James Forrest has given his shirt from Celtic’s League Cup semi-final win over St Johnstone to Bertie Auld’s family, delighting some Hoops fans who have reacted on social media.
The winger scored the only goal of Saturday’s tie after Ange Postecoglou introduced him in the 69th-minute at Hampden Park.
Forrest drilled home from close range within four-minutes of coming off the bench after the Saints failed to clear Filipe Jota’s cross.
Celtic supporters were paying tribute to legendary Bhoys midfielder Auld as Forrest came onto the Hampden pitch against St Johnstone.
The Hoops also paid tribute to the Lisbon Lion, who had passed away earlier in the week at the age of 83, with a resounding minute’s applause prior to kick-off.
Players also wore the No.10 on their shorts in honour of the Parkhead icon. Forrest wanted to make a gesture of his own, too, by gifting his match-worn jersey to Auld’s family.
“Bertie meant so much to the club and our supporters,” Forrest told the Celtic website. “He was everything to his family and we know they are missing him so much.
“The boys were really honoured to wear Bertie’s number on Saturday, and we were delighted to get the result on a really emotional day.
“We know what a tough time it’s been for the family and we just wanted them to have something from the match and from the day that we remembered one of our greatest ever legends.”
Celtic fans react to Forrest gesture to Auld’s family
Celtic fans have been awash with praise for Forrest following the Hoops sharing his gesture to Auld’s family on social media.
Many have hailed the £19k-a-week midfielder for his ‘class’ act and labelled the 30-year-old a hero in his own rights.
Forrest has so far spent his entire career as a Celtic player after breaking through from the Hoops academy set-up.
He has also played 424 games for the Glasgow outfit, scoring 96 times and providing 97 assists and counting.
So, here are some of the posts Celtic fans shared on Forrest gifting his match-worn jersey from Saturday’s League Cup semi-final win over St Johnstone to Auld’s family…