Celtic hero Billy McNeill’s family beg Amsterdam locals to look for his grandson

The daughter of Celtic legend Billy McNeill has begged Amsterdam locals to search the city's rivers and canals in a bid to find her missing son.

Matthew McCombe, 21, disappeared in the Dutch capital 10 days ago without his phone, wallet or passport and has since not made contact with anyone.

His mum Paula, from Glasgow, took to Facebook yesterday and asked for anyone in the city to look in the water.

She also said Matthew may have taken a tram on the morning he vanished.

Paula wrote: “On Tuesday 24 of March we want to ask if anyone who goes for a walk can check the water. Both from the Amstel river and canals.

“Police are doing everything they can, but we can use your help.”

Matthew had visited Amsterdam to celebrate his 21st birthday with pals, when he left Novotel on Europa Boulevard at about 6.15am on Saturday, March 14.

Dutch police believe he can be seen jogging eastbound along the Berlage Bridge at 8.15am in CCTV footage.

Paula also believes he could have taken a tram towards the city centre.

On Facebook, she continued: “Unfortunately, every track is missing after that.

“Maybe you have seen him there or elsewhere in Amsterdam? Did he address you to ask for the road? All information is welcome.

“Every day Matthew is gone longer we are more worried. We are a close family. Matthew is our only child.”

The mum asked for people to scan the waterways while observing coronavirus social distancing measures, explaining the pandemic was preventing the family from holding a press conference.

She said: “Unfortunately, we can’t organise a briefing this time because of the new rules, because we would also thank you in person. That wouldn’t be wise right now."

She added: “It’s heartwarming to see how involved everyone is. That’s why we want to ask for your help again.”

Matthew’s friend David Thomson, who was with him on the trip shared Paula’s appeal on Twitter and posted a picture of a tram ticket showing the route he may have taken.

He said: “His family need all the help to share this far and wide.”

Matthew was last seen wearing blue trainers, Levi jeans, a pale blue stone island sweatshirt and a Hugo Boss watch with a silver-blue face, The Daily Record reported.

Last week Celtic FC issued a desperate appeal to help find the grandson of the Lisbon Lion, who died in April last year aged 79.

The message said: "He has short dark blond hair and a slim build.

"Have you seen Matthew? Please share this, it may reach someone who has.'

The legendary Celtic defender, known as Cesar, was one of the

Parkhead club’s greatest ever servants, he captained the side to European Cup glory against Inter Milan in Lisbon in 1967, before later took over as manager.

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