Former Celtic defender Jackie McNamara ill in hospital

Former Celtic defender Jackie McNamara ill in hospital

Former Celtic defender Jackie McNamara ill in hospital

Former Celtic captain Jackie McNamara is in a "critical but stable condition" in hospital after collapsing at his home in York.

However, a close family friend Paul Larkin tweeted yesterday: "Jackie is now awake and talking".

"My father is receiving the best possible care, since everyone can understand that this is hard for us as a family and request privacy at this time".

Henrik Larsson has sent his support to Jackie McNamara via Instagram and urged fellow Celtic supporters to do the same.

He was most recently in charge of York City between 2015 and 2016, before stepping into a behind-the-scenes role until 2018.

McNamara, 46, is understood to have been admitted to hospital for brain surgery. "My thoughts are with his wife Samantha and the children", Hartson tweeted.

A post on McNamara's personal Twitter account, yesterday, read: "This is Jackie's daughter".

McNamara was returning from walking his dog on Saturday morning when he fell ill.

His father, Jackie McNamara Snr, played for Hibernian and Celtic.

Simon Donnelly, McNamara's great friend, former Celtic team-mate, managerial assistant and co-owner of a pub in Spain, simply posted images of praying hands, hearts and a strong arm to show his thoughts.

The former Dundee United, Partick Thistle and York manager has been working as a players' agent as well as advising Dunfermline through his sports management firm.

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