As well as the Celtic retro magazine, we publish Celtic books of interest to supporters who enjoy reading about the club’s history – and the people who made it.

Four books have been published to date including Celtic Daft – The Johnny Doyle Story, Said Lizzie to Philip about the Coronation Cup upset of 1953, The Book of Celtic Quotes and This is How It Feels To Be Celtic, the story of the remarkable ‘Invincible’ treble-winning season of 2016-17.

Further details of those books and how to buy them are below. You can also purchase the novel A Very Different Paradise by acclaimed Celtic historian Tom Campbell below.    


“Johnny Doyle was the epitome of the phrase ‘A True Celt” –  Billy McNeill

Johnny Doyle came from a Celtic-daft family in Viewpark, Lanarkshire and had to be persuaded to give up his local supporters club membership to try and become a professional footballer.

Under Ally MacLeod’s guidance at Ayr United in the club’s most successful-ever period, teenage Doyle went on to win international honours before Celtic spent a record fee to take the flying winger to his spiritual home.

He was one of Scottish football’s most controversial and memorable characters before his tragic death at the age of 30.

This is his story.


The Johnny Doyle Story £15 includes postage to the UK and North of Ireland


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Celtic Football Club is a unique and world-renowned sporting institution with a support like no other and it is no surprise that since its foundation in 1887 it has been a constant source of comment, controversy and column inches. 

The Shamrock Celtic Retro Magazine has gathered together the funniest, the saddest, the most inspirational and incisive quotes about the club in one volume from players, fans, managers, directors, critics, opponents and admirers across the globe.  All the Celtic greats are here – Stein, Johnstone, Maley, McGrory, Quinn, McStay, Tully, Larsson – and Tony Cascarino even gets a passing mention.

Order it here:

The Book of Celtic Quotes

£10 fee includes delivery to addresses in the UK and Six Counties of Ireland



The story of how Celtic gatecrashed the Coronation 

Said Lizzie To Philip is the second publication from Shamrock Books which tells the story of the Coronation Cup tournament of 1953 when the best football teams in Britain gathered in Glasgow to play for a unique trophy in honour of the new monarch.

Arsenal – the Bank of England club who had just won the First Division title.  Double-winning Rangers whose famous manager was hoping for a royal send-off.  Manchester United with the first of the Busby Babes coming through in a new-look team.  Hibernian’s Famous Five who had just been denied a third title in succession but were still regarded as the most flamboyant attacking team in the land.  Jackie Milburn’s free-wheeling, cup-winning Newcastle United.  The ‘push and run’ Tottenham Hotspur side under Arthur Rowe which had finally brought silverware to White Hart Lane.   An entertaining Aberdeen side on the cusp of league and cup success for the first time.

And then there was Celtic – who had just finished the season 8th in the league and only a single major trophy in 15 years.  ‘Would they even be invited?’ asked a sceptical media.

The Celtic support ensured they would.  And to this day Celtic supporters still rejoice in singing about the club’s most unlikely triumph:

Said Lizzie to Philip  As They Sat Down to Dine

I’ve just had a note from an old friend of mine . . .

COVER Final Back page only

‘Said Lizzie to Philip’ book – £12.00 including Delivery to UK


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Dreams and Songs with The Invincibles

This is one supporter’s account of Celtic FC’s incredible ‘Invincible’ season of 2016-17 when the arrival of new manager Brendan Rodgers saw Celtic win every major domestic trophy – without losing a single game.

The songs, the chants, the stories, the jokes and all the drama of an unforgettable season are recounted in monthly review chapters with special additional features on Kieran Tierney, The North Curve standing area, Brendan Rodgers and the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Lisbon Lions. 

Every single game is recalled, including one incredible afternoon in Motherwell …

This is a thrilling and humorous look back at the best Celtic season in a lifetime – and a celebration of the players and fans who made it so memorable.

‘We Are Invincible, We Are Invincible . . .’

This Is How It Feels To Be Celtic book – £12 including delivery to UK and Six Counties


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The acclaimed Celtic historian and writer Tom Campbell has self-published his 14th book on the club.  The Shamrock is delighted to act as the online vendor for the book which is a dramatic re-imagining of a ‘sliding doors’ moment in the fascinating history of Celtic Football Club . . .

During the six years of World War II organised football in Scotland was ‘unofficial’. Most clubs utilised the services of guest players, usually footballers in Scotland on military service. One such man was Matt Busby, a Scottish internationalist and a Liverpool player; born in Lanarkshire, he volunteered his services to Celtic . . . but his offer was rejected.

But what might have happened had he turned out for Celtic during those wartime seasons?   This novel, with its blend of reality and fiction, its evocation of those times, its clubs, players and personalities explores that possibility.  If only . . . 

A Very Different Paradise – £13.00 incl. delivery to UK

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