Xavi heaps praise on Celtic fans

Xavi Hernandez has praised Glasgow Celtic’s passionate supporters and believes nothing he has seen compares to the Hoops fans.

The Barcelona playmaker, 34, has played against the Scottish giants numerous times over the years and revealed he will never forget the atmosphere created at Celtic Park.

“I don’t think I’ve seen anything like the Celtic fans in all the stadiums I have played,” said Xavi in comments reported by the Daily Record.

“When you step out at Celtic Park, the atmosphere they create for their team is incredible. It doesn’t matter how many big games you’ve played in, walking out into that atmosphere is always intense.

“What makes them the best for me is their support when they lose. It’s easy to make noise when you win against Barcelona but in Spain we beat them 6-1 and most fans would have left the stadium.

 “However, at the end the fans were making a noise like they had just won the Champions League, not like their team had just conceded six.”

“Henrik Larsson used to talk about them and it’s easy to see why he chose to spend so much of his career there.

“He could have played at any club. But when you are idolised like he was, I can see why he didn’t want to leave.”

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