ANGE POSTECOGLOU has revealed Frank McGarvey made a plea to him before the 6-1 victory over Hibs at Parkhead.
The 66-year-old former goal hero, who clocked up 109 strikes for Celtic between 1980-85, recently admitted he had been diagnosed with cancer.
McGarvey took a bow on the pitch before the match to thank the Hoops fans for all their support during difficult times.
Postecoglou had a chat with the former prolific hitman prior to the kick-off against the Easter Road outfit.
GOVAN GLEE…Frank McGarvey celebrates one of his Celtic goals against Rangers at Ibrox.
The Greek-Australian gaffer, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “I saw Frank before the game and it was quite emotional. Because of his Liverpool/Celtic connection, he’s someone I know very well and followed very well, so it was great to see him.
“His instructions were pretty clear – he said a goal in the first 20 minutes, and we managed to get a couple, so, hopefully, that lifted his spirits, but it was great to see him.”
Coincidentally, James Forrest thumped in a wonderful hat-trick to take him onto 100 goals alongside McGarvey and 28 other greats including Jimmy McGrory, Bobby Lennox, Stevie Chalmers, John Hughes, Kenny Dalglish and Henrik Larsson.
To ease the tension, the 31-year-old winger got the ball rolling in the ninth minute following some clever play from Sead Haksabanovic.
Giorgos Giakoumakis doubled the advantage in the 18th minute and there was only going to be one winner after that.
The Greek frontman went on to claim a double and Daizen Maeda brought the curtain down on a fine performance with his first league goal of the season.