CELTIC legend Davie Hay has undergone a successful kidney transplant.

The 72-year-old former Hoops manager and player was diagnosed with Polycystic kidney disease – a hereditary condition – a decade ago.

Hay is now making a good recovery at home having been released from hospital six days ago.

The club ambassador praised the staff of Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after the operation.

Hay will undergo initial check-ups twice a week to ensure that his body does not reject the new organ, but he has vowed that he will be back cheering on the Hoops as soon as possible.

INTERNATIONAL STAR…Davie Hay in Scotland strip in 1974.

The former Scotland international, who was a star of the 1974 World Cup Finals in West Germany, told the Evening Times: “I was called in during November as a kidney was available then, but it turned out not to be a match.

“The longer it goes, the more chance there is that you can end up on dialysis, but I was called in again a fortnight ago. This time the tests were all positive and I was operated on at 10 o’clock that night.

“I have to say, I know that the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has come in for some criticism since opening, but I can’t praise the staff enough.

“They were absolutely fantastic from start to finish and I really appreciate all they did for me.

“I’m back at home now and on the mend and I’m feeling better every day. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back to Celtic games in no time at all.”


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