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    Celtic are to pay tribute to former player Bobby
    Murdoch, who has died aged 56, with a minute's silence before
    their friendly match against Manchester United on Tuesday (May

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    Celtic are to pay tribute to former player Bobby
    Murdoch, who has died aged 56, with a minute's silence before
    their friendly match against Manchester United on Tuesday (May

    Bobby Murdoch, who was a member of Celtic's famous
    European Cup winning side of 1967, died on Tuesday (May 15) in
    a Glasgow hospital after suffering a stroke.

    The encounter between the Scottish and English premier
    league champions at Parkhead is a testimonial match for
    Celtic's current captain Tom Boyd.

    However, Celtic will honour Murdoch, whose 11 years as a
    player between 1962 and 1973 coincided with the club's peak
    both domestically and in Europe.

    He was part of the side, under the guidance of manager
    Jock Stein, which won a world record-equalling nine Scottish
    league titles in a row, as well as featuring in two European
    Cup finals.

    It was Murdoch's fierce shot in the 1967 final in Lisbon
    that was deflected by forward Steve Chalmers for the winning
    goal in the 2-1 victory over Inter Milan which made Celtic the
    first British club to win Europe's most prestigious club

    Three years later, Murdoch scored with a stunning
    long-range shot in the semifinal against Leeds United in front
    of 136,505 fans at Hampden Park, the biggest-ever attendance
    for a European club match.

    Murdoch's effort took Celtic into their second final,
    where they lost to Feyenoord.

    Murdoch earned only 12 caps for Scotland, principally
    because of injuries and a battle with his weight, though he
    contributed another spectacular goal in a 1-1 draw with West
    Germany in a World Cup qualifying match in 1969.

    He made 484 appearances for Celtic, whom he joined in 1959
    from school, and scored 105 goals -- a remarkable figure for a
    player who would now be regarded as deep-lying midfielder.

    Although Murdoch made his debut for Celtic aged 17 in 1962
    as an attacking inside-right, helping the club to reach the
    Cup Winners' Cup semifinal in 1964, his fortunes and those of
    Celtic blossomed only when Stein arrived as manager a few
    months later.

    Stein recognised that pace was not Murdoch's asset -- he
    had broken his ankle at 18 -- and deployed him in a deeper
    role as playmaker.

    Celtic reached the Cup Winners' Cup semifinals again in
    1966, when defeat by Liverpool was softened by the club's
    first Scottish championship since 1954.

    Murdoch won eight championship medals in that unbroken
    chain of nine titles between 1966 and 1974, with his ability
    to pass the ball a key feature as Celtic also became one of
    Europe's top clubs, reaching the last four of the European Cup
    in 1972 and 1974 to add to their final appearances in 1967 and

    His team mate, Bobby Lennox, said in praise: "He was a
    wonderful passer of the ball. He had radar vision and could
    put long balls into any space, and helped me score a lot of
    When Celtic defeated Inter Milan it was a watershed moment
    for European football. No team from outside the triumvirate of
    Spain, Italy and Portugal had won the European Cup until
    Celtic made the breakthrough.

    While Inter, who had won the trophy in 1964 and 1965, drew
    on star players from across the world, Celtic were made up not
    just of 11 Scots, but an entire team which had been born
    within a 25-mile (40-kilometre) radius of Glasgow.

    Murdoch left Celtic in September 1973 to join
    Middlesbrough, where manager Jack Charlton wanted him to tutor
    another young Scottish player he had in midfield called Graeme
    Souness, who was later himself to acquire international fame.

    Murdoch retired prematurely through injury in 1976 at the
    age of 32 and became coach at Middlesbrough and then manager
    from 1982 to 1983. In recent years he had suffered from ill

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