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Ibrox Legend unveils unexpected call from Billy McNeill

Since the news of Billy McNeill's death, so many great stories have come to light, not only from Celtic fans and former Celtic players, but also from outside the club.

Everyone who has met the big man uses the word "respect". The European Cup winner crashed into the class and was always a gentleman.

One story that has emerged today in RecordSport comes from former Ibrox captain Richard Gough, who was Rangers during their ninth split when Celtic was financially on his knees.

Gough notes that Billy McNeill was one of the first to call him back after the Ibrox club had run ninth in a row in 1997

"At the moment, only Billy and I have led Old Firm teams to nine in a row.

"We both knew the pressure, and I'll never forget his reaction when Rangers did so in 1997.

"One of the first calls I received the next day was from Billy. He just said to me, "Richard, I congratulate you and Rangers. I did not think it would ever be achieved again. "

"That always stayed with me. It summed up Billy's class. He showed a real respect for the Rangers.

"As an Old Firm Captain, I've always seen John Greig and Billy as an example of how to behave. Billy was a top player and a fair player. He was a true man. I took a lot from him. "

McNeill and Stein reached the feat in Celtic's golden age, and Billy was gracious enough to make the phone call he did not have to.

Celtic would win the title the following year under Wim Jansen and prevent the Ibrox Club from taking the history books.

The cyclists now have the chance to beat the record of the stone in all the years. Eight in a row is almost there, do we still have two in us?

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