Concept Canvass have produced a touching painting celebrating the life, passion and emotion of Billy McNeill’s passing.
In April the Celtic support discovered that their greatest ever captain had passed away after a long and brave battle against dementia.
In 2015 a statue of McNeill raising the European Cup was unveiled at Celtic Park, when his death was announced it became a focal point for fans to share their grief.
‘22.04.19’. So here’s my greatest achievement as an artist, painted from a photo I took following the passing of icon Billy McNeill. The beauty of Celtic Park magnified by the grace of a Legend. Thanks for looking ???????????????? #celticfc #art #lisboa67 pic.twitter.com/GlIlPwmjuV
— Concept Canvases (@conceptcanvases) August 23, 2019
Scarves and shirts were left around the statue at the bottom of the Celtic Way alongside a number of poignant personal messages from fans who felt a genuine sense of grief at the passing of an icon.
When Celtic clinched the Treble Treble against Hearts in the final of the Scottish Cup on 25 May 2019, exactly 52 years after lifting the big cup in Lisbon the players wore shorts with the numbers 5 and 9 in recognition of McNeill and Steve Chalmers who died a week later.