Hospice he­roes score with visit

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A Wishaw man bat­tling bowel can­cer had his spir­its boosted by a visit from a foot­ball leg­end.

Gra­ham Muir, from Nether­ton, is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing pal­lia­tive care at St Andrew’s Hospice.

The 60-year-old was “over the moon” when Graeme Souness, who was set to at­tend a char­ity match for the hospice, dropped by to chat with res­i­dents.

Gra­ham’s wife Anne ex­plained: “We found out there was a fundrais­ing match on and there was go­ing to be play­ers com­ing to the hospice.

“Gra­ham is a big Rangers fan so he was ab­so­lutely de­lighted to meet him.

“He ( Souness) was bril­liant. He sat with him for a good 15, 20 min­utes and chat­ted away.

“Gra­ham has a wee French Bull­dog called Wal­ter, af­ter Wal­ter Smith, and they had a great laugh about that!

“He was over the moon with the whole ex­pe­ri­ence and it def­i­nitely raised his spir­its.”

As well as play­ing for Rangers, Souness led the club to three Scot­tish ti­tles and four League Cups be­fore mov­ing on to man­age Liver­pool.

Gra­ham wasn’t the only Muir to meet a fa­mous foot­baller at the hospice, as his four-year-old grand­son Finn also had a chance en­counter with former Celtic star and cur­rent Hiber­nian boss Neil Len­non, who was also in­volved in the hospice match or­gan­ised by our sis­ter ti­tle the Air­drie and Coat­bridge Ad­ver­tiser.

Finn’s mum Robyn said: “We were wait­ing in a hall­way and Neil Len­non came over and sat with my wee boy.

“He was so friendly with every­one and so down to earth. He was to­tally un­like how peo­ple think he is.

“Finn was de­lighted with it. He was happy as Larry for the rest of the day.”

Hoop hoop hur­ray Finn Muir with Neil Len­non at St Andrew’s Hospice

Gers’ leg­end Gra­ham Muir loved meet­ing Graeme Souness

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