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Celtic fan Jay Beatty will surely win goal of the month

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Youngster Jay Beatty was given the day of a lifetime last month when he had an access-all-areas pass to watch his beloved Celtic take on Hamilton Academical at New Douglas Park. 

And now his penalty that day been nominated for goal of the month by the Scottish Premier League!

The 11-year-old, who has Down Syndrome, rose to fame last season when he was plucked from the crowd by the then Celtic striker Georgios Samaras to celebrate with the team on the pitch as they won the league title.

Samaras even invited Beatty to attend Greece's match against Costa Rica in the last-16 of the World Cup, a campaign which gained 80,000 likes on Facebook. The Greek FA offered to pay for the trip but the family had to decline as they already had a holiday to the United States booked. 

He has also appeared on the team coach in the past and joined the players in renditions of songs such as 'Hail Hail'.

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Beatty's VIP treatment at Hamilton involved a behind-the-scenes tour before a meet-and-greet with the Celtic players and a personal team-talk to inspire the league champions.

It was then time to pop out onto the pitch and slot home a penalty in front of the jubilant Hoops fans. Both sets of supporters rose to applaud Beatty and broke out into chants of appreciation for the youngster.

And the SPL made the gesture of including the goal in the nominations for the best of the month. It's an award that surely has to be heading to the boy from Glasgow.

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