The Lisbon Lion known as ‘the big shot’, Tommy Gemmell was finally laid to rest at Daldowie Crematorium in Lanarkshire this lunchtime.

Tributes from all over the world of football have been pouring in since 73 year-old Tommy passed away last week following a long term illness.

Tommy will always be remembered as the man who scored two goals in two separate European Cup Finals, a feat as a full back he shares with only other player. He pulled on the famous green and white no fewer than 418 times, scoring an amazing 63 goals, 31 times from the penalty spot.

His big personality along with his ‘big shot’ reputation meant that Tommy was always going to be a large than life kind of guy. Today, his family , friends, former team mates and fans who supported him, all paid tribute to one of Celtic’s greatest ever players.

Here’s what Tommy thought of Celtic, the fans and playing for the club…

  • “What will remain consistent, though, is the Celtic support and with those guys behind you anything is possible.”
  • “I really missed being a Celtic player. That meant more than money.”
  • “I can look back to Lisbon in ’67 and remember everything like it was yesterday.”
  • “The Celtic supporters were out of this world. I’ve still to find supporters to better them.”


We’ll all miss Tommy Gemmell. May he rest in peace.