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  • A minute's applause in tribute to Cyrille Regis at Celtic Park

    A minute's applause in tribute to Cyrille Regis at Celtic Park

    By: Newsroom Staff on 19 Jan, 2018 18:06

  • CELTIC will hold a minute’s applause before this Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie against Brechin City as a tribute to Cyrille Regis, who sadly passed away last weekend at the age of 59.

    As well as being an excellent footballer, most notably with West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City, along with representing England on five occasions, Cyrille Regis was also a role model for many young footballers.

    He and his two West Brom team-mates, Brendan Batson and Laurie Cunningham, through their courageous attitude and ability, did much to tackle the scourge of racism in football back in the 1970s and ‘80s, and they led the way for other black footballers to follow them into the professional game.

    And as a club open to all, Celtic have always and will always tackle racism in all its forms.

    Cyrille Regis was also Scott Sinclair’s agent, and speaking exclusively to the Celtic View, the Hoops winger paid tribute to Cyrille, describing him as a mentor and friend.

    “He was a massive influence,” said the 28-year-old. “He was my agent ever since I was a 16, when I signed for Chelsea. He was there every step of the way with me.

    “When I was a young player, he gave me good advice about all the things he had been through, and he has passed that on to me and all the other players he looked after.

    “He was still in contact with me and I met him before Christmas. He came up and watched the second last game before the winter break and we met at the hotel and had a general chat.

    “It was devastating news and so sad to hear, especially when you have known someone so long and are close to them and, in particular, it’s a really sad time for his family.”

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