Billy McNeill’s association with Celtic lasted more than six decades
Celtic have confirmed plans to pay tribute to former captain and manager Billy McNeill during their remaining fixtures this season.
McNeill, who passed away at the age of 79 on Monday, will be honoured before and during Celtic’s Scottish Premiership meeting with Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Further tributes will be paid when Celtic take on Hearts in their final fixture of the season in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts at Hampden Park.
Billy McNeill is immortalised in bronze outside Celtic Park
McNeill captained Celtic’s famous ‘Lisbon Lions’ to the European Cup in 1967, before completing a haul of more than 30 trophies as player and manager.
Prior to Saturday’s early kick-off at Celtic Park, the club’s first-team squad will lay a wreath on Celtic Way, with a minute’s applause to be held before kick-off in the stadium.
Members of McNeill’s family, some of whom will be present at the game, preferred applause to silence.
“We do not believe football stadiums were ever built to be silent. Our father would not have wanted that. They should be places of noise, passion and enjoyment,” a McNeill family statement said.