AC Milan and Brazilian icon Kaka has responded to a Celtic fan on Twitter as he labeled Parkhead “one of the best atmospheres in football”.
Kaka had the honour of playing several times at Celtic Park over the years and experienced a range of emotions in that period. The Brazilian maestro first arrived in Glasgow back in 2007 in a 0-0 stalemate, before coming back later that year to suffer a 2-1 defeat in the Champions League group stage – scoring with a penalty to equaliser on the night.
He would then have one last Parkhead appearance in 2013 before he hung up his boots. In that one, the Rossoneri mauled Lennon’s Celtic 3-0, with the Brazilian striker again getting on the scoresheet to open the scoring after only 12 minutes.
It’s fair to say he’s had both good and bad experiences in terms of results in Glasgow, but responding to a Hoops supporter on Twitter, Kaka insisted he only has positive memories of our famous stadium:
What a great memories I have playing against Celtic. Play in Glasgow is one of the best atmosphere in football 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Kaka (@KAKA) October 22, 2020
European nights just not the same without supporters
Even though there is still a big-match feel to the game tonight, you can’t deny that having no fans really has changed the dynamic of home games in Europe.
There’s just something about having a roaring crowd behind us that adds such a unique element to these fixtures.
It was highly noticeable against Ferencvaros just how much the tempo dropped without supporters at the stadium. Even if our home form domestically has been decent enough, the lack of an atmosphere hasn’t helped the team at all this season.
Parkhead would’ve been absolutely rocking tonight as it would’ve been on Saturday. These kinds of fixtures deserve an atmosphere, and it was clear how important that was for the club during last season’s Europa League group stage.
And the worrying thing is it doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. The hesitancy of the Scottish Government to get fans back to stadia makes you think it could take longer than we all would’ve imagined to get a full house back to Glasgow’s East End.
Kaka’s comments here are an indication of just how sorry a sight it is to see Parkhead empty on a weekly basis. It’s even sadder when you realise just how long it could take before that changes.