Sarajevo gave us The Jonny Hayes Song, Scenes with The President Of Albania, Mikey Johnston’s First European Goal & Scott Sinclair’s Last Celtic Strike

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!

Albanian President, Ilir Meta, joins fellow Celtic fans in Sarajevo

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic as a young child 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. At the age of 19, I published my first Celtic book (Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support). Then, last year, I published my second book (Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events), which is sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores.

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