Jay Beatty, Celtic superfan, enjoys day at Parkhead

Jay Beatty shares a seat on the bench with Celtic defender Mikael Lustig. Picture: SNS
Jay Beatty shares a seat on the bench with Celtic defender Mikael Lustig. Picture: SNS
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JAY Beatty, the Celtic superfan who captured the hearts of football fans when he won the January Goal of the Month competition last season, has enjoyed a star-studded day at Parkhead.

Jay, who lives in Co Armagh in Northern Ireland, was at the Celtic game to see the Hoops survive an early scare - with Dedryck Boyata putting through his own net - and go on to record a 3-1 win, with Leigh Griffiths, Tom Rogic and Charlie Mulgrew getting on the scoresheet.

Jay Beatty with Virgil van Dijk. Picture: SNS

Jay Beatty with Virgil van Dijk. Picture: SNS

Jay - the official mascot of the Lurgan Glasgow Celtic Supporters Club - has previously given team talks to the Celtic squad, met Hoops legend Frank McAvennie, and enjoyed a VIP day out at New Douglas Park to watch Celtic take on Hamilton.

The youngster, who has Down’s Syndrome, is widely regarded as Celtic’s No 1 fan, and he helped welcome the Celtic and St Johnstone squads to Parkhead as well as hanging out with Mikael Lustig in the Celtic dugout.