West Ham fans sound right up for Celtic pre-season clash

By Euan Davidson

May 25, 2021

Celtic v West Ham United might be entirely low-stakes, but try telling each club’s supporters.

Against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, Celtic have enjoyed some fantastic nights. While a pre-season friendly may hold far less allure, it’s still a mouth-watering clash. The Frank McAvennie Derby, the David Moyes Invitational, the Albian Ajeti Rivalry, call it what you will.

And the excitement doesn’t just extend to supporters. Celtic’s own Jodie Bartle has claimed she’ll be there with bells on, having grown up as a Hammer supporter.

Obviously, we’re not quite sure of how many supporters will be let in. Certainly, there’ll be fewer than when Celtic took on the Hammers for Bobby Moore’s testimonial in 1970 [WHUFC]. Billy McNeill, our greatest ever captain, took on the one man who could say the same for West Ham, in a truly iconic England v Scotland clash.

According to West Ham United’s official recollection of the testimonial [WHUFC]:

“Seven of the legendary Lisbon Lions were in Jock Stein’s side at the Boleyn Ground, including goalscorer Tommy Gemmell, captain Billy McNeill and the winger Jimmy ‘Jinky’ Johnstone.

“On the other side, Ron Greenwood blended Hammers heroes like Moore, Geoff Hurst, Frank Lampard and Clyde Best with newer faces in full-back John McDowell, Moore’s new central defensive partner Tommy Taylor and 17-year-old winger Johnny Ayris.”

Frank McAvennie will be signing ballads at half-time. / (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

West Ham United supporters seem very keen on Celtic meeting

Having been officially announced by West Ham earlier today, the response was rapid. Supporters of both sides were excited by the prospect.

Here are some responses:

Maybe just take the blue off our badge though, alright?

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