By: Hibernian Media on 23 Apr, 2019 08:58
It is with sadness that Hibernian FC marks the passing of Billy McNeill.
A true icon of the Scottish game - most notably with Celtic, of course - Billy also enjoyed a short spell at Easter Road Stadium.
Acting as a mentor to then-manager Jim Duffy, Billy was a popular and hugely respected figure.
Though only in Leith for a few months towards the end of the 1997/98 season, the born leader and true gentleman made an impact on everyone he met.
Chairman Rod Petrie said: “Billy was brought to the club at Jim Duffy’s suggestion to mentor Jim and subsequently helped transition to the Alex McLeish era following Jim’s departure.
“Billy looked back fondly on his time with us and as a club we were glad to have someone of his stature in the game – a legend – with us.
“He always carried himself with great dignity and is affectionately remembered by all who were fortunate enough to meet him.”
The thoughts of everyone at Hibernian are with Billy’s family and friends at this difficult time.