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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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.

67HailHail · 12h

£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 · 12h
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

Billy Remembered: Bertie Auld

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

Billy Remembered: Jim Craig

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

67HailHail · Jun 8

Champions league winner discloses moving tribute to Celtic legend

Andy Robertson has admitted that he was thinking of the late Celtic captain Billy McNeill when he lifted the Champions League trophy as a Liverpool player.

67HailHail · Jun 8
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

Andy Robertson’s thoughts were of Cesar – ‘A special moment to get my hands on the trophy he lifted’

ANDY ROBERTSON became the first Scotsman in over two decades to lift the European Cup and the Liverpool star admitted that his thoughts were of following in the footsteps of Celtic legend and Lisbon Lion captain Billy McNeill...

Daily Record · Jun 7

The emotional Billy McNeill video Celtic used to fire stars up for treble Treble clincher

John Kennedy has revealed the players were shown a motivational montage featuring the iconic Hoops skipper before the Scottish Cup Final win over Hearts...

Daily Record · Jun 7

‘There was something Lisbon Lion-esque about it,’ Kennedy reflects on Celtic’s TTT (Treble Treble Triumph)

JOHN KENNEDY has revealed that The Celtic players and management staff watched an emotional video featuring club legend Billy McNeill ahead of last month’s Scottish Cup Final against Hearts...

Evening Times · Jun 7

Andy Robertson: I thought of big Billy’s picture as I held the Cup aloft

ANDY Robertson is delighted to become Scotland’s latest Champions League success story – but insists the image of him lifting the trophy will never be as iconic in this country as that of the late Billy McNeill doing likewise back in 1967...

Evening Times · Jun 7
67HailHail · Jun 7

Billy McNeill’s unseen Celtic role on Scottish Cup final day

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has touched on the influence Billy McNeill had on cup final day.

67HailHail · Jun 7
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