‘He was a giant in Scottish Football,’ Sir Alex Ferguson’s Farewell to Cesar

SIR ALEX FERGUSON has paid his own moving tribute to Celtic and Scotland legend Billy McNeill who passed away late last night.

“I, like everyone in Scotland today, is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Billy McNeill.

“He was a giant in Scottish Football, a man with an incredible presence and I’ll always cherish the fact that we entered professional football at the same time.

“We played against each other on many occasions and, as anyone who played against him will testify, he was the fairest of players.

“He was also a truly good man and will be a loss to everyone who knew him. Farewell Cesar,” Fergie said, as reported on the official Celtic site.

A personal thank you to Billy for Lisbon, for 9IAR, for the 4-2 Game for the exciting team you built in the early 1980s – a joy to watch, for the Centenary Season Double, for being our Greatest Ever Captain, legend and Ambassador. You are and always will be Mr Celtic.

Today our hearts are broken but your legacy will live in forever. I was fortunate enough to publish Caesar and The Assassin which documented Billy’s time as Celtic manager – he was so humble at that book launch, and made a really big effort to be there. He didn’t want to let anyone down and you know what? He never did.

And Celtic TV have posted this very moving tribute video to Big Billy…

Enter Cesar, imperiously appearing aloft on the high citadel of the presentation platform

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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