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Celtic stars line up to wish superfan Jay Beatty a happy 12th birthday

Celtic stars have lined up to wish superfan Jay Beatty a happy birthday.

Jay, who has Down's syndrome and comes from Lurgan, Co Armagh turned 12 this week.

The youngster shot to fame when he 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 video features video messages from players and fans along with music by Robert 'JayBird' Smith.

Ronny Deila, John Collins, Dedryck Boyata and Carlton Cole were among the stars who took time out to wish the youngster a happy birthday as they created a video for him along with friends and family.

Posting on his Facebook page Jay's Dad Martin shared a poignant message for his son calling him his "best friend" and said how proud he is of him.

He said: "12 years ago today a Wee Bhoy came into our lives, the shock of hearing that he had Down Syndrome quickly turned to horror and panic when they told us he had a Hole in his Heart.

"Jay fought long and hard to be here and as his father I love every part of him, he is my son and my Best friend and I love him so much.

"Happy Birthday Son I am so Proud of you.

"Thank you everyone for all your kindness shown to Jay we are so grateful and humbled and will never ever forget it."

And proving himself to be a true superfan when his dad asked him what he wanted for his birthday Jay replied: "Nothing" and that he wanted "to watch Celtic DVDs all day".

Most recently Jay bumped into Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill who instantly recognised the youngster at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

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.”

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