A long-shot appeal has been issued for the return of a signed picture of 'Lisbon Lion' Jimmy Johnstone that accidentally ended up at the Barra recycling centre…almost a year ago.
After making the discovery, Grant Smith hopes fellow islanders can track down and return the picture of the Celtic FC legend.
Update: Incredibly, the picture has been found! Last night, Grant Smith said: “The painting has been located, and the current owner has very kindly said she will drop it into the bar!”
Earlier, Grant had explained: “A picture of great sentimental value of Jimmy Johnstone holding the European cup aloft, with an inscription on the back, was accidentally taken to the local recycling centre. Having spoken to the guys there, it turns out someone has picked it up. This would have been around last July/August.
“Hopefully, someone knows where it is, and they can find it in their hearts to return it to Castlebay Bar! There is a drink in it for you!”
Celtic was the first Scottish football club to win the European Cup. They beat Inter Milan 2-1 at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon, Portugal on May 25, 1967.
Nicknamed “Jinky” due to his elusive dribbling, Johnstone played for Celtic for 13 years. As well as the 1967 European Cup, he helped the Parkhead club win nine consecutive Scottish championships. He scored 129 goals for Celtic in 515 appearances and was voted the club’s greatest-ever player by fans in 2002.
He died in March 2006 at the age of 61 after a five-year battle with motor neurone disease (MND).