August 25, 2020
Everyone at Airdrieonians is deeply saddened by the news that former Diamonds star Pat McCluskey passed away this week.
Pat played for the club in the early 1980s, having made his name during a hugely successful seven-year spell at Celtic. A larger-than-life character in the dressing room, he was as popular with his team-mates as he was with the fans on the terrace.
Director of Football Stuart Millar (pictured with Pat, team-mate Willie McGuire and their manager Bobby Watson) was a close friend of the midfield hero.
“Everyone at Airdrie, including the many former players who have already been in touch, were devastated to hear the news.
“It was a great pleasure to have been Pat’s team-mate. As a young player I was in awe of this experienced player who had featured in so many big games, including two European semi-finals whilst a Celtic player - I even forgave him for scoring against Airdrie in the 1975 cup final!
“Most recently he was a guest of the club last season, and as usual he was great value as he entertained guests in hospitality. They certainly don’t make them like they used to.
“Rest in peace, Paddy - it was a pleasure knowing you.”
We all echo Stuart’s sentiments, and our thoughts are with Pat’s loved ones at this terribly sad time.