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Stefan Johansen in Great Gesture to Jay Beatty After Finding Fan at Tynecastle

Stefan Johansen in Great Gesture to Jay Beatty After Finding Fan at Tynecastle

Stefan Johansen gave Celtic superfan Jay Beatty his strip after finding him in the away support at Tynecastle yesterday.

The Norwegian midfielder may have been disappointed to see the Hoops blow two leads in the game to draw 2-2 with Hearts.

Nir Bitton had given the visitors the lead after 42 minutes, but Sam Nicholson hit an equaliser for the hosts on the stroke of half-time.

Tom Rogic’s goal had Celtic heading for the win, however Hearts hit back in the 90th minute thanks to Osman Sow’s deflected free-kick.

The result means Ronny Deila’s men are now one point above Aberdeen at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership and they still have one game in hand.

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Johansen would have been unhappy at the way Celtic dropped two points, but he didn’t show it as he handed young Northern Irishman Beatty – who has Down’s Syndrome – his strip after the full-time whistle.

He spotted the supporter in the away support at Tynecastle before running over with the strip as a gift and giving the 12-year-old a hug.

Johansen has taken criticism from fans for the majority of the season, but this gesture will definitely put a smile on the face of most.

It’s been a memorable 2015 for wee Jay, who’s shot to fame as a favourite among Celtic fans.

He was picked from the crowd by Georgios Samaras as the club celebrated their league title win at the end of the 2013/14 season and this year he’s had the chance to attend an award ceremony in Greece, win the SPFL’s Goal of the Month award for January, meet Deila and his squad and appear as a special guest at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards earlier this month.

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