Billy McNeill, a Knighthood, and an out-of-touch Archbishop
Before his death from a long battle with Dementia, Celtic’s greatest ever captain Billy McNeill was tipped for a knighthood by Leo Cushley, the Archbishop of St.Andrews and Edinburgh.
Cushley believed that the 1967 European Cup-winning captain should have been given a knighthood before his death in April and had enlisted the support of the club and the Lord Provost of Glasgow, according to STV News.
Cushley, speaking to STV, said: "It would have completed something that has warmed the hearts of many people in Celtic Football Club and beyond,.
"Billy at that point was more diminished in his health and it seemed to me that it was perhaps a useful opportunity at that time for him to receive such an honour."
With great respect to Cushley and the memory of the great Billy McNeill, Celtic fans don’t need some antiquated and archaic honours system to celebrate and recognise Cesar as one of the greatest Scottish footballers of all time or what he achieved at Celtic as a player and manager.
A system that is used by Westminster’s ruling political parties to reward their rich donors for handing them cash during election years and as bribes for supporting government policy is not an honourable system and one that, few if any Celtic fans that I know of personally cares about or thinks is credible.
McNeill won 31 major honours at Celtic, eight as manager and played in 822 games for Celtic. Celtic fans don’t need a token gesture to remember and celebrate our greats, his legacy speaks for itself and his memory lives on among all Celtic fans who watched him play and who have been told stories of his achievements.
Athletic Bilbao’s ‘One Club Man’ award which recently honoured McNeill is more credible and worthy of Celtic fans’ hearts as is the statue that will be erected in McNeill’s hometown of Bellshill.