The Lisbon lion and Celtic legend Bertie Auld has sadly passed away at the age of 83.
Scotland’s national team spent 12 years at Parkhead for two periods and played a massive role in their heroic run for the 1967 European Cup under Jock Stein.
In addition to achieving European honor, he became an integral part of the team that won nine league titles in a dominant era for the Parkhead club.
Auld first left Parkhead for Birmingham City and he continued to impress south of the border.
However, he would return to his beloved Celtic for another round, which included the historic victory in Lisbon over Inter Milan.
Auld played in the heart of midfield when the Lisbon Lions cemented their place in Scottish football folklore in 1967.
He wanted to continue playing for the Hibs before switching to a coaching role and rounding off his playing career at Easter Road.
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Auld earned three Scotland internationals during his playing days and also enjoyed a period in the lead.
He had spells in charge of Hibs, Hamilton Accies, Partick Thistle and Dumbarton.
That was while he was in charge of the Jags, Maryhill native lifted the First Division championship in 1976.
Auld was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2009 when his legendary career was recognized by the SFA.
After retiring from the game, Auld was a beloved figure around Celtic Park, appearing regularly at games and club events.
One of the game’s giants, Auld, would appear regularly in Celtic television, and his radiant smile and infectious personality will live long in the memories of Celtic fans.
He was also known among fans for his storytelling, including a funny tale of an exchange with Rangers legend John Greig in the tunnel before the derby day.
Auld remembered that Greig asked him “How much bonus do you have today”
He replied “3 £ about you?”.
Greig said back “Is that all I have at £ 6”
Auld hit back with “Yes, but I’m guaranteed 3.”