Lisbon Lions
Billy McNeill leading out his Celtic team that went on to conquer Inter Milan and win the European Cup in 1967 Getty

Celtic's European Cup heroes the Lisbon Lions have returned to Portugal ahead of Saturday's Champions League Final.

The Lions - as the 1967 cup-wining side became known - set off from Celtic Park on a trip to the scene of their greatest triumph as Lisbon prepares to host the showpiece final.

It's the first time the Portuguese capital has hosted the event since Celtic won the trophy with a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in the Estadio Nacional, to become Britain's first-ever winners of the tournament.

Surviving members of the team will take seats as special guests at the Estadio da Luz to watch Real Madrid take on city rivals Atletico.

Real Madrid\'s Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with teammate Gareth Bale after scoring a goal against Schalke 04 during their Champions League last 16 second leg soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid March 18, 2014.
Celtic\'s Lisbon Lions will watch Real Madrid\'s Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Gareth Bale in the Champions League Final on Saturday Reuters

Speaking ahead of the trip, John Clark, a Lion who is now Parkhead kitman, said: "Anyone who is with the lads will get a feel for the boys. You'll see the real personalities of the guys. You should remind people of the history. We're talking about 1967 and the European Cup – it's good for us as we love it.

"After we won it, for three or four years you didn't hear much but now the press and adulation we get is great. Everyone is getting on a bit but we all still get on."