Photo Of The Day: Alan Thompson Gives Celtic The Lead In Munich (2003)

Today’s photo of the day focuses on a great modern times for Celtic in European competition. Indeed, the picture we bring you depicts Alan Thompson scoring a diving header in Germany, to give Celtic a second half lead over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.

The Hoops ultimately lost the game 2-1, but the home side didn’t register their winning goal until the 86th minute. In that sense, the Bhoys could be proud of going toe to toe with Europe’s best, whether in Scotland or abroad. Following on from the UEFA Cup Final a few months earlier, these were really great days for the club – the like of which has not been seen since the 1970s.

Celtic should always aim to compete in Europe and reach the latter stages of competitions such as the Europa League. It is the stage that this incredible institution belongs and doing so provides incredible memories for the support. Talking of which, over 5,000 Celtic fans made the trip to Germany back in September 2003… one can even be seen in the Bayern end, just behind Thommo as he put the Celts in front.

What magical memories to look back on!

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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