Incredible scenes as Celtic fan bumps in to Carl Starfelt's parents in Lisbon on May 25th

By Hamish Carton

May 25, 2023

There are chance encounters. And then there’s meeting the parents of a Celtic star in Lisbon on May 25.

Today is the 56th anniversary of that glorious day when Jock Stein’s Lisbon Lions beat Inter Milan to lift the European Cup.

56 years have passed since the immortal Billy McNeill triumphantly raised the cup with the big ears above his head.

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There hasn’t been a more iconic Celtic image before or since.

Fast forward to the modern day and it’s another Hoops centre-back who we find ourselves writing about.

Celtic fan Mick Duffy has recently shared a pretty cool story from earlier on Thursday.

On his travels at Lisbon Airport, while wearing the Hoops, Duffy says he was approached by a man and a woman with a story to tell.

As he put it on Twitter: “This couple approached me in Lisbon airport.

“[They] told me how much they love the Celtic, and then revealed that their son plays for our ‘wonderful club.’

“His name is Carl Starfelt.”

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Duffy also shared a joyous image of him with Mr and Mrs Starfelt. (@Dhuffy67)

A quick search of the Celtic defender’s Instagram, and this image from 2016, shows that it was indeed Starfelt’s parents at the airport and not two people at the wind-up.

It’s a brilliant story which just goes to show how iconic the Hoops are. You can be in an airport in Portugal and still have friends, just because of the colours you’re wearing.

Today’s events are not quite the most amazing thing ever to happen in Lisbon on May 25. But they’re still pretty cool.

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