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Celtic winger Liel Abada pays tribute to schoolboy Leon Brown after Rangers goal

A Celtic player has paid tribute to a schoolboy who tragically died last month.

Liel Abada held up a T-shirt with a picture of Leon Brown wearing a Celtic strip after scoring a goal against Rangers during the Scottish Premiership Match on Saturday afternoon.

The 14-year-old from Cumbernauld was found dead in his bedroom on August 25 after trying out a TikTok trend which is believed to have caused him to suffer a fatal brain injury.

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His heartbroken mum Lauryn Keating spoke out following his death to warn others about the terrifying trend that is also believed to have been linked to the death of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee.

She said: "He was the happiest, funniest wee boy ever. He was a bit of a class clown and he liked to make people laugh.

"Everything was always a joke and a carry-on to Leon. He was just a wee cheeky boy.

Leon Brown was found unresponsive on August 25. (HANDOUT)

"But he meant so much to me.

"One of Leon's friends told me he had been doing the challenge on Facetime with them after seeing it on TikTok. My Leon thought he would be the one to try it first.

"Him and his friends probably thought it was a laugh and a joke. One of the kids who he was on Facetime with told me what he had done."

Leon, a pupil at Our Lady's High School, was an avid Celtic supporter with the team's strip signed with touching messages from his friends mounted onto a railing at his local park.

Lauryn had hoped that Celtic fans would get behind a round of applause for Leon during the 14th minute of the match and had said how Abada had previously vowed to pay tribute to the young fan.

Almost £6,000 has been raised to support his family and to give him the send-off he deserves.


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