Former Liverpool and Real Madrid star, Michael Owen, says that his memories of Celtic Park during his tenure at the Anfield club still remain his favourite to this day.
Owen, who was speaking to BT sports after Barcelona's win over Sevilla in the Super Cup, said that 'it still remains the best atmosphere he's played in'.
Owen, was part of a Liverpool side that took part in a thrilling Uefa Cup quarter-final encounter in the 2002/03 season. Although Celtic overcame his side, the Liverpool legend still says that his memories of Celtic are the best from his career.
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The striker is not alone in his praise for the Parkhead atmosphere, as fellow greats including; Lionel Messi, Paolo Maldini and Clarence Seedorf have all raved about the European nights - to name but a few. Ex- team-mate, and BT sports colleague, Steve McManaman also added that the nights created by fans of the club were 'fantastic'.
Celtic, face one last two-legged tie in a play-off with Swedish cracks Malmo, after seeing off Stjarnan of Iceland and Qarabag of Azerbaijan in Uefa Champions League qualifying. The first leg will be taking place on Wednesday August 19, with the return leg a week later in Sweden.
Champions League football, as has been mentioned on numerous occasions, means everything to Celtic, not just because of the prestige that comes with playing against the best players in the world and the exposure it gives the club, but also the financial boost.
This, in turn, will allow Ronny Deila to be more active in the transfer market, while also assuring that he can attain a higher level of player.
Indeed, it will be crucial in capturing these highly spoke of, and sought after nights as Celtic once again try and scale the dizzying heights of European football.
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