Photo of Newcastle's Matty Longstaff in Celtic colours receives Stan Collymore seal of approval

Dublin , Ireland - 13 November 2017; Former England international Stan Collymore, now working as journalist for RT, asks a question during a Republic of Ireland press conference at the FAI...

The Newcastle United sensation has a family connection to Celtic.

Matthew Longstaff of Newcastle United celebrates with teammate Andy Carroll after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester...

Stan Collymore has given a photo of the Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff wearing Celtic attire his seal of approval.

Longstaff announced himself to the Premier League in style on Sunday, scoring the winning goal for Newcastle against Manchester United on his league debut.



The teenager's older brother, Sean, played alongside him at St James' Park. But that's not the only family tie Matty has to Newcastle, for whom the pair's uncle, Alan Thompson (Guardian), also played.

Thompson, though, is perhaps best known for a seven-year spell at Celtic, where he earned his one and only England cap.

Celtic's Alan Thompson,  slams the ball home into Rangers net for the winning goal late in the game 29 August 2004  in the Scottish Premier League match at Celtic Park,Glasgow 29 August...

And that could explain why Matty can be seen in Celtic colours below...

Thompson came through the ranks at Newcastle but made his name at Bolton Wanderers, before spells at Aston Villa, Celtic, Leeds United and Hartlepool United.

The 45-year-old was capped once by England in 2004, while Sven-Goran Eriksson was manager.

Collymore, who played alongside Thomspon at Villa, is known to have a soft spot for Celtic.

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