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.
Everyone at #CelticFC is devastated to hear of the passing of Lisbon Lion, Bertie Auld and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 14, 2021
Bertie was a legend of the club and he was adored by the entire Celtic Family.
Rest in Peace Bertie, You’ll Never Walk Alone
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.
Beyond the gallus patter, what Auld & his fellow Lisbon Lions actually did in pure football terms is incredible.— (@EtienneBojan) November 14, 2021
They dismantled Catenaccio, the dominant playing style of the era.
Football changed forever after 1967 & Auld added an epic verse to Football’s great conversation.
Bertie Auld wasn't just a Celtic legend and icon - he was a glorious, heart-thumping link through history to the club's golden period for generations of supporters who weren't lucky enough to witness the Lions.— John McGinley (@jhnmcgnly) November 14, 2021
He made it all real. An institution in his own right. I adored him.
The captain of the Leeds side during the most successful period of their history, William Bremner, said this about Bertie Auld after our famous 2-1 win at Hampden.— Stevie ⚪️ (@stevieblock102) November 14, 2021
Truly a flyman on and off the park pic.twitter.com/ELlNEVbxrV
Bertie Auld’s service to Celtic and patter will never be forgotten pic.twitter.com/i2nsHm8uyn— Rikos (@Rikos1967) November 14, 2021
Devastated to hear about the passing of Bertie Auld.— Ryan Fitzsimons (@RyanStevenF) November 14, 2021
Truly one of the greatest figures in our clubs history, and an absolute gentlemen. Legend. pic.twitter.com/eRAMYS0WYY
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.— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) November 14, 2021
What a man Bertie Auld was— Celtic FC Foundation (@FoundationCFC) November 14, 2021
He appeared at countless Foundation events over the years and made each of our participants feel like they were the only person in the room.
He meant the world to our team and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
YNWA, Bertie pic.twitter.com/HqOObw3YNR
The last hurrah. At the end of July,— Peter Martin (@PeterMsport) November 14, 2021
I phoned Bertie and his son Robert to come out to the studio to share a coffee, chat and a look around the Celtic room just to get him out of the house. A proper footballer, a Lisbon lion, a legend. Rest in peace Bertie Auld. #Celtic pic.twitter.com/gy0ZVTimNk
Rest in peace Bertie, you truly were one of the greats.