After his long distinguished career at Liverpool Jamie Carragher finally got to realise a long held ambition by watching Celtic as a fan against Ajax.
The former Liverpool defender retired in the summer and is quickly carving out a career in the media with some honest opinions delivered on Sky Sports and a column in the Daily Mail.
After a lifetime of devotion to Liverpool he was able to head up the M74 to watch the hoops turn over Ajax and experience the untouchable magic of Glasgow’s east end when the Champions League comes to town.
“I fulfilled a long-standing ambition on Tuesday night when I sat in the stands to watch Celtic play a European game at Parkhead,” he explained in his Daily Mail column.
“The experience against Ajax did not disappoint and it was one of the best atmospheres I have ever experienced. A lot used to be said about what Anfield was like on a European night but, as a player in those games, you don’t really hear the noise as you are concentrating so much.
“At times on Tuesday, it felt like the ground was shaking, not least when it seemed as if 60,000 fans had started doing ‘the Poznan’. It was difficult to watch the game, as I kept looking around to take in everything. The noise was deafening.”
Looking at Neil Lennon the Liverpool legend added: “Leading Celtic to victory was another feather in Neil Lennon’s cap and, with every big result, it makes it inevitable that, one day, a club from the Premier League will make an offer for him.
“When that happens Lennon will be faced with a big decision. The attraction of testing yourself in the Premier League is obvious but how easy would it be to walk away from experiences such as the one I was lucky enough to witness in midweek?
“Those nights stay with you for ever and only a handful of clubs can come close to generating the same kind of noise and intensity that Celtic’s supporters produce when the floodlights are on and the stakes are at their highest.”
In midweek respected French magazine SoFoot voted Celtic Park as having the third best atmosphere in world football, bettered only by Boca Juniors and Borussia Dortmund, no other British club was listed in the top ten.