JOTA has admitted it was an emotional experience when the Champions League anthem blasted out over the speakers at Parkhead.

The support he plays in front of made the occasion even more memorable, claims the on-form winger.

Celtic are just two matches into their Champions League adventure and has one point on the board, with an expectation to add more. In a week’s time, Celtic will be halfway through their European campaign after playing matchday three in Germany.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – Shakhtar Donetsk v Celtic – Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw, Poland – September 14, 2022
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglu during the match REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

The game in Leipzig is a must not lose for Celtic if they want to finish second place in the group. The Glasgow side will have the chance to draw level on points with Shakhtar if the Ukrainian side doesn’t cause an upset against Real Madrid.

Jota opened up on the first matchday at Celtic Park, stating it was a special day for all of his family. As quoted by Glasgow Live, the winger said;

“I dreamed about it when I was young, and right now, I will have it again, and I’m so excited to play in front of these fans and for this shirt.

“I would have to say I got quite emotional when I walked onto the pitch for the first time and listened to the Champions League anthem when I made my home debut; that was a very emotional moment for me and my family.”

Playing in the Champions League is special for any player, but representing Celtic which has a great history in the competition, must make it even better for the players in Postecoglou’s squad.


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