Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 29 May 2016

Alan Green: Celtic supporters can walk tall

Published 14/11/2012

I’m sure one or two groups of supporters will take offence — none intended — but I can’t think of fans creating a better atmosphere, anywhere, than those at Celtic Park.

It helped, no doubt, that the game coincided with the club’s 125th birthday celebrations, but the atmosphere for their Champions League victory over Barcelona was truly stupendous.

Each and everyone partook in the pre-match mosaic but, and I never fail to be impressed by this when I go there, the Celtic fans’ singing of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

There is a dispute between Celtic and Liverpool as to who first adopted the Gerry Marsden classic, but for some reason the singing of it at Parkhead now eclipses that at Anfield.

Whereas on Merseyside you can hear Marsden throughout, it’s dipped and disappears halfway though on Clydeside and the Celtic fans simply take over.

And then they do it over again at half-time.

The fantastic noise created throughout the match never faded and noticeably, when Celtic were finally wilting under the Barcelona onslaught with a quarter of an hour to go, the roar of the crowd actually increased.

It was a real privilege being there.

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