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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On this day, in different years, various Celtic teams have had good victories over Hibs.
Ibrox, May 1983, Rangers 2 Celtic 4: “There’s something very special about this club,” Billy McNeill
Morton were the visitors for the last home game of the season, as we moved into May.
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...
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.
Celtic had been very impressive as they made their way through the early rounds of the League Cup in 1966.
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...
JOHN ‘YOGI’ HUGHES is adamant on the point: “Billy McNeill is known to his Celtic mates as Caesar after the Roman Emperor.
‘I had never seen anything like it at Celtic’ Bertie Auld recalls legendary Hoops captain Billy McNeill’s debut 60 years on
The former midfielder talks over the defender’s fine Hoops start in a 2-0 League Cup win over Clyde at Parkhead, after moving from Blantyre Vics...
BERTIE AULD played and scored in Billy McNeill’s debut for Celtic SIXTY years ago today.
JOHN HUGHES reckons Billy McNeill was already a veteran of the Celtic side at the age of 20 when the giant forward made his debut in 1960...