Tributes pour in for Celtic great Charlie Gallagher

By John McGinley

July 11, 2021

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.

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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.