Not long to wait now. Celtic in the Champions League for the first time since 2017. Celtic v Real Madrid!
The current Champions League winners come to Glasgow in one of the biggest games we have played in years. Benzema, Modric, Courtois et al. Arguably the biggest club in the world, the most famous, 14 times European champions will be gracing Celtic Park for the first time since a 2-0 loss to Celtic in 1980.
Could we see a repeat of 42 years ago? Ange will certainly believe so. Madrid were beaten by Sheriff 2-1 in the Bernabeu in matchday 2 of last seasons tournament so these sort of results can happen. Celtic need to get back to taking on the European giants and getting results, like we have in the past, no better time to start than taking on Madrid.
Madrid, like Celtic, have won all their league matches so far. They beat Frankfurt to win the UEFA Super Cup, 2-0. They then beat Almeria 2-1 (A), Celta Vigo 4-1 (A), Espanyol 3-1 (A) and then Betis 2-1 in their first home game at the weekend.
Celtic go into the game on a high, with some great performances in the league, culminating in Saturdays 4-0 demolition of the Rangers at Celtic Park. We now have the chance to see how we have progressed against the best.
Earlier in the afternoon Celtic take on Real Madrid in the Youth Champions League, a chance to see some future stars from both teams, especially if you missed out on tickets for the main event in the evening.
Whatever happens at Celtic Park tonight, we know Ange and the players will try and take the game to Madrid, with Ange’s ‘We Never Stop’ motto, we know the Celtic fans will never stop backing them. Hail Hail.
Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.
He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.