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    This Young Boy With Down Syndrome Officially Scored The Best Goal In Scotland Last Month

    Jay Beatty was nominated for the award by the Scottish Premier League. This post has been updated with the news of Jay's victory.

    On Friday 20 February it was announced Jay Beatty had won the goal of the month competition.

    He demolished the opposition.

    11 year-old Celtic fan Jay Beatty wins @spfl Goal Of The Month with a staggering 97% of the votes cast! @celticfc

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    11 year-old Celtic fan Jay Beatty wins @spfl Goal Of The Month with a staggering 97% of the votes cast! @celticfc

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    Here's Jay finding out he had won.

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    And here's Georgios Samaras announcing the news and expressing his love for Jay.

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    Original story below:

    Last month 11-year-old Celtic fan Jay Beatty got the opportunity to walk on to the pitch and take a penalty at half-time during his side’s 2–0 win over Hamilton.

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    Beatty, who has Down syndrome, scored, and his goal has now been entered into the SPFL's goal of the month competition.

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    The young fan from Northern Ireland first came to the attention of players and fans after Greek striker Georgios Samaras picked him out of the crowd during Celtic’s title-winning celebrations at the end of last season.

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    Samaras later invited him to the World Cup in Brazil to watch Greece play.

    "This boy gives me so much strength, it's incredible," Samaras said.

    "There are no words. I feel his love so much. This love I feel is also felt by many people in Greece."

    Unfortunately the tournament clashed with a family holiday and Jay was unable to travel to the World Cup.

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    However, he remains a favourite among Celtic staff and players.

    Here's Jay receiving an incredible reception from fans during half-time between Celtic and Hamilton.

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    The Irish Independent reported that Hamilton later told Jay that his goal stood and the final scoreline was 3-0 to Celtic.

    His father, Martin, recently uploaded this clip of Jay giving a team talk to the Celtic players playing on TV:

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    And here he is giving the real thing in the dressing room before the Hamilton game.

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    You can vote for the January goal of the month by adding your selection in the comments section of the SPFL's YouTube compilation.

    It looks like Jay's got a chance...

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