The four iconic moments that made Tommy Gemmell a Celtic legend
Celtic Football Club sadly announced on Thursday that one of the club’s greatest ever players, Tommy Gemmell, had passed away at the age of 73.
Over a ten year career at the club, spanning 418 appearances, Gemmell was an integral part of Celtic’s incredible European Cup triumph in 1967 when 11 local lads from Glasgow and the surrounding area destroyed a world famous Inter Milan side to become the first team from Northern Europe to lift the big cup in Lisbon. That trophy was just one of a number of successes in his time at Celtic, winning an incredible 14 major honours with the Hoops.
He was a pioneer of his time in his position of left-back, the archetype for the modern attacking full-back. Together with Jim Craig on the opposite flank and the rest of the Lisbon Lions, Celtic unleashed a new form of attacking football against the ultra-defensive Inter in that ’67 final, ushering in an era of expansive and exciting football, a legacy that lives on today.
Gemmell possessed one of the finest shots in Celtic history, able to generate a power and precision that must have left goalkeepers quaking in their boots. He scored an incredible 63 goals, including some of the most important in the entire history of Celtic.
A true Lisbon Lion, a Celtic legend and a wonderful footballer.
We celebrate his incredible career with four iconic moments that live on in the hearts and minds of Celtic supporters everywhere…