As Celtic attempt to reach the next round of the Uefa Cup it is worth noting that McNeill was in charge the last time the Glaswegians survived past Christmas in Europe way back in 1980. But McNeil’s fame is due to the fact that he was the first Brit to lift the cup with the big ears in 1967. Yes, the Scots beat the English to that particular honour. No wonder McNeil is an enormous legend on the green side of Glasgow. He made a staggering 800 appearances for his first love in a career spanning 18 years. The captain of the ‘Lisbon Lions’ is looking forward to a rematch on 22 January, that will be a tribute to the greatest club side Scotland ever produced: the Celtic side that reached two European Cup finals in four years between 1967 and 1970.
’It’ll have to be a delayed revenge for 1970, when we lost to Feyenoord in Milan. It’s fantastic that this game against such a fabulous team is a tribute to our team. We’ll have to make a real party of it, for us and more importantly for the fans of both clubs,’ McNeill declared last week at the presentation of the game.