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Celtic ‘golden era’ captain McNeill dies aged 79

Former Celtic captain Billy McNeill, who helped the Scottish giant win the European Cup in 1967, has died at the age of 79, the club said yesterday.

Fondly known as “Cesar,” McNeill started 790 competitive games for Celtic and helped the club win nine league titles in a row, as well as seven Scottish Cups and six League Cups. He became the first British man to lift the European Cup in 1967, after he captained Celtic’s “Lisbon Lions” to a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in the final. “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father Billy McNeill,” his family said in a statement released on Celtic’s website. “He passed away late last night (April 22) surrounded by his family and loved ones. He suffered from dementia for a number of years and fought bravely to the end.” McNeill captained Celtic in the late 1960s and early 70s under the stewardship of Jock Stein. He reached another European Cup final in 1970, as well as two semifinals in 1972 and 1974. He also managed Celtic in two spells, from 1978 to 1983 and 1987 to 1991.


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