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Celtic's number five scores winner to add mystical aspect to emotional Billy McNeill tributes

Thousands congregated for a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of the Lisbon Lions captain at Parkhead.

Celtic's number five Jozo Simunovic (centre right) celebrates scoring the winner.
Celtic's number five Jozo Simunovic (centre right) celebrates scoring the winner.
Celtic's number five Jozo Simunovic (centre right) celebrates scoring the winner.
A Celtic fan holds up a Billy McNeil tribute during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 27, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Fans hold up banners in memory of the late Billy McNeill before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 27, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Fans gather at the Billy McNeill statue before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 27, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 27: Members of the Celtic 1967 European Cup winning team look on prior to Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on April 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 27: Celtic players observe 67 seconds of applause in tribute to Celtic Legend Billy McNeill prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on April 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 27: Celtic fans show their support ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on April 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 27: Celtic fans show their support ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on April 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic manager Neil Lennon and captain Scott Brown lay flowers at the Billy McNeill statue (Ian Rutherford/PA)

Celtic's number five Jozo Simunovic netted the winning goal for the Hoops on 67 minutes to add a mystical side to the emotional tributes to the club's late captain Billy McNeill at Saturday's game against Kilmarnock.

McNeill, of course, wore the number five jersey at the club and lifted the European Cup in 1967, marking the biggest moment in Celtic's history.

On the day that players and fans joined before the game to pay tribute to McNeill, who passed away earlier this week aged 79, there was no more fitting a player to score the winner and at no more fitting a time during the game.

Celtic are now a point away from securing the league title and would even be crowned champions if Rangers fail to beat Aberdeen tomorrow.

Thousand of fans congregated to see current manager Neil Lennon and captain Scott Brown lay a wreath at the sculpture of McNeill holding aloft the European Cup before the game.

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Fans turned out to pay tribute to Billy McNeill on Saturday (Ian Rutherford/PA)

They stood for a moment in silence before an impromptu rendition of the Celtic Song by supporters.

McNeill’s family were given a respectful round of applause when they walked down from the stadium, as were his former team-mates including Bertie Auld and John Clark.

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