Celtic superfans Jay Beatty and Rod Stewart meet after singer's Belfast gig
CELTIC superfans Jay Beatty and Rod Stewart have enjoyed a special meeting at a gig by the Scottish rocker in Belfast.
The Co Armagh pupil and his family were guests of the legendary musician at the first of two concerts at the SSE arena on Monday night.
Both die-hard Bhoys supporters, the pair shared a few laughs after the 71-year-old dedicated his hit You're In My Heart to Jay.
Jay's mother Aine said the singer also invited Jay and his father Martin to lunch with his sons before the Scottish league cup final in Glasgow on November 27.
The meeting came just weeks after the Lurgan lad enjoyed a sing-song with Scottish singer Paolo Nutini.
"Paolo's management must have got in contact with Rod and then we got an email last week, which said he was really looking to meeting Jay and there would be four concert tickets for the family," Aine said.
"There's one of his songs You're In My Heart where Rod mentions Celtic in it and Jay sings that all the time. So of course there's has to be a Celtic connection.
"He's been so excited. He's been saying three more sleeps, two more sleeps and he is now calling today Rod Day."
Jay, who has Downs syndrome, first came to the public’s attention when former Celtic player Georgios Samaras plucked him from the crowd at Celtic Park and manager Neil Lennon donated his league winners’ medal in 2014.
Since then he has become one of the club’s best known fans.
The 12-year-old started mainstream secondary school at St Ronan's College in September and Aine is happy to report Jay is "doing great".
"He just got his report and he did fantastically well. He even got an A star in Spanish - I don't know whether it's to do with Barcelona coming over this month, but he got an A star," she said.
"He looks forward to going in every day."