The Celtic 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. He made 790 competitive appearances for Celtic - more than any other player in our history - and during that time he won nine league titles, seven Scottish Cups, six League Cups and, of course, the European Cup triumph in 1967.
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"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. "They have remained humble men, regardless of their incredible achievements as Celtic players, embodying everything that is good and positive about Celtic Football Club".
"He was a great man and at this sad time my thoughts are with Liz and her family".
"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father Billy McNeill", read a statement from McNeill's family on the Celtic website.
McNeill is in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, and was voted Celtic's greatest ever captain in 2002. Billy McNeill was an inspirational leader, a legend and a lion.
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"I remember in Lisbon, him carrying the ball out onto the park in Portugal". He was never arrogant or egotistical.
He told Press Association Sport: "It's very sad news". Although we were big opponents on the field we had a mutual respect for each other off it.
"He was also a truly good man and will be a loss to everyone who knew him".
Hibernian tweeted: "Everyone at Easter Road was saddened to hear of the passing of Billy McNeill, who spent a short time at Hibs as mentor to then-manager Jim Duffy".
"His presence on a matchday here at Celtic Park, where he would cheer on the team, was always a great opportunity to meet up with him, and it was also an indication that he always was, before everything else, a Celtic supporter, faithful through and through".