Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy was blown away by Celtic supporters when the two teams met in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup, he’s told Sky Sports show Soccer AM this weekend (10/10, 11:15 am).
Murphy was one of the guests on the programme alongside former Celtic star Scott Sinclair, who had a very successful spell in Scotland.
The chat got around to the derbies between Celtic and Rangers, ahead of next week’s big clash.
Murphy, who also played for Spurs, Charlton, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers admits he’d have loved to have lined up in the fiercely contested Glasgow fixture.
The ex-Liverpool midfielder told Soccer AM: “I would have loved to have played in that game.
“I played at Celtic Park, a UEFA Cup game for Liverpool, and I have to say I have played in some big games and in some atmospheres, but it was up there.
“They had Hartson, and I think, Sutton it was. The long balls and knockdowns. Let’s stay in the game because they are going to come at you.
“60 seconds in. Long ball. Knockdown. Goal and 1-0 down. The noise from the Celtic fans. Oh, my God. It was unbelievable. And it was an unbelievable experience.”
The match Murphy is referencing was on Celtic’s road to Seville when Martin O’Neill’s side reached the final of the UEFA Cup.
The two sides drew 1-1 at Celtic Park, with Henrik Larsson scoring the referenced early goal before the Bhoys went on to win at Anfield in the quarter-final second leg.
Clearly, the passionate Hoops support left their mark on Murphy and perhaps in another lifetime he’d have enjoyed lining up for the club against Rangers.
Sadly there will be no such atmosphere next week when Steven Gerrard’s team come calling, but hopefully, Neil Lennon’s Bhoys can raise their game regardless and do us proud.