LISBON LION Willie Wallace last night scoffed at reports that he is in ill health.
Wallace, who now lives in Brisbane, was mentioned when his former team Apia were playing in a live game on Australian TV at the weekend.

The co-commentator got his wires crossed and informed viewers that the Celtic legend was poorly.

Wallace, 74, said: “It came as a bit of a shock to me to discover I wasn’t well.

“Just in case anyone is concerned, I can assure everyone that I am in good health.

“I think the TV guy might have been referring to a little illness I picked up about two years ago. I developed shingles after a fairly lengthy drive from Sydney to the Gold Coast.

“Not quite life-threatening, I’m delighted to say.”

Wallace, in fact, watched Celtic beat The Rangers 2-0 in the League Cup semi-final on Aussie TV last Sunday.

He added: “My old club thoroughly deserved their victory, but I thought they might have scored a few more goals.

“In my day, Big Jock Stein would have ordered us to pile them on.

“Anyway, it’s good to see the team doing well at the moment. Long may it continue.”

Willie called CQN to re-assure everyone in the Celtic family that he is in good health and asked us to pass on his best regards to everyone in the CQN community.
*In the photograph accompanying this feature Willie is pictured with ex-Celtic captain Tom Boyd who popped into a book signing session  back in May 2013 at East Kilbride’s Waterstones store to meet the Lisbon Lion.
Willie was in Scotland to promote his biography Heart of a Lion which is available at www.cqnbookstore.com
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