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The Red Devils boss has praised the character of the former Celtic assistant coach and said that it was a 'privilege' to know him

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has led tributes to former Celtic player and assistant manager Sean Fallon, describing him as a 'fantastic man'.

Hundreds gathered yesterday, Wednesday January 23, to mourn the Sligo-born ex-footballer who died aged 90 last week. Fallon enjoyed a career which saw him play for the Bhoys for eight years, before making the transition to coaching at Celtic Park.

There, he became assistant to Jock Stein and was part of the back room staff during the famous 1967 European Cup win.

"I think it’s very difficult for people who are successful to remain humble, it’s a touch of greatness," Ferguson said at Fallon's funeral. "Sean always had that greatness. Through his background, his upbringing, his Irishness, that breeds humility and also loyalty, he would never let you down.

"Over these years he became a great friend of mine and a great supporter of me. He had great observation, which I must say only [Ferguson's wife] Cathy's got.

"He said he could tell, watching me on [the television], when I'm angry and when I'm happy. I thought I was always angry. What a fantastic man and it's a privilege for me to be here."

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