JIRI JAROSIK has nothing but good things to say about Celtic since his 18-month stint at the club.

He wasn’t there for a long time but the midfielder has certainly been left with a big impression.

Signing under Gordon Strachan from Chelsea in a £3.5million deal, the Czech star was tasked with being the engine room of the Celtic midfield.

Some fans didn’t take to the former Chelsea player because of how relaxed and calm he looked to the point it could have been construed as not caring – but nothing could be further from the truth.

Jarosik really did enjoy his time at the club and when asked about what his overall thoughts are when he hears the name Celtic the player turned coach was beyond complimentary.

 “What can I say? When I think of Celtic, I think of the Champions League. There were so many fantastic memories from that period and so many incredible games.” told SunSport.

“To qualify for the Champions League last 16 once was big. To do it the following season? Unbelievable.

“I remember the goal I scored against Shakhtar Donetsk, but I also think of the big games against AC Milan, Manchester United and Benfica.

“To be part of those occasions will always stay with me and whenever I watch Celtic on TV in midweek, I feel like I am back in those days.

“It was a fantastic experience to spend 18 months in Glasgow and I am pleased that Celtic are continuing to be successful.

Jiri has been keeping up with the bhoys whenever he can and was delighted to see their top result against Leipzig before the international break.

Celtic’s heroics on the night gave them a 2-1 win over the German side with Celtic Park transformed into a night of old; one of those nights Jarosik recalls so fondly.

“It was disappointing that they didn’t qualify for the Champions League this season, but I noticed the RB Leipzig result.” Jiri said.

“It seems like Celtic are getting back to their best form and Scottish football is definitely gaining big interest again.”

Jarosik is continuing his football career beyond the football pitch, taking up coaching and currently doing his UEFA badges.

He would love to manage Celtic one day but realises how much would have to happen in order for that one day to become a reality.


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