EVEN before taking part in Sunday’s Legends’ Charity match, Jamie Redknapp was already a fan of Celtic Park, having experienced the special atmosphere the fans create on a Champions League night.
After seeing it for himself, on the Paradise pitch, he is an even bigger fan.
"It was an incredible day, a pretty amazing atmosphere but I knew it would from being here before and watching games,” Redknapp told the official Celtic website.
“What Stiliyan has been through – he is a credit to himself and his family – and the turnout he got shows how much everyone appreciates what he did for the football club. This is about the only place in the world this would have happened. Celtic is an incredible football club.
“I was fortunate to play for a club that´s very similar in Liverpool and the fans really respect what you do for them. But to turn up here and see 60,000 people, hear them singing You´ll Never Walk Alone and have some fun as well, I think everyone enjoyed it.
“It was a real family day and obviously for a great cause as well. It was very emotional at the end there, and when you have kids it brings it home even more. But everyone turned up and it speaks volumes of how much people respect him.”
Redknapp, a former England internationalist who starred for Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, missed out on the chance to play a competitive game at Celtic Park back in 1997.
That season, the Hoops were drawn against Liverpool in the UEFA Cup, but the midfielder was suspended for the game, which finished 2-2 on the night.
"I was in the stadium that night and saw Steve McManaman score that wonderful goal,” he said, “but it was nice to get on the pitch on Sunday and get a chance to play.
"My knees are not too good, I would have loved to have played a bit longer but unfortunately I couldn’t.
“I love Celtic Park on Champions League nights. I love the atmosphere and the job Neil Lennon has done here."