A LEGENDARY Celtic player who spent some of his final years in Troon has passed away.

Stevie Chalmers, the scorer of Celtic’s winning goal in their European Cup triumph of 1967 has died aged 83.

The number nine in the victory against Inter Milan passed away just days after fellow Lisbon Lion and team captain Billy McNeill.

In a statement, Celtic FC said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stevie Chalmers, our loving father and devoted Tributes to Celtic European cup hero who made Troon his home husband to Sadie. The Celtic legend was surrounded by family when he sadly passed away.In recent times Stevie endured the toughest of battles, but just as he approached every game in a green and white jersey, he tackled his long-term illness with much bravery and dignity.

“Stevie, first and foremost, was a family man to his loving wife Sadie; their children, Stephen, Carol, Paul, Ann, Martin, Clare, grandchildren, great grandchildren and wider family members.”

The club added: “He was also part of a wider family and community. His place in history is assured as one of the famous Lisbon Lions who lifted the European Cup for Celtic in 1967 when Stevie scored the winning goal to defeat Inter Milan 2-1 in Portugal.

“He felt honoured and privileged to have played alongside the Lisbon Lions, and this camaraderie and friendship carried on long after their playing days as the team became lifelong friends.

“Celtic was an integral part of Stevie’s life and he devoted much of his career to the famous Glasgow club. He was adored by Celtic supporters in Scotland and around the world. In such times of sadness, we must celebrate a life lived to the full. As a family we ask that you remember Stevie with love and affection and take pleasure when recalling the many wonderful times he and his team-mates gave to us all through their wonderful skills on the pitch.

“A true gentleman, who will be sadly missed by so many, but will never be forgotten... The legend lives