Billy McNeill

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Billy McNeill. Billy 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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Jim Craig – Liam Brady resigned as Celtic manager

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...

The Celtic Star · Sep 27

Jim Craig – Celtic 5 Partizan Belgrade 4

Billy McNeill was still in charge as Celtic went into season 1989/90, with the Scottish Cup in the trophy cabinet after the 1-0 victory over Rangers in May...

The Celtic Star · Sep 27

‘Billy Mcneill: in Praise of Caesar’: Big Yogi Reads All About It!

IF YOU KNOW THE HISTORY John ‘Yogi’ Hughes and Alex Gordon, author of the tribute book to Celtic’s Greatest-Ever Captain, ‘Billy McNeill: In Praise of Caesar’...

Indian Summers – Billy Stark

I well remember one afternoon in the summer of 1987 shortly after Billy McNeill had taken over from David Hay as Celtic manager.

Celtic Icon Lennox Honoured

LISBON LION Bobby Lennox is to be honoured with a statue in his home town of Saltcoats.

Billy Mcneill: Caesar Or Cesar? Your Last Chance to Vote – Verdict after Noon Today!

JOHN ‘YOGI’ HUGHES is adamant on the point: “Billy McNeill is known to his Celtic mates as Caesar after the Roman Emperor.

Billy Mcneill: Caesar Or Cesar? You Vote!

JOHN ‘YOGI’ HUGHES is adamant on the point: “Billy McNeill is know to the his Celtic mates as Caesar after the Roman Emperor.

The Celtic Star · Aug 23

Jim Craig – Billy McNeill’s Celtic debut

On this day in 1958, Billy McNeill ran on to the field at Celtic Park for his debut game, a League Cup encounter against Clyde...

The Celtic Star · Aug 23
Daily Record · Aug 23

‘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...

Daily Record · Aug 23

For the Record: Billy Mcneill’s Debut

BILLY McNEILL, at the age of 18, was a winner when he made his Celtic debut 60 years ago today.

Sixty Year Ago Today – Billy Mcneill’s Debut! Big Yogi Remembers

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...

Evening Times · Aug 23

Davie Hay: 60 years today since Billy McNeill’s Celtic debut but his legend endures

Today marks the 60th anniversary of Billy McNeill’s debut for Celtic in a 2-0 win against Clyde in the League Cup...

Evening Times · Aug 23
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
VideoCelts · Oct 11

The most glaring omission from Scotland’s Hall of Fame

Billy McNeill and Dick Gough are the only other players to have captained their side to seven successive titles but neither ever won back to back trebles...

VideoCelts · Oct 11
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