The Celtic legend’s life in num­bers

Evening Times - - BILLY MCNEILL 1940-2019 -

14,415: Number of days between Billy Mc­Neill’s first in­volve­ment in foot­ball – mak­ing his Celtic de­but against Clyde in the League Cup in Au­gust, 1958 – to his last when he was care­taker boss at Hiber­nian for one game, in Fe­bru­ary, 1998 at Aberdeen.

822: Number of games Mc­Neill played for Celtic.

557: Number of games he played un­der Jock Stein as his man­ager.

471: Games he man­aged Celtic in his two spells. He won 285 of them.

457: Number of times he was in the Hoops line-up with Jimmy John­stone – the most of any player.

376: The amount of times he picked Roy Aitken in his XI as man­ager – the most of any player.

65: Games played against Rangers as a player.

42: Goals scored for Celtic.

31: Number of tro­phies won as a player and a man­ager at Celtic – 13 league ti­tles (nine as a player and four as a man­ager), 10 Scot­tish Cups (seven as a player and three as a man­ager), seven League Cups (six as a player and one as a man­ager) and, of course, one Euro­pean Cup as a player in 1967.

29: Caps for Scot­land between 1961 and 1972.

28: Games won against St Mir­ren as Celtic man­ager more than any other club.

24: Number of un­beaten games in a row dur­ing Mc­Neill’s one sea­son in charge at Aberdeen. He also beat Celtic and Rangers four times out of four at Pit­to­drie in the league.

16: Number of games played against England.

9: Goals con­ceded on his Scot­land de­but – a 9-3 de­feat at Wem­b­ley to England in 1961.

7: Spells as a man­ager – Clyde, Aberdeen, Celtic (twice), Manch­ester City, As­ton Villa and Hiber­nian as a care­taker boss.

6: Play­ers at Celtic who made just one appearance along­side him – John Cur­ran, Wil­lie Goldie, Gordon Mar­shall, Bent Martin, Don­ald Watt and Frank Welsh.

5: Goals scored against Dun­fermline – more than against any other club.

3: Goals for Scot­land – against Poland in a 1966 World Cup qual­i­fier 2-1 loss at Ham­p­den, ver­sus Wales at Wrex­ham in a 5-3 win in the Bri­tish Home Cham­pi­onship in 1969, and against Cyprus in an 8-0 World Cup 1970 qual­i­fier vic­tory at Ham­p­den.

1: Number of times he lifted the Euro­pean Cup – the first Bri­tish player to do so in 1967.

0: Amount of times he was sub­sti­tuted.

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