Chief Executive: Players and fans did the club proud
By: Newsroom Staff on 24 Oct, 2012 18:24
CELTIC´S heroic performance in the Nou Camp ended with a heartbreaking last gasp 2-1 defeat against Barcelona, but it was also a night when the players and supporters once again did the club proud.
Over 5,000 Celtic fans made their voices heard throughout the match in support of the team, who had taken a first-half lead against the Catalan giants.
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “It was a tremendous occasion and one that we were delighted to be involved in. The UEFA Champions League is the stage which Celtic strive to compete on, and we have shown this season that we deserve our place alongside Europe’s elite clubs.
“To play a team of Barcelona’s quality, rightly regarded as the best club side in the world, is the toughest football challenge we can face, but Neil and his players rose magnificently to that challenge and were desperately unlucky not to get what we all felt would have been a well-deserved point for our magnificent efforts.
“There is a great relationship between Celtic and Barcelona going back many years and the welcome we received from the club and the city of Barcelona was, as always, fantastic. We now look forward to welcoming Barcelona and their fans to Glasgow in two weeks’ time.
“As for our own supporters, they have shown once again why they are so special and so important to the club. Their backing for the team throughout the match was tremendous and I’m sure they were very proud of the performance the players produced.
“To have so many fans travelling to Barcelona to support the team is a tremendous boost for Neil and the players, and I know it’s something they all appreciate. And we’re all anticipating another special European night at Celtic Park on November 7 when we face Barcelona again.”