Former Celtic star Didier Agathe has disclosed that he shouldn’t have played in the Hoops’ memorable 0-0 draw with Barcelona in 2004, the Scottish Sun reports.

The 16th anniversary of the game has just occurred, but Agathe, who was one of the Celtic heroes at the Nou Camp, has admitted that he was injured going into the match.

“I wasn’t meant to travel”

“The truth is I should never have played in that game at the Nou Camp. I had a sore groin and I wasn’t meant to travel to Barcelona” Agathe said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.


“But on the day of the game Martin came to me and said, ‘You are playing – and you are marking Ronaldinho’” Agathe said, referring to former Hoops boss Martin O’Neill.

Didier Agathe and Ronaldinho

Didier Agathe and Ronaldinho (LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

The move to play Agathe worked though, as the Hoops, helped by a great goalkeeping display by David Marshall, managed to battle to a draw and knock one of European football’s giants out of the UEFA Cup.

One of the Hoops’ key players

Agathe was one of Celtic’s key players during Martin O’Neill’s time as manager. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Hoops boss was eager for the right-back to feature in the game.

Didier Agathe in action for Celtic

Didier Agathe in action for Celtic (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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The night in Barcelona has to go down as one of Celtic’s greatest ever in Europe, and Agathe will likely be pleased to have been a part of it.

He deserves all the credit in the world for not only playing through the pain barrier, but also having to mark Ronaldinho, who was probably the best player in the world at that time.



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