ROTHESAY’S very own Sean Lawrence stepped on to the hallowed turf at Celtic Park last week, captaining his side in the final of the ‘Could Have Been A Player’ competition, sponsored by Tennent’s.
From an initial entry of 128, Sean, a regular for Rothesay Brandane AFC who had a spell last summer on trial at Stirling Albion, made the final 32 players after several boot camps were held at Celtic’s Lennoxtown training facility.
The competition winners were put up in a top Glasgow hotel the night before the match, used the dressing rooms, walked down the tunnel and played their hearts out in a once-in-a-lifetime match in front of family and friends.
Sean, who greatly impressed his manager for the day, the Celtic and Wales legend John Hartson, during the boot camp was given the captain’s armband for the match against a team managed by Tommy Johnson, who spent four years as a player for Celtic between 1997 and 2001.
Sean’s memorable day was capped by an impressive performance, a superb individual goal midway through the second half, victory for his team and the ‘man of the match’ award – as a result of which he’ll now get the chance to spend a full day training with the Celtic first team.
Who knows, with this sort of performance Sean – who has actually played at Celtic Park before, as part of the Rothesay Brandane side who took part in the Carling ‘Play on the Park’ final in 2010 – may still be a player!
* Thanks to Graham Leonard for the report and photograph.