Hundreds pay tribute to Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell

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Tommy Gemmell made a poignant final journey past Parkhead as hundreds of fans turned out to pay their last respects to the Celtic giant, one of the Lisbon Lions.

Those attending the service included Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and chief executive Peter Lawwell.

The cortege leaves Celtic Park;

The cortege leaves Celtic Park;

Lisbon Lions Bertie Auld, John Clark, Jim Craig and Bobby Lennox, along with former Rangers player Willie Henderson, helped carry the coffin in to Daldowie’s East Chapel.

Former Hoops players Danny McGrain, John Hughes, Dixie Deans, Frank McGarvey, Davie Provan, and Andy Walker were also among the mourners.

Eddie Gray, who played for Leeds and was a former Scotland team-mate of Gemmell’s, was also present.

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson and administration chief Andrew Dickson attended on behalf of the club.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers arriving for  the funeral  (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers arriving for the funeral (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

The former Scotland left-back died at the age of 73 after a long illness, Celtic announced last week.

His funeral was being held at Daldowie Crematorium in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire.

Ahead of the service, fans lined the entrance to the Celtic Park ground as the funeral cortege made its way past, allowing them to say their final farewells to the club legend.

Applause rang out as the procession left the Parkhead stadium in the east end of Glasgow for the final time while a number of supporters threw Celtic scarves towards the funeral cars.

06/05/70 EUROPEAN CUP FINAL
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Celtic's Tommy Gemmell (3) celebrates after scoring the opening goal while Jimmy Johnstone (right) joins in the celebrations

06/05/70 EUROPEAN CUP FINAL CELTIC V FEYENOORD (1-2) SAN SIRO - MILAN Celtic's Tommy Gemmell (3) celebrates after scoring the opening goal while Jimmy Johnstone (right) joins in the celebrations

A wreath of white flowers beside the coffin bore the emblem of the Lisbon Lions - the Celtic team whose victory over Inter Milan in the Portuguese capital in 1967 saw them become the first British club to win the European Cup.