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Celtic legend Tommy Gemmell's football boots sell for £18,000

Gemmell wore the boots to score during Celtic's historic European Cup triumph
Image caption Gemmell wore the boots to score during Celtic's historic European Cup triumph

The football boots Tommy Gemmell wore to score during Celtic's historic European Cup triumph have sold for £18,000 at auction in Glasgow.

The left-back struck the equaliser against Inter Milan in 1967 as Jock Stein's men became the first British club to lift the famous trophy.

For the past nine years the battered Adidas boots have been on display at Hampden's Scottish Football Museum.

They were bought by an anonymous private collector.

The boots were part of a private lot being sold at McTear's Sporting Medals and Trophies Auction by a Glasgow businessman who was a friend of Gemmell's family.

The auctioneer's hammer came down at £14,000 but the boots will cost £18,000 when buyer's commission and VAT are added.

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Image caption Tommy Gemmell died in March 2017, aged 73.

Gemmell, who died in March 2017, aged 73, played 247 times for Celtic from 1961 to 1971 and scored 37 goals.

During a glittering career the defender won the European Cup, six league titles, three Scottish Cups and four League Cups.

He was also capped 18 times for Scotland.

His boots had been owned by a man whose father was friends with both Gemmell and Auld.

The father was with the defender after a training match in 1967 and asked jokingly if he could have a "token from Tam".

Gemmell tossed him his worn out boots and said: "I wore these in Lisbon, tell the wee fella to look after them."

Brian Clements from McTear's said: "Any memorabilia associated with Celtic's momentous 1967 European Cup win is important but the boots that scored one of Celtic's two goals are on another level entirely.

"We knew there would be significant interest in the lot and we were not disappointed. There was some fierce bidding with the boots eventually selling for £18,000 to a private collector."

Other Lisbon Lions items sold at the auction included Jimmy "Jinky" Johnstone's match-worn jersey from the ill-tempered game against Racing Club in the 1967 World Club Championship in Uruguay, which went for £5,400, and Bertie Auld's Adidas holdall from the European Cup, which fetched £2,300.

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Image caption Bobby Shearer's medal from the European Cup Winner's Cup in 1961 and others from his time at Rangers were sold

The sale also featured 21 medals belonging to Rangers legend and former club captain, Bobby Shearer, who died in 2006, aged 74.

The collection, which was sold by the family of the late player, covered the period 1955 to 1965 and was believed to be the largest set of Rangers medals to feature in a single auction.

His finalist medal from the European Cup Winner's Cup in 1961, which Rangers lost over two legs to Fiorentina, sold for £2,700 after fees.

Bobby's wife Helen Shearer, said before the auction: "There are a lot of lovely memories tied in to the collection, and the family are keeping a few medals, but to be honest I think the time is right for the others to come out of their boxes and to be passed on to football fans who will treasure them."

Nicknamed Captain Cutlass due to his combative playing style, Bobby Shearer played right back for Rangers in 407 games between 1955 and 1965.

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