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Celtic superfan Jay Beattie (11) from Lurgan wins Scottish Premiership goal of the month

Greek international striker Georgios Samaras took time out of training in Riyadh to reveal that Lurgan's Jay Beattie has won the SPFL Goal of the Month competition for January.

By Claire Williamson

An 11-year-old from Lurgan with Down's syndrome has won the coveted goal of the month title in the Scottish Premiership.

Jay Beattie's favourite player, Greek international striker Georgios Samaras, took time out of training in Riyadh to reveal that the young Celtic superfan has won the SPFL Goal of the Month competition for January.

He made the announcement via a Youtube video sent from Saudi Arabia.

He said: "Jay my friend, you and me, we're the same now, scoring goals. I'm very happy to announce you won the goal of the month.

"Well done pal, great job. I miss you and I love you."

Celtic superfan, Jay Beattie got the chance of a lifetime when he was invited to New Douglas Park by Hamilton Academical for their clash with the Glasgow giants in January.

The 11-year-old gave his side a stirring team talk before going on to score a goal on the pitch.

The packed terraces gave a huge roar of approval as Jay scored, with both sets of fans chanting "We love you Jay, we do" and "There's only one Jay Beattie."

His pre-match strike was shortlisted along with nine others for Scottish goal of the month.

Jay rose to fame last May when fellow Lurgan native and Celtic manager Neil Lennon spotted him in the 50,000 crowd in the midst of jubilant title celebrations at Celtic Park.

Lennon gave his league winner's medal to Jay, and Greek striker Georgios Samaras carried him around the pitch on a lap of honour.

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