Celtic wrapped up their third straight title winning Scottish Premier League season with a 3-1 win over Dundee United on Sunday. After the match, they received their winners' medals and lifted the trophy. Manager Neil Lennon gave his medal to 11-year-old Jay Beatty, who was sitting pitchside with his family.
Jay, a Celtic superfan with Down syndrome, was then picked up by Greek striker Georgios Samaras, who scored from the penalty spot in his final match after six and half years with the club. Samaras carried Jay around the pitch as the 52,400 supporters at Celtic Park cheered the team and Jay took the opportunity to give Samaras' beard a rub.
The pair became fast friends last summer, when Jay was invited onto Celtic's bus. Jay made his way down the aisle of seated players on either side of him until he found Samaras in the back and sat down next to him. The players then joined Jay in a rendition of the song "Hail Hail the Celts are Here" as he sat with an arm around his favorite player.
“I first met Jay in Ireland," Samaras said. "He is a very special little boy, a massive Celtic fan and a huge inspiration. The whole team were very proud to have him with us today.”
And now Jay has a winner's medal and a big Greek buddy to cap off a great season.
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