THE family of legendary Celtic captain Billy McNeill has endorsed next week’s tribute to outgoing skipper Scott Brown.

Supporters can pay their respects to the player who won 22 honours in his 14 years at the Hoops ahead of the final home game of the season against St Johnstone a week tomorrow which will now kick off at 6.30pm, as CQN reported.

Grateful fans can leave their tributes, jerseys, flags, banners and mementos from Saturday, May 8 until Monday.

Celtic great Billy’s son Martyn contacted the club today with the following message:

“On behalf of our whole family, we are delighted for Scott’s record as a 9-in-a-row-winning Celtic captain and all his other contributions to the Club to be recognised at next week’s match.

THUMBS UP…Scott Brown won 22 honours in a spectacular 14-year career at Celtic.

“No-one would be better placed than our father to appreciate what it takes to be a successful Celtic captain and we know he would be so proud of Scott’s achievements.

“The leadership, commitment and passion Scott has shown through his time at the club is a major factor in Celtic having won so many trophies and of course making history in a quadruple treble.

“Scott is someone who has given nearly 15 years of his life to Celtic and throughout this time has represented the Club brilliantly. We are sure fans will be eager to pay tribute to such an important figure.

“As a family, we thank Scott sincerely for all he has done for the Club and we wish him and his family nothing but success for the future.”

Brown cost £4.4million when he was signed by Gordon Strachan from Hibs in 2007. Ironically, Strachan was a former player of McNeill at Aberdeen when he was bought from fellow Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell’s Dundee in 1977.

ENCORE…Scott Brown applauds the Celtic support.

Coincidentally, Brown, 35, is likely to make his last appearance for the Hoops at Easter Road on May 15. He will join Aberdeen in a player/coach role in the summer.

From this forthcoming Saturday until Monday, the club will be arranging a collection point where fans can leave their tributes.

It will be open from 10am-4pm and will be positioned at the Clyde Gateway Car Park, adjacent to the Jock Stein Stand. This can be accessed on foot or by car by entering from the Clyde Gateway road.

Please note, anyone who wishes to have supporters club banners etc returned should contact Celtic’s Supporter Liaison Officer, John Paul Taylor – or @CelticFCSLOa


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