Celtic superfan Jay Beatty donates portrait of himself with Rangers’ Fernando Ricksen to charity

Celtic superfan Jay Beatty has donated a picture of himself with Rangers legend Fernando Ricksen to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland. 

The youngster, who is a Celtic FC Foundation Ambassador, paid for the commission of the drawing out of his own pocket money. 

The pair took the photo last year when they met at Parkhead, and the 12-year-old commissioned local artist Sean Mooney to create the drawing. 

Ricksen has been battling Motor Neuron Disease since 2013.

The auction of this drawing will help raise funds for MND Scotland who provide care and support to everyone affected by the disease.

The charity also provide information and education services to healthcare professionals and fund research to find a cure.

Herald Scotland:

Celtic FC Foundation also donated £10,000 donation in support of Fernando Ricksen, his family and MND Scotland.

Tony Hamilton, Chief Executive of Celtic FC Foundation, said: “This is a wonderful gesture from Jay for a fantastic cause.

“We were very saddened to hear the news about Fernando, unfortunately at Celtic FC Foundation, we are all too familiar with Motor Neurone Disease and we have a long association with charities who tackle the illness.  We hope that Jay’s gift will help raise vital funds to continue this work."

Facebook users praised Jay's thoughtful donation. 

Liz Ogg said: "Well done Jay. You're a star!"

Yvonne Nee added: "We lost our dad to MND it is the most cruel disease. "Well done to Jay for such a thoughtful gesture and keep fighting Fernándo"


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