Ferencvaros man Adam Bogdan compares Celtic with Barcelona in glittering review

By David Walton

October 18, 2021

Ferencvaros and former Hibernian goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has provided a sparkling review of Celtic as a football club ahead of tomorrow’s meeting at Parkhead.

Celtic will host the Hungarian champions at the unusual kickoff time of 3:30pm. It’s expected that the attendance at Parkhead will be lesser than usual due to fans having work, family, and school commitments during the game.

This could lead to a drastically reduced atmosphere, with Celtic needing to get 3 points from their foes tomorrow night in order to finally kickstart their European campaign.

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But regardless of that, 21-capp Hungary international Bogdan believes Celtic don’t need to worry about a potentially lesser crowd as he compared the Hoops to Barcelona.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Bogdan said: “The same is true for Celtic as it is for Barcelona – they are both more than a club. But last season we knocked them out of the Champions League and that was a huge achievement and one that is certainly not unrepeatable this week too.

“Celtic are a club who are known and recognised all over the world. They play in colours that everyone knows although I must point out they only got them from my old club Hibs! Every match at Parkhead has an incredible atmosphere. I was lucky enough to play there once for Hibs against a Celtic side managed by Brendan Rodgers and only lost 4-2 in a really intense match.

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“I’ve heard that Celtic have been hit hard financially with not playing in the Champions League and having no fans in during the pandemic. And if ever a team should worry about having no fans in the stadium…it’s Celtic.”

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Credit to Bogdan for some kind words about the Hoops heading into tomorrow afternoon’s game. You can see how much he respects the club, and he’ll know plenty about them after a one-year stint at Easter Road.

Not that he’s likely to play in the Europa League game tomorrow. Bogdan has actually only played 3 games for Ferencvaros this season. He’s instead been the back-up option to Denes Dibusz.

It’ll almost certainly be Dibusz in between the sticks again tomorrow. But even so, these are class comments from Bogdan and show the affect Celtic Park can have on a player.

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The crowd will undoubtedly be different tomorrow in size. However, even with minimal numbers the Hoops supporters have impressed at times this season. Even the 9,000 fans that got to view the Midtjylland game back in July made it sound raucous at times.

Tomorrow night is a great chance for Celtic to start rebuilding their reputation on the European stage once again. Particularly on our famous home ground.

It’s time for us to turn up on the Euro stage this season. With momentum building nicely, this is a great game for the players to increase their confidence levels further.

In other news, Braga loan star Yan Couto left Celtic Park wowed by the supporters