May 25 will be more special than ever this year as Celtic look to honour Billy McNeill with a third successive Scottish Cup triumph.
That trophy was McNeill’s first and last as a Celt with the former captain and manager involved with more than a third of the club’s trophy successes when he left Celtic as manager for the second time in 1991.
For those that experienced Lisbon, May 25 is always a date to recall where they were, who they were with and the moment that a club from Glasgow’s east end put down their marker on the world of football.
To celebrate the life of King Billy,looking at printing 100 odd of these to give out for free,to plaster city centre and route to Hampden with night before the cup final just trying to see people’s thoughts @CelticFCSLO @CelticGossip @StandForCeltic #billymcneill #onekingbilly pic.twitter.com/jKxeKgkviU
— leftwing badges (@Leftwingbadges) April 23, 2019
The tributes to McNeill started yesterday as video clips were dug out alongside the memories of former players who worked alongside the legend who died on Monday evening.
Saturday’s home match with Kilmarnock is bound to be highly emotional. Over the last few seasons supporters have taken to lighting up in the 67th minute with the chant of ‘There’s only one King Billy’ also heard.
By the time of the Scottish Cup Final next month all of the emotions will pour out at Hampden, in 1965 McNeill headed the winning cup final goal against Dunfermline, 34 years later he guided his squad to a final hurrah with Joe Miller scoring the only goal in a Glasgow derby to hand big Billy his final active trophy.
Football at it’s besthttps://t.co/xnjpEuxt0J
— Joe McHugh (@videocelts) April 24, 2019