Billy McNeill

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Billy McNeillBilly 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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The Celtic Star · Aug 11

Jim Craig: Forgotten boots hands Celtic debut to promising youngster, Bobby Murdoch

In the early 1960s, Celtic were in the doldrums. They certainly had some fine players in the side like right- back Dunky McKay, among the first of the overlapping fullbacks; Pat Crerand at right-half, noted for the precision of his passing, with both long and short balls; and a promising centre-half called Billy McNeill, of...

The Celtic Star · Aug 11
The Celtic Star · Aug 11

Jim Craig – Forgotten boots hands Celtic debut to promising youngster, Bobby Murdoch

In the early 1960s, Celtic were in the doldrums. They certainly had some fine players in the side like right- back Dunky McKay, among the first of the overlapping fullbacks; Pat Crerand at right-half, noted for the precision of his passing, with both long and short balls; and a promising centre-half called Billy McNeill, of...

The Celtic Star · Aug 11

Jim Craig – Opening day in Centenary Season

When Billy McNeill was appointed manager of Celtic for the second time in May 1987, he realised that the side needed strengthening and made some quick decisions.

John-Paul Mason with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was recently named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Awards.Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined this week by manager of Scottish band, The Twiglight Sad, John-Paul Mason, who discussed: Falling in love with the centenary team; Being served pints by Billy McNeill; The very special gift he gave to Liam Gallagher; Becoming a Celtic meme; Managing The Twilight Sad; and loads more.A Celtic State of Mind has gone from strength-to-strength...

‘Scary Being Euro Star,’ Forrest

JAMES FORREST has made 71 appearances for Celtic in European competition – two more than Hoops legends Billy McNeill and Bobby Lennox.

Evening Times · Jul 27

James Forrest: Edging ahead of Celtic greats Billy McNeill and Bobby Lennox in European appearance list is scary

JAMES Forrest has revealed he is determined to play in more European games for Celtic despite edging ahead of all-time Parkhead greats Bobby Lennox and Billy McNeill in the continental competition appearance table...

Evening Times · Jul 27
Celtic FC · Jul 26

James Forrest: Every Euro game with Celtic is a highlight for me

HAVING surpassed Billy McNeill and Bobby Lennox in terms of European appearances for Celtic when he played against Alashkert last week, James Forrest added to his impressive tally with his 71st Euro appearance in Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over Rosenborg...

Celtic FC · Jul 26
The Celtic Star · Jul 13

Billy McNeill – Celtic Personified

I remember being at a League match with my Uncle Bartly at Somerset Park in Ayr around about 1970.

The Celtic Star · Jul 13
The Celtic Star · Jul 13

Jim Craig: Billy McNeill was a great admirer of Steve Fulton

When it comes to having a long Celtic career, the maxim ‘many are called but few are chosen’ is certainly true and Steve Fulton is one young man who springs to mind...

The Celtic Star · Jul 13

Jim Craig – Paul Elliott joined Celtic on this day in 1989

Paul Marcellus Elliott first played at Celtic Park on 2 August 1986, while wearing the colours of Aston Villa in a friendly against the Hoops, when Brian McClair scored the only goal of the game...

The Celtic Star · Jun 30

Jim Craig – ‘Manchester City could hardly afford a fish supper,’ Cesar

After a five year spell in the managerial hot seat at Celtic Park between 1978 and 1983, during which time he guided the team to 3 League Championships, one Scottish Cup and one League Cup, Billy McNeill moved south on this day in 1983 to become manager of Manchester City...

The Celtic Star · Jun 30
The Celtic Star · Jun 22

Brendan on Cesar, the John Terry rumour and the vacancy at Number 7

BRENDAN RODGERS yesterday revealed that the Celtic players who reported back to training this week are the fittest he’s seen at this stage since he became manager in 2016.

The Celtic Star · Jun 22

‘Even the Great Billy Mcneill Might Not Satisfy Celtic Fans,’ Jokes Rodgers

BRENDAN RODGERS jokes even the legendary Billy McNeill might not satisfy Celtic fans as they fret over the centre-half position.

Daily Record · Jun 22

Brendan Rodgers claims even Billy McNeill would get a hard time playing in Celtic’s defence these days

Celtic’s greatest-ever captain will always be considered a club legend but Rodgers reckons even he would get a hard time off today’s supporters...

Daily Record · Jun 22
The Celtic Star · Jun 20

Jim Craig: Brian McClair’s 120 goals, 199-match Celtic career

After one season with Aston Villa, where he never made the first team, Brian McClair returned to Scotland, signing for Motherwell in 1981.

The Celtic Star · Jun 20

Bertie Auld Remembers Lisbon 1967

BERTIE AULD follows fellow-Lisbon legends Billy McNeill, Jim Craig, Tommy Gemmell, John Clark, Willie Wallace and Stevie Chalmers to have his say during CQN’s special tribute to the Celtic heroes who won the European Cup 51 years and six days ago...

Stevie Chalmers Remembers Lisbon 1967

LISBON matchwinner Stevie Chalmers is today’s Celtic European Cup hero to reveal his thoughts on how Jock Stein’s team made history in the Portuguese capital on May 25 1967...

Willie Wallace Remembers Lisbon 1967

WILLIE WALLACE follows fellow-Lisbon legends Billy McNeill, Jim Craig, Tommy Gemmell and John Clark to have his say during CQN’s special tribute to the Celtic heroes who won the European Cup 51 years and four days ago...

The Celtic Star · Jul 13

Jim Craig – Billy McNeill was a great admirer of Steve Fulton

When it comes to having a long Celtic career, the maxim ‘many are called but few are chosen’ is certainly true and Steve Fulton is one young man who springs to mind...

The Celtic Star · Jul 13

Celtic: the Awakening: Two for the Road

TODAY CQN brings you the second EXCLUSIVE extract from Alex Gordon’s book, ‘CELTIC: The Awakening’, which was published by Mainstream in 2013.

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