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Former Celtic Captain McNeill dies aged 79

Former Celtic captain Billy McNeill has died at the age of 79, his family have announced. Credit: PA

Former Celtic captain Billy McNeill has died at the age of 79, his family have announced.

McNeill, who played for Celtic his whole career, was captain of the famous 'Lisbon Lions' side who won the European Cup in 1967 and he also went on to manage the club.

A statement from his children on the Celtic website read: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father Billy McNeill.

"He passed away late last night (Monday, April 22) surrounded by his family and loved ones. He suffered from dementia for a number of years and fought bravely to the end, showing the strength and fortitude he always has done throughout his life."