Celtic legend Dixie Deans reveals reggae superstar Bob Marley was big fan of Hoops
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Oct 8 2011 Chris Musson
REGGAE superstar Bob Marley was a huge Celtic fan whose ambition was to kick a ball in Parkhead, Hoops legend Dixie Deans has revealed.
In his new autobiography, Dixie tells of his chance meeting with the late singer.
The striker confessed he had no idea who Marley was when he approached him when he was at Adelaide City in the late 70s and said: "Are you the Dixie Deans who used to play for Celtic?"
It turned out Marley could even recite the 1967 Lisbon Lions team in full.
Dixie wrote: "I was greatly impressed by the great man's football knowledge. And when we got down to training, I was just as impressed by his football ability.
"He was quiet-spoken, almost shy, and his hair was long and looked, frankly, as if it was matted and needed a wash."
In the book, There's Only One Dixie Deans, the player says Marley told him: "I'm a big Celtic fan. I would love to go to Scotland to see Celtic Park and maybe even kick a few balls there.
"I know all about Jock Stein. Celtic has always been my team. And now it is my son Rohan's team. He's only six but he loves Celtic."
Marley died of cancer in 1981. Son Rohan, now 39, went on to play top-flight American football and tried to forge a professional soccer career.
In 2000, Rohan cheekily asked Celtic boss Martin O'Neill to sign him.
In his autobiography, co-written by journalist Ken McNab, Dixie has a lighthearted pop at pal Rod Stewart, calling him a "millionaire tightwad".
He wrote: "Rod was never flash with his cash - because he never carried any."
Dixie criticises Sir Sean Connery, claiming the Bond star switched his support from Celtic to Rangers.
Dixie said: "In the early 70s, Sean would tell everybody how much he loved Celtic.
"But I was disappointed when he seemed to 'change sides' in the 90s after David Murray took over Rangers."