Billy McNeill

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Billy McNeill was born in Bellshill on 2 March 1940, and passed away on 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 Celtic Star · Jan 23

“This team will break up and that’s going to be an astonishing job to rebuild,” Jolly Walker on Celtic’s “end of an era”

Nutmeg Magazine · Jan 22

My Favourite Year: Paul English, Celtic 1987/88

Nutmeg Podcast · Jan 22

E60 – My Favourite Year: Paul English, Celtic 1987/88

Hauntingly Beautiful Video Of Billy McNeill’s Statue In The Snow

Sky Sports · Jan 5

Walker: Celtic failed to grasp mood with Dubai trip

The Scotsman · Jan 3

10 O** F*** own goals: From Celtic’s Callum McGregor to Billy McNeill via Rangers OGs by Stefan Klos and Terry Butcher

Daily Record · Dec 20, 2020

Scott Brown is Celtic’s most inspirational captain since Billy McNeill – Keevins

The Celtic Star · Dec 8, 2020

Video: “Dereliction of Duty,” Walker recalls Cesar sacking to outline harsh reality to Celtic Board

Celts Are Here · Dec 8, 2020

Sky Sports Pundit’s Celtic Board Rant on Live TV

Celtic Quick News · Dec 5, 2020


The Celtic Star · Dec 1, 2020

The day I signed for Celtic – ‘Rangers became the enemy’

Celts Are Here · Nov 29, 2020

‘Disillusioned’, ‘Club Failed Them’ Veteran Pundit Tears Into Celtic Board

The Celtic Star · Nov 26, 2020

Auction Update – “Celtic Shamrock Shirt sells for £12,500 oot the door”

Celtic Quick News · Nov 26, 2020

‘Neil is Running Out of Time’

Read Celtic · Nov 23, 2020

Celtic fans react to Neil Lennon-Billy McNeill comparison

Celtic Fanzine TV · Nov 20, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast 42 George McCluskey

Celtic Soul · Nov 20, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast 42 George McCluskey

Daily Mail · Nov 20, 2020

Liz McNeill, widow of Celtic legend Billy, reflects on his dementia battle

Celtic Huddle Podcast · Nov 16, 2020

Episode 4 – The Celtic Huddle

Read Celtic · Nov 11, 2020

QUIZ: Can you pick out the nationality of these past and present Celtic defenders?

Celtic Huddle Podcast · Nov 10, 2020

Episode 4 – The Celtic Huddle

The Celtic Star · Nov 4, 2020

Waterford go two up at Celtic Park after “Terrace Thugs Clash” in Dublin

The Celtic Star · Nov 3, 2020

Video: The Three Charlies & Great Corner Kicks

The Celtic Star · Nov 2, 2020

“Meeting up with Billy McNeill for the first time. Fantastic memories from my time at Celtic,” Murdo Macleod

The Celtic Star · Sep 22, 2020

Celtic’s Mr Reliable – Reid All About It

The Celtic Star · Sep 10, 2020

Celtic on the Road to Hampden but it’s Jock Stein’s Dunfermline who lift the Scottish Cup

Celtic Fanzine TV · Sep 5, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 2

Celtic Quick News · Sep 1, 2020

Celtic: the Awakening: Two for the Road

The Celt · Aug 25, 2020

OBITUARY- Pat McCluskey

Celtic Quick News · Jul 23, 2020

Target Man Ryan, Insists Dad

A Celtic State of Mind · Jul 23, 2020

The Billy McNeill Commemoration Committee with A Celtic State of Mind

The Celtic Star · Jul 19, 2020

Billy McNeill statue appeal hits £70,000 target as Bellshill gets ready to honour “one of our most successful sons”

ACSOM · Jul 16, 2020

Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – Pat Bonner’s Testimonial: A Gerry Creaney hat-trick, Liam Brady cameo, and Billy McNeill & Jack Charlton in the dug-outs

Celtic Quick News · Jul 16, 2020

It’s Sink Or Swim for Celts

Celtic Quick News · Jul 10, 2020

Mo Johnston: the Lying Game

ACSOM · Jul 6, 2020

“I have the utmost admiration for Big Billy… He had been a colossus of a centre-back… A marvellous man!” – Paul Elliott on Billy McNeill

The Celtic Bhoys · Jul 5, 2020

Celtic Hoops History: Billy McNeill

The Celtic Star · Jul 5, 2020

Michael Jackson: Billy McNeill’s Best Friend, Prolific Goalscorer & Forgotten Celt

A Celtic State of Mind · Jul 4, 2020

David Elliot with A Celtic State of Mind

ACSOM · Jul 3, 2020

A Moment in Time with A Celtic State of Mind: Craig Gordon drops to his knees as Celtic clinch an invincible treble

ACSOM · Jun 29, 2020

Eddy Grady with A Celtic State of Mind – Lisbon, 25 May 1967: The greatest trophy presentation…

The Celtic Star · Jun 28, 2020

Let’s Get This Over The Line – The Billy McNeill Commemoration Committee close in on £70k target for new statue at Bellshill Cross

Indy Celts · Jun 27, 2020

Celts cycle to raise money to build statue of Caesar in Bellshill: £6500 still needed

A Celtic State of Mind · Jun 25, 2020

Paul Elliott with A Celtic State of Mind

Celtic Quick News · Jun 24, 2020


Celtic Quick News · Jun 23, 2020


VideoCelts · Jun 21, 2020

Was Brian McClair Celtic’s best striker of the eighties? Fans share brilliant debate

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