As you all know, Celtic travel to FK Sarajevo for the Europa League Play Off round on Thursday night. The Hoops began their European journey at the same venue last July, coming from behind to win 3-1 on away soil, before winning 2-1 at Celtic Park.
That night in Bosnia had a few landmark moments. Importantly, Mikey Johnston showed what he could do, stepping up to the first team and scoring his first goal in European competition. His goal was a fantastic strike from outside the box, which drew Celtic level.
Another man on the scoresheet was Scott Sinclair, who tucked home a beauitful backheel, before being exiled from the side. It would be his last goal in Celtic colours.
And apart from those goals, the match also gave birth to the Jonny Hayes song. Indeed, as fans sheltered from the rain under the stand, they burst out into an Abba inspired chorus of:
Jonny Hayes aha
Running down the wing aha
Hear the Celtic sing aha
On our way to Instanbul
Sadly it wasn’t Instanbul that the Hoops were headed as they crashed out of the Champions League before so much as qualifying. Although Rome was a good replacement – the highlight of an excellent Europa League group campaign.
This wasn’t the only highlight for supporters on this trip, as fans got the chance to meet with Albanian President, and Celtic fanatic, Ilir Meta before the match!