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McNeill – The legend who stormed Europe and stopped 10

I have read much today on people’s perceptions of Billy McNeill. His prowess as a player and a captain, his appearances on the pitch and his humility off it – and every word of it is true and fitting. He was a legend in every way!!


Unfortunately I was too young to know Billy the player. It is with deep regret that I never saw the Lisbon Lions play their way to the top of the European game. I would have given anything to see Celtic play Inter Milan in Lisbon, but I wasn’t to be born until 1969. My first footballing memories were from the mid to late 70’s.

My Dad was fortunate enough to have been born in the halcyon times of Celtic’s great history. He passed away a few years ago, and he too had dementia - remembering things that had happened in recent years was a blur, but his memory of his youth was crystal clear. He had been in the crowd when Celtic won the league Cup in 1957...
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The Celtic family and the footballing world has woken today to the devastating news that our Legendary captain, one-club player, former manager and honourary Club Ambassador - William "Billy" McNeill - has passed away after a lengthy period of ill health at the age of 79.

Tributes are pouring in from across the globe as we mourn of the loss of someone who wasn't simply a player, but embodied everything that Celtic was, and who gave the majority of his life in service to this club and to it's people.

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As a life-long supporter, Billy began his professional association with the club in 1957 as a player and remained at the club until he retired in 1975, having made 790 appearances for the Hoops - none of which came as a substitute!...
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26th February.

Definitely not a notable date in the history of Celtic football club but as a snake slithered away, a prodigal son returned to fix the hole left by a “Good Celtic man.” Personally I was delighted to see Neil Lennon return to the job he had walked out on and with unfinished business. I knew with Lenny back at the helm it would crank up the atmosphere and create that raw emotions that came in Hearts and rangers games. This was the man who winds opposition fans up so much because he is a ginger haired taig from Lurgan. He stirred trouble wherever he has been and brings it all on himself.

I think by now we well know what makes Neil Lennon tick and the raw passion he shows. The intelligence he brings to the press gatherings where you could listen to the man all day. He has sacrificed so much for...
Bain
Lustig Ajer Simunovic Izzaguire
Brown McGregor
Forrest Nitcham Hayes
Edouard

This game at Easter Road got off to a flying start for the home side with Hibs showing interest early. Horgan had a shot from 20 yards which Celtic couldn't seem to clear too well. The resultant attack down the Hibs right saw a fierce cross from Horgan, missed narrowly in front of goal by the despairing lunge of Omeanga.

A terrible piece of play from Nitcham led to another long range strike - this time by Omeanga which Bain did well to Parry round his right hand post.

Although HIbs had the best of the early exchanges some nice play by Celtic saw Forrest cross the ball onto the chest of Edouard which he brought down, but his left foot shot was weak.

Hanlon had a great opportunity to open the scoring. The ball dropped to him from a poor cross from the right. His shot was high, when a little composure might have seen him hit the back of the net.

Good work by Hayes to...


Cup Semi Final V Aberdeen, 14th April 2019
Much has been made of a few lacklustre performances since Neil Lennon took over as caretaker manager of the club following the departure of Brendan Rodgers to England. Although performances could be criticised, the results had been good with the exception of the home draw against Livingston. Taking all this into consideration, there was an apprehension amongst the support for a game involving Aberdeen, which could move us one step closer to the Rebel Treble :treble:

This was the backdrop to a very enjoyable game of football - unless you are one of the Aberdeen fans who watched their team being outplayed, outfought and out-thought in a torrid 90 minutes +.


29Bain
23 Lustig 5 Simunovic 35 Ajer 63 Tierney
8 Brown 42 McGregor
49 Forrest 17 Christie 15 Hayes
22 Edouard​
Substitutes
  • 2 Toljan
  • 11 Sinclair
  • 18 Rogic
  • 21...