Moussa Dembele, Chris Sutton and John Hartson show support for Celtic legend Bertie Auld

By John McGinley

June 17, 2021

Former Celtic icons from various eras at the club are paying tribute to legend Bertie Auld today after the club confirmed he is suffering with dementia.

As Celtic supporters, our love for Bertie goes beyond football, which is a feeling echoed by many players who have also passed through the Parkhead gates.

The Lisbon Lion was a regular at Celtic Park prior to the pandemic, often seen mixing with supporters outside the stadium before and after matches, as well as with people inside the ground.

He was also a presence in the main stand boxes and players lounge, striking up a rapport with many a Celtic player throughout the decades.

No surprise then that some big names have wanted to show their support today.

Former striker Moussa Dembele said: “Support and love to a top man and Celtic legend and his family.”

Celtic favourite and dementia in football campaigner Chris Sutton said: “Really upsetting this is. Dementia is such a cruel disease. Bertie is a true legend. Brilliant player and one of the funniest guys ever. Stay strong Bertie.”

John Hartson also has great admiration for the Celtic great and actually visited Auld recently. He said: “Was with Bertie last week. What a man. He was full of beans and we sang the fields of Athenry at his home. He is suffering with dementia and wanted desperately to pay him a visit. God bless he is a proper Celtic legend.”

English Premier League star and Celtic fan Robert Snodgrass simply wanted to say: “LEGEND.”

Auld, of course, was also a former manager of clubs such as Partick Thistle and Dumbarton, who also wanted to send on their best wishes.

Everyone at 67 Hail Hail is also thinking of Bertie and his family today. All our good thoughts go in your direction.