Celtic fans will never tire of images of Lisbon with new material emerging almost on a monthly basis to capture the glory of the Lions.
The deaths of Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers so close to the Scottish Cup Final has made this year much more poignant.
‘We Did It By Playing Football’. Here it is, nearly 3 weeks graft on the men that gave us everything. I’ve had this in my head for so many years, to feel I’m at a standard to do them justice has made me really proud, not only of what I do but where I’ve came from ???????????????? #celticfc pic.twitter.com/316v6kbnMR
— Concept Canvases (@conceptcanvases) May 14, 2019
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— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) May 14, 2019
The benefit that the artist enjoys is that they can create a new image of a scene and time that everyone can identify with.
In this painting the youthful energy of the players is perfectly captured while Jock Stein casts a look of pride over the greatest football team that Scotland has ever assembled.
Next Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final promises to be an incredibly emotional day as Celtic take to the field 52 years on from the Lisbon final, Neil Lennon’s side will have the numbers 5 and 9 on their shorts in tribute to McNeill and Chalmers.
In the 1969 Scottish Cup Final McNeill and Chalmers were on the scoresheet as Celtic routed Rangers 4-0 to complete the second treble in the club’s history.