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5 times Celtic humbled European giants on a Champions League night at Celtic Park

Barcelona, Villarreal, AC Milan, Man United and Juventus have all fallen victim to Celtic's famous home atmosphere

A Champions League night under the lights of Celtic Park does something special.

If you’re playing in green and white hoops it tends to turn you into the Green Giant while even the best players have gone spaghetti-legged at the first blast of come on you boys in green.

So here’s to five times Celtic Park turned European giants into Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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An atmosphere unlike any other

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An atmosphere unlike any other

Celtic 4-3 Juventus (31 October 2001)

Pavel Nedved and Alessandro Del Piero lined up against a Celtic side who couldn’t qualify from Group E but were still intent on causing a shock.

It was Del Piero who put Marcello Lippi’s side ahead after just 19 minutes before Joos Valgaeren’s equaliser sparked a hectic battle for three points.

Chris Sutton gave Celtic the lead only for David Trezeguet to hit back. Then Henrik Larsson put his stamp on the game from the penalty spot.

Sutton’s second goal put Celtic in dream land and drove Celtic Park’s decibels up a notch- something not even a Trezeguet second could dampen.

Postage. Stamp.

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Postage. Stamp.

Those were the days

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Those were the days

Celtic 1-0 Man United (21 November 2006)

Celtic secured progression to the Champions League knockout round for the first time ever following an epic encounter with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man United in 2006.

Well, when we say epic, it took until the last ten minutes for anything to happen.

A vintage Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick, which left Edwin van der Saar flapping, gave Celtic the lead in the 80th minute.

Celtic then dug in with Thomas Gravesen and Neil Lennon transformed into Herculean warriors by Celtic Park’s vocals.

But the hero of the day was Artur Boruc after the Polish goalkeeper clawed out Louis Saha’s late penalty.

Has he done enough?

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Has he done enough?

Yes, he most certainly has

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Yes, he most certainly has

Are you sure he isn’t English?

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Are you sure he isn’t English?

Celtic 2-1 AC Milan (3 October 2007)

As reigning European champions and with the World Player of the Year in their side Milan swaggered into Glasgow with an extra air of confidence.

But Celtic Park burst into life after a rain soaked first hour thanks to a goal from Stephen McManus.

Kaka lived up to his standing as the best player in the world by equalising from the penalty spot six minutes later as the talents of Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo and Filippo Inzaghi took hold.

However Celtic Park’s voodoo had the last laugh when Scott McDonald bundled home in the 90th minute to give The Bhoys a famous win.

Kaka in full flight was a fearsome sight

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Kaka in full flight was a fearsome sight

Pandemonium

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Pandemonium

Celtic 2-0 Villarreal (10 December 2008)

Celtic had come into the final game of the 2008/09 Champions League campaign with the all too familiar feeling of not being able to qualify for the knockout round.

But that didn’t stop Celtic mavericks Shaun Maloney and Aiden McGeady giving the home fans something to sing about, for one night at least.

Both scored as a Villarreal side featuring Marcos Senna, Nihat and Santi Cazorla were comfortably seen off.

You wee beauty

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You wee beauty

Celtic 2-1 Barcelona (7 November 2012)

Barcelona’s side in 2012 could hurt you from anywhere.

Dani Alves and Jordi Alba patrolled the flanks, Xavi and Andres Iniesta put passes through the eye of a needle even when there was no needle and up front Pedro and Alexis Sanches ran tirelessly to create space for Lionel Messi.

However they hadn’t accounted for the presence of Victor Wanyama, who scored Celtic’s opener and bullied Barcelona in the heart of midfield.

Teenager Tony Watt doubled Celtic’s lead and by the time Messi inevitably got on the scoresheet it was a case of too little, too late.

Don’t bother jumping for those

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Don’t bother jumping for those

That just about summed up Barcelona’s night

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That just about summed up Barcelona’s night

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