The wives of Celtic legends Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers will unfurl the Scottish Premiership flag ahead of the opening game of the season, the Hoops have confirmed, and the news has gone down very well with the fans.
Lisbon Lions McNeill and Chalmers passed away within a week each other in April and the club is honouring two of their best ever players. Unfurling the Premiership flag isn’t some measly show that every club does on opening day either – it represents last season’s title triumph, the club’s eighth in succession.
The two heroes played in the Bhoys’ greatest ever night as they became the first British-based club to win the European Cup, defeating Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon.
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Liz McNeill and Sadie Chalmers will be there in honour of their late husbands’ great achievements not just on that fateful night, but over the course of their glittered careers and lives, in which the legendary duo racked up a truly remarkable 749 club appearances between the two of them.
The presentation will take place ahead of Neil Lennon’s first domestic game back in permanent charge against St. Johnstone on August 3.
Here’s what the supporters had to say about the touching gesture on Twitter…
— CllrRobertson (@CllrRobertson) July 23, 2019
Great gesture by the club pic.twitter.com/bABcnAYAOQ
— Jimmy Owens (@1967____) July 23, 2019
A beautiful gesture from Celtic f.c.
— Saba celtic (@ThomasSabatelli) July 23, 2019
Fantastic Tribute ?
— Maryhill Bertie Auld CSC (@MaryhillBertie) July 23, 2019
Could not be a better way of showing our love for the families who’ve lost their loved ones and for our continual support as a collective Celtic family ????
— Danny (@DanTheManMax) July 23, 2019
A fantastic tribute to both families. Two legends of the game and two real gentlemen who will never be forgotten.
— Tom Gilligan (@Duke_Portland) July 23, 2019
Really nice touch by the Club
— stephen donoghue (@steved19614) July 23, 2019
What a lovely tribute to 2 legends. Will be an emotional day all round ??
— mcargison (@eabo1) July 23, 2019