Leigh Griffiths dedicated his goal against Aberdeen to Celtic fan Kieran McDade, who tragically died training with his football team last week.
As fate would have it, Griffiths got the goal in the 13th minute of the game against the Dons at Parkhead before going on to hail the 13-year-old supporter.
Family, friends and fans have been paying tribute to young Kieran this week after news broke that he’d died in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during a training session with his Dunbeth boys club team.
The St Margaret’s High pupil was a Celtic fan and has received touching messages from the whole of the Hoops support, as well as the Scottish football faithful.
And now Griffiths has done his bit to remember Kieran as he scored against Aberdeen then ran to the other side of the park to hold up a strip which read ‘RIP Kieran 13’ on the back:
Leigh Griffiths dedicates goal to Kieran McDade – a 13-year-old Celtic fan who tragically died last week.. pic.twitter.com/KZeTlpI01A
— talkingbaws (@talkingbaws) August 27, 2016
That is a touch of class from Griffiths which the Celtic supporters obviously appreciated:
Screamer for Griffiths 1-0 pic.twitter.com/DogdusXogx
— 90MC (@90MinuteCynic) August 27, 2016
Celtic were 1-0 up thanks to Griffiths’ goal, but Adam Rooney pulled one back for Aberdeen in the first-half.
The Scottish striker had already tweeted about meeting the family of Kieran McDade, who will surely appreciate his gesture at such a difficult time:
Game day. We want to continue our good form in the league. Also looking forward to meeting the family of Kieran mcdade before the game ??
— leigh griffiths (@Leighgriff09) August 27, 2016
Forget all rivalries in Scottish football – that is an outstanding tribute from Griffiths!