Billy McNeill

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Billy McNeill. Billy McNeill was born in Bellshill on 2 March 1940 (age 78).

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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VideoCelts · Feb 19

Hartson makes amazing Scott Brown claim

You talk about Henrik Larsson and Jimmy Johnstone, Paul McStay, Jimmy McGrory, the Lisbon Lions and Billy McNeill, but for me Scott Brown has joined the list of legends at Celtic Park...

VideoCelts · Feb 19
The Celtic Star · Feb 16

The Valencia file (Part 7) – The flashing head of Cesar breaks Vojvodina hearts

The calendar year of 1966 had been an incredible period for Celtic, provoking the full range of emotions from those with the club at heart...

The Celtic Star · Feb 16
The Celtic Star · Jan 26

Jim Craig – Lennox and Doyle get the goals as Celtic beat Raith Rovers

In season 1979-80, Celtic started their Scottish Cup campaign with a home tie against Raith Rovers, the match played on this day in 1980.

The Celtic Star · Jan 26
VideoCelts · Dec 25, 2018

Amazing picture from the Celtic Way captures the spirit of Christmas

The south facing views around Celtic Park and the addition of statues have created obvious picture opportunities with the statue of Billy McNeill with the big cup the most impressive and imposing of all...

VideoCelts · Dec 25, 2018
The Celtic Star · Dec 21, 2018

Celtic’s 500 Club – Only Legends need apply!

‘Celtic’s 500 Club – only legends need apply,’ stated the official site today as Roy Aitken spoke about welcoming his fellow winning captain Scott Brown into the most exclusive of Celtic clubs.

The Celtic Star · Dec 21, 2018
The Celtic Star · Dec 9, 2018

Jim Craig – Billy McNeill led Celtic up for another runners-up medal

On this day, in different years, various Celtic teams have had good victories over Hibs.

The Celtic Star · Dec 9, 2018
VideoCelts · Nov 16, 2018

Celtic icon set for Super Sunday celebration

He played in 11 championship winning sides covering the 9-in-a-row run, the 76/77 double winners and the 4-2 match in 1979 which was Billy McNeill’s first success as Celtic manager...

VideoCelts · Nov 16, 2018
Celtic Quick News · Nov 12, 2018

‘It’s a Delight for Me to Sign and Keep Playing for Celtic,’ Christie

RYAN CHRISTIE expressed his joy at signing a new three-year deal with Celtic – only hours before joining up with the Scotland squad for the upcoming European Nations League games against Albania and Israel...

Celtic Quick News · Nov 12, 2018
The Football Show · Nov 6, 2018

BILLY McNEILL – IN PRAISE OF CAESAR. Alex Gordon speaks to Peter Martin

BILLY McNEILL – IN PRAISE OF CAESAR. Author Alex Gordon speaks to Peter Martin about the extraordinary insight in his new book on Celtic’s legendary Captain and Manager, Billy McNeill.

The Football Show · Nov 6, 2018
The Celtic Star · Oct 29, 2018

Jim Craig – Bobby Lennox wins the League Cup for Celtic

Celtic had been very impressive as they made their way through the early rounds of the League Cup in 1966.

The Celtic Star · Oct 29, 2018
The Celtic Star · Oct 6, 2018

Jim Craig – Liam Brady resigned as Celtic manager

When Billy McNeill left the club after his second spell as manager, Liam Brady came into Celtic Park in a blaze of publicity in June 1991 and immediately brought in some new players, taking Tony Cascarino from Aston Villa for the sum of £1.1million and also Gary Gillespie from Liverpool for a fee of £950,000...

The Celtic Star · Oct 6, 2018
The Celtic Star · Sep 27, 2018

Jim Craig – Celtic 5 Partizan Belgrade 4

Billy McNeill was still in charge as Celtic went into season 1989/90, with the Scottish Cup in the trophy cabinet after the 1-0 victory over Rangers in May...

The Celtic Star · Sep 27, 2018
Celtic Quick News · Sep 20, 2018

‘Billy Mcneill: in Praise of Caesar’: Big Yogi Reads All About It!

IF YOU KNOW THE HISTORY John ‘Yogi’ Hughes and Alex Gordon, author of the tribute book to Celtic’s Greatest-Ever Captain, ‘Billy McNeill: In Praise of Caesar’...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 20, 2018
Celtic Underground · Sep 15, 2018

Indian Summers – Billy Stark

I well remember one afternoon in the summer of 1987 shortly after Billy McNeill had taken over from David Hay as Celtic manager.

Celtic Underground · Sep 15, 2018
VideoCelts · Jan 22

Picture Perfect: Billy McNeill illuminated at Paradise

With the illumination provided by the floodlights there are more photo opportunities with @hargi catching McNeill’s statue against the perfect background...

VideoCelts · Jan 22

‘The football royalty that is Real Madrid came to town,’ Matt Corr

March 1980 commenced with a vital win in the top-of-the-table clash at a packed Cappielow, on Cesar’s 40th birthday, a quick piece of thinking by the veteran Lennox setting up Doyle for an early winner and a degree of revenge for the October defeat at the same venue...

Celtic Underground · Oct 27, 2018

Indian Summers – Pat Stanton

It’s hard to convey to a younger generation that, for 13 years, Hibernian retained of the best footballers in the UK.

Celtic Underground · Oct 27, 2018
VideoCelts · Oct 11, 2018

The most glaring omission from Scotland’s Hall of Fame

Billy McNeill and Dick Gough are the only other players to have captained their side to seven successive titles but neither ever won back to back trebles...

VideoCelts · Oct 11, 2018
Jim Craig's Football50 · Dec 25, 2018

21st December 1968: Celtic v Kilmarnock – League

16th December 1968 All the players got the day off from training but there was plenty for the fans to read about in the press- What Could Maldini Think?

Jim Craig's Football50 · Dec 25, 2018
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