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CELTIC’S HAMPDEN TRIBUTE TO LIONS

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CELTIC will honour Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers with a special tribute at the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden a week on Saturday.

The Lisbon Lions double-act sadly passed away within a week of each other last month.

The silverware showpiece encounter against Hearts at the national season will be played on May 25, exactly 52 years to the day McNeill led the Hoops to their spectacular European Cup success with Chalmers claiming the winning goal in the Portuguese capital.

As well as having both No 5 and No 9 on their shorts, the Hoops players will walk out wearing alternate jackets with ‘McNeill 5’ and ‘Chalmers 9’ on the back.

Celtic are attempting to win an unprecedented treble treble when they take to the field to bring down the curtain on another eventful campaign.

It would be a fitting way for the players to mark the occasion with a triumph to achieve their ninth successive domestic trophy.

In the 1969 Scottish Cup Final, legendary captain McNeill headed in the opening goal in a runaway 4-0 victory over Rangers where Chalmers completed the rout with the fourth.

Four years earlier, the iconic centre-half scored the winning goal in the 3-2 triumph over Dunfermline to lift the team’s first trophy after eight barren years. Chalmers was on the right-wing that memorable afternoon.

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