GLASGOW: Stevie Chalmers, who scored Celtic’s winner in the 1967 European Cup final, has died at 83.
The death of Chalmers comes a week after that of Billy McNeill who captained the ‘Lisbon Lions’ team who defeated Internazionale 2-1 and thus became the first British club to win the Chanmpions’ crown.
The Scotland forward spent 12 seasons at Celtic, scoring 236 goals, and also played for Morton and Partick Thistle.
Chalmers, who scored three times in five games for Scotland, won four league titles, three Scottish Cups and four League Cups with Celtic.
Chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “Stevie was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this desperately sad time.
“This is a particularly devastating time for the Celtic family, with the passing of Stevie Chalmers coming so soon after his friend and former team-mate, Billy McNeill. My condolences also go to the Lisbon Lions, already mourning the loss of their captain, and now grieving the death of another one of their own.
“Stevie Chalmers was a Celtic legend, and one of the greatest goalscorers this club has ever seen. Indeed, only three other legends in Jimmy McGrory, Henrik Larsson and Stevie’s close friend, Bobby Lennox, have scored more goals.
“However, there is only one man who is able to lay claim to having scored the most important goal in Celtic’s 131-year history, and that man is Stevie Chalmers. Like his team-mates, he remained a quiet, humble man, happiest in the company of his fellow Lions and his fellow Celtic supporters.”