The Celtic legend’s life in numbers
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.