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Gareth Fullerton

Tyson Fury and Robbie Keane among stars to hail Belfast football club

Sporting legends including Tyson Fury, Robbie Keane and Shay Given have hailed a West Belfast football club on reaching its 40th anniversary.

Celtic Boys FC has been serving its community for four decades and prides itself on being 'more than just a club'.

The Hoops have been toasting the special milestone, and they have received some lofty praise from several sporting stars including heavyweight boxing champion Fury and former Republic of Ireland stars Keane and Given.

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They were joined by other iconic names including ex-Northern Ireland captain Martin O'Neill, former Leeds United defender Ian Harte, World champion boxer Josh Taylor, current NI winger Gavin Whyte and Cliftonville legend Joe Gormley in sending their best wishes to the club.

Fury said in a video message: "Hey guys, Tyson Fury here. I just wanted to say congratulations to Celtic Boys. Packie has been doing a fantastic job with you guys.

"All the best for next season. Good luck and God bless you."

Legendary footballer Keane added: "I just wanted to say congratulations to all the Celtic Boys teams. I heard you all did fantastic this season.

"I wish you the best for next season. I look forward to coming along to see all you guys."

And ex-Newcastle United and Republic goalkeeper Given said: "I just want to wish a happy 40th anniversary to Celtic Boys. Forty years, players and coaches past and present, staff, all the people who have helped the club get to 40 years.

"It is a great achievement. Enjoy the celebrations and have a great night, and here's to the next 40."


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