CELTIC have signed 16-year-old keeper Vincent Angelini, grandson of of Hoops legend Davie Hay.
The former Hoops manager and player, who is now a club ambassador, told CQN of his joy for the top prospect.
Hay said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Vincent. He has done this all by himself and it’s a testament to his determination and diligence.
“It was obvious years ago he wanted to be a goalie. When Christmas came around, the family knew what to buy as gifts.
“There would be goalkeeper tops with the famous names on the back and the gloves, too. He was always happy to be anywhere having footballs fired at him.
“Obviously, as his granddad I paid a lot of attention as he was growing up and I could see him actually growing into the position. It’s probably a strange equation, but you see he stripped as a goalkeeper, he actually began to look the part.
WELCOME TO CELTIC…Vincent Angelini, watched by proud grandad Davie Hay, signs a pro contract with Celtic.
“Vincent realises he has been given a great chance and I have every confidence he will continue to work at improving his game.
“There were other teams showing an interest, but there was only one place for my grandson and that was Celtic. He’s take the first step and he knows it’s up to him now to take it from here.
“I have every faith in him and I am so proud of Vincent.”
Angelini, whose father Tomasso was on Lazio’s books as a youngster, has come through the Celtic Youth Academy and won Goalkeeper of the Tournament two years ago at the prestigious Marc Overmars Tournament in Holland.
He will now become part of the 18s squad.