A CELTIC-mad eight year old has had his dreams come true after he led his heroes onto the pitch recently.
Strabane’s Lucas McColgan joined another fortunate youngster from Belfast at Celtic Park where he led his favourite players onto the pitch to face Rangers, rubbed shoulders with manager, backroom staff and the official team mascot, and received a full Celtic kit to remind him of the special day.
Lucas’s mother Kerry said her son took full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
“Lucas had an unforgettable day and he is still delighted,” she said.
“He was in disbelief about it all. Lucas got to spend the morning meeting and greeting the Celtic FC players, watching them warm up before the main event of holding hands with the captain, Scott Brown, and leading the team as their mascot on what was a historic day for Celtic. He also got over 100 pictures of the day and his name printed on the official team sheet. He was in awe!”
Still reeling from the day, Lucas said a personal highlight was getting to meet his favourite Celtic player Scott Sinclair.
“My favourite part of the day was getting to meet Scott Sinclair and the other players, and getting them to sign my top. I love playing football against my uncle and grandad and I will never forget meeting my favourite football team.”
As well as being a lifelong Celtic fan Lucas is also a successful karate participant, which according to Kerry meant a tough decision had to be made at the weekend.
“Lucas was supposed to participate in the North’s Karate championships, but when this opportunity came up he simply couldn’t say no. He loves karate but he loves Celtic even more, and while he was somewhat annoyed at missing the championships initially, there is another championship next year and the joy he felt on Sunday was irreplaceable.
“What made the day even more special was the fact Celtic were playing Rangers and had the chance to win the title in a match against them for the first time in 39 years.
“They went on to win the match 5-0, securing the greatest win all season and winning their seventh league title in a row.
“The experience was organised through Legends Seven Celtic Supporters Club, based in Mary O’s bar Strabane. We extend our thanks to both them and the Celtic squad for giving Lucas this opportunity,” Kerry added.