By James Black
Bayern Munich and Germany star Mats Hummels has revealed he is looking forward to travelling to Glasgow to face Celtic in the Champions League and experiencing Celtic Park for the first time as a player.
Whilst conducting a Q&A session on his personal Twitter account, the German defender was asked by a fan what was the first thing he associated with Glasgow, replying “It is the Celtic Park. I can’t wait to play there”.
It is the Celtic Park. I can't wait to play there https://t.co/SBi4DjvaLb
— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) September 8, 2017
The sides were drawn to face each other in the group stages of the Champions League with Bayern making the trip to Glasgow to face Brendan Rodgers’ side on October 31st – 13 days after the sides meet at the Allianz Arena – and Hummels will be hoping Celtic fans turn up the noise levels when Carlo Ancelotti’s superstars come to town.
Hummels, who has 59 caps for the German national team, returned to Bayern after eight years at Dortmund and has lifted every trophy there is to win in German football.
The 28-year-old central defender was also part of the German squad which lifted the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but is yet to taste success in European competition.
Celtic Park has won plaudits from players across the planet for it’s electric atmosphere on big European nights and is widely regarded as one of the best atmospheres in football.
Despite all of the praise aimed at the wider Celtic support, there have been a small group who have consistently landed the club in hot water with UEFA – leading to an incredible 11 fines totalling over £160,000 being levied by UEFA in just six years.
With Hummels, James Rodriguez and co due in Glasgow on Hallowe’en, let’s hope it’s doesn’t turn into a nightmare for Brendan Rodgers’ side or the Hoops
In other Celtic news, fans have taken to Twitter to praise the new deal given to a young shot-stopper.