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BBC Sports Personality of the Year: Celtic superfan Jay Beatty to be guest of honour at awards bash

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Jay Beatty, 11, won Scottish football's goal of the month award in January

Jay Beatty, 11, won Scottish football's goal of the month award in January

Celtic fan Jay Beattie

Celtic fan Jay Beattie

Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards overall winner Jay Beatty. Pic: Aidan O'Reilly/Sunday Life.

Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards overall winner Jay Beatty. Pic: Aidan O'Reilly/Sunday Life.

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

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

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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.

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.

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Louis Walsh with Overall Spirit of NI winner Jay Beatty. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

Louis Walsh with Overall Spirit of NI winner Jay Beatty. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

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Jay Beatty, 11, won Scottish football's goal of the month award in January

Celtic Superfan Jay Beatty, the Lurgan lad with Downs Syndrome who captured the hearts of thousands with his exploits with the club, is to be a guest of honour at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

The 11-year-old has been especially invited to the awards in Belfast on Sunday, the Lurgan Mail is reporting.

Jay was plucked from the crowd by his hero Georgios Samaras during celebrations of Celtic's league win last year.

He came to prominence when a video of him celebrating a Samaras goal in the World Cup went viral.

He then went on to win Scottish football's goal of the month award in a public vote for a penalty he scored during half-time in Celtic's 2-0 win over Hamilton in January.

He also recently met Paolo Nutini and spent time with the singer before he performed in Glasgow.

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

The boy's parents set up the organisation Downs & Proud to help educate parents of children with Downs Syndrome.

And in June, Jay was the overall winner at the Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland awards.

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His rollercoaster past couple of years is sure to end in style when he rubs shoulders with the biggest names in sport at Sunday's awards bash.


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