UEFA join in on Celtic celebrations

By Euan Davidson

November 6, 2021

UEFA seem to be absolutely loving Celtic this season, and when the chance came to commemorate the club’s 134th birthday, the governing body grabbed the chance.

The continent’s football authority seem keen on the Hoops. A month ago, they shared some fantastic Henrik Larsson appreciation. Then, after Celtic’s 2-0 home win over Ferencvaros, the sublime Kyogo goal was shared for the Europa League’s 8.7m twitter followers.

The Hoops, of course, are celebrating 134 years of existence. Yes, it’s been that many years since Brother Walfrid and associated Irish organisations met in St Mary’s, Calton, to form Celtic Football Club.

To mark the date, UEFA shared a brilliant Champions League video. The pre-match rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone is a tradition, of course, and it’s particularly emphatic on European nights.

Just listen, and try not to get goosebumps. No matter how often we hear it, it still has that impact.

Clearly, Celtic’s iconic status in European competition stands for a great deal. As European Cup winners in 1967, the Bhoys have been mainstays in European competition for generations.

UEFA may be changing their tune on Celtic fans soon, though. A banner in the home game against Ferencvaros took very clear aim at the governing body.

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Under Ange Postecoglou, the Bhoys will surely be hoping to return to Europe’s competition. This season, the Hoops are guaranteed European football after Christmas. That’ll be either in the Europa League, or the new European Conference League.

UEFA quite rightly join in with Celtic celebrations

It could just be a marketing opportunity for UEFA. People are talking about Celtic a lot this season. That’s especially true in Australia and Japan, with Ange Postecoglou and Kyogo Furuhashi dominating headlines.

Either way, it’s good content. And that’s what we’re all here for, right? Undoubtedly, the UEFA.de account could’ve picked a more famous rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone. For example, the pre-game build-up to Barcelona in 2012. Or before our 3-3 draw with Manchester City.

In truth, there are plenty of good options. We’re a noisy bunch.

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Whatever the case, UEFA knew to capitalise on the Celtic chat today. We’re not even playing today, but we remain the biggest story.

It’s crazy to think of how many magnificent European nights Celtic Park has seen since the club’s formation on this day in 1887. After the advent of the Coupe des Clubs Champions Européens in 1955, Celtic have taken countless formidable teams into the continental stage.

Again; happy birthday Celtic. And kudos to UEFA for recognising the best fans in the world.

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