Disabled fan nominated for Goal of the Month in Scotland
The CAFE team was delighted to hear that disabled Celtic fan Jay Beatty has been included amongst the nominees for January's Scottish goal of the month competition.
Jay is 11 years old and has Down's Syndrome. He first came to fame when Greek international and then-Celtic striker Georgios Samaras spotted him in the crowd as the players celebrated their title win. Samaras would pick Jay up out of the crowd and bring him onto the pitch to join the rest of the squad.
Then-manager Neil Lennon also presented Jay with his league winner's medal, and invited him to join the squad for a training session at their Lennoxtown base. Jay received a special invitation to the club's annual awards night and has become a cult hero amongst the Celtic fanbase.
Although his contract at Celtic had expired, Samaras invited Jay and his family to attend a Greece match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but they had already planned a family holiday to the USA. Jay also attended the Greek Sports Personality Awards in 2014 and collected an award alongside Samaras.
In January 2015, Celtic played an away match at Hamilton and Jay had another day he will never forget.
Jay travelled on the official coach with the Celtic squad, and joined them in the changing rooms before the match. He even gave them a pre-match team talk, which must have inspired them as Celtic went on to win the match 2-0.
At half time, Jay took centre stage as he was invited onto the pitch to take a penalty in front of the Celtic fans. Jay stepped up, and as his hero Samaras had done many times before, put the ball in the bottom corner of the goal and celebrated wildly.
With applause and cheers from all four sides of the stadium, the Celtic fans sang "There's Only One Jay Beatty" and "Oh Jay We Love You".
Jay's half time penalty is one of ten contenders for the Scottish goal of the month. There's plenty of great goals, but we think this is our favourite. Good luck Jay!
To watch Jay's goal, please see the below YouTube video.