Billy McNeill, captain of Celtic’s European Cup-winning team, dies aged 79

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  • ‘Lisbon Lion’ was first British player to lift European Cup in 1967
  • Managed Celtic in two spells and played 29 times for Scotland

Billy McNeill, the first British player to lift the European Cup as captain of the Celtic side that won the trophy in 1967, has died aged 79.

McNeill’s association with Celtic spanned more than 60 years and he managed the club in two spells. He played 486 times for the club from 1957 to 1975 as a defender, most famously for Jock Stein’s “Lisbon Lions” when they defeated Internazionale 2-1 in the final of the European Cup.

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