Celtic announce plans for further Bertie Auld tributes
Celtic will play their first home game since the passing of Bertie Auld this Sunday, against Aberdeen.
Tributes to the departed Lisbon Lion and Celtic icon have been widespread. At Hampden, the Green Brigade displayed two magnificent TIFOs to pay their respects to a fan favourite.
There was also an excellent gesture from James Forrest, who gave his semi-final shirt from the same game to the Auld family.
Now, Celtic have announced new plans to commemorate the Hoops legend [Celtic FC]. Auld’s funeral will take place tomorrow at 12noon, at St Mary’s in Calton, where the club was founded in late 1887.
Supporters will be able to watch the funeral on big screens at Celtic Park, and will be invited to pay respects on the Celtic Way. The funeral cortegé will then pass Parkhead at approximately 1.30.
For those watching from home, Celtic TV and the YouTube channel will be broadcasting the funeral in full.
Then on Sunday, Celtic captain Callum McGregor and former skipper Scott Brown, now of opponents Aberdeen, will pay tribute to Auld on the pitch. According to the club, supporters are being encouraged to turn up early to take part.
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Celtic pulling out the stops to recognise an icon in Bertie Auld
Quite rightly, Celtic are pulling out all the stops here. Bertie Auld was an immensely popular figure amongst fans, and was close to the club ever since he first signed.
For supporters, it’ll be an opportunity to pay respects to a man who was just as entertaining on the field as he was off it. His stories and songs, especially his recollections from that famous night in Lisbon, were essential listening.
So, so many of the Celtic support will have personal stories about Auld.
That’s how close he was to the fans; he was one himself, and immensely proud to have worn the Hoops at a critical, famous time.
The tributes at Hampden were stunning; a joyous display of colour, song and raw emotion.
That’ll only continue at Celtic Park, where Auld delighted fans with his displays on a weekly, sometimes twice-weekly basis, for so long.