Jorge Cadete opens up on major difference he noticed during 2020 Celtic Park visit

By David Walton

October 10, 2021

Celtic cult-hero Jorge Cadete believes Parkhead has lost some of the magic it had during his spell in Glasgow.

The Portuguese figure was at Parkhead for just over a year between 1996 and 1997, where he became a smash-hit as he finished Scottish football’s top scorer.

Cadete, despite his short stint in Glasgow, still experienced Parkhead at its finest. The world-famous Celtic Park atmosphere is still widely-respected to this day, with many players consistently talking it up before European games in particular.

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However, Cadete believes that something has changed when it comes to the Parkhead noise levels. Touching on his last visit to the famous stadium in 2020, he said the following via the Daily Record:

“I’ve watched some games at Celtic Park and it doesn’t seem to be like it was 25 years ago when we were there. Back then the fans were so enthusiastic and they lifted the players. But they were also watching players who were exciting. It can turn again and a player like Jota will help with that.

“One thing that surprised me the last time I was in Glasgow for a game was the lack of singing. When I was there 25 years ago, the supporters were singing for the full game. They didn’t stop. But now it’s only sometimes when there’s a goal or something like that.

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“I asked my friend Simon Donnelly why the fans weren’t the same, why they didn’t have the same enthusiasm? But maybe it’s because they haven’t had those exciting players like we had. I miss the Celtic supporters a lot. I was over in Glasgow just before the pandemic back in March 2020. And I’m hoping to be back over to see a game very soon.”

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Cadete may be hitting out with some truths here about our iconic stadium. However, largely, any lack of atmosphere is likely down to the lack of expectation many have in Europe these days.

Too many clubs have come over the last 10 years or so and made Parkhead their playground. Over the last five alone, we’ve lost to the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach, Red Bull Salzburg, Anderlecht, CFR Cluj, Copenhagen, and Ferencvaros just to name some.

It’s no longer Fortress Parkhead, and this has mainly been down to poor management at European level. Celtic are losing to sides they should be beating comfortably at home.

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Naturally then, when expectation levels are lowered, so will the decibel levels. Celtic have to earn the right to a vocal backing. It’s down to them to excite the supporters as we know they can. Such as when we were threatening Bayer Leverkusen’s goal in the early stages two weeks ago.

Cadete is well placed to judge a difference in Celtic Park now compared to previous years. Especially for someone who’s experienced it on the pitch.

But it’s important the Celtic fans are given something to be excited about. Celtic Park’s atmosphere is all about raw emotion. It’s not something that can be faked. An increase in our Euro reputation and belief will help return Parkhead to what it once was. Hopefully, Ange Postecoglou is the man to see it through.

In other news, Celtic defender Liam Scales left out of ROI squad despite 6,000+ mile round-trip

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