Tommy Gemmell wasn’t far from the thoughts of the Celtic support as they watched their team beat St Mirren 4-1 today to reach the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
On Thursday morning the excitement of the previous night’s 4-0 win away to Inverness Caley Thistle evaporated as news emerged that Gemmell had died at the age of 73.
Coming days after the announcement that Billy McNeil had dementia it was another body blow to the support as they gear up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 European Cup win over Inter Milan.
Nice tribute to Tommy Gemmell. Sad to see empty seats from fans who couldn’t be bothered paying tribute to him ???? pic.twitter.com/eGWeBWp9Qk
— Donn ???? (@donn_1967) March 5, 2017
Minute silence for Tommy Gemmell. pic.twitter.com/RQxeDIbce1
— ?CelticBible (@CelticBible) March 5, 2017
Rest in Peace Tommy pic.twitter.com/dx4EO34p8b
— • Celtic Photos • (@photo_celtic) March 5, 2017
Since the announcement on Thursday tributes have poured in to the Lisbon goalscorer whose place in Celtic folklore has long been secured.
Before today’s match a video compilation was played of Gemmell’s finest moments with the stadium falling silent for 60 seconds to salute one of the greatest ever Celts.
Gemmell’s funeral will take place on Friday with the procession leaving Celtic Park at 11.30am.