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Lisbon Lions prove too strong for vintage Barcelona side

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Fifty-three years on from their afternoon of glory the Lisbon Lions are still picking up awards.

A Twitter poll on BT Sport aimed to establish the best ever European Cup/Champions League winning side, stretching the criteria a little beyond the Best Team of the Last Half Century.

Celtic’s on line following doesn’t need much in the way of a call to arms with fans voting them through two rounds to reach the final against the Barcelona team of 2008/09 which included Leo Messi, Thierry Henry, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Carlos Puyol.

Barca won the treble that season, crowned by a majestic display at Wembley where they brushed Manchester United aside with the 3-1 scoreline barely reflecting the way that the match had been played.

Online however they met their match when the Celtic support got behind their greatest team, 11 men whose names dominate the history of the club alongside manager Jock Stein.

With their multitude of honours losing out narrowly to the Lisbon Lions isn’t much of a slight on Barca, a week after beating Inter Milan in Lisbon the hoops faced Real Madrid in the Alfredo di Stefano Testimonial match, John Fallon took over in goals with Bobby Lennox scoring the only goal of the game to earn Celtic another famous win.

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