‘Untrue internet rumours are upsetting to us as a family,’ Celtic release message from the McNeill Family

CELTIC have released a statement this morning concerning the unfounded internet rumours that spread yesterday concerning the health of Billy McNeill.

Whoever started this rumour should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves this morning and everyone who shared or commented should maybe reflect on their actions – however sincere and well intentioned.

The correct thing to do is avoid commenting or sharing and wait for official news. This isn’t the first instance of this happening in the social media age and it causes great distress and upset for the families involved.

Thankfully it’s NOT true but even if it was accurate it should be a matter for the family on how and when to release such terrible news, it’s not your place or mine to do it on their behalf.

The statement on the official site is a Message from the McNeill family and it says:

Following recent social media speculation regarding Celtic legend Billy McNeill, the McNeill family has issued this update.

‘Further to speculation circulating on social media we would like to confirm the following. As is widely known, our father, Billy, has been battling dementia for some time. He is currently in hospital receiving treatment for an illness. However, at no time have the family been called to his bedside and reports of his death are untrue.

‘Whilst we appreciate the love and appreciation shown towards our father, the current rumours are upsetting to us as a family. We would appreciate if people would refrain from spreading such stories and respect our request for privacy in this matter.’

Best wishes to Billy and his family, YNWA….

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