Kenny Dalglish paid tribute to Stiliyan Petrov and Celtic fans after a Celtic XI lost 5-3 to a Petrov XI in a charity match at Parkhead.
Celtic Park was almost full to its 60,000 capacity for a match arranged for the former Hoops and Aston Villa midfielder, who is in remission from acute leukaemia, with the principal beneficiaries being the Stiliyan Petrov cancer charity foundation and the Trussell Trust, who run foodbanks across the UK.
Afterwards former Celtic player and manager, Dalglish, who was in charge of the Petrov XI, said: "The support he has had, first and foremost from his family, but also from the footballing family, at Aston Villa and Celtic, has been unbelievable.
"The reception they gave him was a fitting tribute to a very strong man who is an example to everyone else who gets a bit of bad news.
"There was hardly anybody who left the ground, they were there at time-up to applaud him.
"Every time somebody at this club gets a bit of bad news the support from the fans and club is always more than generous.
"The turn out was fantastic and a fitting tribute to a really brave man.
"The harder you stand up for yourself and the stronger you are in the fight against it, the better chance you have of succeeding.
"He is an inspiration for what he has gone through. He never moaned or complained, he tried his best to get through it.
"He is a man of tremendous courage and determination and I just hope that it pays off."