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  • Celtic icon Billy McNeill donates medal collection to the Club

    Celtic icon Billy McNeill donates medal collection to the Club

    By: Mark Henderson on 07 Jul, 2015 13:09

  • CELTIC icon Billy McNeill has today handed over his magnificent medal collection to the club, allowing supporters and visitors to Paradise to share in his glorious achievements.

    It was a fantastic gesture from the Hoops legend, who won nine league championships, seven Scottish Cups, six League Cups and of course the greatest club prize of them all – the European Cup.

    ‘Cesar’ amassed this remarkable medal haul as captain of the club. An inspirational figure and a leader of men, he was Celtic’s greatest-ever skipper.

    The Celtic great was also the first winner of Scottish Footballer of the Year in season 1964/65 and made 29 appearances for his country.

    As Celtic manager, he brought four league championship titles to Paradise, along with three Scottish Cups and one League Cup.

    All Billy’s medals from his 27-year association with Celtic as player and manager will now be available to view beside all the other glittering prizes won by the club during its illustrious history.

    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell accepted the medal collection on behalf of the club in the Celtic Park boardroom.

    He said: "It’s an incredible gesture and an honour to receive them and display them at Celtic Park. It’s really a measure of the man, a fantastic Celt and someone who was voted Celtic’s greatest-ever captain.

    “He’s just a true great and it’s just a measure of him that he has decided to put his medals here on display at Celtic Park, and we are so grateful for it.


    “He’s an inspiration. For me, growing up in the 1960s and '70s, he was the greatest-ever captain, not only in a football sense but in life as well. He was an inspiration not only to me but to thousands of our supporters.

    “He carried the Celtic values and standards on and off the pitch and he epitomises everything great about Celtic.

    “The amount of medals are just incredible. It’s a fantastic piece of work and we thank Willie Haughey for his involvement, and we thank Billy and Liz for giving us the honour of displaying the medals here at Celtic Park.

    “Of course, we have the statue coming of Billy, hopefully in September or October, which should be a fitting tribute to a wonderful man and a wonderful Celt.”


    Lord William Haughey, Club Ambassador and family friend of the McNeills, helped in the process of framing the medals.

    He said: “When I was chairman of Billy’s Testimonial Committee, I went over to Billy’s house. I was sitting with him and Liz and we were discussing his successes as a player.

    “He brought out an old box full of all his medals. I said ‘big man, we need to do something about this, why don’t I help you get these framed and put them in the boardroom at Celtic Park so all the Celtic fans can enjoy and share in your successes for evermore’.

    “Billy and Liz agreed, and the big man has very kindly donated the medals to Celtic Park so the fans can come along and enjoy them.

    "It’s one of the greatest medal collections of any individual player in the world, so it’s a fantastic achievement and a great gesture from Billy to give them to the club.”


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