Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to former Celtic player Sean Fallon at his funeral today.

Fallon died at the age of 90 last week, leaving a legacy which included his time as assistant manager to Jock Stein when the club became the first British team to lift the European Cup in 1967.

Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral service in Glasgow, including Sir Alex and famous Celtic faces such as current manager Neil Lennon and a number of current and former players.

Sir Alex addressed the congregation at the Church of Christ the King at Kings Park, Glasgow, to pay tribute to "a great man".

He said: "I think it's very difficult for people who are successful to remain humble, it's a touch of greatness.

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Fallon was Jock Stein's assistant manager when Celtic won the European Cup in 1967

"Sean always had that greatness.

"Through his background, his upbringing, his Irishness, that breeds humility and also loyalty, he would never let you down."

Although Sir Alex was a supporter of rival Glasgow side Rangers, he formed a strong friendship with Fallon as he built his career as a coach and a manager.

He praised him for his role as assistant manager to Stein and said he was talented in the position, which required him to "get to the heart of the dressing room, make sure you know what's going on and you can help the way that the manager sometimes cannot help".

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    Sir Alex Ferguson attends the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Sir Alex Ferguson attends the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Sir Alex Ferguson attends the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    The coffin of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon is carried outside Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland during his funeral.

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    Sir Alex Ferguson attends the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    The coffin of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon is carried outside Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland during his funeral.

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    Myra Fallon, attends the funeral of her husband, former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon, at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Myra Fallon (left), wipes away a tear as she is comforted during the funeral of her husband, former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon, at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Mourners outside the church during the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon, at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell attends the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Kenny Dalglish attends the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Celtic manager Neil Lennon attends the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Celtic players Georgios Samaras (left) and Mikael Lustig attend the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Celtic manager Neil Lennon attends the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Celtic's Scott Brown attends the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    An order of service for the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    A tribute outside the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    A tribute from Celtic Football Club outside the funeral of former Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon at Christ the King Church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Sir Alex also spoke of Fallon's skill in developing young talent and working with Stein to create arguably the greatest Celtic team of all time.

He said: "That was the structure that I think helped Celtic become great and to become the first club in Britain the lift the European Cup."

The Old Trafford manager also shared some personal insight into how well the pair knew each other.

He said: "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 (his wife) Cathy's got.

"He said he could tell, watching me on the telly, when I'm angry and when I'm happy. I thought I was always angry.

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Ex-Celtic player Dalglish was in attendance

"What a fantastic man and it's a privilege for me to be here."

Among the mourners were other Celtic veterans including Kenny Dalglish and Tommy Gemmell, who scored against Inter Milan for the club side also known as the Lisbon Lions when they won the European Cup in 1967.

Current players present at the service included captain Scott Brown, Tony Watt, Adam Matthews and Georgios Samaras.

Fallon leaves behind his wife Myra, five daughters and a son.

His grandchildren, in turn, paid their tributes to their "Papa".

One said: "Our papa said he realised his dreams. He'd a family he loved, a job he loved. May we all be so blessed."