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BILLY McNEILL: THE LISBON LIONS

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BILLY McNEILL is the fifth of Celtic’s most famous team, the Lisbon Lions, to pass away.

Bobby Murdoch, the club’s Scotland international midfield player, died of heart failure on May 15, 2001. He was 22 and the youngest of the team to win the European Cup on May 25, 1967.

A Rutherglen boy, Murdoch was 56 at the time of his death.

Goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson, the oldest of Jock Stein’s all-conquering side and known affectionately as “Faither” to his team-mates, died at the age of 73 on April 20, 2004.

The remarkable veteran custodian, who made his international debut at the age of 36 when Scotland beat world champions England at Wembley in April 1967, passed away following a heart attack.

Jimmy Johnstone, voted Celtic’s Greatest-Ever Player by the Hoops supporters, died of Motor Neurone Disease on March 13, 2006.
The pint-sized outside-right was 61 when he passed away.

Tommy Gemmell, who scored the side’s glorious equaliser against Inter Milan, died at the age of 73 on March 2 2017 after a long illness.

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