Billy McNeill


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'What makes a great player?
He’s the one who brings out the best in others.
When I am saying that I’m talking about Billy McNeill.'


A unique tribute to Celtic’s greatest ever player.

With his entire playing career spent at Celtic, Billy McNeill made 790 appearances between 1958 and 1975, winning the European Cup, 9 Scottish League Championships, 7 Scottish Cups and 6 League Cups.

From his 1958 debut against Clyde to the momentous years as player and manager, Billy’s breathtaking journey through the beautiful game – the highs, the lows, the triumphs, the tears – is celebrated here.

Celtic’s Chief Executive Peter Lawwell pays his own special tribute to the Parkhead hero along with a Who’s Who of the game’s royalty. They offer unforgettable experiences and wonderful memories of playing with and against Billy McNeill, one of world football’s best loved men.

In Praise of Caesar is a must-read for all Billy McNeill and Celtic fans, and football supporters everywhere.

Product Details


Published: 4th July 2019
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 304 pages
ISBN: 9781785302503


Published: 23rd August 2018
Format: Hardback 234x153mm
Extent: 304 pages
ISBN: 9781785301476


Alex Gordon is a former Sunday Mail Sports Editor and Daily Record Chief Sports Sub-Editor and has also worked as a columnist for World Soccer Monthly and as the Scottish correspondent for France Football and L'Equipe. This is his fifteenth football book, a list which includes The Lisbon Lions; The 40th Anniversary and Celtic: The Awakening while co-authoring autobiographies such as A Bhoy Called Bertie with Bertie Auld, The Quiet Assassin with Davie Hay, All The Best with Tommy Gemmell and Yogi Bare with John Hughes.

He is a lifelong Celtic fan.


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