Tragic Celtic fans funeral cortège passes Parkhead in emotional send off

A CELTIC fan who died of coronavirus was given a fitting send off as his funeral cortège passed Parkhead.

Glasgow lorry driver Jim Russell, 51, spent five weeks in intensive care before tragically losing his battle against the deadly bug.

His funeral took place on Monday and it was arranged for the hearse to drive past Celtic Park.

As it turned out, that was also the day the Hoops were crowned SPFL Premiership champions, with some fans turning up at the ground.

Colleagues, friends and family turned out to pay their respects, with fellow truckers following the funeral car with floral tributes.

Friends and family also lined the streets in memory of their loved one.

Speaking to STV News, his heartbroken fiancée Connie McCready said: “Big gorgeous was his name in the industry.

“He was just so well respected by his colleagues, our families and neighbours. He was just a big gentlemen and I wanted to give him the perfect day.

“For him, it was perfect.”

The happy couple were set to get wed this summer in a special ceremony at home.

They were also due to go on holiday in Spain in March before the lockdown restrictions kicked in.

And Jim contracted the virus on the same week the UK went into lockdown.

After thinking he had a cold, and with no underlying health issues, his condition worsened and he was taken to an assessment centre where he was given anti-biotics but was not tested for Covid-19.

Within two days he was rushed to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and placed on a ventilator.

Due to his lungs being badly damaged, he was then transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment – a specialist machine that tries to restore oxygen levels.

But he sadly lost his fight on May 4 with Connie by his side.

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