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Time to honour King Billy
Sir Alex Ferguson, Bill Shankly, Sir Matt Busby, Jock Stein, Billy Bremner, Denis Law, Jimmy Johnstone, Davie Cooper and John Greig.

They all have something in common, do you know what it is?

They all have a statue outside grounds where they served their clubs with distinction. Some of these legendary Scottish players and managers actually lived to see the unveiling of these bronze tributes.

On his 75th birthday, there’s one man who deserves a similar honour along the Celtic way.

Billy McNeill is the greatest ever captain of Celtic and I could think of nothing better than the unveiling of a statue in his image while he is still here to see it.

I know former Celt, Charlie Nicholas called for a similar tribute a couple of years back, but it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

There’s no point in listing his achievements, they are well documented and his place in history is assured at home and across Europe. He typifies what a Celtic captain should be, a leader, an inspiration, an ambassador and a true gentleman.

Billy had all these qualities and much much more.

It’s time Celtic showed ‘Cesar’ exactly what he means to them, for all he’s given to the club as a player, let alone as a manager.

It would be the crowning glory of a wonderful career to see Billy and his family standing in front of Celtic Park watching the curtain being drawn back to reveal Billy in bronze taking his rightful place alongside Jimmy and Jock.

The time is right to honour King Billy, that’s McNeill.