Grandson of Celtic legend found dead in Amsterdam

Family said its hearts ‘are broken’

By Scotsman Reporter
Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 2:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 2:49 pm

The grandson of Celtic FC legend Billy McNeill has been found dead in a canal in the Netherlands.

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Matthew McCombe was last seen early in the morning of March 14 near Amstel train station in Amsterdam.

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Former Celtic player Billy MacNeill. Picture: JPIMedia

Appeals were made on social media for sightings of the 21-year-old - including from the club his grandfather captained.

But Amsterdam police said on Wednesday that a body had been found in the water at the Molenkade in Duivendrecht, about four miles south-east of the city.

A police spokesman confirmed the body was that of the missing Scot.

He said: "This morning we found a corpse in the water at the Molenkade in Duivendrecht.

"Our colleagues discovered that this is the missing Matthew McCombe.

"We are investigating the cause of death."

Mr McCombe's mother Paula posted a family statement on Facebook saying their "hearts are broken".

She said: "It is with great sadness that we are announcing our son Matthew McCombe's body was found this morning.

"Matthew was much loved by all and our hearts are broken.

"We would like to thank everyone who has helped in the search for Matthew and for the love, compassion and kindness that has been extended to us since our arrival in Amsterdam.

"As a family we would kindly ask for our privacy to be respected in these sad times."

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