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Phil O'Donnell's son to parade cup ten years after death

Luc, 14, will place the trophy on the plinth at Hampden before the League Cup final.

Football: Phil O'Donnell died after collapsing on the Fir Park pitch in December 2007.
Football: Phil O'Donnell died after collapsing on the Fir Park pitch in December 2007. SNS

Phil O'Donnell's youngest son will parade the Scottish League Cup around Hampden before his late father's former clubs meet in the final.

Luc O'Donnell, 14, will place the trophy on the plinth before Motherwell and Celtic walk out of the tunnel on November 26.

The sides meet a month short of the tenth anniversary of the midfielder's death at the age of 35.

The former Scotland international's family have been invited to the game as guests of the Scottish Professional Football League.

Megan, the eldest of O'Donnell's four children, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the SPFL and both clubs for inviting my family to the Betfred Cup final.

"It is so heart-warming to see my dad honoured in such a special way - especially as my youngest brother, Luc, will be presenting the trophy to the fans on the day.

"Luc has little memory of my dad but I'm sure next Sunday will stay with him forever. It will be so nice for him to witness first-hand the extent to which my dad was liked by everyone."

Megan will not be able to make the showpiece match as she is living in Australia.

'Luc has little memory of my dad but I'm sure next Sunday will stay with him forever.'
Megan O'Donnell

She confirmed she will be watching the match, which kicks off at 2am local time in Sydney.

Megan added: "I brought one of my dad's football strips away with me as a good luck charm and I'm delighted I'm getting this opportunity to wear it with pride."

O'Donnell died of heart failure after collapsing towards the end of a game against Dundee United at Fir Park on December 29, 2007.

Motherwell chief operating officer Alan Burrows said: "We are always eager to remember and honour Phil O'Donnell, a fantastic captain, role model and man, at any opportunity and it's fitting that ten years after his untimely and tragic passing, two of his former clubs meet in the Betfred Cup final.

"As a club, we are fortunate to have enjoyed Phil's company and talent in two separate spells and his memory and legacy is all around us at Fir Park, each and every day.

"We are delighted members of Phil's family will be there to watch the game and are obviously excited and keen to play in what hopefully be a memorable and poignant occasion for everyone."

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