West Ham United captain Mark Noble buzzing ahead of "amazing" Celtic Park trip
West Ham United captain Mark Noble has admitted that he can’t wait to experience Celtic Park for the first time this Saturday.
David Moyes’ Hammers are in Glasgow to take on the Hoops in a pre-season friendly. The game will mark Celtic’s final warm-up match ahead of the new league season beginning on July 31st.
Today, it’s been confirmed that 18,500 supporters will be allowed in to Parkhead watch the friendly fixture [Celtic Website]. Celtic had 9,000 at last night’s UEFA Champions League qualifying match against Midtjylland.
And Noble simply can’t wait to get on the pitch in front of the iconic Celtic faithful.
Speaking via West Ham’s official website, he said: “It’s going to be amazing to play at Celtic Park for the first time in my career. Obviously, it’s such a lovely place to go and play and I really enjoy going to Scotland – in fact, I was there three times in the summer!
“I went and played golf up there a couple of times and then obviously we went to St Andrews for our training camp and I loved it up there, and now we’re going up there again.
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“Celtic Park is one of the most historic and atmospheric grounds around and although it won’t be full, I’m looking forward to getting out there on the pitch and taking it all in.”
Mark Noble won’t be the only one looking forward to sampling Celtic Park
The West Ham captain will be one of many in the Hammers’ squad that will be buzzing ahead of this one. So many will have heard and seen Celtic Park on TV. However, to play there will undoubtedly be a different sensation altogether.
It shows just how adored and admired Parkhead is as a football stadium. Even in days in which we’re struggling to make our mark in Europe again, that reputation of Parkhead doesn’t go away.
Noble is a player who has experienced it all. He’s played at venues such as Old Trafford, Anfield, The Emirates, and even the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Yet he’s still getting a buzz thinking about an outing at Celtic Park.
As for the game itself, it’s probably one we could do without. We have enough players out of action at the moment. The last thing we need is another fixture to clog up the schedule. Especially so close to our second leg.
Even so, it’s something Celtic are going to have to power through. At the very least, it’ll give us a chance to get minutes into certain players. The likes of Liel Abada and Tom Rogic, for example, could surely do with some extra game-time.
It remains to be seen how strong a side Moyes puts out. But his entire squad will no doubt be looking to get some minutes at our iconic home stadium.