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  • Scott Brown: Billy set the benchmark for every Celtic captain

    Scott Brown: Billy set the benchmark for every Celtic captain

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 23 Apr, 2019 10:15

  • SCOTT Brown spoke of the sadness within the Celtic squad at the news of Billy McNeill’s passing, and he also described the honour he feels in following in the footsteps of Celtic’s greatest ever captain.

    The current Celtic captain said: “Wearing the captain’s armband at Celtic is a great honour and privilege and it’s something that I’ve been lucky enough to have done over the past few years. However, there will only be one greatest ever Celtic captain and that is Billy McNeill.

    "All of the players at the club are deeply saddened to hear of Billy’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

    "Billy set the benchmark as a Celtic player and captain, and that’s something everyone who pulls on the jersey has to aspire to. He won every honour in the game with Celtic including, of course, the European Cup, and I can only imagine how he must have felt when he lifted that trophy in Lisbon back in 1967.

    "He and his team-mates created history with their success, both in Scotland and in Europe, and every successive Celtic team since then have always strived to emulate that. It is only right that at a massive club like Celtic we have the highest targets to try and achieve, and those were set by Billy McNeill and that team who achieved such incredible things.

    "It was also great to see Billy here on a matchday when he would come to Celtic Park to cheer on the team, and it was always good to know that, even after they retired, legends such as Billy and his team-mates from that era, were still cheering on the team as supporters.

    "John Clark has always been an integral part of things here at the club, and I know this will be a tough time for him and his fellow Lisbon Lions. You can see that the bond they had as players has remained throughout the rest of their lives, and our thoughts are with them too.

    "I also know that Celtic supporters throughout the world will be devastated at this news. Billy McNeill has been a hero to every fan, and it is fitting that his statue is the first thing that greets us all at the start of The Celtic Way. He will always be remembered as a true Celtic legend and one of our greatest ever players.”

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