Date: 3rd July 2007 at 4:21pm
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After dribbling some rubbish about Celtic signing some chap called Donatello and likening him to Paulo Di Canio for some unknown reason, Mark Wilson got down to the real business off celebrating a Dons legend.

Mark Wilson was given the chance to replace the man he modelled himself on but has fallen well short of the ability of so he is strangely upbeat about the prospect of facing the Dons star when the clubs clash in a couple of months time.

Celtic have never managed to replace Jackie McNamara with anyone of nearly the same standard and Wilson told the Daily Record why he revered the 33 times capped Scotland star.

e said, ‘I thought Jackie was a great Celtic player. He signed for the club at a time when I started going to all the games as a season ticket-holder and the way he teamed up with Simon Donnelly was fantastic to watch.

I loved Jackie and the fact he stayed at Celtic for so long shows what a superb player he was.

There were so many great players around him at the club and there was a time when he had to sit out of the team.

But he stuck at it and stayed there when some others might have left. That, for me, showed the belief he has in himself.

Jackie then became captain, was voted player of the year and won caps for Scotland as well.

No one at Celtic Park has a bad word to say about him. I said hello to him once when I first joined but I don’t know him as a person.

But all the staff at Celtic say he is a great lad and, obviously, a great player.

If I can have half the Celtic career he had then I would be more than happy.

It’s good to see him back in Scotland. I’m sure he will get a great reception from the Celtic fans.’

If only Celtic had paid the man what he was due, Celtic wouldn`t have to be plotting a way to beat Jackie now but Celtic`s scroogery is Aberdeen`s gain, and in a Michael Hart style comment, I`d much rather have McNamara than Mark Wilson in my team.

Not many Celtic fans will disagree.