Celtic Old Bhoy enthralls supporters

Murdo Macleod (centre) with supporters club members, Paul and Tavish.

Murdo Macleod (centre) with supporters club members, Paul and Tavish.

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The Stornoway Saltire Celtic Supporters Club enjoyed an evening of great entertainment on Friday night with special guest Murdo Macleod giving the well attended gathering great stories and hilarious anecdotes from his time at Celtic FC.

After the meal, which was superbly prepared by Caladh Inn kitchen and serving staff with friendly attitudes, James Morrison, club chairman introduced guest speaker Brian Wilson, who made it to the event catching a late flight back to Stornoway after being at a board meeting at Celtic Park earlier in the day. Brian spoke about his time as a board member at Celtic FC and as a lifelong Celtic fan, with humorous angles on some of his experiences with past and present club dignitaries.

Murdo followed with tales from the training ground and hilarious stories from his time as a player at Parkhead. He also told of the night Brazilian free-kick expert Branco went for Leighton’s goal from just outside the box in Italia ‘90 but got him on the head with such power, the ball rebounded back into the Brazilian half. Murdo, a few minutes after recovery did ask big Roy Aitken which way they were shooting. When the speeches were over, raffle draws were done with great prizes offered. Murdo was then presented with a Lewis chess set and a designer Harris Tweed handbag for his wife Mhairi. Brian also received a gift as honorary member with his two sons receiving smart club shirts. The dance got under way with Kroftwork providing an excellent live performance.

All who met and spoke to Murdo on the night commented on his great patience and willingness to allow them his time individually, signing autographs and having photos taken. A gentleman and a Celtic legend, the club would like to wish Murdo and his family well for the future.

We would also like to thank staff of Sportsworld for allowing their time, Caladh Inn for an enjoyable evening, Alex O’Henley from Celtic TV and the Stornoway Sea Angling Club for their support over the season.