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Ex-Celt Murdo MacLeod makes progress from heart surgery

BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod
MacLeod now works as a football pundit for BBC Scotland

Former Celtic assistant manager and player Murdo MacLeod has regained consciousness after heart surgery.

He was taken off the ventilator on Thursday and his family say he is now "doing well".

The 51-year-old former Scotland international is recovering from an operation to replace the aortic valve.

MacLeod is in the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank after being admitted last week after a period of sudden illness.

His family say they have received hundreds of supportive messages from across the football community.

MacLeod started his career with Dumbarton, enjoying success with Hibernian and Borussia Dortmund after playing more than 280 times in midfield for Celtic and receiving 20 caps with Scotland.

He went on to play for and manage Partick Thistle, also enjoying a spell as manager with former club Dumbarton.

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MacLeod returned to Celtic as assistant manager under Wim Jansen, helping the club win a league and league cup double in their only season in charge.

He now has a career as a newspaper columnist and football pundit with BBC Scotland.



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