WHEN DID HE PLAY AT PARADISE?
He might only have played all of 25 minutes at Celtic Park, but the experience was one that stayed with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Then only 19-years-old, the Swedish striker was in the Ajax squad which travelled to Glasgow for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier against Celtic. The Dutch side faced an uphill task, having lost 3-1 in Amsterdam to Martin O’Neill’s side, but on a nervy night at Paradise for the home side, who were bidding to reach the group stages of the competition for the first time, Ajax took a first-half lead through their Brazilian forward Wamberto. And they knew that another goal could put them through in away goals. Ibrahimovic came on in the 65 minute for Nikos Machlas, but the teenage striker couldn’t provide his side with a goal, and it was Celtic who progressed to the group stages.
THE PERFECT ARENA FOR CELTIC
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