Feyenoord legend Piet Romeijn has been recalling his club’s famous 1970 European Cup Final win over Celtic and lauded the reception they got from Bhoys fans in the aftermath.

Romeijn started the 1970 final in Milan, which Celtic lost 2-1 after extra time. Jock Stein’s legendary side had the chance to become two-time European champions but the Dutch outfit just managed to come out on top.

Romeijn was taken aback by the classy behaviour of the Celtic support after the game and has been speaking to media in his homeland ahead of the two clubs facing off in the UEFA Champions League this Tuesday.

The 83-year-old told De Telegraaf: “That was the guard of honour the next morning at the hotel that the Celtic supporters formed for us. They stood there and they all started clapping when we came out. What a nice gesture, what class you radiate.”

The legend goes on to state how much of a blow it is that red-hot striker Santiago Gimenez is missing for the clash against Celtic, but does rate some of the current side’s defensive stars.

He said: “I think Gernot Trauner is a real star, but so is David Hancko next to him. Yes, I happen to mention a few defenders, but Santiago Gimenez is becoming just as great as a striker. It’s a shame that he was suspended against Celtic, because How often does Feyenoord have such a great striker?”

Celtic versus Feyenoord 1970
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Feyenoord boss Arne Slot has had a lot of time to think of alternative options to Gimenez and spoke about the trio that could play as the central striker. Regardless of the selection, Brendan Rodgers’ defence have a tough task on their hands.

Naturally, Romeijn is backing his team to win, but it’s great to hear that one of his abiding memories of winning club football’s greatest trophy is how warm the Celtic fans were.

In other news, Arne Slot signals back-up plan as red-hot Feyenoord star is ruled out of Celtic clash.

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