CELTIC have appointed former skipper Roy Aitken as a new Club Ambassador.

He will join join other Hoops legends Billy McNeill, Davie Hay and Tom Boyd who represent the club across a range of activities.

Aitken made 672 appearances for the team and went on to become club captain.

He also made 57 appearances for Scotland and featured in the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.

The player known to the Parkhead followers as ‘The Bear’ later went into management with Aberdeen, Aston Villa, Birmingham City and the international set-up.

Aitken was a key component in the club’s double-winning centenary season in 1987/88 and lifted six league championships, five Scottish Cups and one League Cup.

Chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are delighted that Roy has accepted our invitation to become a Celtic Ambassador. Roy is a man who made such a tremendous contribution to the Club, spending 17 years with Celtic and making nearly 700 appearances for the Club.

“He is a figure who commands huge respect in football, particularly amongst our support, and we know he will be a fantastic Ambassador for Celtic.

“He has always had such affection for the club and, although time has passed since he left, his passion for the club remains so strong.

“We are delighted Roy will be part of the club again, I know he, too, is very excited about returning.”

Aitken said: “It is a huge honour for me to be asked by Celtic to become a Club Ambassador. Celtic was part of my life for so many years, but even in recent times and from a distance, the club has always been so dear to me.

“I was privileged enough in May to attend the wonderful tribute to the Lisbon Lions and it is nights like this and wonderful seasons such as the one we have enjoyed which will always make me so proud to have served the club as a player and captain and, of course, be so proud to be a Celtic supporter.”

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