Celtic fans loved seeing Fergus McCann back at the stadium he helped build on Sunday, after he emerged at half-time to do the Paradise Windfall draw.
Credited as the man who saved the Hoops from financial oblivion in the 1990s, his stock only continues to rise amongst supporters as the years roll on.
It was McCann who ensured that the club paid bills and avoided administration, and potential liquidation, before embarking on a rebuilding process that helped shape the next two decades at Celtic Park.
It’s impossible to consider us enjoying our current of success without his contribution.
Receiving a massive ovation from the home support on Sunday, McCann addressed the crowd by saying, as quoted by celticfc.net: “I just want to say what a thrill it is to be here with you back at Celtic Park.
“I watch from afar and I see the team growing and getting better every day, every week, every game, every season. And I’m with you as we look forward to nine more in a row.”
Fans want official club honour
Given his status at the Hoops, some fans are now calling on him to get his own statue outside the doors of Celtic Park. Others have suggested renaming the North Stand in his honour.
So far statues have been limited to Brother Walfrid, Jimmy Johnstone, Jock Stein and Billy McNeill. Stands meanwhile are named after the Lisbon Lions as a collective group, as well as Stein.
McCann allowed the construction of the 60,000 seater stadium, so it would be somewhat fitting to name a stand after him.
Whether it’s something he, or the club, wants though is unknown.
These supporters have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Perhaps Fergus doesn’t want a statue or stand named after him, maybe his place in history is already cemented, but damn I wish we could have some sort of symbol at the stadium so my kids kids know all about this man. Hero.
— Shahid Ali (@Sha_Ali1977) September 22, 2019
A Celtic legend, one of the most important people in our history. The North stand should be named after him, a giant of a man.
— Cú Chullain (@paddyb53) September 22, 2019
How this man doesn’t have a stand or a statue at the very minimum is beyond me
— RolyPolyHolyGoalie (@PolyGoalie) September 22, 2019
Deserves a statue
— Sweeney (@Sweeney_1888) September 22, 2019
Statue, stand, whatever he wants ! ☘️
— Paul McKerrow (@mckerrowp) September 22, 2019
Fergus is equally important to the history of Celtic, as Brother Walfrid is.
— Paddy (@PaddyTurnbull) September 22, 2019
Name the north stand after the man!!!
— Stephen~Bolingoli (@higgy1987) September 22, 2019
IMO….he has to be the next statue
it’s warranted,deserved and overdue
No bunnet,no Celtic
— Tim Mc Avoy (@TimMcAvoy1) September 22, 2019