He was the original Scottish footballing bad boy whose hellraising off-field antics rivalled the likes of George Best and Paul Gascoigne.

And now, fans will be given the chance to own a piece of Celtic history when a medal awarded to one of the club’s first captains goes under the hammer in Glasgow.

Dan Doyle was as celebrated for his committed on-field performances as he was vilified for his rowdy personality away from the pitch.

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The Paisley-born “maverick” left back – who also captained Scotland - was described by current manager Neil Lennon as "one of the first and most inspirational captains our club has ever had,” forming part of the first Celtic side to win the league and Scottish Cup.

But it was his off-field drinking, gambling and womanising shenanigans, coupled with a horrifying incident which resulted in the death of an opponent that made him one of Scottish football’s first true superstars.

The 126-year-old medal was presented to the Celtic skipper – nicknamed the ‘Wild Rover’ - for representing the Scottish League XI in a 4-3 defeat to their English counterparts in front of a crowd of more than 30,000 at Celtic Park.

The 15-carat gold award, which features an enamelled lion rampant, will go under the hammer at McTear's sale of Sporting Medals & Trophies in Glasgow on Friday where it is estimated to fetch £600-900.

Doyle started his career with Hibernian but quickly moved South to join Grimsby Town, establishing himself as a tough tackling defender, however in 1888, while playing for the Lincolnshire side against Stevely, Doyle clashed with William Cropper, with his opponent suffering fatal injuries in the collision.

An inquest shortly after the match cleared Doyle of any wrongdoing, but the trauma of the incident almost persuaded Doyle to give up the game.

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However, his escapades south of the border continued and the effusive defender raised the ire of the Football Association by registering to play for Bolton Wanderers, Everton and Celtic at the same time, picking up a wage packet from all three clubs in the close season before abandoning his English employers to return home with the Glasgow club.

The decision provoked such a backlash that some members of the English press campaigned for Doyle to be banned from playing the game altogether.

But their appeal fell on deaf ears and Doyle quickly established himself as one of the era’s great defenders, playing 133 times for the Hoops as they won four league championships and earning nine Scotland caps.

Doyle became a pub landlord after stepping away from the game, but saddled with crippling gambling debts, died a pauper at 53 in April 1918.

Brian Clements, McTear’s Managing Director, said: "He may have been one of the first but 120 years on Dan Doyle remains one of Celtic’s greatest ever players, winning several trophies during his eight years at the club and gaining a fearsome reputation for his defending."

"The medal is a true piece of Scottish football history and I have no doubt it will attract considerable interest at auction."