Saturday, 21 May 2011

Celtic - Celtic Park

12th September 1998

Celtic 1-1 Kilmarnock

This match was only my second visit to Parkhead, since Celtic and I had divorced 15 years earlier – see Preamble for details.  There was no feeling of returning to an Old Flame – this being in no small way due to the fact Celtic Park had changed out of all recognition since I was last there.  

The terracing had been demolished and replaced by three massive linked stands, with the old stand incorporated into the structure so that the arena was now an oval shape.  You can say what you like about Fergus McGoo’s man management skills, but he certainly knew how to build a stadium.  Although I did miss the elegant, almost feminine curves of the old stand.

The buzz around Parkhead was whether Ally McCoist was going to turn out for Kilmarnock, but in the event injury prevented him doing so, although fellow ex-Ranger Ian Durrant was there to provide a focus for the home fans’ ire.  

That being said, much of the Celtic supporters’ spleen was being vented at their own side, especially during an inept second period, when the visitors’ Jerome VAREILLE’s 50th minute strike cancelled out Regi BLINKER’s 29th minute opener.


Exterior of Celtic Park.


Celtic's Reggi Blinker looks to get a cross in.
 
Panorama of Celtic Park, Glasgow.

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