Celtic’s cheeky tribute to Zenit’s ‘greatest European triumph,’ Manchester 2008

CELTIC have aimed a cheeky dig at Rangers ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match against Zenit St Petersburg.

On the match day programme, shown below, the Scottish Champions have elected to display the old badge of Zenit that they used in 2008 when they won the UEFA Cup by defeating the old Rangers 2-0 at the Manchester Stadium.

Here is the match day pprogramme for Thursday.

And here is Celtic’s tweet today…

Some of the comments are hilarious and this thread has only just started so it is well worth a look.

Zenit won the match in Manchester comfortably but the final was marred by wide scale rioting which was later blamed on Chelsea fans.


This week, Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined by Inspiral Carpets’ Clint Boon, who wrote a classic song that will forever be associated with the club’s invincible treble-winning campaign – ‘This is How it Feels’.

Crafted by Clint in the late eighties, ‘This is How it Feels’ became one of Inspiral Carpets’ biggest hits upon its release in 1990. This song became a Madchester classic, and renditions have previously rang out at the city’s Old Trafford and Main Road stadiums. Now, in homage to Brendan Rodgers’ quest to lead Celtic to ten consecutive league titles in-a-row, the tune has travelled to Glasgow for a reworking by those renowned tunesmiths, The Green Brigade.

But what does Clint Boon think of Celtic’s version of his melancholic slab of genius? The Oldham-born psychedelic organ-grinder joins A Celtic State of Mind to chat about ‘This is How it Feels’, Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, Noel Gallagher, Lee Mavers, Morrissey, Mark E Smith and more in Episode 34 of The Celtic Star podcast.

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