Moving tribute to Celtic legend

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A MOVING tribute was paid to Fife football legend on Saturday in Cardenden.

The Celtic management and squad visited Bowhill Cemetery to remember John Thomson, the goalkeeper who was tragically killed whilst playing for the Glasgow side in 1931.

The team were invited by the John Thomson Memorial Committee ahead of their Scottish Cup match against Raith Rovers the following day, which the Hoops won 3-0.

On their arrival the Celtic party were welcomed by committee President Alex Burns before a ceremony was held at the tragic player’s graveside.

Thomson died after a clash during a match against Rangers at Ibrox. He was aged only 22.

Committee member Mark Cameron gave a reading which outlined Thomson’s footballing career and the history of the annual football tournament which is held in his honour in the village.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon spoke, saying the Thomson was one of the most important figures in the club’s history and it was fitting that in the year of the club’s 125th anniversary it was fitting that the club make a trip to recognise one of its greats. He added that the Celtic backroom staff and all the players were delighted to make the visit to pay respect to a man who will always be remembered by the club and their supporters.

Wreaths were laid by Celtic captain Scott Brown and Alex Burns, who gave thanks to Neil Lennon and his staff. Lennon later tweeted “very poignant moments today at John Thomson’s graveside. The committee do a magnificent job in preserving it”.