Manchester City paid tribute to Celtic icon Billy McNeill in their 1-0 victory over Leicester City. The Premier League champions wore black armbands in honour of McNeill, who managed City between 1983 and 1986.
The Manchester Evening News disclosed that the team wore the armbands as it was their first home game since McNeill passed away.
Success in Manchester
McNeill had some success in his time in Manchester. He helped the then fallen giants get promoted back to the top division.
He eventually left for Aston Villa, then returned to Celtic for a successful second spell as manager.
McNeill has of course been paid numerous tribute at Celtic Park since he passed away.
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Title dedicated to legend
Just recently Kieran Tierney dedicated the Hoops’ eighth consecutive league title to both McNeill and fellow Lisbon Lion Stevie Chalmers.
Should the Hoops go on to win the treble, it would be a fitting tribute to McNeill if that triumph was dedicated to him.
After all, he was the Hoops captain when the club won their first ever domestic treble in 1967, a feat that the club then repeated in 1969.
McNeill’s family would no doubt have appreciated the gesture by Manchester City. It shows how much esteem a figure like McNeill had in the game.
He was a legend. It is good to see that the likely soon to be English champions recognised him as one.