Former Celtic midfielder Tommy Gravesen has sent a classy yet humbled message to his fans following his participation in the Open Goal live event at the Hydro in Glasgow.
The live footballing talk event took place in one of the city’s most recognisable venues, and the Danish former Celt delighted the 12,000 live fans in attendance by offering his punditry and his footballing mind.
He was a special guest at Sunday night’s sell-out gig as the show’s usual hosts were accompanied by the former player, who went viral for his decision to donate his commission from the show to the Celtic Foundation, placing funds into the club’s community outreach arm.
Speaking to the Celtic website, he said:
“It was great to be back in Glasgow – the two years I had here bring back many special memories for me.
“I’m very aware of the work that Celtic FC Foundation are doing in the city and in various other places, and I’m delighted that I can help them in this way.”
Tony Hamilton, chief executive of Celtic FC Foundation added:
“We are very grateful to Thomas Gravesen and Open Goal for thinking of us.
“Thomas was brilliant at the Open Goal event, and this kindness in not taking his appearance fee means that we can do more for those in our communities who are struggling at the moment.”
The 45-year-old has since taken to Twitter to discuss his return to Glasgow as he cautiously endeared himself back to the Scottish city.
Gravesen tweeted a video of his entrance on to the stage, with the humble words: “Thank you every single one…” in a nod of love to his supporters in the city.
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The no-nonsense midfield enforcer faded into relative obscurity after forgettable spells at Hamburg, Everton, Real Madrid and Celtic, but went on to be a cult hero with fans.
He has reportedly won over $100 million through poker winnings alone, according to The Daily Star, but has still delighted fans by making time for Glasgow.
In that sense, he has left fond memories with Celtic fans which is to be admired given his luxurious existence.