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Government visit- Albania’s President Meta arrives in Glasgow for match and meets the Vata’s

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Two years after bumping into some Celtic fans in Sarajevo President Ilir Meta has made it to Glasgow to watch the bhoys in action.

While the fans were in Bosnia Herzegovina to watch Neil Lennon’s side the President of Albania had more lofty work to do but the sight of the fans and their lunchtime singing caught Meta’s attention.

Since that day the President has kept a close watch on all matters Celtic, linking up with Rudi Vata and delighting in the signing of Albian Ajeti’s with the Swiss striker from an Albanian family.

In the early nineties Rudi Vata was Celtic’s first link with Albania, these days his son Rocco is making a big impact with the Celtic B side and Ireland u-17s.

As the pictures show at the age of 16 Rocco is a big bhoy- more than capable of dealing with whatever physical treatment is thrown his way by older opponents in the Lowland League.

Young Rocco seems very much at home in the Ireland u-17 squad but until he picks up a full cap he remains eligible to play for Albania or Scotland, the countries of his parents.

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