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Former Celtic favourite McNeill suffering dementia, says family

By Paul Burrows

The family of former Celtic manager and player Billy McNeill have confirmed he has dementia.

The 76-year-old led the team which won the European Cup in 1967.

His wife Liz explained: "His concentration is not as good as it was and he now can't communicate very well. It's affected his speech over the last year or two.

"Sometimes, if something annoys him, he can still say a few words like 'don't do that'. But in general he finds it very difficult. It's not because he doesn't know how to speak. There's just a part of his brain that won't let him."

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: "Billy is a man of true stature, someone who has given so much of his life to Celtic and at all times with such grace, humility and dignity.

"He is respected by all in football and someone who will always be loved dearly by all Celtic supporters."

"We have always been in close contact with Billy and his family and have been aware of the challenges he has been facing, a situation he has met with true bravery."

• Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has resigned as manager of Clyde.

The Scottish League Two side have not won a league match since November and have lost eight of their last 10 games.

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