Report: Celtic plan tribute to Billy McNeill against Kilmarnock

By John Reid

April 24, 2019

Celtic are planning a unique tribute to Billy McNeill for Saturday’s clash against Kilmarnock.

The Daily Record has disclosed that the club hope to wear number five on the club’s shorts against the Rugby Park side in tribute to the late Hoops manager.

Number five was of course the number worn by McNeill throughout his career. Most notably when he picked up the European Cup as Hoops captain in 1967.

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Peter Lawwell to ask permission

The reports goes on to reveal that Peter Lawwell is set to ask the SPFL for permission to perform the tribute. Hopefully the permission is granted, there seems no reason that it shouldn’t be.

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Celtic have paid tribute to legendary former players in the past. Celtic played with a number seven on their shorts in tribute to Jimmy Johnstone in the league cup final in 2006.

Game will be a tribute to icon

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The shorts would no doubt be one of a number of tributes that will be paid to the former Celtic captain.

The game against Kilmarnock will be turned into a celebration of the Celtic icon. That is what he deserves, as he is one of the most important figures in the club’s history.

It was already an important game for the Hoops, as they look to clinch the league title. Now it is even more important. All at Celtic Park will get to pay tribute to a club legend.