HE signs his text messages ‘Hail Hail’.

You have to wonder what world leaders think when they receive a message from Ilir Meta, the President of Albania.

The 50-year-old former weightlifter and red-hot Celtic supporter has been President of the Balkan republic for the last two years.

Meta was previously Albania’s Prime Minister, aged just 30.

He has spent the past few weeks overseeing rescue operations after a horrific earthquake last month killed 52 and left 3,000 injured.

But despite that tragedy, Meta found time to speak to SunSport about his love for the Hoops.

He said: “My love for Celtic grew strong when Albania’s captain Rudi Vata signed for them in the 1990s.

“But I had been aware of them long before that. When I was a kid, Celtic played against Partizan Tirana in the European Cup in 1979.

“But the true power is the team. And the fans with their anthem: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.”

Meta has become a cult figure among Hoops fans on social media for repeatedly congratulating Neil Lennon’s side after wins.

That included their Europa League triumphs against Lazio and the Betfred Cup final success.

/Ora News.tv/