Esteemed football pundit Paul Merson recently expressed admiration for the electrifying atmosphere at Celtic Park during Champions League nights, emphasizing its unique fervor. This sentiment was conveyed alongside a subtle critique aimed at Manchester United.
Group F Decider for Newcastle United
Wednesday witnessed a series of compelling Champions League clashes, notably Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United engaging in a pivotal Group F decider against AC Milan.
Prior to the match, Merson took to Twitter, lauding the atmosphere at St James’ Park as comparable to the intensity generated by Celtic and Liverpool at Anfield.
This observation was delivered with a nuanced undertone, particularly in the aftermath of Manchester United’s European exit on Tuesday, following a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.
Merson was steadfast in asserting that the ambiance at St James’ Park, Celtic Park, and Anfield surpasses that experienced at Old Trafford.
Celtic’s Triumph and Newcastle’s Setback
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers guided Celtic to a crucial 2-1 victory over Feyenoord, earning accolades for the standout performance of Matt O’Riley.
In contrast, Newcastle United suffered a defeat against AC Milan, mirroring the fate of both Celtic and Manchester United, all three teams now absent from European competition post-Christmas.
“On Sky tonight watching Newcastle v AC Milan,” remarked Merson. “The atmosphere at St James’ Park will be better than the one at Old Trafford last night. Newcastle is up there with Celtic Park and Anfield on a Champions League night.”