Thousands pay tribute to O'Donnell

 

Former Motherwell and Celtic captain Tom Boyd felt Henrik Larsson's determination to pay tribute to the late Phil O'Donnell highlighted the respect he had earned throughout his life.

The Sweden striker cut off his preparations for Euro 2008 to turn out at Celtic Park today in a charity match featuring team-mates of the former Motherwell and Celtic midfielder.

Larsson suffered a cut forehead in an early aerial challenge with Chris McCart but returned after about 10 minutes of treatment.

Boyd said: "It shows how highly Phil was regarded among all the players - he was a genuine guy - for Henrik, someone who's playing in the European Championship, to come back.

"And even after getting a head knock and getting a few stitches, he dusted it down and came back on the park. He wanted to come here and play for Phil O'Donnell.

"It was a great welcome back to Scotland by big Chris McCart!"

Like O'Donnell, Boyd played for both teams who were on show — the 1998 Celtic championship side and Motherwell's 1991 Scottish Cup heroes.

And the former Scotland defender, who wore both the hoops and the claret and amber again today, believes O'Donnell would have appreciated both sets of fans mingling in a capacity 60,000 crowd.

"It was a great game — Phil would have been proud of that," he said.