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Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell dies aged 73

Gemmell scored the equaliser as Celtic beat Inter Milan to lift the European Cup.

Tommy Gemmell has died aged 73.
Tommy Gemmell has died aged 73.
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CELTIC TODAY ANNOUNCED that Tommy Gemmell has died at the age of 73.

A member of the legendary Lisbon Lions, Gemmell scored the equaliser against Inter Milan as Jock Stein’s side went on to become the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967.

He also scored in the decider three years later as Celtic fell to Feyenoord at the final hurdle.

Gemmell spent a decade at Paradise scoring 63 goals in 418 appearances.

During that spell he won six league titles, four League Cups, three Scottish Cups and, of course the European Cup.

He was also capped 18 times for Scotland.

After leaving Celtic, he spent two years with Nottingham Forest before a short stint with the Miami Toros.

He finished his playing career with Dundee, where he captained them to League Cup glory over Celtic in 1971 before managing the club for three seasons.

It is, however, for that night in Lisbon that Gemmell will be best remembered, and this goal which he once described with the brilliant line:

Some folk said that if there hadn’t been a net they might’ve caught the ball in Paris.”

Source: Henrik 7/YouTube

In a tribute this morning, his former club said:

“The whole Celtic Family is mourning his passing, and everyone associated with the club sends their thoughts and prayers to his family, his fellow Lions and his many friends at this desperately sad time.”

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