Former team-mate Jim Craig said Auld’s “reassuring presence” gave him the springboard to be a Celtic success before a crunch European Cup quarter-final against Vojvodina on the way to their 1967 triumph.
“To say I was nervous is something of an understatement,” said Craig.
“Just before the match, Bertie Auld suddenly appeared beside me as I was washing my hands in the bathroom and launched into a tirade, pointing out that I had no reason to be nervous, as I was holding my place in one of the best teams in Europe, all the boys in the side were right behind me and I had just to play my normal game.
“At the time, it was just the boost I needed and I was always grateful for his input.
“It was typical of Bertie, whose presence in the dressing room was always good for the team.
“As a player, he was very sharp over the first few yards and a fine passer of the ball, scoring more than a few important goals at vital times. Another strength was his confidence.”