No Dry Eyes For Bertie: “Sure it’s enough to make your hearts go… oh oh oh oh oh”

The Celtic Family joined Bertie Auld’s family and friends in saying an emotional farewell to our ‘Mr Celtic’ at his funeral service at St Mary’s, Celtic’s spiritual home and then at Bertie’s Theatre of Dreams at Celtic Park where thousands of fans waited patiently in the bitter cold for hours in order to say their own farewell to the Celtic legend who will be missed by everyone.

Around 10,000 supporters watched the the funeral mass which was broadcast live on the official Celtic FC You Tube channel. Ange Postecoglou was there with the entire Celtic first team squad, who had returned from Germany in the small hours of the morning. Former managers Neil Lennon and Brendan Rodgers were there, as indeed was the former Rangers legend Willie Henderson and the current Ibrox club Managing Director Stewart Robertson.

The Celtic Board let my Chairman Ian Bankier and interim CEO Michael Nicholson were joined by Peter Lawwell, Brain Wilson and others and plenty former Celtic players were there including Lisbon Lions Jim Craig, John Clark, John Hughes and John Fallon. Tommy Callaghan attended the service as did the likes of Frank McGarvey, Frank McAvennie and Roy Aitken plus many others.

When the funeral cortege arrived at Celtic Park after making the short journey from St Mary’s the inevitable sound of The Celtic Song began as the fans knew how Bertie would want them to react in this act moment. And as usual the Celtic Support did not disappoint.

As the family stopped for a few moments outside the stadium to lay their own wreaths to add to the supporters tributes from Bertie’s wider Celtic Family, the fans sang In the Heat of Lisbon, the Fans Came in Their Thousands, To See The Bhoys Become The Champions of 67…

Back in the Calton the European Cup had been positioned prominently in the corner for all to see, next to that incredible portrait of Brother Walfrid. Hanging from the galleries were Portuguese flags, Willie Haughey spoke as did Lisbon Lion Jim Craig, Willie incidentally went out of his way to thank The Green Brigade for their two brilliant tributes at Hampden on Saturday.

Partick Thistle, where Bertie was manager for a few years, and of course the club nearest to Bertie’s family home as a boy in Maryhill, would like us all to raise a wee glass this evening at 10.30 to remember Bertie and to celebrate his life and what a wonderful life it was and what a remarkable, funny, intelligent, charismatic, talented man Bertie was. Mr Celtic, you will be missed by us all.

Rest in Peace Bertie, YNWA.

Celtic supporters gather outside Celtic Football club to watch the funeral of Bertie Auld, which is taking place at St Mary’s in Calton, on November 26, 2021 .The Lisbon Lion and Celtic legend is survived by his wife Liz, daughter Susan and son Robert. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Earlier this morning, fans begin to arrive at Celtic Park. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Frank McAvennie arrives ahead of the funeral of Bertie Auld. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Former goalkeeper Alan Rough walks past tributes left at Celtic Football club ahead of the funeral of Bertie Auld. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jim Craig,  Lisbon Lion arrives ahead of the funeral of Bertie Auld.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Lisbon Lion John Clark  walks past tributes left at Celtic Football club ahead of the funeral of Bertie Auld  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon (C) walks past tributes ahead of the funeral of Bertie Auld (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jim Craig walks past tributes ahead of the funeral of Bertie Auld (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

A view of Celtic Football club with the words ‘Bertie YNWA’ displayed on the roof and tributes left by the entrance ahead of the funeral of Bertie Auld on November 26, 2021 (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Lisbon Lion John Hughes  looks at tributes at Celtic Football club ahead of the funeral of Bertie Auld . (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jim Craig Lisbon Lion walks past tributes alongside former Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Lisbon Lion John Clark (R) talking to former Celtic star Tommy Callaghan (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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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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