"Seeing her sat there with a smile brought a lot of warmth to my heart"
Macauley Bonne has opened up on his emotional goal celebration during today's 2-1 victory against Shrewsbury.
The striker headed in what proved to be the winning goal following a corner and ran over to celebrate with a 13-year-old supporter named Maddy, blowing a kiss towards her and her family in the lower Sir Alf Ramsay stand.
Maddy, who has severe cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, is a huge Blues fan and was rushed to Adenbrokes Hospital last month due to pressure building on her brain from a failing shunt.
Before being taken to hospital, Maddy was wearing her beloved Town shirt, meaning the paramedics had to cut it open upon arrival.
Earlier this week, Macauley surprised Maddy with a new shirt ahead of returning to Portman Road on Saturday.
The 25-year-old explained how much it meant to him at the end of an emotional week.
"I've got a tattoo on my wrist of my sister's name," he told iFollow Ipswich. "I don't know why but before the corner I just thought 'I'm going to kiss it'.
"I can't wait to see the video back because I kissed it and then I went and scored. We've been working on set pieces and before the game I just had a feeling that I'd score one.
"Especially with how I've been involved with Maddy as well, it's been a good week and an emotional week.
"I went to go and celebrate with her and she had a big smile on her face so it was a nice day.
"I've been involved with a child with disabilities with my sister. Seeing her sat there with a smile brought a lot of warmth to my heart. I can send someone home happy today by doing just a little thing.
"Hopefully she's going to remember this for next time I score - I'll keep doing it now because she's my little lucky charm!"