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Bertie Auld - 1938 - 2021

08/05/19.CELTIC PARK - GLASGOW.Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld is pictured at Celtic Park prior to the funeral of legendary European Cup winner Stevie Chalmers Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images

Former midfielder Bertie Auld, who was part of the European Cup-winning Lisbon Lions team of 1967, has died at the age of 83, after rumours where confirmed by the club earlier today.

Auld made 283 appearances and scored 85 goals for Celtic in two spells, winning five league titles, four League Cups, three Scottish Cups and the European Cup in 1967 when they beat Inter Milan 2-1.

Tributes from the footballing world have been pouring in, as you can imagine, for such a titan of the game.

However, while his status as a decorated footballer cannot be downplayed, he will be remembered fondly for his personality, as well as his on field achievements.

He scaled the greatest of heights... with his talent but it is who he was as a man that made him so much more to us all. He enriched all our lives so greatly with his humour, his character and personality and for that we will forever be grateful. You can’t argue, for once, with Ian Bankier there.

We will be re-releasing a 2017 podcast with Bertie this week, weighing in with memories of him as a player and a person, and make sure to follow GIGPOD so you can be updated when that’s out.

Here’s some of the reaction on todays sad news.

Rest in peace Bertie, you truly were one of the greats.