A dad has told how he had his finger hacked off defending his son from a knife-wielding thug as they celebrated Celtic’s Treble Treble win.

John Malone lost part of his ring finger and son Conor was stabbed in the chest when they were brutally attacked in a Glasgow street by Sean Doherty, 30, in May last year.

John, 53, was hailed a hero for protecting Conor, 25, in the attack, which came after Doherty barged into the dad on the city’s Gallowgate.

John and Conor had just watched Celtic win the Scottish Cup when they were attacked

The father and son described Doherty as “an animal” yesterday, after he pleaded guilty to attacking them after Celtic’s historic Scottish Cup win over Hearts.

Dad-of-two John told the Record: “I just did what any father would do – try to protect my son.

“We were very lucky if you ask me. As long as we’re still here, that’s the main thing.”

Part of John Malone's finger was removed after the attack left it hanging off

The pair had just left a bar and were walking down the street when Doherty came out of a takeaway and bumped into John, sparking a confrontation.

John, who is from Govan but now lives with his family in Belfast, said: “I told him to calm down and he said to Conor, ‘Have you got a f***ing problem?’

“Within a matter of minutes, it had kicked off and I just remember seeing the blade. I thought he was going to slash Conor’s face and put my hand up to stop it, as any father would do.

“Withing two or three seconds, a policewoman grabbed me and pinned me against a shutter. My friend was shouting, ‘Get a cloth to cover his hand’.

“I never felt a thing but my finger was hanging on by a piece of flesh. I could just see the blood squirting out.

Police on the Gallowgate after the attack last May

“Conor took his top off to stem the bleeding and that’s when I realised Conor had been slashed in the chest as well.

Conor told how he didn’t realise he had been stabbed until after the attack, because of the shock.

He added: “If it wasn’t for the police it would have been a completely different scenario. They were on it in seconds.

“A female officer grabbed the guy and put him against the wall while other officers ran over. She was
absolutely fantastic.

“At that point the blood was squirting from my dad’s finger. He had severed through the bone.

“A police officer ran towards me and said, ‘I need you to sit down’. I thought I was being arrested. Then my father shouted, ‘Conor, listen to the officer, you’ve been stabbed in the chest’.

Conor Malone was left permanently scarred from a stab wound to his chest

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“I looked down and my chest was flowing with blood. It was everywhere.”

Medics operated on John’s finger the next day but were only able to save part of it. Conor was discharged later that night after his wound was glued, but he has been left with a scar.

Hotel storeman John said: “They took me to surgery the next day and said they thought they could save it, but while they were speaking to me it turned black. They said they thought it was best to just take it off.

“It still hurts and is still swollen. I just can’t get used to my finger not being there. What kind of human being does that? I just hope he gets what he deserves.”

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday how Doherty, of Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, was found trying to ditch the bloodstained knife and hurled insults including “rapists” and “paedos” at officers.

Doherty pled guilty to assaulting John to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement and attacking Conor to his injury.

He also admitted possessing a knife and acting in a threatening manner.

Celtic crowds had gathered in the Gallowgate ahead of a bus parade

Sheriff Joan Kerr remanded him in custody pending sentencing next month.

Conor said: “He knew exactly what he was doing when he took it upon himself to go out that morning to watch a football match with a blade. You don’t do that. A monster does that.

“It was a horrific thing to endure. It didn’t really hit us until we stepped off the plane in Belfast. We just looked at each other and said, ‘We’re lucky’.

“This guy’s an animal. He’s not a good person. But this hasn’t put us off coming to support Celtic. You can’t let some one like that stop you enjoying something you love.”