Video – Celtic Fans Rock Paradise With Thunderous JCGE On This Day 2011

Following on from The Celtic Star article about the controversial incidents of the 2010/11 season and the so called ‘Shame Game’, we revisit that infamous night with a more positive approach.

Celtic Park was at its thunderous best that night. The presence of El Hadji-Diouf, a Scottish Cup replay, a rare game between the teams under the floodlights – it was the pinnacle of the Glasgow Derby as a spectacle. The noise around Paradise was already deafening, yet three red cards for Rangers players and incidents involving Diouf, the Celtic physio, McCoist and Lennon, raised the decibels to incredible levels.

The game was tense, Celtic having the edge in the first half as Steven Whittaker had been sent off following a challenge on Izaguirre. In the second half the Hoops’ would really dominate. In the 48th minute, Izaguirre skinned Foster, and whipped in a cross. The ball bounced to the far post, where Izaguirre’s opposite full back, Mark Wilson, was arriving late and thumped a rasping volley towards the far corner. With the keeper beaten, Sasa Papac put his head in the way to clear; an act which left the defender knocked out on the goal line. However, Wilson showed little sympathy for the Rangers defender’s plight, when he scuffed the rebound into the net to give Celtic the lead.

As Papac received treatment, Celtic Park erupted to the sound of I Just Can’t Get Enough. This video shot from the curve between the Main Stand/Jock Stein Stand captures the scene in what is surely one of the best videos ever taken of Celtic fans.

Much has changed over the last nine years. Celtic’s rivals were liquidated and many feel that the rivalry with the new Rangers doesn’t often generate the same atmosphere. Nevertheless, the memories of nights like this make for great viewing.

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About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. 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 previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.

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