Super Bowl XLVI: Lawrence Tynes the NY Giants hero

Greenock-born Tynes the toast of New York after kicking the Giants into the Super Bowl

A Scottish-born Celtic fan has become the unlikely hero of America's biggest sport, NFL.

Lawrence Tynes, the son of a US Army Navy SEAL stationed in Scotland, kicked the winning field goal for the New York Giants against the San Francisco 49ers to earn a place at next month's Super Bowl XLVI.

The overtime intervention at Candlestick Park secured a place in the end of season match against New England Patriots.

Making the difference: Lawrence Tynes kicks the winning field goal for New York Giants

Making the difference: Lawrence Tynes kicks the winning field goal for New York Giants

The 33-year-old, who was born in Greenock, said: 'It's amazing. It's my second NFC Championship game and my second game-winner.

'I had dreams about this last night, but it was from 42 (yards) not 31. I was so nervous today, just anticipating this kind of game. I knew I was going to have to make a kick.'

Tynes, who lives in Clifton, New Jersey, with his wife and sons, also kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime at Green Bay in the 2008 NFC title game that put the Giants in the Super Bowl, where they beat the Patriots to end their quest for a perfect season.

Pure delight: The Giants are in the final for the seventh time in their history

Pure delight: The Giants are in the final for the seventh time in their history

Tynes had moved to the United States
even before he started school, along with his two brothers, one of whom
is serving a lengthy prison sentence.

His accent now betrays no trace of
his upbringing in Scotland's central lowlands, after a career forged in
the States. The son of a Navy SEAL, Tynes excelled as a kicker at Milton
High School, where the Celtic fan also starred for the 'soccer' team.

He went on to Troy College,
graduating with a degree in criminal justice, but went undrafted in 2001
before joining the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad.

In the match: San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis falls into the end zone

In the match: San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis falls into the end zone

It was not until 2004 – following spells with the Scottish Claymores and the Ottawa Renegades – that he took to the field in the NFL, spending three seasons as the Chiefs' kicker before he was traded to the Giants.

He opened the scoring in the NFL International Series at Wembley with a field-goal in the 2007 game against the Miami Dolphins, but a more significant career milestone came at Lambeau Field later that season.

Family affair: Tynes was born in Scotland but lives in New Jersey with his wife

Family affair: Tynes was born in Scotland but lives in New Jersey with his wife

Having missed twice in the fourth
quarter against the Packers, Tynes gained redemption in overtime and
then became one of only three British-born winners of a Super Bowl ring
as he and London-born defensive end Osi Umenyiora followed another
Londoner, New England practice squad receiver Scott McCready in 2001.

Though the Giants will be underdogs,
the pair now have a chance to repeat that feat – and Tynes can dream of
his big moment once more.

In the other match, the New England
Patriots edged into Super Bowl XLVI after Baltimore Ravens’ kicker Billy
Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal to force overtime.