JOZO SIMUNOVIC paid the perfect tribute to Billy McNeill as Celtic’s current No5 opened the scoring against Kilmarnock.
It has been an emotional day at Celtic Park as the Hoops paid tribute to their greatest ever captain.
And in a moment that seemed destined to happen, the Croatian defender scored just after the 67th minute on the day the club honoured its most famous wearer of the No5 jersey.
Callum McGregor whipped in a corner that was headed away by Kilmarnock’s Aaron Tshibola, but Tom Rogic latched on to the loose ball.
He passed it to McGregor who fired in the cross that Simunovic headed past Daniel Bachmann just seconds into the 68th minute of the game.
The defender pointed to the sky as he ran away to celebrate, and TV footage showed the McNeill family celebrating in the stands.
McNeill’s former Celtic team-mates and fellow Lisbon Lions Bertie Auld and John Clark could also be seen smiling as they clapped.
Neil Lennon’s men went on to win the game 1-0, putting them on the cusp of clinching an eighth successive Premiership title.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, an emotional Simunovic admitted the goal was a very special moment for him.
He said: “It’s very special, very emotional.
“Somebody’s going to say it was lucky but somebody sees everything above us.
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“When you work hard, especially on this day and it’s remembered for Billy, the feeling is amazing.
“I couldn’t imagine seeing so many people come here before the game, so many people outside and his family as well.
“It’s an amazing feeling. He was an amazing guy, a big guy for the club and the history of Celtic, and I’m very proud.”