Celtic have paid tribute to former club savour Gerald Weisfeld who died yesterday.
The Hoops paid tribute to the businessmen best known for his What Every Woman wants fashion chain. The Londoner was an influential part of Fergus McCann’s 1994 takeover which keep the club alive.
He died aged 79 after a long battle with illness with his family beside him.
Celtic send Gerald Weisfeld tribute on club site
The Hoops were in absolute turmoil in the early 90s on and off the pitch.
Calls to sack the board were aplenty as the club was losing money and titles, with Rangers sweeping the board. The push for change finally came about in 1994 when Scottish-Canadian business man McCann took over.
McCann was aided in the takeover with a variety of businessman and fans, some of whom were lesser known. Weisfeld was one of the men behind the scenes which helped the boardroom move.
It said: “The London-born businessman was one of the names closely involved in the takeover in March of that year, and his stepson, Michael, joined Fergus McCann on the new Celtic board when the old board was ousted, leading to the Celtic Football Club and Celtic Park we know today.
“Everyone at Celtic today offers their deepest condolences.
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic Park are with Mr Weisfeld’s family and friends at this sad time.”
Hoops fans react on Twitter to the news
The Celtic faithful took to Twitter to pay their own respects to Weisfeld.
That’s terrible news for his family, a great ambassador for Scotland and who brought affordable fashion to the masses in the 80s with his shop chain WEWW , RIP
— Andrew McAleese (@Monoman68) January 13, 2020
RIP Gerald Weisfeld and thank you for everything you did for @CelticFC with Fergus McCann. 🍀🙏🏻
— 𝙎𝘾𝙊𝙏𝙏𝙔 𝙂 (@7govscott) January 13, 2020
Wee gent of a guy. Birthday was St Patrick day too. RIP Mr W 🍀
— Frosty68 (@mburnlass) January 13, 2020
— view from the Hill (@antearmann1967) January 13, 2020
He was a diamond of a guy! Rest in the eternal peace Gerald 🍀
— LouMun 67 (@lfmunro) January 13, 2020
Emotional Rollercoaster. Excited to see a new signing and see this.
— Lyle Frimpong (@macdonald_lyle) January 13, 2020