FANS wept on Wednesday at Celtic Park as they said farewell to a second Lisbon Lion in less than a week.

Talking of the warm-hearted and humble gentleman Stevie Chalmers, supporters of Celtic choked back tears as they shared their own memories of the scorer of the most important goal in the club's history.

Hundreds of loyal Hoops fans, young and old, had gathered as they did last Friday for Billy McNeill to pay their respect to the number nine, who died last week at the age of 83 following a battle with dementia.

Those who had turned out at Celtic Park were understandably full of nostalgia, but his attitude off it set him apart from many others.

Charlie Kelly, a Celtic fan and fellow parishioner at St Mary's in Irvine, held back tears as he talked of his admiration for Stevie.

The 69-year-old said: "They go on about the Celtic family, this is what it’s all about. He was a nice man when you met him and I was lucky enough to have a few times - very humble, but very shy.

"I always called him Mr Chalmers. Then one time I spoke to him, and after that, he’d shake my hand every time I saw him. I couldn’t have missed it today."

This was echoed by 77-year-old Phil Brown. He said: "I met him a few times in 2014, we had a long weekend in Lisbon and I went with the club.

"Stevie was a very shy, he would never walk by you. All the older players had time for the fans. Nowadays, they wouldn’t recognise you. What a gentleman."

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A funeral mass had taken place earlier in the day at St Mary's Church in Calton, where Celtic Football Club was first established in 1888, led by parish priest Canon White, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and Father Boyd from Stevie's own parish, St Mary's Irvine.

It was Father Boyd who delivered the most heartfelt tribute to the Celtic hero, remembering a man who he described as "respectful, modest, humble, mannerly, but no pushover".

The service went on: "Stevie wore the number nine shorts with distinction, but to be in Lisbon was a special privilege.

"To score the winning goal earned him the right to say he scored the most important goal in the history of Scottish football. He was proud to score that goal, but to him it was more important the team won. That day he ran around tirelessly, until in the 83rd minute when he ventured in and sealed the game with a winning touch.

"To achieve all this with his beloved Celtic was a dream come true. He formed a bond with his teammates, a comradery which endures to this day. These days have been extremely trying for the Lions, but be sure, for Stevie the friendship he shared with you was a blessing."

While there was focus on Stevie's achievements on the field, as much attention, was devoted to his life off of it.

It seems the two were greatly intertwined, with fans grieving alongside his family.

Father Boyd told his relatives: "Looking back on '67, it has grown to a significance we could never have imagined. And if it means that much for hundreds of thousands of Celtic fans, it means so much more for the Chalmers family. The last few years have been challenging, but you have put him before yourself.

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"Now we commend Stevie to God’s love and a new love of eternity, in the knowledge he deserves that love, free from his illness, and ready again to be his true self.

"As we gather to honour Stevie Chalmers today, perhaps we remember we can all be heroes. It’s not what we do for ourselves that makes us great. It’s what we do for others and Stevie Chalmers was a living embodiment of that, for each and every one of us."

Other Lisbon Lions, Bertie Auld, Bobby Lennox and John Clark joined Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell, chairman Ian Bankier and other members of the Parkhead board in attendance, along with interim boss Neil Lennon and the Hoops squad.

Some more of the great and the good from Celtic's history were also present. These included former managers Martin O'Neill and Davie Hay, as well as former captains of the club, Danny McGrain, Roy Aitken and Tom Boyd.

Also among the mourners were Chalmers' former Celtic team-mates John Hughes and John Fallon as well as Sir Alex Ferguson and another former Rangers player, keeper Peter McCloy.

Before the funeral mass Jim Craig, who also played in the famous 2-1 win in Portugal, spoke of a testing time for everyone connected to Celtic as his thoughts went out to Chalmers' wife, Sadie, and her family.

The former full-back said: "It has been a difficult week to lose another team-mate. Stevie was a very popular guy with everybody, fans and players alike, and at this time our thoughts are with Sadie and the family."

"We hope the public in general will remember him greatly as they will with that goal in Lisbon.

"First and foremost, he was a nice guy, great fun to be with and we all enjoyed his company and he worked hard for Celtic both as a player and later in his job there as well."

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But of those who travelled to remember Stevie Chalmers on Wednesday, the great man was summed up best by Archbishop Tartaglia, who said: “Stevie’s family say his priorities in life were his faith, family and football.

"That is surely a fitting legacy."