Former Scotland forward Frank McGarvey diagnosed with cancer

Former Celtic and Scotland forward Frank McGarvey diagnosed with cancer as family say they are ‘waiting on more information from the experts’ 

  • Former forward Frank McGarvey was diagnosed with cancer on Thursday
  • McGarvey’s family put identical messages announcing the news on social media
  • The Twitter posts said they are ‘waiting on more information from the experts’

Former Celtic, St Mirren and Scotland striker Frank McGarvey has been diagnosed with cancer, his family announced last night on social media.

His sons Scott and Sean posted messages on their Twitter accounts confirming that McGarvey senior, aged 66, had been diagnosed on Thursday.

The identical messages read: ‘Unfortunately our Dad received a cancer diagnosis yesterday and we are waiting on more information from the experts.

Former Scotland footballer Frank McGarvey (left) was diagnosed with cancer on Thursday

‘Will update here when we know more. Thanks for all the support and well wishes. Paul, Sean, Scott and Jennifer.’

Glasgow-born McGarvey joined St Mirren in 1975 and stayed at the Paisley club for four years before making a £270,000 move to Liverpool.

He returned to Scotland the following year, in March 1980, without making a first-team appearance on Merseyside to join boyhood heroes Celtic, where he won two league titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup.

McGarvey (right), 66, also played for St Mirren in a professional career spanning 20 years

The former Celtic forward picked up seven caps for Scotland between 1979 and 1984

His last game for Celtic was in the 1985 Scottish Cup final against Dundee United, where he scored the winner in the 2-1 victory at Hampden Park.

After returning to St Mirren for a second spell, he won the Scottish Cup again in 1987 before finishing his senior career with Queen of the South — where he served as player-manager — and then Clyde.

McGarvey played seven times for Scotland, making his debut as a late substitute in a Home International Championship game against Northern Ireland at Hampden Park in May 1979.




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