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Scotland and Celtic hero Jackie McNamara chooses Inverness to begin his tour promoting an eventful life and career in football

By Alasdair Fraser

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Jackie McNamara begins his book signing tour in Inverness
Jackie McNamara begins his book signing tour in Inverness

A past Scotland and Celtic footballing great is kicking off his UK and Irish book-signing tour in Inverness.

Jackie McNamara, the 33-times capped Scottish international defender, will begin promotion of his autobiography at Jurys Inn on Millburn Road on October 9.

Entitled His Name is McNamara, the book charts the full-back’s life and career as a player and manager, including his part in the great Martin O’Neill team narrowly defeated in the 2002–03 UEFA Cup final by Jose Mourinho’s Porto.

The story is billed as a no-punches-pulled account of success and survival, on and off the pitch, given his experience of suffering a life-threatening brain aneurysm in early 2020.

After opening in the Highland capital, it will visit venues from Waterford in the Republic of Ireland to Lurgan, London and Liverpool on the 13-date tour, finishing in Musselburgh on December 16.

Audience participation will enable fans to take part in a question and answer session with the sportsman.

Mr McNamara said: “I was incredibly lucky to play in what I consider to be a golden era. The decade of success and many trophies at Celtic – including my time as club captain – through my international career and time in club management.”

The book also covers his dramatic departure from Celtic in 2005, as well as his subsequent spells with Wolves, Aberdeen, Falkirk, and Partick Thistle before moving into management at Partick, then Dundee United and York City.

He added: “I hope my book gives readers the inside track, not just on the undeniable fun of playing football at the highest level but also the battling qualities you need to succeed.”

McNamara won four Scottish Premier League titles with Celtic, including the 1998 triumph that stopped Rangers from winning a record 10 titles in a row.

He can also count three Scottish Cup and two League Cup triumphs with the Hoops, as well as the UEFA Cup runners-up medal.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite, here.

The tour will then head overseas to the Middle East before finishing in the USA and Canada early in the New Year.

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