Billy McNeill’s family have urged fans to commemorate his life in “cheers, songs and applause” when Kilmarnock visit on Saturday.

say the Scottish Premiership match will be “a special celebration” of their “greatest-ever captain” and ex-manager, who died aged 79 on Monday.

His family say football stadiums were not “built to be silent”.

“Our father would not have wanted that. They should be places of noise, passion and enjoyment,” they have stated.

“Football was his life and was a very large part of that. So please celebrate his life with a moment of cheers, songs and applause, because that would make him feel at home again.”

As requested by the McNeill family, who have been invited to the match, a minute’s applause will be held immediately before the game and “special video tributes” will be shown.

The first team will lay a wreath on the Way 90 minutes before kick-off and will wear black armbands “bearing the number five to recognise Billy’s iconic number that he always wore with pride”.

’s players will also wear the number five on their shorts in tribute to McNeill when they face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday 25 May.


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