Callum McGregor, Ismaila Soro and more fan favourites welcome supporters for Celtic Park return

By Euan Davidson

July 16, 2021

Supporters will return to Celtic Park for the first time since March 2020 tomorrow, as the Hoops host Preston North End.

2,000 lucky supporters will pass through Parkhead’s gates to get a first glimpse of Ange Postecoglou managing at Paradise. Funnily enough, the game also serves as a homecoming for former Bhoy Scott Sinclair.

Clearly, it’s something that the club have been eagerly anticipating for a considerable time now. And, to welcome fans back to Paradise for tomorrow evening’s kick-off, Celtic have roped in some fan favourites to deliver a message to supporters.

Firstly, the club said [Celtic FC]:

“It has been well over a year since we were last able to welcome our fans into the stadium, and everyone at the Club is excited to come together this weekend and get behind the Bhoys as the preparations for an exciting campaign ahead continue.

“We of course wish that we could welcome many more of you back to the stadium, but please be assured that the Club is continuing to work tirelessly to ensure we get as many Season Ticket holders back in to Celtic Park as quickly as we can.

“The connection between the players on the pitch and your support in the stands cannot be underestimated as we look to an exciting new season together, and a return to winning ways!”

Hoops favourites line up to welcome fans back for Celtic Park return

Then, in a video shared by the club, some first-team favourites sounded excited to welcome fans back to Celtic Park.

And this was real delight. The immortal Jock Stein quote “football without the fans is nothing” certainly applied in 20-21, and the players sound genuinely boosted by the return of at least some fans.

Callum McGregor led the rallying cry [Celtic FC]:

“It’s so important, for us as players, to get the fans back in. [Fans] just bring the energy on match days.

“What this club’s been built on is the connection between the players and the supporters. We give everything for them, and they do the same for us. It’s that connection that’s so special, and the boys are just desperate to get it back.”

Photo by George Wood/Getty Images

Vasilis Barkas said: “I can’t wait to play in front of the Celtic fans, to see for myself the atmosphere of Celtic Park.”

Meanwhile, Ismaila Soro shouted, in a brief cameo: “Make some noise for the Bhoys!”

Forgive some genuine emotion, but it’s going to feel incredible when we’re allowed back in Celtic Park, with a full house. All the things we take for granted; the walk down the Gallowgate, or a supporters’ bus finishing its journey. The pints, the pies, the pre-match patter, the thrill of celebrating a goal. It’s all back on the horizon.

We can’t wait.

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