Billy McNeill, the former Blantyre Vics player who became a Celtic legend, has died aged 79.
McNeill captained Celtic to their only European Cup victory over Inter Milan in 1967 and later managed the club over two spells.
He won the league nine times with the club, the Scottish Cup seven times and six Scottish League Cups.
McNeill joined Celtic in 1957 from junior side Blantyre Victoria and holds the club record for most appearances with 822 over 18 seasons. The defender also won 29 caps for Scotland.
A statement issued by McNeil’s family read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father Billy McNeill.
“He passed away late last night surrounded by his family and loved ones. He suffered from Dementia for a number of years and fought bravely to the end, showing the strength and fortitude he always has done throughout his life.
“We would also like to note our love and appreciation to our mother, Liz, for the care, devotion and love she gave to our father throughout his illness. No one could have done any more.
“Whilst this is a very sad time for all the family and we know our privacy will be respected, our father always made time for the supporters so please tell his stories, sing his songs and help us celebrate his life.”
Rest in Peace Billy.
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