Celtic join tributes to young Newton Mearns man found dead in Amsterdam
He had walked out his hotel around 6.15am without his wallet, mobile phone or passport.
His mum Paula and dad Charlie were instrumental in the search to find Matthew but police confirmed yesterday (Wednesday, April 1) that sadly, his body had been recovered from one of the city’s canals.
Paula said on Facebook: “It is with great sadness that we are announcing our son Matthew McCombe’s body was found this morning.
“Matthew was much loved by all and our hearts are broken.”
Celtic Football Club expressed its sadness at the news.
In a statement, the club’s chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “The passing of Matthew is devastating news for the entire McNeill family and our thoughts and prayers are very much with all family members at such a very difficult time.
“We know the search for Matthew has been long and difficult and everyone at the club is hugely saddened that it has concluded in this way, with such a heartbreaking result.
“For such a fine young man to be taken so early in his life is a real tragedy. Clearly, we will be here to offer the McNeill family our absolute, heartfelt support.”
Celtic player Michael Johnston was a childhood pal of Matthew and posted his own message on Twitter, saying: “Absolutely gutted to hear the news about Matthew, amazing memories growing up together. Thoughts are with Paula and Charlie. RIP Matthew.”