There’s something apt about Bertie Auld’s nickname. The Celtic legend is known after a time and that’s something he’s always gladly given whenever he meets supporters.

Ten Thirty. Wee Bertie.

A guy who generously makes sure supporters feel special, even though they are the ones who are spending priceless minutes with a real life hero.

Now Auld is needing something in return. Their prayers.

The news wee Bertie is suffering from dementia will hit home hard for his remaining Celtic teammates and fans who have already lost Billy McNeil and Stevie Chalmers to the cruel disease.

There’s a horrible irony about an illness that effects memory hitting guys who created so many incredible ones during their lifetimes.

Auld – who is 83 – will receive a tidal wave of goodwill in his battle – but it’s not just because of what he did on the park.

Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld

It’s his down to earth nature and larger than life personality that has endured him to just about every one he meets, no matter what team they may support.

Everyone just gets Ten Thirty. Well, almost everyone.

Fellow Lisbon Lion and life long pal Jim Craig said: “It’s funny, I remember I was working with the great commentator Barry Davies on the BBC broadcast of the game against Honved in the 1980s.

“He was saying he met Bertie that day and talking about how much he enjoyed his company.

“But he couldn’t understand why people were coming up and calling him Ten Thirty.

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“Barry was saying in an English accent of course, and I had to tell him to try it in a Glaswegian one.

“Wee Ten Thirty – Bertie!

“He just shook his head and said, ‘I’ll never understand you people!’

“He didn’t quite get the rhyming slang but that’s what Bertie has always been known as. We had a great laugh about it afterwards.”

Craig’s great friend is known for the laughter as much as the silverware. Auld could dominate a football pitch but also light up a room.

He said: “There are so many great Berty stories – but not many I can tell in print, that’s for sure.

“We’ve had some great laughs over the years. We played together but there was a lot of fun off the field as well.

“We even ended up on stage at the Baftas at one point when we got an award for the Lisbob documentary.

“The thing about Berti is he always loved meeting the fans and everyone who met him got the same guy every time.

“It’s just that enormous personality and sense of fun. He was a great servant to Celtic over the years, even long after he was a player, and his relationship with the fans showed that.

“He’s loved by the supporters, even the ones who were not around to see him play.”

Craig admits he doesn’t need to tell people about Auld the player. It’s there in black and white – and in silver.

It wasn’t always glory though. Auld arrived at Parkhead in 1955, was converted from a full back in to a winger and spent as much time in the sin bin as on the pitch.

He was farmed out on loan to Dumbarton and eventually sold to Birmingham City.

But incoming Jock Stein made moves to bring him home before he’d even signed his own contract to take charge as manager.

The rest is history.

Alongside Bobby Murdoch, Auld was the heartbeat of the Lions. Barely five feet seven in his socks, he was a giant of the game.

Celtic legend Bertie Auld

But he’s more than that to Craig and Scottish football.

Which is why the news of Auld’s diagnosis has hit so hard.

Craig said: “Myself and my wife (Elizabeth) were very upset to hear the news and we said all our love to Liz and that family.

“It’s very upsetting news and all we can do is offer our support. We are thinking about them.

“Bertie is so easy going and down to earth, he is also a very kind man. It was total contrast to the ferocious player he was on the pitch. You couldn’t a more different character.

“Bertie is one of the great characters of Scottish game and undoubtedly one of the Celtic greats. That goes without saying.

“The position he played at inside forward was not the easiest, but he made it look that way.

“He was one of the mainstays of the Lisbon Lions. He dictated things from the front and he was a huge part of the success of that team.”

Celtic have also appealed to fans to keep Ten Thirty in their thoughts, but there was really no need.

Hoops fans will have been thinking about little else last night.

Social media was lit up with tributes to the Parkhead hero, with messages from everyone from Chris Sutton to Moussa Dembele and thousands of fans.

You’d need to go a long way to find a bad word said about Bertie Auld.

A club statement said: “Bertie Auld’s family would like all Celtic fans and football fans in general to keep Bertie in their prayers as they confirmed today that he is suffering with Dementia.

“The family would like to thank everyone for their huge support and request privacy during this difficult time.

“Bertie is being well cared for at his own home, surrounded by all the family.

“Everyone at Celtic would like to add their best wishes to Bertie and his family. Bertie is a true Celtic icon, one of our greatest sons and someone the Club and our supporters love and respect dearly.

“We will continue to give Bertie and his family all our love, care and our ongoing full support at this hugely challenging time.”