Little boy joy as Aaron Ramsey hands him his shirt

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Aaron Ramsey, left, and Harris Friel, right

Aaron Ramsey has certainly made a name for himself in Scotland since his surprise loan move to Scottish giants Rangers last month.

And after last night’s 3-0 win at Annan United in the Scottish Cup, he endeared himself to fans of his new club even more when he presented his shirt to a visibly delighted young fan.

Making his first start for Rangers, the loanee Juventus midfielder set up Filip Helander’s goal to help his new side book their place in the quarter-finals.

But it’s what he did full time that will live long in the memory of a lucky little Rangers fan.

In a heartwarming video, Harris Friel can be seen sprinting onto the pitch full time to get close to Ramsey.

And the 31-year-old was only too happy to get his match-worn shirt back on before the youngster could be seen running towards his family.

Harris’ dad Brian later shared the video on Twitter, saying, “When you let your son go to the game with his uncle @delboi855 and he comes home with Ramsey’s top.

Ramsey later shared the video to his own Twitter account admitting, “After that sprint through the little man, he more than deserved it.”

The youngster was certainly in makeup, pictured in the back of a car after the game proudly holding his prized possession for the camera.

Speaking after the Scottish Cup match, Ramsey said: “It was good to be back. It was very important for me because it was my first start for a long time.

“I was always going to be a little rusty, but I’m happy to have another 60 minutes in my legs. I feel good.

“I build everything week by week and hopefully I can start more regularly. I am enjoying my football again.

“I’m here to win trophies. Coming to a huge club like this, there is always pressure to win.

“I like it and hope we can have a successful season together.”

Ramsey’s continued return to fitness will be music to the ears of Wales fans ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria at the Cardiff City Stadium next month.

The midfield maestro will be a vital part of Rob Page’s squad as Wales bid to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.


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Elizabeth J. Harless