Lisbon Lions: Six gone, but spirit of Celtic’s legendary XI lives on

With the sad deaths of Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers this month recalling Celtic’s legendary European Cup-winning side of 1967 - the Lisbon Lions - we look at what became of the hallowed XI.

Celtic's Lisbon Lions players show off the European Cup to their fans. Picture: SNS Group
Celtic's Lisbon Lions players show off the European Cup to their fans. Picture: SNS Group

All eleven players were born within 30 miles of Celtic Park, lending another layer to the fairytale in the Portuguese capital.

Celtic's Lisbon Lions players show off the European Cup to their fans. Picture: SNS Group

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Made his Scotland debut aged 36 in the 3-2 win over England at Wembley in 1967. Six weeks later won the European Cup. Had spell as Hamilton boss in 1970s and councillor in Edinburgh. Died of a heart attack in 2004.
Went to primary school in the shadow of Ibrox. Started career with Glasgow Uni before joining Celtic in 1964/65 season. Soon became regular fixture at right-back. Later became a dentist and still co-commentates on Celtic TV.
Joined Celtic on same day as Jimmy Johnstone. Scored against Inter and again in 1970 final. Later spells with Nottingham Forest and Dundee. Managed Albion Rovers and worked in hotel and finance industries. Died in March 2017.
'Chopper' spent 11 seasons at Celtic before playing for and later managing Middlesbrough. Later had a spell as a publican. Died from stroke at 56 in 2001.
Cesar spent 18 years at Celtic as player and had 2 spells as manager. Also managed Aberdeen, Man City and Aston Villa and later worked in TV. Passed away in April 2019, aged 79.
Now 78, 'The Brush' joined Celtic in 1958 and has worked at Lennoxtown and as kit man on match days. Had spells managing Cowdenbeath, Stranraer and Clyde before returning to Celtic.
'Jinky' was voted Celtic's greatest player by fans in 2002. Returned as coach in 1980s after seeing out career with San Jose Earthquakes, Sheffield Utd, Shelbourne and Dundee. Died after battle with MND in 2006.
Scored winner in Lisbon and netted 231 times in 12 years for Celtic. Later played for Morton and Partick before running off-licence business and becoming sales agent for the Celtic Pools. Died aged 83 on April 29, 2019.
Spent 19 seasons with Celtic save for a few months in US. Won 25 trophies at Celtic, scoring 277 goals. Retired in 1980 but stayed on in coaching capacity. Still regularly seen at Celtic Park where he works as a matchday host.
Joined from Hearts six months before Lisbon. Scored 134 goals in 5 years before moving to Crystal Palace. Finished career in Australia, where he still lives, but has come back for some games at Celtic Park.
Had two spells at Celtic along with stints at Dumbarton, Birmingham and Hibs. Later managed Partick, Hibs, Hamilton and Dumbarton. Won 16 trophies with Celtic and is now a regular guest on Celtic TV.