CELTIC made history back in 1967 when they became the first British team to lift the European Cup.

The Hoops side, made up of players from areas within 30 miles of Celtic Park, shocked Italian giants 2-1 Inter Milan in the Lisbon final and the Lisbon Lions were born. Celtic's style was the antithesis of the cynical, but highly effective, defensive style of Inter. Jimmy Johnstone described the team's style as "like the Dutch speeded-up".

 

1. Jim Craig (Right-back): Craig made 231 appearances for Celtic in all competitions.He spent seven years at Parkhead between 1965 and 1972.

2. Ronnie Simpson (Goalkeeper): Thought to be in the last throes of his career, Celtic signed Simpson as cover for John Fallon. This perception appeared to be confirmed when Jock Stein, who had let Simpson go as Hibernian manager, was appointed Celtic manager later in the 1964–65 season; however, Simpson became the first choice after Fallon was blamed for a defeat by Rangers in the 1964 Scottish League Cup Final. His sense of humour made Simpson a popular figure in the team, who nicknamed him "Faither", on account of his relative old age. Apart from an early save with his knees from a Sandro Mazzola header, Simpson had little to do during the match. His fancy footwork when dealing with a backpass was one of the highlights.

3. Tommy Gemmell (Left-back): Tommy Gemmell won six league titles during his ten years with Celtic.He played a huge part in helping secure nine in a row for the Parkhead side, but left the club before they completed the record.He also lifted the Scottish Cup three times and won four League Cups with the Hoops. The full-back famously ignored team instructions to score the equaliser for Jock Stein's side against Inter Milan.

4. Bobby Murdoch (Right-half): He was the second youngest Lion behind Jimmy Johnstone, joining the club in 1959. During his 11-year spell at Parkhead, Murdoch won eight league titles, four Scottish Cups and five League Cups with the Hoops. Murdoch scored 105 goals in 484 games for the club, before joining Middlesbrough in 1973 on a free transfer.

5. Billy McNeill (Centre-half  and captain): Nicknamed Cesar, he skippered the Hoops to a 2-1 win over Italian side Inter Milan on May 25, 1967 at the Estadio Nacional, Lisbon. Celtic's 'greatest ever captain' , voted by the club's fans, won 29 caps for Scotland and had two spells at Parkhead as manager.

6. John Clark (Left-half): Clark is perhaps the most unheralded player among the Lisbon Lions team. His undramatic style of team play in sweeping up beside fellow centre back, Billy McNeil, was integral to the success of the team. His role as Celtic's sweeper earned him the nickname "The Brush." Clark earned four international caps for Scotland,all in his time with Celtic.He left Celtic for Morton in 1971, where he retired from playing two years later.

7. Jimmy Johnstone (Outside-right): Known as Jinky due to his magnificent range of skills. Born in Viewpark in 1944, he signed for Celtic in 1961.He spent 14 years with the Hoops before moving on in 1975.In 1967, Johnstone's life was transformed as he lifted the European Cup four days after his daughter Marie was born. He was voted by fans as the Greatest Ever Celt ahead of Henrik Larsson and has a statue in his honour outside the ground.Jinky sadly passed away in 2006 after a four-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

8. Willie Wallace (Inside-right): The attacker scored two vital goes in the 3-1 away win over Dukla Prague in the semi-final first leg win before earning legendary status with victory over Italian giants Inter Milan. Willie Wallace, also known as Wispy, played an incredible 234 times for Celtic. He played for the club between 1966-1971 and notched 135 goals. Willie Wallace won 11 trophies during his time at Celtic park, he picked up five Scottish league titles, three Scottish Cup wins, two League Cup triumphs and the European Cup.

9. Stevie Chalmers (Centre-forward): Chalmers played for The Hoops for the majority of his playing career spending 13 seasons at Parkhead. tevie Chalmers scored 231 goals for Celtic in 406 appearances.He's the fourth-top goalscorer in the club's history. His winning goal in the European Cup final may be his most well-known, but Chalmers also scored some great goals domestically too.He scored a hat-trick in a league match against Rangers in a 5-1 win on January 3, 1966.

10. Bertie Auld (Inside-left): Auld made 176 appearances for the Hoops in two spells at the club.He made 74 between 1955 and 1961.After returning to Parkhead in 1965, he went on to make a further 102 appearances. Auld won six league titles during his spells with the Hoops.He also won four Scottish Cups and five League Cups domestically.

11. Bobby Lennox (Outside-left): In a total of 20 years in two spells at Celtic, Lennox scored 273 goals.This makes him the club's second-highest goalscorer and ranks him ahead of Henrik Larsson. He was the last Lisbon Lion to retire in 1980, and joined the coaching staff at Celtic. Lennox won 11 league titles, eight Scottish Cups and five League Cups at Celtic.All together, he won an incredible 25 trophies with the Hoops.

12. Jock Stein (Manager): Stein signed for Celtic in 1951 where he became captain. He was eventually forced to retire in 1957 after suffering with a series of injuries That same year, he was given the opportunity to take charge of Celtic's reserves and it was here that he first managed players such as Billy McNeil and John Clark. But it was to be at Dunfermline that Stein was appointed to his first senior managerial post in 1960. He later managed Hibs before returning to Celtic as their new boss in 1965. After more than a decade of success with the Hoops, Stein stepped down in 1978 and spent a very brief spell in charge of Leeds United.The veteran manager was appointed Scotland boss that same year and led the national team to the World Cup in 1982. Tragically, Stein died at the age of 62 after suffering a heart attack during Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Wales in 1985.

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