An Aberdeen defender’s game-winning performances have inspired a north-east couple to name their newborn after him.
McKenna Murray was born on December 5, just hours before namesake Scott McKenna would volley in a winning goal for the Dons at Ibrox.
After deciding against their original choice of McAuley, parents Sam and Lee looked to the 22-year-old for ideas on what to call their new baby boy.
Mr Murray suggested McKenna while the couple were watching a match one afternoon and admitted he wasn’t expecting to get his way.
“We knew that we were going to change the name, so I jokingly said we should name him McKenna,” he said.
“Sam wasn’t keen on the idea at first, but she eventually came round to it.”
The baby’s birth day was made extra special when, just hours after McKenna-Jamieson Leonard Murray came into the world, the Scotland international he was named after scored at Ibrox against rivals Rangers.
Mrs Murray, of Kincorth, said: “Obviously we were a bit busy, so when my mother-in-law told me that he had scored the winner I couldn’t believe it.
“We should have put a bet on.”
A spokesman for Aberdeen FC said: “Scott is absolutely chuffed that they’ve named the little one after him.
“Everyone at the club is hoping that he becomes a huge Dons fan when he grows up.”