Tributes flood in for Celtic legend Billy McNeill

TRIBUTES have been flooding in for Billy McNeill, the Celtic legend, who passed away last night aged 79. Former team-mates, ex-Celtic players, clubs he managed, FIFA and many others including thousands from Celtic Supporters have been posted on Twitter this morning as a tribute to our greatest ever captain.

“Heartbroken over the passing of my great friend and captain Billy McNeill. A huge blow for the Celtic family but a devastating loss for Liz, Susan Libby Carol, Paula and Martyn. My thoughts and prayers are with them today. RIP my friend,” Jim Craig

“Sad hearing sad news about Billy, there will be many tribute`s about him, but please remember Liz and his family let the grieve in their own way, it`s a blessing at his passing and a relief Rest in Peace Billy from all in my family, we know what you all were going through,” John Fallon (who lost his wife recently).

“Such heartbreaking news. Billy McNeill was an inspirational leader, a legend and a lion. Thoughts go out to his family and the Celtic family,” Chris Sutton

“Sad news the Great Billy Mcneill has passed away.. a true Giant of the game, Leader and inspirational figure.. RIP Big Man thoughts are with the McNeill family at this sad time,” Jonn Hartson

“Terribly sad news today regarding Billy McNeill ‘ without doubt one of the most inspirational Celtic players of all time.I would meet him occasionally in and around Celtic Park and he was always the gentleman.Thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Paddy McCourt.

“Athletic Club regrets the passing of Celtic legend Billy McNeill and joins the pain of family, friends and the entire emblematic club,” Athletic Club, Bilbao.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our former manager, Billy McNeill who has passed away at the age of 79,” Aberdeen FC

“We are sad to learn of the passing of Billy McNeill who managed the Club between 1983-86. Everyone at Manchester City would like to send our sincere condolences to Billy’s family,” Manchester City

“Billy McNeill Billy McNeill, Celtic and Scotland legend, has died at the age of 79. In 1967, he became the first British man to lift the European Cup – one of a staggering 31 major trophies he won with Celtic as player and manager,” FIFA

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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

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