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

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Jay Beatty (10) celebrates scoring at half-time during Celtic's 2-0 Scottish League victory over Hamilton.

Jay Beatty (10) celebrates scoring at half-time during Celtic's 2-0 Scottish League victory over Hamilton.

Jay Beatty (10) celebrates scoring at half-time during Celtic's 2-0 Scottish League victory over Hamilton.

Jay Beatty was the special guest of honour for Celtic's Scottish league clash with Hamilton at the weekend and the 10 year-old even scored in front of the adoring away fans.

The young Celtic fan from Armagh, 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."

Known affectionally as "Wee Jay", the youngster was given the VIP treatment as the Scottish giants recorded a 2-0 away win thanks to goals from Adam Matthews and Liam Henderson.

The official mascot of Lurgan Glasgow Celtic supporters spoke to the team before they took to the pitch and during the half-time interval, scored a goal in front of the away Celtic supporters to the delight of all 6,007 fans present.

His father Martin posted videos and pictures of the day and thanked both club's for their kind gesture.

“I would like to thank Hamilton FC for making Jay’s Christmas present the best present ever, they could not have been any kinder and I will never be able to thank them enough," he told The Scotsman.

“Today was something else and to have a whole stadium including the Hamilton fans chanting your son’s name will live with me forever.”

“I would like to thank Hamilton FC for making Jay’s Christmas present the best present ever, they could not have been any kinder and I will never be able to thank them enough.

In a further gesture of kindness, Hamilton informed Jay that the goal he scored ‘stood’, and that the official scoreline was Hamilton 0-3 Celtic, with goals from Matthews, Beatty and Henderson.

“When Jay was born, we hoped and prayed that people would treat him with respect," his father posted on Facebook later.

“Because of his love of the greatest club in the world, his life has become a dream come true. We thought 2014 was just amazing but today was something else.”

Online Editors