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BBC SPOTY Awards: Martin O'Neill's kind gesture for Celtic superfan Jay Beatty

Published 21/12/2015

Jay Beattie arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Jay Beattie arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Jay Beattie arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Georgios Samaras picked Jay Beatty out of the crowd to join Celtic’s title celebrations last season
Jay Beatty, an 11-year-old Celtic fan, has won Scottish football's goal of the month award after a landslide online vote (SPFL/PA)
Young Jay Beattie scoring the goal before Celtic’s game at Hamilton
Young Jay Beattie scoring the goal before Celtic’s game at Hamilton
11-year-old Celtic fan Jay Beatty, who has won Scottish football's goal of the month award, at home in Northern Ireland, holding picture of him and former Celtic star Georgios Samaras
Jay Beatty, 11, won Scottish football's goal of the month award in January
Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards overall winner Jay Beatty with Louis Walsh. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.
Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards overall winner Jay Beatty. Pic: Aidan O'Reilly/Sunday Life.
Celtic fan Jay Beattie
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th June 2015 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards at the Culloden Hotel Louis Walsh and Jay Beatty
Northern Ireland Manager Michael O'Neill with players Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt and overall Spirit of Northern Ireland winner Jay Beatty. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.
Lurgan’s Jay Beatty meets Manchester United and Celtic legend Roy Keane as he picks up his Goal of the Month prize yesterday
Young Jay Beattie with Cliftonville hero Joe Gormley

Former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill and current Celtic superfan Jay Beatty shared a wonderful moment at the BBC SPOTY Awards in Belfast on Sunday night.

The Republic of Ireland boss bumped into Jay (11), who has Down's syndrome, and the pair instantly recognised each other.

Jay....Martin Up the Hoops, you were a Celtic Legend Martin...Jay you are a Celtic Legend.

Posted by Martin Beatty on Sunday, 20 December 2015

As shared by his dad Martin Beatty on Facebook, the little man from Lurgan posed next to O'Neill and said: “Martin, up the Hoops. You were a Celtic legend.”

O'Neill's response was even better, saying: “Jay, you are a Celtic legend.”

Jay netted a penalty in a half time competition during Celtic's 2-0 win against Hamilton on January 17 after being invited to the game as a guest of the Lanarkshire club and went on to win the goal of the month award in Scotland.

Jay is most famously known for his relationship with former Celtic striker Giorgios Samaras.

Samaras carried Jay around Parkhead for Celtic's lap of honour after winning the SPL in May, 2014. The pair had met at a friendly game Celtic has played in Ireland.

Jay sent Samaras a video message during the World Cup in 2014 and the striker offered to pay to bring him out to Brazil but the kind offer clashed with a family holiday.

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