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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The Day Billy McNeill was sacked by Celtic Chief Executive Terry Cassidy

In the previous instalment of The Celtic Star’s look at the forgotten years of the 1990’s we covered Celtic semi-final exit from the Scottish Cup after a replay to Motherwell by four goals to two.

The Celtic Star · Nov 14

On and off the pitch Tommy Coyne had character in spades

As part of our look at Celtic in the early 1990’s this evening we are looking at today’s Birthday Bhoy Tommy Coyne.

The Celtic Star · Nov 14
67HailHail · Oct 10

“An iconic image” – New Celtic hero statue plans emerge

A proposed statue commemorating the late Billy McNeill will feature an iconic image of the legend in Lisbon, it has emerged...

67HailHail · Oct 10
The Dugout · Nov 8

BYRON: Gladiator Celts conquer Roman empire

Seven years to the day Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1, and now, they have overcome Italian giants Lazio.

The Dugout · Nov 8
VideoCelts · Oct 24

Celtic Park Goes Mental! Watch incredible fan video as Jullien heads the winner against Lazio

When Ryan Christie flighted in a corner from the right Jullien rose in trademark Billy McNeill fashion to connect with the ball and send the ball into the back of the net...

VideoCelts · Oct 24
The Celtic Star · Aug 27

‘Turning point for Billy McNeill’s Centenary Celts,’ If you know the history – Celtic at birth, 50 & 100: August 1988

If you know the history – Celtic at birth, 50 & 100: August 1988 Following their return from Viareggio, Celtic made their first appearance on home soil on Sunday, 7 August 1988, a Centenary Challenge match against the Brazilian side, Cruzeiro at Celtic Park...

The Celtic Star · Aug 27
VideoCelts · Aug 23

Artist unveils poignant fans tribute to Billy McNeill

Scarves and shirts were left around the statue at the bottom of the Celtic Way alongside a number of poignant personal messages from fans who felt a genuine sense of grief at the passing of an icon...

VideoCelts · Aug 23

The Birth of a Legend: Billy Mcneill: Part Four: John Fallon Remembers

CELTIC legend Billy McNeill made his first team debut exactly FIFTY-ONE years ago today and took his first steps into club folklore...

The Birth of a Legend: Billy Mcneill: Part Three: Pat Crerand Remembers

CELTIC legend Billy McNeill made his first team debut exactly FIFTY-ONE years ago today and took his first steps into club folklore...

The Birth of a Legend: Billy Mcneill: Part Five: Mike Jackson Remembers

CELTIC legend Billy McNeill made his first team debut exactly FIFTY-ONE years ago today and took his first steps into club folklore...

The Birth of a Legend: Billy Mcneill: Part Two: Bertie Auld Remembers

CELTIC legend Billy McNeill made his first team debut exactly FIFTY-ONE years ago today and took his first steps into club folklore...

Brian McClair with A Celtic State of Mind Part 1

A Celtic State of Mind was named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Awards.

The Birth of a Legend: Billy Mcneill: Part One: Icon’s Debut 51 Years Ago

CELTIC legend Billy McNeill made his first team debut exactly FIFTY-ONE years ago today and took his first steps into club folklore...

A statement of intent from Celtic on flag day

Celtic kicked off their 2019-20 league campaign by sending a message to potential usurpers to their throne by slaying St.Johnstone 7-0 in what was a clear statement of intent by the nine-in-a-row chasing side.The opening day of the season started like the previous seven for Celtic as they unfurled the Scottish Premiership flag – this year with the widows of Celtic greats Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers doing the honours.All the talk before Saturday’s game was of the resurgence of Rangers under Steven...

Celtic Supporters Stories – The Billy McNeill Tribute Mass in Cork

WHAT is your own personal story about Celtic? Not just a game you were at where Henrik chipped Klos or Tony Watt showed Barcelona what Gallus means in Glasgow.

Celtic FC · Aug 3

Elhamed to start as the Hoops host St Johnstone on Flag Day

CELTIC celebrate Flag Day for an eighth consecutive year this afternoon, as Neil Lennon’s men host St Johnstone at Paradise...

Celtic FC · Aug 3

‘The quest for the 9 starts tomorrow. It’s going to be a rough old ride,’ Niall J

NORMAL service resumes for Celtic tomorrow. Celtic start the league campaign with the usual on Flag Day celebration and this time we have a home tie against a traditionally stubborn opponent in St Johnstone...

Into Football · Aug 11

Chris Morris with A Celtic State of Mind

“One of the things that made an impression on me when I first came to Celtic was just how connected the first-team squad was with the supporters,” recalled Chris Morris when I spoke to him 30 years after Billy McNeill signed the Cornishman from Sheffield Wednesday...

Into Football · Aug 11
ACSOM · Aug 11

Chris Morris with A Celtic State of Mind – The Fields of Athenry and a Centenary Double

“One of the things that made an impression on me when I first came to Celtic was just how connected the first-team squad was with the supporters,” recalled Chris Morris when I spoke to him 30 years after Billy McNeill signed the Cornishman from Sheffield Wednesday...

ACSOM · Aug 11
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