AN 11-year-old Northern Irish boy has won the Scottish Premier League Goal of the Month award for January.
Down’s Syndrome sufferer Jay Beatty, from County Armagh, found the back of the net from the penalty spot during the half-time break in a game between Glasgow Celtic and Hamilton after he was invited as a special guest for the match.
Celtic-mad Jay received a whopping 97 per cent of the votes cast on the Scottish Professional Football League website to scoop the award, and was announced on YouTube by his hero, former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras.
On the video message, Samaras says: “Jay my friend, you and me, we’re the same now, scoring goals. I’m very happy to announce you own the goal of the month. Well done pal, great job. I miss you and love you.” Jay had been previously plucked out the crowd by Samaras to join in Celtic’s league victory celebrations last year.
Jay delivered a pre-match team talk to the Celtic players in the away dressing room before the side went on to beat Hamilton 2-0. Jay’s father Martin said: “Jay stood in front of 20 professional players and gave off about their previous performances and said they needed to buck up their ideas, it seemed to work a treat.”
Rival club Hamilton even gave a nod to ‘Wee Jay’s’ half-time strike, announcing on Twitter that they had lost 3-0 to Celtic.