Monday 20 November 2017

Celtic's young Irish fan Jay Beatty (11) wins SPFL Goal of the Month with 97pc of the vote

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Celtic fan Jay Beatty has won the SPFL goal of the month competition for February and the video has become the fifth most watched in the history of SPFL's YouTube channel.

The 11-year-old Celtic fan from Armagh, known affectionally as "Wee Jay", was given the VIP treatment as the Scottish giants recorded a 2-0 away win at Hamilton thanks to goals from Adam Matthews and Liam Henderson on January 19.

He scored a goal at half time and celebrated in front of the Celtic fans and has now been nominated for the SPFL Goal of the Month alongside the likes of David Goodwillie, Gary Macakay-Steven, and Mikael Lustig.

The Celtic fan won with 97pc of the vote.

Read more: Day to remember for young Irish Celtic fan Jay Beatty (10) who scores in front of Hoops supporters

The youngster, who has Down’s Syndrome, captured hearts when Georgios Samaras picked him out from the crowd to join in the Hoops’ title celebrations last year.

Jay became a worldwide hit at the end of last season, when video of him and Samaras on Celtic’s league-winning lap of honour went viral, racking up over two million hits on YouTube and being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The Celtic striker invited Jay to go to the World Cup in Brazil to cheer on Samaras and Greece, but the invite clashed with a family holiday and he was forced to cancel.

"This boy gives me so much strength, it's incredible," Samaras said last year. "There are no words. I feel his love so much. This love I feel, is also felt by many people in Greece."

Read more: Viral video of the 2014 sporting year - Courageous young Irish Celtic fan (10) leaves lasting impression on his hero

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