Celtic fans have taken to Twitter in their droves on Tuesday to give their heart-warming tributes to legendary club captain Billy McNeill after his death.
The #CelticFC Family is mourning the death of Billy McNeill, the club’s greatest ever captain and one of the finest men to have played and managed the Hoops, who has passed away at the age of 79.
Rest in peace, Cesar. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 23, 2019
The sad news of the 79-year-old’s passing was Tweeted out by the Hoops’ official account and was met by floods of messages from grieving supporters.
McNeill, a defender by trade, both captained and managed at Parkhead and also made 30 appearances for the Scottish national team, bringing great success to the green and white side of Glasgow both as a player and as a gaffer.
He is best known for leading the “Lisbon Lions,” the famous Celtic side that lifted the European Cup in 1967 by beating Internazionale in Portugal, and will be sorely missed as a prominent figure at Neil Lennon’s men’s matches even up until today.
Tributes from members of the Hoops Army towards the nine-time Scottish league champion simply called him “the greatest”, an icon of football and “forever loved.”
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Quite simply, the greatest. ?
— Dazelle Zayvon (@ChucklesLeVert) April 23, 2019
RIP Billy, Celtic’s greatest ever captain, you’ll never be forgotten HH ???????? pic.twitter.com/kFYOtWd6KY
— Rogic Lifetime Contract CSC (@sellik88) April 23, 2019
Only one king Billy, that’s McNeill. Rest in peace sir, your legacy as a European Cup winning captain and – far more importantly – an absolute gentleman will never die. https://t.co/i9EhobgRY4 1:23 = eternal testament to this great man. ?
— Michael McDonald (@Mikey_Bhoy_1993) April 23, 2019
R.i.P to the best celtic player in the world Billy McNeill pic.twitter.com/hM7TK6CtZx
— David Stewart (@flyscotsman39) April 23, 2019
God bless you the greatest ever Celt in my eyes a true leader ,hail hail ???
— dan f (@cueman139) April 23, 2019
Sleep now Cesar, you’re job here is done ? #Immortal
— Paul (@wyndbhoy) April 23, 2019
A footballing icon and giant of a man. RIP king Billy ???
— Mac (@isthat1t) April 23, 2019
Te greatest ever captain, forever loved
— shannon.? (@Shannonxmcauley) April 23, 2019
Such sad news. Where do you start when thanking Billy for all he done for Celtic. I was born 4 months after Lisbon so it was the Centenary season for me. RIP big man. ????❤️❤️❤️❤️
— James Hughes (@mcneill1967) April 23, 2019
Very sad news. RIP Caesar. Heaven’s team just got a new Captain
— Justin Kirby (@justkay32) April 23, 2019