Celtic Park, and the board of directors felt it was important that Jock now took his rightful place at the gates of Celtic Park.
“He now stands at the steps of Paradise together with the club’s founder, Brother Walfrid, Jimmy Johnstone, the man voted Celtic’s greatest ever player and, of course, the wonderful Tommy Burns – a quartet of true Celtic greats.
“‘Football is nothing without the fans’ – Jock’s famous words which now adorn this statue. A statue which our fans can now come and view as they pay tribute to this brilliant man.”