32-year-old faces trial over pitch invasion with child during Celtic clash

A man believed to be 32-year-old is to stand trial, as he’s been accused of pitch invasion at Celtic Park while holding a child believed to be 12 months old.

The man, later identified as Anthony Smith allegedly jubilated with the one-year-old when SPL Champions Celtic scored the opening goal against Rangers on March 31.

Prosecutors are claiming the accused man brought out his mobile phone to take pictures of the event. Mr. Smith allegedly pushed away stewards to gain entrance to the pitch, as the steward asked him to head back to his seat.

Mr. Smith, believed to be from Parkhead, came out from custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court, in Glasgow, Scotland.

The accused man denies a breach of the Celtic park peace and a charge under Scotland law of the Children and Young Person Act.

Mr. Smith was granted bail and a trial was set for August by Sheriff Allan Findlay.

In other news, Former team-mate of Celtic boss John Hartson says Neil Lennon is the prime candidate for the permanent manager’s role at Celtic Park.

The 47-year-old Lennon took over at Parkhead until the conclusion of the league campaign for his second stint in charge following the shock departure of former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City in February.

The reigning Scottish champions have been unbeaten in Neil Lennon’s 10 matches in charge this season, and they only need just a point to clinch the Premiership.

Lennon and Hartson played together at Celtic Park during the managerial reigns of coach Martin O’Neill and tactician Gordon Strachan but the ex-forward says it is not only because of their relationship as friends that he is supporting the Northern Irishman to land the job.

In the same vein, scorer of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup-winning goal, Stevie Chalmers, has passed on at the age of 83.

He was a member of the ‘Lisbon Lions’, the squad that beat Italian club Inter Milan to become the first club from Great Britain to lift the coveted trophy.

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