Albanian president Ilir Meta praises Celtic for Partick Thistle win

By David Walton

September 26, 2019

Celtic have once again received praise from Albanian president Ilir Meta after their 5-0 win over Partick Thistle.

The Hoops dismantled Ian McCall’s Jags to reach the semi-finals of the Betfred Cup last night. It was as one-sided a contest as we’ve seen at Parkhead this season. It was also the third time in nine games that we’ve scored five or more at home this season.

Ilir Meta was quick to praise Celtic for their victory last night (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Meta, meanwhile, is a friend of former Celtic defender Rudi Vata. He also recently met some of the club’s fans in Bosnia when we faced Sarajevo in the first Champions League qualifying round. Meta has been pictured with a Celtic shirt in the past and is clearly a bit of a fan these days.

His reaction to Celtic results are frequent, as he posted similar messages after the Rangers and Rennes games respectively. But after the thrashing of Thistle last night, Meta couldn’t resist giving a bit of praise on social media.

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Meta certainly seems clued up

Albania’s president certainly doesn’t seem to have a passing interest. There seems to be a genuine passion for the club, and the fact he knew about the competition too proves that.

It’s an interesting relationship, but shows the effect that the Celtic fans can have on people. When the Hoops went to Cluj, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was invited to see them in Romania. He took up that opportunity and also posted on Twitter about it.

Celtic cruised to success last night (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Our supporters, particularly those who travel to European away games, are infectious. Their friendly nature has brought the club some great PR in the past. Meta and Corbyn are examples of this.

Celtic are unlikely to acknowledge these kinds of posts as a club. Swaying to a political figure or party in any country isn’t something the club likes to do. But it’s still nice to see such support of the club from key figures.

Rudi Vata spent three years at Celtic (Allsport UK/ALLSPORT)

Vata has clearly worked his magic on Meta too. Whether he watches the games regularly or not, it’s clear he has a bit of passion there for the club.

And if he did watch last night, he picked a cracking match to do so. It was one of our most attacking performances of the season, and the confidence around Parkhead continues to rise.