Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boyhood Dream Has Come True at Long Last

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boyhood Dream Has Come True at Long Last

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FANTASTIC! I'm 50 years of age and at last I've managed to live out my childhood dream.

I've pulled on the famous green and white hoops and played in a Celtic side packed full of stars from the club I grew up supporting.

And I scored! Brilliant. A goal for Celtic. Can you imagine how often I dreamed of doing that when I was a kid growing up in Glasgow? I know it was only a friendly but I still scored for Celtic.

I know I will get some flak off the Teesside public when I say this but honestly, I would swap 50 of my Boro goals to have done that in the Hoops once for real against Rangers! It's taken a lot of years and I had given up all hope of getting the call up for Celtic a long while ago but it just shows you that you should never give up on your dreams.

And it shows I've still got it!

I went up to Glasgow last weekend with Gary Pallister to take part in a testimonial match for Ronnie Coyle.

Ronnie is a former Celtic player who I got to know really well when he came to Boro on loan for a few months back in 1986.

He's a super guy and he's battling against leukaemia right now and so when I got the call naturally I said I'd turn out at his charity match between his Raith Rovers select side and a former Celtic team.

It was at Starks Park, the home of Raith Rovers who Ronnie played for a lot of years - he's a living legend there - and where I remember I turned out myself quite a few times in my days in Scottish football I wasn't really planning on playing. I'm no spring chicken and I was keen to keep myself fit in case there is a game for Gary Parkinson. I was just going to shake a few hands and show my support really.

And Pally can't play because of his back. We were both just showing our faces really.

But when we got there we were hanging around the tunnel before the game just chatting and I got ushered into the dressing room with the rest of the Raith select side guys when Ronnie grabbed me by the arm.

He led me out and down the tunnel and pushed me into the Celtic dressing and told me "go on, you know you want to." And boy he was right. I did.

Unbelievable. I was in there with a lot of fantastic players, great guys I used to watch at Parkhead as a supporter. …

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