JOZO SIMUNOVIC paid the proper tribute to Billy McNeill as Celtic’s present No5 opened the scoring towards Kilmarnock.
It has been an emotional day at Celtic Park because the Hoops paid tribute to their best ever captain.
And in a second that appeared destined to occur, the Croatian defender scored simply after the 67th minute on the day the membership honoured its most well-known wearer of the No5 jersey.
Callum McGregor whipped in a nook that was headed away by Kilmarnock’s Aaron Tshibola, however Tom Rogic latched on to the unfastened ball.
He handed it to McGregor who fired within the cross that Simunovic headed previous Daniel Bachmann simply seconds into the 68th minute of the sport.
The defender pointed to the sky as he ran away to have fun, and TV footage confirmed the McNeill household celebrating within the stands.
McNeill’s former Celtic team-mates and fellow Lisbon Lions Bertie Auld and John Clark may be seen smiling as they clapped.
Neil Lennon’s males went on to win the sport 1-Zero, placing them on the cusp of clinching an eighth successive Premiership title.
Talking on Sky Sports activities after the sport, an emotional Simunovic admitted the aim was a really particular second for him.
He mentioned: “It is very particular, very emotional.
“Anyone’s going to say it was fortunate however anyone sees the whole lot above us.
“Whenever you work arduous, particularly on at the present time and it is remembered for Billy, the sensation is superb.
“I could not think about seeing so many individuals come right here earlier than the sport, so many individuals outdoors and his household as properly.
“It is a tremendous feeling. He was a tremendous man, an enormous man for the membership and the historical past of Celtic, and I am very proud.”