Celtic: Keeping The Faith

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A sequel to We Are Celtic Supporters, first published in hardback as Faithful Through and Through, this is a fully revised and updated book celebrating the culture, beliefs, celebrities and heritage surrounding one of the world’s biggest football clubs, Celtic FC

Richard Purden takes a fresh look at Celtic’s relationship with individuals and institutions who have had made a unifying and cohesive impact on the club, its support and the team. Purden talks to a selection of supporters, ex-players, managers and public figures, while travelling to a number of historical locations. While visiting the club’s ancestral home in Ireland he discusses Celtic in the context of faith, politics and identity. The author channels the voices of secret millionaires, Irish troubadours, Scottish politicians and the club’s most popular icons who take you on a Celtic odyssey in a continuing story that underlines why this team from Glasgow’s East End personify a way of life that represents unwavering hope and positive life-affirming values around the world.


Richard Purden grew up in Edinburgh but with family roots in Limerick and the west of Scotland he always felt a strong connection to Irish literature, culture and of course, Celtic FC. While studying at the University of Stirling he began to write arts reviews for student magazine Brig and on graduating he was first published in the Celtic View, Scotland on Sunday, the Scotsman, the Irish Examiner and the Irish Post. More recently he has contributed to Four Four Two, the Sunday Mail and the award-winning Herald Saturday magazine.


"You don’t need to be a Celtic supporter to find this book an absorbing read."  —Edinburgh Evening News