John Hartson leads messages of support to 'great friend' Jackie McNamara after reported illness

By John McGinley

February 10, 2020

Former Celtic captain Jackie McNamara is in hospital after falling ill at his home in England, The Daily Record report.

The paper are carrying quotes from a friend of the McNamara family that detail how the former Hoops defender was walking his dog on Saturday near his home in York.

Reportedly collapsing on his doorstep, he was then rushed to hospital in York before being transferred to another in Hull.

Obviously this will be a great worry to friends, family and many Celtic supporters. Hopefully, we hear positive news on his condition as soon as possible.

Former teammate John Hartson has been leading the tributes on Twitter to his β€˜great friend’, offering his thoughts to those closest to the former Hoops star.

As you’d expect, the news has also prompted a big response from other well-wishers.

McNamara was a well-respected player at Celtic Park and a fantastic servant to the club. He made a fantastic 358 appearances in total throughout his Hoops career (FitbaStats).

Part of the legendary squad that β€˜stopped the ten’ in 1998, he would also be a part of the team that made to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003.

He won ten trophies in total at Celtic Park and would even go on to captain the side in the 2004/05 season.

Former Celtic star Jackie McNamara / (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

It goes without saying we wish Jackie all the best in his recovery.

These fans have taken to social media to offer their own thoughts, pledging their support…