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Celtic star Jackie McNamara, 46, rushed to the hospital after “bleeding on the brain” collapsed

Celtic extended their “thoughts and prayers” to Jackie McNamara after their former captain was taken to the hospital.

McNamara collapsed outside his home in York on Saturday, with former teammate John Hartson revealing that he had “a bleeding in the brain.”

The 46-year-old is believed to have been transferred from one hospital in York to another in Hull where he was Monday due to surgery.

Jackie McNamara was taken to the hospital after he collapsed outside his house on Saturday

Jackie McNamara was taken to the hospital after he collapsed outside his house on Saturday

Friends, colleagues and supporters in Scottish football hoped last night that McNamara would recover completely, with some social media to offer their best wishes.

The Welsh striker Hartson played with McNamara during the last four years of the ten-year stint of the former Scotland international in Parkhead.

He tweeted: “Worried sick for my former teammate and good friend Jackie McNamara, who fell at home on Saturday with bleeding in the brain.

“My thoughts are with his wife Samantha and the children.”

A number of his other former Parkhead teammates also sent messages of support last night.

Chris Sutton said, “Thoughts and prayers for Jackie and Sam and the family.”

Stiliyan Petrov added: “Keep fighting Jackie Bhoy – you have always been a hunter. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sam and the children. “

Murdo MacLeod was assistant manager at Celtic when McNamara helped the club win the 1998 league title, preventing Old Firm Rivals Rangers from completing the ten-in-a-row.

“All our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie McNamara and his family,” MacLeod said. “He’s a hunter.”

The Scottish champions wrote on Twitter: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic FC are with Jackie and his family.”

Other clubs that employed McNamara as a player or manager, including Aberdeen, Dundee United, Partick Thistle, Falkirk and Wolves, joined Celtic yesterday to send supporting statements to his family.

McNamara, seen here when lifting the Scottish Cup in 2005, would be operated on Monday

McNamara, seen here when lifting the Scottish Cup in 2005, would be operated on Monday

McNamara, seen here when lifting the Scottish Cup in 2005, would be operated on Monday

McNamara’s own Twitter account later released a message from his daughter.

It said: “This is Jackie’s daughter. Thank you all for your kind words and support.

“My father receives the best possible care. As you can all understand, this is difficult for us as a family and (we) are asking for privacy right now. “

A statement on Scotland’s Twitter team read as follows: “The thoughts of everyone at the Scottish FA are with former Scotland player Jackie McNamara and his family.”

McNamara, whose father Jackie Senior also played for Celtic in the 1970s and later Hibernian, began his excellent career as a player at Dunfermline.

He was signed to the Parkhead club by Tommy Burns in 1995 and won four league titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups over a ten-year period that confirmed his place in Celtic history.

Covered 33 times by Scotland during a nine-year association with the national side, he was used in various defensive and midfield roles during Martin O’Neill’s leadership role at club level and then raised the Scottish Cup twice as a skipper.

A contract conflict caused McNamara to move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2005, before stints at Aberdeen, Falkirk and Partick Thistle.

He then switched to management at Firhill and switched to Dundee United in 2013. A disappointing spell with York City followed, with McNamara also serving as the chief executive of the English outfit.

He then became a consultant for his first club, Dunfermline.

McNamara also launched an agency and has a number of high-profile customers, including the current Celtic stars Callum McGregor and Greg Taylor.

He recently opened a sports bar in Fuengirola in Spain with Simon Donnelly, his former Celtic teammate and close friend.

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