A massive cohort of Celtic fans are in transit towards Valencia for Thursday’s Europa League tie in the Mestalla.
Last week’s 2-0 defeat in the first leg has barely dampened enthusiasm for the trip – in contrast to the equivalent fixture last season in St Petersburg where a heated stadium was needed for the match to go ahead.
Tickets for Thursday’s match are at a premium but that isn’t bothering the fans who are arriving at airports from Barcelona southwards with Alicante seeing a flood of green and white Hoops coming through the Arrivals gate.
Brendan Rodgers will take his squad out on Thursday, host a media conference then continue his preparations to pull off a shock result.
There isn’t likely to be any surprises in the team Rodgers selects but if the visitors open the scoring the locals will know all about it – there will inevitably be some fans in the home sections struggling to keep their emotions intact.
Safe travels to all the thousands of Celtic fans who will head to Spain this week to back the team in huge numbers as they do week in week out at every ground in Scotland, no matter the allocation, no matter the ticket price, they’re there and they’re always there Hail Hail? pic.twitter.com/UQP4Qme58k
— Celtic FC SLO (@CelticFCSLO) February 19, 2019
— david collinge (@davidcollinge94) February 19, 2019
In Barcelona already, seen Hoops galore since leaving Edinburgh at 6am. Just a short train ride down the coast this afternoon.
First Euro trip and buzzing is an understatement. ???
— Ralph Wiggum CSC ? (@WillD_19) February 19, 2019
— Sean Ewing (@Sean_Ewing_) February 19, 2019
Thanking you.? The auld fella and I leave tomorrow morning, flying from Bristol to Alicante then train from there to Valencia.?
— Gary Bhoy (@somerset_tim) February 19, 2019
from Vienna to Valencia tommorow, no ticket but buzzing like a jar of wasps ? ? ?
— michael1967 (@michael1967x) February 19, 2019
Have fun hopefully get a positive result
— David (@David_Celts1888) February 19, 2019
Bhoys on tour from bham to alicante tomorrow am then onwards by train no ticket yet but still like a bhoy on Xmas morning??
— fredbassett67? (@fredbassett67) February 19, 2019
Should be class either way mate who cares about the score all about the Celtic
— CelticGlasgow (@glasgow66421936) February 19, 2019
Too right, we’ll all be piling into the stadium, it’ll just be a Spanish Paradise?????
— John Tierney (@johntierney88) February 19, 2019