Sean Fallon laid to rest in Glasgow
Updated: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 17:05
The funeral of former Republic of Ireland and Celtic footballer and manager Sean Fallon took place in Glasgow this morning.
The entire current Celtic playing squad and first-team manager Neil Lennon attended Requiem Mass at the Church of Christ the King in Glasgow.
The eulogy was delivered by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, a lifelong friend of Sligo-born Fallon.
The burial took place in Philipshill Cemetery following the Requiem Mass.
Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral service, including Ferguson and famous Celtic faces such as current manager Neil Lennon and a number of current and former players.
Ferguson addressed the congregation at the Church of Christ the King at Kings Park, Glasgow, to pay tribute to "a great man".
He said: "I think it's very difficult for people who are successful to remain humble, it's a touch of greatness.
"Sean always had that greatness.
"Through his background, his upbringing, his Irishness, that breeds humility and also loyalty, he would never let you down."
FIFA president Sepp Blatter hailed Fallon, insisting that his Celtic Park legacy continues to churn out stars of the future.
He told Celtic's official website: "In addition to a successful career as a player for Celtic, Mr Fallon will also be remembered for his great technical knowledge as assistant manager of Celtic during the Jock Stein era, fulfilling a role that is of such vital importance to the game, namely identifying and nurturing young talent.
"Youth development work such as that carried out by Mr Fallon to such good effect continues to be important to this day, and he will have been pleased to note the emergence of several young talents in recent years, who have most certainly played their part in Celtic's recent success, most notably in the Champions League.
"On behalf of the members of the international football family, I should be extremely grateful if you could extend our deepest condolences to Mr Fallon's family, friends and loved ones."