Billy McNeill

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero 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

ACSOM · Jul 6

“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

Celtic Hoops History: Billy McNeill

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

David Elliot with A Celtic State of Mind

ACSOM · Jul 3

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

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

The Celtic Star · Jun 28

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

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

Paul Elliott with A Celtic State of Mind

JOE MILLER: GREAT UNCAPPED CELTS (Part Fifteen)

BILLY STARK: GREAT UNCAPPED CELTS (Part Fourteen)

VideoCelts · Jun 21

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

GEORGE McCLUSKEY: GREAT UNCAPPED CELTS (Part Twelve)

TOM McADAM: GREAT UNCAPPED CELTS (Part Eight)

‘Boom’: Broony Aims for 10 in a Roar

Celtic FC · Jun 16

Brown: Winning 9 is great but we’re already focused on next one

RODDIE MacDONALD: GREAT UNCAPPED CELTS (Part Four)

Daily Record · Jun 13

Celtic legend Billy McNeill: the best Scottish players of the 1960s

HomeBhoys · Jun 8

HomeBhoys Xtra – A Thanks to Athletic Club

How Billy McNeill kicked off the Celtic Revolution

‘Legends Are on a Different Level,’ Admits Broony

Celtic Soul · Jun 2

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 2

Larry Cafiero · May 31

Doviđenja, Jozo, i sretno (Goodbye, Jozo, and good luck)

The Celtic Star · May 26

Photos: Celtic family unites in support of Cesar t-shirt for charity

Glasgow Live · May 25

How Celtic legend Billy McNeill fought his way to the dressing room after Lisbon triumph

VideoCelts · May 22

SPFL trophy takes a trip out to the West End

Evening Times · May 21

James Forrest keen to add to nine successive Celtic league titles

Herald Scotland · May 21

James Forrest keen to add to nine successive Celtic league titles

Ten Men Won the Title: an Unforgettable Night in Paradise

James Forrest keen to add to nine successive Celtic league titles

Celtic FC · May 20

Forrest: to be spoken of with McNeill, Johnstone, Lennox is amazing

BIG BILLY, WEE GORDY AND ME, TOMMY GEMMELL REVEALS ALL (Part Four)

The Celtic Star · May 19

Campbell, Woods and Potter, Following in some Big Celtic Footsteps – Matt Corr

Celtic Duo Hailed As ‘Modern-Day Greats’

Broony Follows Hoops Legend

Bobby Murdoch Tribute: What the Lions Said

The Celt · May 7

The incredible story of Jimmy Delaney

Player of the Year? Big Billy Tops Jinky and Kenny

Cesar and Celtic: Part 7 – Consistently Inconsistent

Cesar and Celtic: Part 6 – A first cup final for Billy McNeill

The Celtic Star · Apr 29

Stevie Chalmers – that gentleman of Lisbon

ACSOM · Apr 28

ACSOM’s Video Club with Scotty Alcroft – The Tommy Burns Celtic Story: Return to Paradise

The Spirit of 67: ‘Big Jock and Me,’ Billy Mcneill

Daily Record · Apr 27

Jozo Simunovic recalls his best Celtic moment as he pays Billy McNeill tribute

Big Billy Leads Celtic to 4-0 Final Romp Over Gers – and It’s Farewell to Fergie

The Spirit of 67: Punishment and Pride

The Celtic Star · Apr 24

Cesar and Celtic: Part 3 – Jock Stein, manager of…Dunfermline

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