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 November 14

by Carolina

Following the sad news of the death of Lisbon Lion legend Bertie Auld, many celebrities and big names in the sporting industry have paid tribute to him online.

The Scotland cap spent 12 years at Parkhead across two spells and played a massive part in their heroic run to the European Cup in 1967 under Jock Stein.

He truly was a character who was loved by many.

Celtic FC paid tribute to him, they wrote: “Everyone at Celtic Football Club is devastated to hear of the passing of Lisbon Lion, Bertie Auld, who has died at the age of 83, and the thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Bertie’s family at this extremely sad time.

“Bertie was a legend of the club for his many achievements in the green and white Hoops throughout his playing career, and he was adored by the entire Celtic Family for the passion and love that he always showed for Celtic.

“In two spells with the club – 1955-61 and then 1965-71 – he made 283 appearances, scoring 85 goals. He won five league titles, four League Cups, three Scottish Cups and, of course, the European Cup in 1967 when he was part of the legendary Celtic side that beat Inter Milan 2-1 on May 25, 1967 in Lisbon’s Estadio Nacional to lift the trophy.

“As well as playing his part in that historic day, Bertie also became famous for having led his team-mates in singing ‘The Celtic Song’ in the tunnel that day as they lined up alongside the Inter Milan team.”

The Lisbon Lions squad with Bertie (front right)

The Lisbon Lions squad with Bertie (front right)

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh tweeted: “RIP Bertie”

Labour leader Anas Sarwar also paid tribute, he said: “Gutted to hear this. Not only was Bertie a footballing icon, he was kind, funny and so down to earth. A proud Glaswegian to his core. I will never forget the kindness and support he showed me personally. My thoughts are with the family of Bertie Auld.”

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf wrote: “Sad news, a true legend of the game who will go down in history. #RestInPeace.”

Actor Gianni Capaldi also paid tribute to the legend.

He said: “Absolutely saddened to hear Bertie Auld passed. His smile was infectious, genuine and lit up every room. My last beautiful memory, at his house, singing and feeling his joy. God bless you & RIP Bertie. A true @CelticFC legend & servant.”

The official Primal Scream Twitter account also retweeted a tribute to the 83-year-old.

And many former Hoops stars also posted tributes.

Former Celtic player John Hartson, who had a picture of Bertie as his Twitter profile picture wrote: “Saddened to hear the passing of Bertie Auld .. legend, Lisbon lion and a truly great gentleman.. my thoughts are with the Auld family.. RIP Bertie.”

Chris Sutton also wrote: “Devastating news to hear that Bertie Auld has passed away. Bertie was a real legend, a lion and an absolute gentleman. He was a great player and a charming, funny , funny man. Thoughts and love and prayers go out to Bertie’s family.”

Alan Thompson tweeted: “Sad to here the news about the wonderful gentleman and Celtic Legend Bertie Auld RIP BERTIE.”

Motherwell FC chairman Alan Burrows said: “Terribly sad news. I was fortunate enough to meet Bertie on a few occasions at Celtic Park and he always illuminated whatever room he was in and company he was with. Sincere condolences to his family and friends at this time.”

Tony Watt tweeted: “Rest in Peace. A man who never passed you without a smile on his face. Legend.

The Open Goal podcast wrote: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of @CelticFC Legend, Bertie Auld after the sad passing of the Lisbon Lion. Rest in Peace, Bertie.”

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Original posted at www.dailyrecord.co.uk

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