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  • Maestro delighted to be part of Trophy Day at Paradise

    Maestro delighted to be part of Trophy Day at Paradise

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 20 May, 2019 10:31

  • ON the day when Paradise celebrated an eighth title in a row, and the team captain and No.8 lifted the trophy once again, it was fitting that another legendary Celtic No.8 was guest of honour.

    Paul McStay met the team at the Celtic Way on Sunday, ahead of the game against Hearts, before he and Scott Brown carried the trophy into the stadium.

    And he was part of the post-match presentation ceremony, bringing the trophy out on to the pitch before congratulating each of the Celtic players as they received their league winner’s medal.

    Not surprisingly, the Maestro was given a rapturous reception by the Celtic supporters. He is one of Celtic’s greatest ever players, and only the legendary Billy McNeill made more appearances for the Hoops than Paul McStay.

    Although based in Australia now, Paul was delighted to be back in Paradise and be part of Trophy Day.

    Speaking to Celtic TV, he said: “When you arrive at Celtic Park now, the whole environment is different class and once you get into the stadium, the atmosphere is special. It’s something that all Celtic fans have been known for over many years - creating that buzz about the place, as I always say! It’s a great place and a great environment to play football.

    “The team has been fantastic over the past few years and eight in a row is some achievement. The fans can enjoy that success and look forward to the Scottish Cup final.

    “I think it’s great for the young fans that they know success and the fact that we’re going for a Treble Treble. All my kids have seen is Celtic lifting trophies, and I just hope it continues for many more years.

    “It’s a great honour to do be part of this, but it’s all about the players and acknowledging what they’ve achieved this year, and in previous years as well.”

    Paul McStay also paid tribute to Neil Lennon, who took up the managerial reins at the end of February when Brendan Rodgers left the club.

    “I think it’s been a very difficult thing to do,” he said. “For Neil to come in and take over during a period like that with a little bit of uncertainty, I think he’s done a marvellous job. Getting the title was the first part of his remit. He’s done that and done it very comfortably as well.

    “He kept the rhythm going, he knows the place too, so that helped as well. I’m sure the players will have enjoyed Trophy Day but the focus will now be on making sure it’s a very special day this Saturday.”

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