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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Scotzine · Jan 16

New Bhoy Won’t Follow ‘Polish George Best’S’ Example

BILLY McNEILL was informed he had signed the “Polish George Best” when he introduced Jacki Dziekanowski to Celtic in 1989.

ACSOM · Jan 1

A Celtic State of Mind – The VHS Years: When Celtic entered the Video Age

Celtic announced the release of their first video – The Celtic Story – in the match programme for the league encounter against Morton on 27 December 1982...

VideoCelts · Dec 17, 2019

Amazing! Iconic Larsson and Burns images added to the ultimate Celtic sleeve

Earlier this year images of Billy McNeill, Paul McStay, Danny McGrain and Jimmy McGrory were etched onto a sleeve with Larsson and Burns adding to the memories...

The Celtic Star · Dec 11, 2019

Celtic in the 1990s – Liam Brady starts with a Seven goal Tannadice Thriller

OUR look at Celtic in the 1990s moves on to the next era with the club under new management as Celtic looked forward to the opening match of season 1991-92...

Celtic Quick News · Dec 11, 2019

1965 Cup Final Hero Young, 76, Passes Away

IAN YOUNG, who was at right-back in the Celtic team that won its first trophy under Jock Stein in April 1965, has passed away at the age of 76...

Celtic Underground · Dec 6, 2019

A Wet Day in Advent in 1982

Celtic and Rangers (Oldco) have actually met in one previous League Cup final in the month of December and that happened in 1982.

The Celtic Star · Nov 20, 2019

Paul Elliot was a rare commodity for Celtic in early 1990s – A top class defender

In our previous instalment of Celtic in the 1990’s we looked at Billy McNeill’s sacking at the hands of Chief Executive Terry Cassidy at the end of the 1990/91 season...

VideoCelts · Nov 18, 2019

Video: Maley and McNeill added to the greatest ever Celtic tattoo sleeve

Mark from Paisley, now in Queensland has just added iconic images of Willie Maley and Billy McNeill to his left arm- just above Jimmy McGrory, Paul McStay and Danny McGrain...

The Celtic Star · Nov 17, 2019

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, 2019

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 Dugout · Nov 8, 2019

BYRON: Gladiator Celts conquer Roman empire

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

67HailHail · Oct 27, 2019

‘No greater compliment’ – club legend sees a similarity between £7 million man and Celtic icon

Former Celtic boss Davie Hay has a paid a huge tribute to Celtic centre-back Christopher Jullien.

VideoCelts · Oct 24, 2019

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...

67HailHail · Oct 10, 2019

“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...

The Celtic Star · Aug 27, 2019

‘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...

VideoCelts · Aug 23, 2019

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...

Celtic Quick News · Aug 23, 2019

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...

Celtic Quick News · Aug 23, 2019

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...

Celtic Quick News · Aug 23, 2019

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...

Celtic Quick News · Aug 23, 2019

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...

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