Celtic celebrate fantastic victory over Barcelona

Celtic achieved their most impressive result in European football since they won the European Cup in 1967. They beat Barcelona 2-1 in Glasgow with the winning goal scored by 18 year-old Tony Watt, making his Champions League debut. The teenager will probably never have to buy a drink in Glasgow for the rest of his life.

After Celtic had taken the lead in the first half with a Victor Wanyama header, they repelled wave after wave of Barcelona attacks. Lennon sent on Watt in the second-half, and the young forward tormented Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano before doubling Celtic’s lead. Even then there were nerves. Lionel Messi’s stoppage time goal left Celtic clinging to their lead for three anxious minutes, aware that they had lost the previous match in the Nou Camp to a late goal.

The Scottish club’s other hero on the night was an Englishman, the goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who made a string of outstanding saves. "You need your goalkeeper to be fantastic to beat Barcelona," Celtic’s manager Neil Lennon said. "They will feel very unlucky to have lost – they hit the bar and the post – but the difference is Tito Vilanova can bring on Cesc Fábregas and David Villa as substitutes. I threw on Tony Watt, an 18-year-old kid who cost £50,000 from Airdrie. He wrote himself into the history books of the club but he is only 11 games into his career."

It was a wonderful way to Celtic to celebrate the 125th anniversary of their foundation. "They will go down in the history books as the team which beat probably the best team in the world," Lennon said. "As a player I won things, had a special 10 years under Martin O'Neill and played in some great teams. As a manager, I don't know if I will top this; I hope I do, because I am still young and am still learning. But this is up there with anything I have achieved, not just in my football career but in my life."

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