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Sisters’ dream comes true at Celtic Park

L-r, Cara and Gracie Paterson with Celtic manager Neil Lennon at a recent match.

L-r, Cara and Gracie Paterson with Celtic manager Neil Lennon at a recent match.

Two Selkirk sisters had the day of their dreams at a Glasgow football match, meeting their heroes as Celtic mascots.

St Joseph’s Primary School pupils Cara (9) and Gracie (7) Paterson led the Celtic players onto the field to face Motherwell at Celtic Park on Saturday, January 18.

Celtic officials had called up their parents Kenny and Sally, who are both loyal season ticket holders, the week after Christmas to say their daughters had won the chance to be the team’s mascots.

“They were both screaming at the top of their voices,” Kenny told The Wee Paper. “Just totally uncontrollable. It was like they’d won the lottery.”

Kenny, Sally, Cara, Gracie, and their younger sister Tessa (5) were all given VIP treatment in the executive lounge, before the two girls were taken to meet the Celtic team while warming up, and manager Neil Lennon.

The pair were presented with a top to wear, and walked out in front of captain Scott Brown and the 10 players onto the pitch.

“Tears were just streaming down our faces,” Kenny said as they watched from the executive stand. “Seeing the girls’ faces was just priceless. They were just star-struck. It was such an emotional day.”

Their youngest daughter Dani-Erin, who turns two in March, stayed in Selkirk to watch the game with her grandmother.

And to top it all off, after 90 minutes, Cara and Gracie’s day got even better when Celtic beat Motherwell 3-0 at the final whistle.

 

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