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Celtic Park Beats Anfield As 'The Best Atmosphere In European Football'

Jack Kenmare

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Celtic Park Beats Anfield As 'The Best Atmosphere In European Football'

Legendary ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley reckons Celtic Park has the best atmosphere in European football, coming just in-front of Liverpool's iconic Anfield Stadium.

Having been a broadcaster for more than three decades, Tyldesley has worked on some of the most memorable football matches in British history, including Manchester United's famous treble win in Barcelona back in 1999.

He's sampled atmospheres all over the continent, but Tyldesley reckons nowhere beats a European night in the East End of Glasgow.

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Tyldesley was a guest on Irish show Off the Ball on Thursday, and when asked about his thoughts on the incredible aura created throughout the Liverpool v Man City clash the night before, he gave an interesting insight.

He said: "I think there are certain atmospheres abroad that are just different.

"You'll have experienced different nights in Turkey and In Greece, and it's just different. But Celtic Park and Anfield on European nights take a little bit of beating, they really do.

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"But if I was really pushed, I think Parkhead might just have the edge on it [Anfield] on a big European night.

"Liverpool is less raw. I'm not talking about the incident before the game - which is actually totally unrelated to football passion - it was just criminal activity.

Anfield
Anfield

"It was ridiculous the way it was whipped up to give Manchester City a reception. Sometimes we have to watch the hyperbole in sport, let alone football, because the consequences can be pretty dire.

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"But within the stadium, Liverpool has almost a melodrama for a big game at Anfield. [The] incredible banners on the Kop; it makes you wonder how many hours and days people have spent [on them], particularly the haunting image of Bob Paisley which has been on a flag there for years and years.

"There is that sense of occasion at Celtic Park and Anfield which almost demands a show: put on a show for us, we're putting on a show for you, you put on a show for us."

Celtic standing
Celtic standing

Given BT Sport now has the TV rights to show Champions League and Europa League matches in the UK, it remains to be seen if we'll ever hear Tyldesley's instantly recognisable voice on our box again anytime soon, but what do you think of his comments?

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Is Celtic Park a better atmosphere than Anfield? What do you think?

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Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Celtic, Football, Fans

Jack Kenmare
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