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Billy McNeill’s career in pictures

McNeill became the first British player to lift the European Cup.

Billy McNeill became the first British player to ever hoist aloft the European Cup (Danny Lawson/PA)
Billy McNeill became the first British player to ever hoist aloft the European Cup (Danny Lawson/PA)

Celtic’s European Cup-winning captain and former manager Billy McNeill has died aged 79.

As the leader of Jock Stein’s famed Lisbon Lions, McNeill became the first British player to ever hoist aloft the trophy after the Hoops’ victory over Inter Milan in May 1967.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at his career in pictures.

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Billy McNeill (left) and Bobby Moore (right) led out their respective Scotland and England teams ahead of a 2-2 draw at Wembley in April 1965 (PA Archive/PA Images)
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Billy McNeill (5) covers team-mate Bertie Auld during Celtic’s 2-1 European Cup first-round first-leg defeat to Dynamo Kiev in September 1967 (PA Archive/PA Images)
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Billy McNeill (back row, third left) lined up with the Scotland team in February 1968 (PA Photos/PA Archive/PA Images)
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Billy McNeill (second right) in action for Scotland against England in a 1968 European Championship qualifier at Hampden Park (PA Archive/PA Images)
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Billy McNeill signed for Celtic from junior outfit Blantyre Victoria in 1957. He saw out his entire senior career at Celtic Park – playing every minute of his 790 appearances for the club (PA Wire/PA Images)
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Billy McNeill (left) chases after the ball from Rangers’ Colin Jackson in the 1970 Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park (PA Archive/PA Images)
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Billy McNeill’s (left) managerial career also included spells with Clyde, Aberdeen,Manchester City and Aston Villa (PA Archive/PA Images)
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Billy McNeill (left) was appointed manager of Celtic for the second time in 1987 and was welcomed back by chairman Jack McGinn (PA Archive/PA Images)
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Billy McNeill’s family confirmed in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with dementia (Jeff Holmes/PA)
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Celtic immortalised Billy McNeill in a statue outside Celtic Park in 2015, holding the European Cup aloft (Danny Lawson/PA)

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