William McNeill was born on March 2, 1940, and died on April 22, 2019; he was a Scottish football player and manager.
He had a long association with Celtic, spanning more than 60 years as a player, manager and club ambassador.
William captained the ‘Lisbon Lions’ Celtic side to their European Cup victory in 1967 and later spent two spells as the club’s manager. As a player and manager joined, he won 31 major trophies with Celtic.
A defender, William played for Celtic for his entire senior career and holds the club record for most appearances, a total of 822 games over 18 seasons. William was captain during their most successful era in the 1960s and 70s.
The club won nine consecutive Scottish league championships and thirteen other major domestic trophies in this time, and in 1967 became the first British club to win the European Cup. William also played 29 times for Scotland.
William managed Celtic for nine periods, from 1978 to 1983 and 1987 to 1991, winning four Scottish league championships.
This included a league and cup double in 1987 to 1988, which was the club’s centenary season. William also managed Clyde, Aberdeen, Manchester City and Aston Villa.
William became a club ambassador for Celtic in 2009. In 2015 the club installed a statue outside Celtic Park of William holding aloft, the European Cup, an iconic image in their history.
William McNeill passed away at the age of 79.