Parkhead the theatre of dreams for Aodhan

Aodhan McDonald and his brother Fionnbar with his souvenirs from Parkhaed. INLM4612-123gc
Aodhan McDonald and his brother Fionnbar with his souvenirs from Parkhaed. INLM4612-123gc

AODHAN McDonald proved to be the perfect mascot for Celtic FC last week, not only inspiring them to victory over Barcelona, but the player who Aodhan had escorted onto the pitch scored the opening goal.

The Champions League win for Celtic also turned out to be the perfect birthday present for young Aodhan who celebrated his seventh birthday the day after the game.

Aodhan told the ‘MAIL’ of his experience at Celtic Park: “I didn’t know if I was going to be with one of the Celtic players or one of the Barcelona players. It was only when he (Victor Wanyama) came over to me that I knew that I was going to be with him.

“I said ‘hello’ to Neil Lennon when we were in the tunnel but he didn’t hear me.

“When we came out of the tunnel onto the pitch it was brilliant. The crowd was really loud. You could even hear them from the changing rooms.

“I thought Celtic were going to win 1-0 and Tony Watt was going to score, but I didn’t think Wanyama would score as well.”

Celtic notched up a historic victory over the mighty Barcelona last Wednesday with goals from Wanyama and Watt. Messi scored a late reply to give Celtic fans late nerves, but the Bhoys hung on for a memorable European win.

Aodhan said he thought Fraser Forster was the best player on the night, but admitted that Victor Wanyama has become his new favourite Celtic player.

He watched the match in the stand with his dad Dwyer, having changed out of his special kit in time for kick off.

As reward for being a Champions League mascot Aodhan received a shirt, a drawstring bag and two wristbands emblazoned with the message ‘I was on the pitch’.

The day after the game was Aodhan’s seventh birthday and he was taken into the Celtic shop after the game where he got a number of presents. He was also treated to a version of ‘Happy Birthday’ by the fans on the Lurgan Celtic Supporters’ Club bus on the way home from their trip to Scotland.

Aodhan and his family thanked the Lurgan club who paid for the seven-year-old’s travel and accomodation fro the trip.

The Lurgan lad said he can’t wait for his next trip to Celtic when he’ll be accompanied by his younger brother Fionnbar.