Celtic pay tribute as 'Lisbon Lion' Tommy Gemmell dies at 73

Lisbon Lions legend Tommy Gemmell has passed away at the age of 73, Celtic have confirmed.

A Scotland global between 1966 and 1971, Gemmell also played in the famous 3-2 victory over England at Wembley in 1967.

A Scotland worldwide, Gemmell was best remembered for scoring the equalising goal in the 1967 European Cup final, in which Celtic became the first British side to win the trophy after a 2-1 victory over Inter.

During his 10 years with the Hoops, Tommy won six league titles, three Scottish Cups, four League Cups and, of course, the European Cup.

He scored in the 1970 European Cup final, which Celtic lost to Feyenoord, and was also capped 18 times for Scotland.

"Tommy will forever hold his rightful place as one of the true Celtic legends".

"Our thoughts are with Tommy's family and friends at this very hard time".

He finally left in 1971 to try his luck in England with Nottingham Forest, before returning to Scotland to end his playing career with Dundee.

Having joined Celtic in 1961, Gemmell went on to make almost 250 league appearances, along with 54 matches in Europe, and left the club in 1971 with 64 goals to his name along with the impressive penalty record of 34 goals from 37 attempts.

The Scottish worldwide later played for Dundee and captained the Dens Park team that won the 1973 Scottish League Cup. He would then go on and manage Albion Rovers for two individual seasons, six years apart.

"Tommy will forever hold his rightful place as one of the true Celtic legends".

And, like the rest of the Lions, Tommy remained humble about his incredible football achievements.

"Our thoughts are with Tommy's family and friends at this very hard time".

The loss of Gemmell comes just days after it was revealed that Billy McNeill, the team's captain in 1967, as well as a former manager, is suffering from dementia. "Celtic great thoughts are with his family and close friends, RIP Tommy".

  • Julie Sanders