Former Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen has disclosed that not playing for the club in Europe is a regret of his, the Scottish Sun reports.
Rasmussen, who is a coach with Danish side Midtjylland, made the comment whilst looking ahead to the Hoops’ upcoming game in Denmark against Copenhagen.
“Not many places compare”
“Not many places compare with Celtic Park on a European night. The atmosphere will be bigger and better in Glasgow and Copenhagen will have to deal with that” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“When I was at Celtic I didn’t play in any European ties and I regretted that.”
European nights at Celtic Park can certainly be unique experiences. Just look at the win over Lazio last year, Christopher Jullien’s last minute winner was celebrated long into the night.
There is also, of course, the wins from over the last 20 years against the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan and Barcelona.
Those nights are some of the greatest in Celtic’s history. The atmosphere and noise that the crowd can create can almost push the side onto victory.
Fell down pecking order quickly
Unfortunately for Rasmussen, he has never likely to make an appearance in Europe for the Hoops.
He was signed by Tony Mowbray. However, as soon as Neil Lennon came in as manager he fell down the pecking order. The likes of Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes took his place in the squad.
Rasmussen only played 13 times for the Hoops, and scored two goals. That sort of record was never going to get into a Celtic team for a European night.
Still, it is good to see that he is still well-aware of what Celtic Park can be like on the night of a big European game.