Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Former Celtic player and manager Tommy Gemmell dies at 73

Former Celtic player and manager Tommy Gemmell dies at 73

TOMMY GEMMELL, one of Celtic's famous Lisbon Lions, has died aged 73.

The Scottish champions announced on Thursday that Gemmell had passed away following a long battle against illness.

Scarves and flowers and other items were left outside Celtic Park in tribute to the man who scored in two European Cup finals for the club, including the equaliser in their famous 2-1 triumph over Inter Milan in 1967, when Celtic became the first British club to lift the trophy.

"The whole Celtic Family is mourning his passing, and everyone associated with the club sends their thoughts and prayers to his family, his fellow Lions and his many friends at this desperately sad time".

He won six Scottish league titles and seven domestic cups with Celtic, and played 18 times for Scotland.

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A true Lisbon Lion, a Celtic legend and a wonderful footballer. Gemmell also scored in the 1970 final against Feyenoord in Milan, which Celtic lost. Together with Jim Craig on the opposite flank and the rest of the Lisbon Lions, Celtic unleashed a new form of attacking football against the ultra-defensive Inter in that '67 final, ushering in an era of expansive and exciting football, a legacy that lives on today. "He was a man of huge stature in the game and someone who made such an important mark on Celtic Football Club".

Former Celtic midfielder and assistant manager Murdo MacLeod told BBC Sport Gemmell was "one of the greats".

"Our thoughts are with Tommy's family and friends at this very hard time". "Celtic great thoughts are with his family and close friends, RIP Tommy".

After two seasons at the City Ground and a short spell in the United States with the Miami Toros, Gemmell moved to Dundee, who he led to victory over Celtic in the 1973-74 League Cup final.

Celtic's city rivals Rangers also paid tribute, saying "The club would like to send our honest condolences to the family of Celtic legend Tommy Gemmell".

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