Tributes pour in for Celtic great Charlie Gallagher
Celtic great Charlie Gallagher has sadly passed away, the club have confirmed this afternoon.
A statement said: “Everyone at Celtic Football Club is extremely sad to hear of the death of Charlie Gallagher, who has passed away at the age of 80, and the thoughts and prayers of the whole Celtic Family are with Charlie’s wife, Mary, his children and grandchildren, and all his family and friends.
“Charlie’s contribution to his beloved Celtic over 12 years was immense, and having joined the club in 1958, he would become an integral part of the squad which achieved great things both in Scotland and in Europe under the stewardship of Jock Stein.”
Gallagher made 171 appearances for the club between 1958 and 1970, winning trophies at home and abroad.
Famously he was a member Jock Stein’s famous Lisbon Lions squad and only narrowly missed out on a place in the starting eleven for the 1967 final against Inter Milan.
He played in prior rounds and it was his delivery that Billy McNeill scored from against Vojvodina in the quarter-finals.
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It was also Gallagher’s corner that ushered in a new period of Celtic success in 1965, when McNeill met the cross with a crashing header to earn the club’s first piece of silverware under Stein, the Scottish Cup.
Gallagher once famously said [The Celtic Wiki]: “For years it galled me that the only thing people remembered me for was two corner kicks. Then my wife said: Your name is in history for that’.”
But Gallagher was a great in his own right and was hugely popular with generations of Celtic supporters.
Another legend from our history has passed on.
Tributes have been pouring in for the iconic man on social media today, leaving no-one in any doubt that he was beloved. Rest in peace Charlie.
Charlie an absolute legend and a lovely man .rest in peace sir https://t.co/d4FsP2tPuy— Paul B Lyons. (@plyons45) July 11, 2021
I was lucky enough to meet Charlie on a number of occasions. A very good footballer and a humble man whose love of our club, Donegal and Ireland was clear every time you spoke to him. May he rest in peace HH https://t.co/PQEjzIRtW6— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) July 11, 2021
Charlie Gallagher is in my dads stable of favourite ever Celtic players, along with John Hughes.— Buddy Gall 社会主義者 (@TheGallatron) July 11, 2021
Been told a thousand stories about Charlie Gallagher, what a player he was 🍀 https://t.co/s4OQElK13I
Another great gone. Saddened by the news. May his family find peace and may he also rest in peace most importantly. Forever roam in the jungle in the Celtic heavens beside lions.— Scott Dempsey (@_Scott_Dempsey_) July 11, 2021
He is from a generation who knew that the supporters coming to watch Celtic was something that they believed in and he fought for their beliefs on the park. May he rest in eternal peace… YNWA 💚🙏🍀— Ryan Coyle (@RyanSoulbhoy) July 11, 2021
Sorry to hear about the passing of Charlie Gallagher. A very nice man to chat to with what my dad always described as a legendary and cultured left foot.— Brogan Rogan Trevino (@BroganRoganTrev) July 11, 2021
The first Scottish born footballer to play for the Republic of Ireland – something he was very proud of.
Desperately sad news on the passing of Charlie. My son still remembers getting to wear his Lisbon Lions blazer.— Davie McLaughlin (@McLaughlin_1888) July 11, 2021
Later that same evening, I drove him home to Bishopbriggs. I even took the long way to chat more with him.
Charlie Gallagher was a gentleman and a gentle man.
RIP 💚 pic.twitter.com/BvAsaNhrGr
Gallagher & Quinn have left their mark RIP 🙏🏻☘️ https://t.co/5MU4D0qGzs— Andy Nolan (@AndyNolanBCS) July 11, 2021