Celtic players and fans applaud Charlie Gallagher after Lisbon Lion’s funeral

Family, football fans and players gathered to applaud Charlie Gallagher outside Celtic Park after the funeral of the Lisbon Lion.

The forward was one of the stars of 1967 when the Glasgow club lifted the European Cup – although he was an unused substitute in the final game.

He died aged 80 on July 11, with the funeral taking place on Wednesday at St Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church in Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow, close to where he lived.

Order of service
The order of service for the funeral (Jane Barlow/PA)

Among those attending the service, which was held under coronavirus restrictions, were Celtic’s new chief executive Dominic McKay and Neil Lennon – who played for the club before going on to manage them twice.

Jim McCalliog was also outside the church and while the former Scotland and Manchester United striker never played with Gallagher, they both attended Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow.

Gallagher was born in Scotland but represented the Republic of Ireland at international level.

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Former Celtic player and manager Neil Lennon, centre, was among the mourners (Jane Barlow/PA)

Flowers were left outside the church, with a message on a wreath from Celtic reading: “Rest in Peace Charlie. You’ll Never Walk Alone. From everyone at Celtic Football Club.”

Another said: “R.I.P Charlie from Brian, Louise, Gina and Orla, James, Daniel and Walter.”

After the service, the funeral procession travelled to Celtic Park where around 100 people had gathered including club staff and fans.

David Turnbull, Callum McGregor, Greg Taylor
David Turnbull, club captain Callum McGregor and Greg Taylor clapped as the funeral procession passed Celtic Park (Jane Barlow/PA)

New club captain Callum McGregor was joined by fellow Scotland internationals David Turnbull and Greg Taylor to lead the applause as the hearse stopped outside the main entrance of the stadium.

The screens inside the stadium also paid tribute to Gallagher, who leaves behind his wife Mary Rose and their three children.

After leaving Celtic Park, the hearse travelled on to Daldowie Crematorium in the east end of Glasgow.