It was 2012 when Celtic famously beat Barcelona on a night that has gone down in Celtic folklore. It was a night where Neil Lennon and his Celtic side shocked the world with a result that nobody saw coming.
Celtic 2-1 Barcelona was the scoreline in a pulsating and anxious evening at Celtic Park. The bhoys went 1-0 up with Victor Wanyama heading home from a corner. It was then up to the defence and Fraser Forster to keep the Catalans at bay with wave after wave of attack trying to get themselves back into the game.
Late in the game, with the scoreline still at 1-0, Neil Lennon put a young vaguely known striker onto the pitch in Tony Watt to try and get Celtic further up the pitch. However, he would do more than that when a simple kick out with Forster would be missed by the legendary Xavi and fall right into the path of Tony Watt who didn’t have any time to think about it before he put the ball in the back of the net – Celtic Park was going nuts.
Messi would get a goal back in injury time and the anxious wait for the final whistle seemed like an eternity but when it came – the noise, relief and emotion was all around the ground. Celtic had achieved something special!
We bring this game up today because, in light of the latest news about Mikael Lustig, the starting XI from that day have all now left Celtic. Some have retired, some have moved onto other clubs. This image will be something which is shared throughout the years.
What a night!