With the final few Celtic supporters departing from Rome this morning fans will look back and reflect on the biggest travelling support this decade.
The build up to the match was full of warning’s the Don’t Do this and Don’t Do that messages dominated the build up but when you put 10,000 Celtic fans in a foreign city for a day or to no-one is going to contain their exuberance.
Barcelona, Milan and Trondheim have become regular stop offs this century, when Rome appeared on the fixture list, to quote a favoured song heard midway through the second half ‘the fans came in their thousands’.
Celtic SLO: Get taxis or shuttle busses back to the city centre and keep a low profile
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The news media presence in Rome anticipated a busy time with constant warnings of reprisals after a banner celebrating the death of a fascist dictator (or war-time leader to give him his BBC Scotland description) was displayed during the clash between the two teams in Glasgow.
In relation to the build up and anticipation of widescale trouble the trip passed off relatively trouble free. Yes, three supporters were stabbed but two were released within 24 hours of admission.
Next up for the intrepid travellers is Cluj in December, in February Celtic will be back in action in the Europa League with AS Roma potential opponents.