Wembley trip’s spot on for Hibs fan Ron

Kilt-clad Ronnie Young celebrates at Wembley alongside his new wheels. Picture: contributed
Kilt-clad Ronnie Young celebrates at Wembley alongside his new wheels. Picture: contributed
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A KILT-CLAD Hibs fan has revealed the secret to winning a penalty shootout – get the ball on target and take your sporran off!

Hibs season ticket holder Ronnie Young had thousands of Scots singing his name after beating the Auld Enemy in a half-time penalty shootout at Wembley on Wednesday.

He scored all five penalties against former England international Dave Beasant – netting himself a brand new £14,000 Vauxhall Adam in the process.

Ronnie, chairman of the Church of Maradona Tartan Army, said he enjoyed the taking part more than getting the keys to the car.

He said: “To me, the biggest prize was to get to take penalties at Wembley in front of 80,000 people, with thousands chanting my name.

“I won the coin toss and decided to put the pressure on the other guy and make him go first. He missed the first one and hit the post.

“I just kept telling myself to get it on target and at least make the keeper work. If you miss then he doesn’t have to do anything.

“I tucked it into the side netting on the keeper’s left, low and into the corner, then did the same with my second.”

Ronnie, from Balerno, was picked after entering a group photograph taken in Prague during World Cup qualifiers.

He made the top ten before members of the national team decided his photo – which showed him and seven others standing on one leg – was the best.

The Hibby was happy to see Scots keeper Rab Douglas save Englishman Nicholas Tedder’s fourth effort, putting the score at 3-1 to him.

But the save ended up inconsequential as Ronnie coolly slotted home each time from the 12-yard spot.

“The announcer came up to me and said ‘you realise if you score this, you win a car’. I think he was trying to put the pressure on because he was English.

“Lo and behold, I put it in the same place again and ran about like a dafty.

“To hear all the Scots fans chanting my name was incredible. It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

“I had to take the sporran off while I was taking them as it’s the last thing you need flapping about. I had my Hibs kilt on, though.”

Ronnie is now looking forward to taking delivery of his wheels next month.

Cheryl Stibbs, sponsorship marketing manager, said Ronnie had done the supporters proud.

She said: “Both sets of fans really got behind their teams at Wembley during half-time and Mr Young is a very worthy winner.”