Inter have hit a bit of form recently but comments coming out of Milan indicate their visit to Celtic Park is viewed with some trepidation. The stadium’s Champions League reputation remains fresh in the memory, even if the team has been transformed since the last major victory over a truly top team two years ago.
A number of those who will play for Celtic on Thursday will have only seen those great European nights on television. Playing in front of 60,000 Celtic fans will be a new experience. Transforming this support into an energising force is our job. Inter’s first objective will be to frustrate and quieten the crowd. My hunch is that this will be difficult.
We have the line-up confirmed for the CQN11 St Patrick’s Dinner, which is at the Kerrydale Suite on Friday 13 March. Topping the bill for the Q&A is Packy Bonnar, Jock Stein’s last signing, who made his debut on St Patrick’s Day 1979.
Packy’s Celtic and Ireland team-mate, Tommy Coyne, will also be taking part. Tommy had an incredible career and speaks intelligently on football, and life in general. We’re also delighted to have Joe Miller. Joe played in the same Celtic team as Packy and Tommy. Part of our historic Centenary Team, he also scored that unforgettable Scottish Cup Final winner. More recently Joe formed the Association of Former Celtic Players.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Jock Stein’s first game as Celtic manager, which takes place that week, we also have Jock’s personal friend and biographer, Archie Macpherson will speak about the great man. If you’ve ever needed inspiration…..
I’m also delighted to confirm we have Celtic’s First Lady of Song, Patricia Ferns, who is making the journey over from Ireland for our night.
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