CELTIC have announced some details on how the club and supporters will be able to pay our respects and to celebrate the life and achievements of Billy McNeill this weekend and beyond.
At 11am on Saturday morning , before going into the stadium to prepare for the match against Kilmarnock, the players will lay a wreath at Cesar’s statute at the start of the Celtic Way.
The club have stated that members of Billy’s family have been invited to the game on Saturday.
Before kick-off there will be special video tributes to Cesar within the stadium and the team will wear a special black armband in memory of Billy, bearing the Number 5 to recognise Billy’s iconic number that he always wore with pride.
And Celtic have also stated that at the request of the McNeill family, there will be a minute’s applause prior to the 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday. The McNeill Family said: “We do not believe football stadiums were ever built to be to be silent. Our father would not have wanted that. They should be places of noise, passion and enjoyment.
“Football was his life and Celtic Park was a very large part of that. So please celebrate his life with a moment of cheers, songs and applause because that would make him feel at home again.”
Billy will also be honoured and celebrated further at Celtic’s last fixture of the season, the Scottish Cup final against Hearts, which takes place at Hampden on the poignant date of Saturday, 25 May.
And as The Celtic Star suggested this morning, the Celtic first team will wear Billy’s famous Number 5 on the Celtic shorts on 25 May at the Scottish Cup Final in tribute to a legend who gave so much to Celtic and to Scottish football.
The Celtic Star also suggested that the support look to re-create the 67 themed display from an evening match at Firhill in May 2017 to honour Cesar on 25 May.
And finally we put forward the idea that we should re-name the North Stand as The Hail Cesar Stand.