What Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas keeps hearing about Celtic Park
Former Celtic goalkeeper Javier Sanchez Broto has claimed he regularly tells Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas that Parkhead is the best stadium in the world.
Broto was in Scotland for three years as he featured for Airdrieonians, Livingston, and Celtic respectively. He was never the number one choice at Parkhead, but was still part of the Celtic squad that made it to Seville for the UEFA Cup final back in 2003.
Broto managed to leave Celtic with a handful of appearances under his belt. However, Madrid legend Casillas never managed to savour the Celtic Park atmosphere. The Hoops never faced Real Madrid in Glasgow during any of his 16 years with the club.
Not that he doesn’t stop hearing about the iconic stadium from Broto, who he appears to be close with.
As he previewed Thursday’s trip to Real Betis in the Daily Record, Broto made the following remarks:
“It is normally a hotbed for games. The atmosphere at Real Betis is normally great, although I am not sure what it is like in Seville with the Covid restrictions.
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“It will be a shame that there are no Celtic fans there because everybody knows what the city means to them.
“It will be a good atmosphere for the Celtic players but it won’t be anything compared to Celtic Park. For me, it is the best stadium in the world. I regularly say that to Iker Casillas, he just laughs but he never argues with me!”
Celtic Park experience is something Iker Casillas missed out on
We regularly hear from legends of the game about how incredible the Celtic Park experience is. Only yesterday, Bayern Munich legend Bastien Schweinsteiger stated it was the best away ground he had ever visited.
There’s a reason Celtic Park has such a strong reputation amongst the most popular in the game. The noise levels are through the roof, with the fans’ passion for their club radiating down onto the pitch. It sends goosebumps through opposition players whilst regularly managing to lift our own.
It’s a shame that legends of the game such as Casillas don’t have their own Parkhead memories to look back on. Especially when you consider how long they’ve been in the game.
Regardless, Parkhead seems to hold a special key to success for the Hoops. And it’s something they’ll need to utilise this season once again.
Real Betis, Bayer Leverkusen, and Ferencvaros will all be pitching up in Glasgow. All three are capable of winning in Scotland too unless we use the crowd to bolster our performance levels.
These comments from Broto, meanwhile, are just another sign of the regard in which Celtic Park is held in.