VIDEO footage has captured the heart-warming moment Celtic superfan Jay Beatty surprised Hoops’ boss Brendan Rodgers by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.
‘Wee Jay’ had made a card for the Celtic manager and presented it to him ahead of his team’s match against Hearts last Sunday.
As Rodgers, who had just turned 44, arrived at Celtic Park with his squad for the match against their Edinburgh rivals, Jay was ready and waiting at reception with the birthday card.
As the former Liverpool boss comes through the door, Jay bursts into a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ before giving Rodgers a hug and telling him he loves him.
Jay, who has Down’s Syndrome, captured the hearts of the Parkhead faithful when Hoops hero Georgios Samaras picked him up and carried him round the pitch as the team celebrated their league title in 2014.
The 12-year-old is an ambassador for the Glasgow giants and has met a host of stars including Paolo Nutini and Lionel Messi.
His dad, Martin Beatty, posted the ten-second clip online with the caption: “A wee song for the birthday bhoy.”
The video starts as Jay sings ‘Happy Birthday’ as Rodgers walks through the door and shakes the youngster’s hand.
Jay presents him with his card as the Celtic boss says: “Thank you very much.”
Jay gives him a hug and says: “Happy birthday Brendan, I love you,” before a smiling Rodgers walks off and tells him he’s a “good boy”.
Speaking today about the meeting, Jay’s dad Martin, said: “We were just there to see Brendan before the match.
“Jay loves Brendan and he’s always saying how well he’s doing. He was really excited to give him his card.
“Brendan was an absolute gentleman and you can tell how much passion he has for the club.”
Facebook users have been quick to respond to the heart-warming video.
Orlagh McKeown said: “What a wee gentleman you truly are Jay.”
Frances Gallagher Mccue commented: “Special wee character what a greeting.”
Whilst John Greenshields added: “The wee man’s videos cheer you up and what a great character he is an such an amazing wee lad.”
Celtic beat Hearts 4-0 to break the Lisbon Lions’ record of 26 consecutive domestic games unbeaten.
The victory meant that Rodgers’ team surpassed the record set by Jock Stein’s European Cup winning side of 1967.