Celtic top Barcelona weekend attendance figures on a Tuesday afternoon

By Euan Davidson

October 20, 2021

Almost unbelievably, Celtic topped Barcelona for attendance figures this week, despite the Bhoys playing on a Tuesday afternoon, and Barca playing Valencia, unrestricted, on a Sunday in La Liga.

Celtic beat Ferencvaros 2-0 in the Europa League, in an oddly scheduled game for supporters. Due to the forthcoming COP 26 conference in Glasgow, and the inability to police two home games in the city simultaneously, the Bhoys had to play on a Tuesday. Additionally, it couldn’t be at night, because the Champions League was on.

That led to demonstrations from the Green Brigade, yet the facts remain; Celtic could do on a weekday afternoon what Barcelona couldn’t for a top La Liga fixture.

Ronald Koeman’s side met Valencia on Sunday, with Barca running out 3-1 winners. Only 47,317 supporters showed up [Football-Espana]. Yesterday, at Celtic Park, over 50,000 came through the turnstiles [Celtic FC].

The circumstances are different, of course. Barcelona relies more on tourism to pack out the Neu Camp. Equally, they don’t particularly like their manager. We do.

Still, though; with school, work, college and various other commitments to get out of on a Tuesday, the fans came in their thousands. That’s genuinely remarkable, and it says so much about the faith of the Bhoys support.

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If you wanted to be a bit cheeky about it, you could say it wouldn’t be the first time Celtic have edged out Barcelona at Paradise.

But being serious, it really is testament to the passion of Celtic supporters. The local economy likely took a wee hit from all the half-days taken across Glasgow yesterday, but it’s worth it.

The team needed the supporters there, with their voice and their colours, in what was billed as a crucial, potentially tricky tie. In the end, Celtic were absolutely dominant, putting on a display that the fans richly deserved.

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As afternoons go, yesterday really will be hard to top.

Of course, the aim long-term is that Celtic fans are used to making Tuesday plans, in the Champions League. The likelihood of ever taking in a matinee showing at Celtic Park like that again, though, is surely minimal.

If you can’t tell, we’re still absolutely buzzing. Vintage displays from Jota, Callum McGregor, Anthony Ralston and more will have sent supporters back to work, school or wherever they need to be today with a spring in their step.

Read more: Postecoglou heaps praise on Celtic captain McGregor after vintage display

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