Hospice heroes score with visit
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