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Lucky mascot Jay Beatty helps beloved Celtic to Scottish Premiership victory

Published 08/05/2016

Celtic ambassador Jay Beatty and Hoopy the Huddle hound during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow.
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
Celtic ambassador Jay Beatty and Hoopy the Huddle hound during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
Jay Beatty, Ambassador for Celtic Football Club's Celtic FC Foundation, with club mascot Hoopy the Huddle Hound at half-time of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Celtic ambasadorJay Beatty and Hoopy the Huddle hound during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Celtic have won the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership title after a 3-2 victory against Aberdeen at Celtic Park with a little help from one of their most ardent fans.

Lurgan school boy Jay Beatty (12) became Celtic's unofficial mascot two years ago after striker Georgios Samaras plucked him from the crowd to help celebrate winning the league title.

Since then the youngster who has Down's Syndrome has become a regular at Parkhead.

And of course he was there on Sunday delightedly taking to the pitch along with club mascot Hoopy the Huddle Hound just before Celtic's clash with Aberdeen which saw them finally secure the league - their fifth successive championship.

Jay's dad Martin revealed that his son was so excited the night before the match he couldn't sleep, revealing a 5am conversation about invading the pitch if their side wins, and joking: "anybody know a good lawyer?."

The youngster shot to fame when he netted a penalty in a half time competition during Celtic's 2-0 win against Hamilton in January 2015 after being invited to the game as a guest of the club.

He then went on to win the goal of the month award in Scotland for the penalty after taking 97% of the vote.

But 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.

And the Greek nation played tribute to his achievements honouring the Lurgan lad at its Sports Personality of the Year awards.

He was also recognised at the Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland awards.

Celtic's Patrick Roberts (27) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.
Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
Celtic's Patrick Roberts (27) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
Celtic fans sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" honouring the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and showing support for Liverpool Football Club before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The laying of a wreath honouring the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and showing support for Liverpool Football Club before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
Celtic's Scott Brown assists with the laying of a wreath honouring the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and showing support for Liverpool Football Club before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

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