Valencia general manager Matheu Alemany praises 10,000 Celtic fans

By David Walton

February 19, 2019

Valencia general manager Matheu Alemany has welcomed the idea of 10,000 Celtic fans making the journey to Spain this week.

The Hoops have apparently warned Valencia to expect that number of fans to make the journey over. This is despite the fact only 2,500 supporters will be allowed to enter the Mestalla Stadium on Thursday night.

The Spanish Government’s Anti-Violence Commission has labelled the clash “high risk”. This means that there is likely to be a heavy police presence at the stadium this week.

The Celtic fans will follow their team with pride on Thursday night (Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

But Alemany isn’t prepared to head into the week with fear. Instead, speaking in the Daily Record, he’s opened up on how good the numbers will be for the city.

“This could be an historic day for Valencia and the city both in a sporting sense and a commercial one.

“Celtic are a great club and were always going to bring a great many of their supporters with them. They have an opportunity to go to our mythical stadium.

“Hopefully, it is also good news for the city of Valencia’s traders because it will be full of Celtic supporters.”

A well-deserved pat on the back

In recent days, the Celtic support has taken a battering from opposition fans, players, and the media in the UK.

Due to their celebrations at Rugby Park, many have been going over the top. After all, the club just about wrapped up eight-in-a-row, so you can forgive some for losing the plot over it.

Celtic’s win at Rugby Park has infuriated many (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Alemany’s comments on the Hoops, however, are most welcome. The Celtic faithful constantly follow their side in numbers and show more passion for their team than anyone in Scotland. And they have consistently followed their side away from home in respectable fashion.

The idea of 10,000 making their way to Spain has to be seen as a huge plus for the tourist board. Like Almenay says, the commercial impact of such figures is terrific.

How this could be portrayed as a negative is anyone’s guess. From a Celtic perspective, however, it’s clear they’re going to have a huge backing in the city regardless.

It’s therefore down to the players to make sure they finally give them a reason to be proud in Europe once again.