Friends of a man who was brutally attacked in Girvan during a visit from Derry have set up a fundraiser to "raise his spirits".  

Charlie Phelan was reportedly blinded in one eye after being beaten up by thugs on Bridge Street at around 6.50pm on Sunday, September 2.  

The 48-year-old had stopped for fish and chips after watching Celtic play Rangers when he was set upon. 

Charlie later told the Irish Times that following the attack, he required reconstructive surgery to his cheekbone and suffered fractures to his fingers and wrist.  

He also told the publication that he believed he was attacked because he was wearing Celtic colours and claimed that one of his attackers had on ‘Union Jack shorts’.  

Police, however, are not treating the assault as a sectarian attack.  

Charlie’s friend Mark McGonagle has since set up a Go Fund Me page to “raise his spirits”. At the time of going to print, the page had smashed its £500 target with over £2,000 raised for the Celtic fan.  

Mark claimed on the Go Fund Me page that Charlie had lost the sight in one eye due to the assault. 

He added: “Charlie was out for the day supporting his beloved club. On the road back to get the boat home, he stopped for fish and chips in Girvan as is the norm.  

“Charlie is now back home in Derry. No amount of money will fix what's been done here, but surely a few pounds might raise his spirits? It's a lot to ask I know. I just thought I'd try and help some way. Thank you in advance folks.”  

A spokesperson for Police Scotland confirmed that officers had been called to a report of a man having been assaulted at a takeaway on Girvan's Bridge Street.  

The spokesperson added: “Officers attended and the 48-year-old man was taken to Ayr Hospital to be treated for injuries to his eye.  

“Enquiries are ongoing.”