Celtic supporters will commemorate the life of Billy McNeill prior to Saturday’s clash with Kilmarnock, report BBC Sport.

McNeill passed away at the age of 79 on Monday and is regarded as one of the most iconic figures in the club’s history.

While Saturday is set to be a sad occasion in many ways, McNeill’s family have urged fans to make it a celebration of his great life:

Our father would not have wanted that. They should be places of noise, passion and enjoyment.

Football was his life and Celtic Park was a very large part of that. So please celebrate his life with a moment of cheers, songs and applause, because that would make him feel at home again.

The family have received an invitation to the match and a minute’s applause will take place before kick-off, with special video footage shown at the same time.

The Celtic players will lay a wreath on the Celtic Way 90, while also wearing black armbands “bearing the number five to recognise Billy’s iconic number that he always wore with pride.”

Similarly, they will have a number five on their shorts when they take on Hearts in the Scottish Cup final on May 25th.

Neil Lennon’s players will be desperate to produce a special performance that McNeill would have been proud of on Saturday, as they look to edge closer to Scottish Premiership glory.


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