Two long-distance Celtic fans will feel the minute of respect for Emiliano Sala before the match with Valencia more than most.
UEFA have instructed all clubs involved in the Champions League and Europa League to hold a minute of silence in respect of the striker who died on a flight between Nantes and Cardiff.
Among the 60,000 inside Celtic Park will be two members of the Argentina Celtic Supporters Club who planned their journey months ago.
Hi @chris_sutton73 tomorrow we’re gonna raise our Argentina Flag ?? for Emiliano Sala and the pilot during the silence’s minute. Would be great to show the respect to the world! ??
Hope you can see this tweet! Thanks!! ? pic.twitter.com/w51B70fRL8
— Argentina CSC ??? (@Argentinaceltic) February 13, 2019
The loss of Sala’s flight and the eventual discovery of the plane and recovery of a body shocked the football world and brought home how vulnerable leading players can be.
Players hop on and off planes on a regular basis with journeys often adding to the excitement of the transfer window.
Gary Lineker and Kylian Mbappe were among the celebrities that donated towards the salvage fund with the body of pilot David Ibbotson still to be recovered.
Sala spent eight years playing in France, at Bordeaux, Caen and Nantes, before agreeing to a transfer to Cardiff City.
Here’s a look at how Hoops followers have reacted to the gesture from Celtic’s Argentine fan contingent…
Well done for also recognising the pilot in your respect. ?
— Colin W (@ColinWo35150887) February 13, 2019
forever in our heart Emi @UEFAcomEmmaH
— Cedric ? #teamfada (@cedric_lambert1) February 13, 2019
Outstanding guys respect and enjoy the game hail hail
— joemclay79 (@joemclay79) February 13, 2019
?????????? respect for sala & pilot David
— Rebecca Craig (@0102Craig) February 13, 2019
— Briannothebear (@briannothebear) February 13, 2019
— Antony conner (@conner_antony) 13 February 2019