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McNEILL GRANDSON MISSING: URGENT APPEAL

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CELTIC legend Billy McNeill’s daughter has issued an urgent and heartbroken plea more than a fortnight after her son Matthew went missing while on holiday in Amsterdam.

Matthew McCombe, who was in the Dutch capital to celebrate his 21st birthday with his friends, has not been seen since two hours after leaving his hotel around 6.15am on March 14.

His mum Paula is now “begging” the Celtic family for their help to find him.

CCTV captured Matthew exiting his hotel before being later spotted at Amsteldijk at 6.44am, wearing a light grey or white Northern Rock jumper.

He was later seen on the Berlagebrug heading east at around 8.15am.

Now, his desperate mother has issued an appeal to try and trace him.

She posted on Facebook: “I am the daughter of Billy McNeill.

“I’m reaching out to you, the Celtic family, begging for your help to find my son, Matthew McCombe.

“He has been missing in Amsterdam for over two weeks now and we are desperate to find him and bring him home. Our hearts are broken.

“I beg you all to please share the post below, publicly, on your own social media pages and to as many groups as you can, so that it reaches as many people as possible in the hope that somebody somewhere has seen Matthew or can give us any information at all of where he may be.”

Paula added: “If you have or know of anybody with connections in Amsterdam or kind of links to Amsterdam PLEASE ask them to also share the post below.

“Words cannot explain how desperate we are to find our son. PLEASE, please help us.”

Paula and her husband Charlie also appeared on Dutch television last night as they continued their appeal.

Charlie said: “For some reason, we don’t know why, he left the hotel room at 6.15am.

“I had a text at 1.36am. I’d asked him earlier, ‘How was it?’, and he texted back saying, ‘Class night’.

“We don’t know what’s happened. We just ask the people if they can jog their memories back to that Saturday – and if they have seen him, let us know, so we can find out where he might be.

“And if anybody has Matthew, please give him back to his mum and dad. We need to have him.”

Breaking down in tears, he added: “We can’t cope without him. He’s all I live for. He has to come home.”

Celtic previously urged people to keep a look out for missing grandson of their club great.

 
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