McGregor hopes to pay perfect tribute to McNeill and Chalmers by winning treble

By Hamish Carton

May 1, 2019

Callum McGregor says he and his teammates want to deliver the “perfect ending” and honour two Lisbon Lions. European Cup winning captain Billy McNeill and final goalscorer Stevie Chalmers both died recently after battles with dementia.

The Hoops honoured McNeill by winning an emotionally-charged game against Kilmarnock on Saturday, but now McGregor wants to add further gloss.

Speaking to Clyde 1, the Celtic midfielder said: “It is a massive loss – two of the greatest players at the club.

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“To lose one was obviously a massive loss but to lose two of them in a week, from such an iconic team in the history of the club, obviously the club was so upset.

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“The best tribute we can do as players is go and do our job on Saturday and try to wrap up the title

“Obviously, we look after Saturday first and get over the line and then we have three massive games to finish and that would be the perfect ending in terms of a tribute for them as well.”

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A highly emotional Scottish Cup Final

One things for sure, May 25th promises to be an enthralling day. The match sees Celtic meet Hearts in a Scottish Cup final for the first time since 1956. The treble treble will almost certainly also be on the line.

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On top of that, the date will mark the 52nd anniversary of Celtic’s greatest triumph. With McNeill and Chalmers no longer with us, the day may act as a fitting remembrance ceremony.

Celtic have already revealed they will wear large number fives on their shorts to honour McNeill, although plans may now change following Chalmers sad passing.