A father and son duo out celebrating Celtic’s Treble Treble win had to defend themselves from a knife-wielding thug.
John Malone, 53, was left permanently disfigured by the attacker, who also stabbed his son Conor, 25, in the chest in a brutal Glasgow brawl.
The pair were walking down the street in May last year, when Sean Doherty, 30, barged into John on the city’s Gallowgate.
Doherty asked the pair if they had a problem and, within a matter of minutes, had pulled out a blade.
Hero dad John then stepped in to protect his son, but it was too late, Conor had been stabbed in the chest.
John told the Daily Record: “I just did what any father would do – try to protect my son.
“We are very lucky if you ask me.
“As long as we’re still here, that’s the main thing.
The 53-year-old said he only realised he had been hurt when a friend shouted at a police officer to get a cloth to cover his hand.
John said: “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.
“Within 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.
“Conor took his top off to stem the bleeding and that’s when I realised Conor had been slashed in the chest as well.”
The 25-year-old said he didn’t realise he had been stabbed until well after the attack.
He said: “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 and 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.
“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 from hospital later that night, after his wound was glued, but he has been left with a scar.
Glasgow Sheriff Court was told Doherty attempted to ditch the bloodstained knife, and called officers rapists.
Doherty pled guilty to assaulting John to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement and attacking Conor, he also admitted possessing a knife and acting in a threatening manner.
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.”