Massimo Donati reflects upon the 'indescribable' emotions of playing for Celtic

By Lewis Laird

June 24, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati has reflected upon his time spent with the Hoops.

In 2018, the 41-year-old brought his playing days to an end, having enjoyed a career that spanned across almost two decades.

After several spells in Scotland as a player, Donati went on to start his coaching career in this country, spending time as assistant manager at Kilmarnock under Angelo Alessio.

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However, in 2021 Donati picked up his first managerial gig at Serie C side Sambenedettese. But, his short time spent with the club was plagued with financial issues, which led to the former AC Milan man departing.

Last week, the Italian was given a chance to take up his second managerial role, this time joining Serie D side Legnago Sulis.

Speaking in an interview after being appointed boss at his new club, Donati reflected upon his career and was specifically asked about his time in Scotland.

The ex-midfield maverick was full of glowing words about his time here and described the emotions of playing in front of a full house at Celtic Park as ‘indescribable’.

He said [Daily Verona]: “They gave me so much.

“In total, I did six years in Scotland; I feel a bit like one of them.

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“At Celtic, I was at one of the most important clubs in the world at that time. It was a very big club, both as an organization and as a fan. It was a unique emotion to play at Celtic Park, indescribable.”

He continued: “You live this sport in a different way than here; you give more value to the field than everything that revolves around the result.”

Donati’s managerial dream.

In the past, Donati has spoken out about a potential return to Celtic much further down the line and stated it was his ‘dream’ to manage the club.

Although that seems unlikely at this point, with the ex-Italian u21 internationalist currently managing in the fourth tier of football in his country, it is great to hear how highly he still speaks of the club.

Donati spent just two years at Parkhead after being signed by Gordon Strachan. But, he quickly picked up what this club means as a supporter.

We wish him all the best on his new managerial role, and hopefully, he can bounce back from the disappointment of his time spent with Sambenedettese.

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