SIR Alex Ferguson has been the guest of honour at a golf tournament in Loch Lomond to raise money for university students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He was joined by some special guests from his career at Carrick Golf Course and Cameron House, including Machester United legend Gary Neville and former Celtic forward John Hartson. 

During the event he discussed his passion for nurturing young players throughout his career and why he continues to provide opportunities to young people as a donor for Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

He has donated more than £700,000 to GCU, which has supported more than 300 students through scholarships and access to life-changing opportunities.

He said: “I am delighted to continue to work with Glasgow Caledonian University, a university that gives opportunities to all, no matter what their background.

“Every time I go there, and I meet all the young people, you see the different personalities and characters, but, overall, you see they are thriving on the opportunity of being supported.

The National: Former Celtic striker John Hartson joined Sir Alex at the eventFormer Celtic striker John Hartson joined Sir Alex at the event

“It is amazing how society today has such a large percentage of young people suffering, and that is what inspires me to do what I can for the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation.”

Professor Pamela Gillies, vice-chancellor at GCU, said: “We are delighted our long-term partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson continues to deliver unique and exciting opportunities for so many of our students.

“With more than 23% of our students coming from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, the Golf Day and Gala Dinner will raise vital funds for our students being hit hardest by the cost-of-living crisis.

We are extremely grateful to Sir Alex for his continued support of our students and his generosity.”