James Forrest has gifted his shirt from Saturday’s League Cup Semi-Final win over St Johnstone to Bertie Auld’s family. The Lisbon Lion was remembered by the players and also by the supporters with some spectacular scenes in the stands as the club bid farewell to one of their finest sons.
Forrest, who scored the winner to push Ange Postecoglou’s men into the Final, decided to gift his shirt to the family of Bertie, giving them something to remember the match by.
Speaking to the club website, Forrest admitted that the players were honoured to wear Bertie’s No.10 given the significance of the Lisbon Lion to the club, both on and off of the pitch.
“Bertie meant so much to the Club and our supporters, he was everything to his family and we know they are missing him so much.
“The boys were really honoured to wear Bertie’s number on Sunday and we were delighted to get the result on a really emotional day.
“For me to get the goal was special but the whole team did brilliant to get the victory. We know what a tough time it’s been for the family and we just wanted them to have something from the match and from the day that we remembered one of our greatest ever legends.”
Bertie was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2009, celebrating all of his achievements including five League titles, three Scottish Cups, four League Cups and two Glasgow Cups. He was a part of the side that triumphed in Lisbon on the 25th of May 1967, breaking into The Celtic Song in the tunnel before the match.