CELTIC and Rangers players united to take delivery of toys worth £700,000 for children's charities.

The toys were donated by an anonymous friend of James Mortimer for the Donna Mortimer Ballantyne Charitable Trust (DMBCT) by a customer of Rogano Glasgow and 29 Private Members Club in Royal Exchange Square.

Mr Mortimer, owner of 29 and The Rogano, has organised for them to be distributed through a number of Scottish charities supported by him and his family.

More than 80 charities will benefit from the donation, including Celtic FC Foundation, Rangers Charity Foundation, Kiltwalk, Variety Scotland, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, The Lord Provost of Glasgow Children’s Fund, Emmie Smillie Charity Foundation and Kilbryde Hospice.

Representatives from the charities, including players and ex-players Alan Rough, Frank McAvennie, Lee McCulloch, Joe Miller, Graham Dorrans and Ryan Jack, from both Rangers and Celtic Football clubs, made their way to Bullet Express for the delivery of the toys.

Mr Mortimer, said “Christmas can be a difficult time for children living in deprived areas, and so this amazing donation from my pal is hugely appreciated. It will help to make a difference in so many lives.”

He thanked Cash for Kids for their help in coordinating the process and Bullet Express in Baillieston for their support in storing and distributing the toys across Scotland.

David McCutcheon, owner of Bullet Express said: “As ever, we are delighted to help.

“We help all throughout the year across the projects. It’s simple for us to help distribute the toys. Our motto is work hard, play hard and give something back”