NEMJANI VIDIC, the former Manchester United defender, has spoken about the intimidating atmosphere of Celtic Park.

And the 37-year-old Serbian, who played for the Old Trafford side in two Champions League encounters in Glasgow, mentioned the supporters who “breathe fire” at the players.

Vidic, a mainstay in the defence during Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden reign, faced the Hoops in 2006 when Shunsuke Nakamura netted the only goal with a breathtaking long-range free-kick that swirled high past the startled Edwin van der Sar.

And he was in position again two years later when Scott McDonald netted in a 1-1 draw with Ryan Giggs equalising after Artur Boruc had pushed away a Christiano Ronaldo piledriver.

The decorated and much-vaunted international centre-back, classed as one of the best in the world during his playing days, spoke of his journeys through football and spoke of an international game against Italy before switching his attention to the Celtic followers.

Vidic, speaking to The Athletic, said: “They were in Naples, which had a reputation for being loud and intimidating, but when you have played at Red Star you don’t really get intimidated.

“Maybe only at Celtic Park for the first 10 minutes of a game when the fans breathe fire towards the players.

“I loved playing at Celtic and felt like it was my mentality that I had grown up with.”

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