Celtic legend Charlie Gallagher passed away at the age of 80. He was part of the Celtic squad that won the European Cup in 1967. Gallagher made 171 appearances for the club during which he scored 32 goals. He set up Billy McNeil for the winner in the Scottish cup final of 1965 as Celtic claimed the first of many trophies under Jock Stein. The same two players combined in the quarterfinal en route to the final against Inter Milan.
“Everyone at Celtic Football Club is extremely sad to hear of the death of Charlie Gallagher, who has passed away at the age of 80, and the thoughts and prayers of the whole Celtic family are with Charlie’s wife, Mary, his children, and grandchildren, and all his family and friends,” Celtic said in a statement after the passing of Charlie Gallagher. “Charlie’s contribution to his beloved Celtic over 12 years was immense. [He] was a hugely popular figure amongst the Celtic support, who always recognized him as one of their own. His many achievements for Celtic Football Club will always be remembered.”
Celtic players wore black armbands for their friendly against Bristol City as a mark of respect. Gallagher joined Dumbarton after leaving Celtic. He made 95 appearances for the club, scoring 40 goals during the time. He retired from the sport in 1973.
“The thoughts of everybody at Dumbarton FC are with Charlie’s family and friends at this very sad time.” Dumbarton’s statement on their official website read.