Almost 125 years to the day since this great institution was formed, the Green Brigade organised one of the biggest and most impressive displays ever seen in a British football stadium.
It was somewhat poetic and fitting that our opponents be Barcelona (more than just a football club) while our celebration of 125 years be displayed in such wonderful colour and style.
The world was watching and if there was any doubt about how special this club really is, then those doubts have now evaporated.
It really makes you proud to be a Celtic fan.
Already renowned for the huge amount of thought, preparation, work and effort that goes into their displays to make the Celtic Park experience as colourful and atmospheric as possible, they have really excelled themselves with this one.
A lot of talk and rumour surrounded the display in the weeks leading up to the game but what we witnessed surpassed all expectations and I know that a lot of time was given up to make it possible.
Green Brigade – Take a bow.
Since they arrived on the scene they have literally transformed the matchday experience with wit and a relentless atmosphere which is fitting for – and a credit to – this famous club.
It is therefore saddening to see the group face seemingly never-ending attacks, both publicly – by the police, the introduction of ludicrous fan-targeting legislation and sections of the media; and covertly – in the form of surveillance and ‘intelligence gathering’ which may border on harassment, intimidation and suppression of civil liberties.
Without the Green Brigade, Celtic Park would be just another football stadium.
Perhaps now is the time for Celtic to start defending and encouraging the group in a way that is proportionate to the tireless support the Green Brigade provide for the club.