PSG great Laurent Fournier has claimed that the Celtic Park support gave him “chills” during a clash their back in 1995.
Indeed, a fine PSG outfit came to Glasgow 25 years ago and gave Tommy Burns’ Hoops a lesson. Leading 1-0 thanks to a first-leg win in this European Cup Winners’ Cup second-round, the French outfit piled on the misery.
It was men against boys for long spells, and PSG could’ve scored more than the three they did. The gulf in class then led to the Celtic support applauding their European rivals off the pitch too after their stunning 3-0 success. There was no shame in the result either given PSG then went on to win the competition.
And Fournier, who played the majority of the match, spoke in comments published by PSG and stated that the Parkhead support’s reaction blew him away.
“Without doubt the double confrontation against Celtic (was his favourite tie). We had won 1-0 at home, and everyone saw us explode on the return to Scotland, because we were not necessarily very serene at that time.
We played five defenders, and we released a lot of serenity. We won 3-0 there, and the opposing supporters cheered us … All that gave me chills, it’s a great memory!”
Hardly unlike the Celtic supporters
It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time Celtic fans applaud a talented side or individual rival off the pitch. The supporters have been known to do this countless times in the past.
Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta took a standing ovation at Parkhead when he was substituted off during a Champions League match back in 2013. It was the same with Kaka in that same season when he came off for AC Milan after scoring.
This is just what the Celtic Park faithful do. If you’re a good player and you’ve shown that flair on the pitch, the fans will appreciate you. That’s regardless of what side you’re on and so long as you’ve shown Celtic total respect.
Fournier’s PSG certainly did that with a fine win at Parkhead. They went on to win the final against Rapid Vienna with a 1-0 success in Brussels. There’s no denying the quality they had on show.
But it’s positive to see these kind of comments coming from a great like Fournier. He spent seven years at PSG over two spells as a player and even managed them for a brief spell. He played the entirety of his career in France too, winning eight honours.
It may have been a painful night back in ’95 for Burns’ Celts. However, nobody can deny the class they were up against.