Northern Ireland drafted in a famous face for today’s training at Windsor Park, with Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody joining the squad for a session.
Bangor-born Lightbody, whose band had hits with the likes of Run and Chasing Cars, is a fervent Northern Ireland fan and is a regular member of the Green and White Army.
He was offered the chance to make a dream come true by donning the national side’s jersey in a practice session, along with Dons forward Niall McGinn, ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania, and repaid the favour by treating the squad to an impromptu gig at their team hotel outside Belfast.
Lightbody told BBC Ulster: “I’ve had one of the best days ever, one of the great, great days I’ve had in my life.
“It’s a dream come true…I got to train with the Northern Ireland team.
“It was just amazing. I got to play in Windsor Park with a Northern Ireland top on and kicked a ball around with the lads, it’s something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a wee boy.
“It was quite above my pay grade in skill level but everyone was really nice and kind. It was quite a thrill.”
After training, Lightbody travelled with the team to the Culloden Estate and held court with his guitar.
Midfielder Chris Baird said: “It was fantastic to see him, obviously we’re massive fans with him being from here so it was nice to meet him.
“But he was buzzing as well, just to get out on the training pitch and do a bit, he seemed happy to be here.
“He sang a few songs for us at lunchtime and it was really nice.”