Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson has sent a terrific battling message to former Celtic defender Jackie McNamara following his recent health scare.
McNamara, who was a former team-mate of Hoops boss Neil Lennon, collapsed near his home in York almost two weeks ago.
The Scotland international is said to be in a “critical but stable” condition at Hull Royal Infirmary, as per the BBC.
And despite the severity of the current situation, Robertson is in no doubt that his former boss will pull through.
“The news shook everyone, I think,” he told the BBC.
“He is a young guy, healthy, didn’t see signs of anything coming.
I’ve spoken to his family, I wish them all the best and I wish him all the best.
“Hopefully he can recover. He’s a good man and it’s not nice to see this happening.
“I know he’s a fighter and he’ll fight this like he fought in matches and fought as a manager. He’ll win this fight.
“Whatever way my career goes, I’ll always be thankful to him. I have a lot of time for him and that’s why it was tough to hear the news.”
Robertson and McNamara are similar in many ways
The pair share a bond through Celtic as well as other things. Despite the 21 year age gap, they have both been part of the setup at Celtic – although only in the academy in Robertson’s case.
They were/are both full-backs and have also turned out for Scotland – further strengthening the similarities between the two.
It is encouraging to hear that McNamara is in a stable place.
He still has a long road ahead of him in terms of recovery, but things could have been a whole lot worse.
The thoughts of every Celtic fan is sure to remain with him and his family for the next period.