Billy McNeill

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Billy McNeill. Billy McNeill was born in Bellshill on 2 March 1940. Died 22 April 2019, aged 79

McNeill, nicknamed Cesar, was voted the greatest ever captain of Celtic by the club’s fans in 2002. He was signed by Celtic from nearby junior team, Blantyre Victoria, in 1957 as a defender. As captain he won nine Scottish League championships, seven Scottish Cups, and six Scottish League Cups. He also led the team to victory in the European Cup in 1967, as part of the “Lisbon Lions”, and was the first British footballer to hold aloft the European Cup. He retired as a player in 1975 after 790 appearances for Celtic, in which he played every minute, never having been substituted. He won 29 caps for Scotland. McNeill also represented the Scottish League XI.

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Mo Johnston: the Lying Game

EXACTLY thirty years ago today, Mo Johnston turned his back on Celtic, the club he professed to love, to join Rangers...

Into Football · Jul 18

Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – Legendary Partnerships: Billy McNeill & John Clark

A little under two years after that famous 7-1 rout over our old rivals at Hampden Park in October 1957, when Celtic won the League Cup for only the second time, the club found itself again in a period of transition...

Into Football · Jul 18

One of our own: In defence of Kieran Tierney

Celtic fans celebrate the good and the great that don the Celtic jersey, but when they are homegrown there is a special place reserved for these Celtic players in the hearts of the Celtic support – be it Billy McNeill, Jimmy Johnstone, Tommy Burns, Paul McStay.

Billy Remembered: the Last Hurrah

CQN’S sixteen-day tribute to Celtic legend Billy McNeill concludes today with author Alex Gordon’s recollection of a frank and revealing interview with the club great.

Scotzine · Jul 10

‘Big Billy Would Have Put Mo Johnston Out of Football’

CELTIC legend Billy McNeill was prepared to put Mo Johnston out of the game when the striker turned his back on the club.

Scotzine · Jul 10
Into Football · Jun 13

A Celtic State of Mind – Andy Lynch: How it Felt to Captain Celtic

In my first four years at Celtic Park, I played under three captains: Billy McNeill, Kenny Dalglish, and Danny McGrain.

Into Football · Jun 13
67HailHail · Jul 3

“We will never forget” – family says thanks to the Celtic support

The family of the late Celtic legend Billy McNeill have posted a message thanking the Celtic support for their actions following his death.

67HailHail · Jul 3

Billy Remembered: Jim Craig

IT’S Day Ten of CQN’s two-week tribute to Celtic legend Billy McNeill.

VideoCelts · Jun 9

Celtic fan gives Billy McNeill tattoo a unique new look!

The sad passing off Billy McNeill has set off a wave of sentiment remembering the achievements of the man for whom the terms icon and legend don’t deliver full justice...

VideoCelts · Jun 9
Celts Are Here · Jul 18

Wonderful Tribute Mass for Billy McNeill in Cork

A week after I learned of Billy McNeil’s death, I decided to organise a mass for him at the Society of African Missions church in the Western suburb of Cork, where I have been living for the past ten years...

Celts Are Here · Jul 18

Billy McNeill, a Knighthood, and an out-of-touch Archbishop

Before his death from a long battle with Dementia, Celtic’s greatest ever captain Billy McNeill was tipped for a knighthood by Leo Cushley, the Archbishop of St.Andrews and Edinburgh.Cushley believed that the 1967 European Cup-winning captain should have been given a knighthood before his death in April and had enlisted the support of the club and the Lord Provost of Glasgow, according to STV News.Cushley, speaking to STV, said: “It would have completed something that has warmed the hearts of many people...

67HailHail · Jun 16

£15,000 boost as Celtic icon’s fitting tribute takes shape

Plans to have a statue of Celtic legend Billy McNeill built in Bellshill are progressing nicely.

67HailHail · Jun 16

Billy Remembered: Davie Hay

IT’S Day Nine of CQN’s two-week tribute to Celtic legend Billy McNeill.

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