Jackie McNamara: Former Celtic captain ‘critical but stable’ in hospital

Jackie McNamara
Jackie McNamara was working as a consultant with Dunfermline last year

By Democrat reporter

Former Scotland defender Jackie McNamara has spoken to his family after being taken out of an induced coma, says former team-mate Darren Jackson.

Ex-Celtic captain McNamara collapsed near his home in York on Saturday.

The 46-year-old is in intensive care at Hull Royal Infirmary, with the hospital describing his condition as “critical but stable” on Tuesday.

Jackson, a friend of McNamara, told PLZ Soccer on Tuesday evening: “He’s in and out of consciousness.

“The positive news is that he’s had the operation and he was in an induced coma but we’ve just heard – I spoke to [former Celtic team-mate] Tommy Johnson who was at the hospital today – he’s up speaking.

“They were thinking seven to 10 days he was going to be in an induced coma, but he’s speaking today, which is very positive.

McNamara returned to his first club Dunfermline Athletic as a consultant last year.

The defender, who won 33 Scotland caps, also played for Wolves, Aberdeen, Falkirk and Partick Thistle.

He has managed Thistle, Dundee United and York City.

A statement from the hospital read: “We can confirm Jackie McNamara was admitted to Hull Royal Infirmary on Sunday night and is currently being cared for in our intensive care Unit. He remains in a critical but stable condition.

“We are supporting both Jackie and his family, who request their privacy to be respected at this time.”

McNamara won four league titles during a 10-year spell with Celtic and former team-mates, clubs and the wider Scottish football community have been sending messages of support as he fights for his life.

“I am lost for words, I don’t know what to say,” said former team-mate and current Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

“I spoke to him on Tuesday so I am devastated by the news and hoping he pulls through.

“People have been keeping me abreast of things. He is a strong guy, a great guy and a fit boy for someone of his age. He has been fit all his life so I am hoping and praying he comes through okay.”

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