12-cap Germany international puts Celtic atmosphere ahead of Nou Camp and Allianz Arena

By David Walton

April 12, 2022

Borussia Monchengladbach star Christoph Kramer has labelled Celtic Park as the greatest atmosphere he’s ever experienced in football.

Kramer, who previously played for VFL Bochum and Bayer Leverkusen, sampled the famous Paradise noise back in 2016. Gladbach took a 2-0 win from Parkhead that evening in Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge of Celtic.

Kramer featured for the entire 90 minutes that evening and also played the full duration of the return fixture in Germany, which finished 1-1.

Photo by Christian Verheyen/Borussia Moenchengladbach via Getty Images

He’s been giving an interview with DAZN news, and despite playing at the likes of the Nou Camp and the Allianz, he labelled Celtic Park as an atmosphere the likes of which he hasn’t experienced anywhere else:

“My best game at club level was with Gladbach in Glasgow against Celtic. I’ve never experienced such an atmosphere.

“After the 2-0 win, some players went to the pub. It was a day I’ll remember forever.”

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Christoph Kramer the latest to be in total awe of Celtic Park atmosphere

The praise for Celtic Park doesn’t come as a surprise necessarily. We’ve certainly heard it all before from famous names around world football. But there’s no denying that you can’t help but feel a little extra layer of pride when another big name comes out and acknowledges it.

Kramer, for example, has played at some of world football’s most recognisable stadiums. Allianz Arena. Nou Camp. Signal Iduna Park. The Stadio Olimpico. Yet none of these prestigious venues stand out to him as much as the famous Celtic Park.

Granted, the night he remembers is hardly one that’s cherished by the Celtic supporters. We were woefully disappointing that night as we lost 2-0 to Monchengladbach. And even though we salvaged some pride in Germany, we still finished bottom of our Champions League group that year.

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Yet even throughout the disappointments, and there have been plenty in Europe at Celtic Park over the last 10 years – Parkhead has retained its reputation for magical atmospheres. That’s a credit to the support and shows exactly how well respected Parkhead is as a stadium.

Hopefully, we’re gracing the Champions League group stages once again next year and coming up against the world’s best in Glasgow’s East End. Some will label us fortunate to be in the competition, but the truth is it’s the teams we draw who are the lucky ones. The ones who get to experience Celtic Park and play in an atmosphere unrivalled anywhere in world football.

And that’s not just the words of a Celtic supporter, it’s backed up by the likes of Kramer and many others. It’s good to see Parkhead still holds such a strong reputation despite our recent struggles in Europe.

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