Celtic find themselves back in Seville to face Real Betis in the Europa League group stages – with Seville marking a poignant spot in Celtic history.
The Bhoys were on the verge of European glory in 2003 when they took on Jose Mourinho’s Porto side in the UEFA Cup final, a progenitor to the Champions League – but came unstuck in a 3-2 extra-time defeat.
The defeat has left its scars; the BBC reported that then-manager O’Neill says he still hasn’t watched the full game back.
Equally, ex-Bhoy and pundit who played in the final, Chris Sutton, described it as the hardest defeat of his career.
Derlei and Dmitri Alenichev twice gave Porto the lead – only for Celtic legend Henrik Larsson to haul the Bhoys back into the game – twice no less – rekindling their hopes of glory.
Fans will feel the final was tinged with the same atmosphere of the 1967 European Cup win in Lisbon, in which Celtic stunned European football with their almighty European triumph.
As shared on Twitter by Celtic1967.com, it has been thirteen years since a Celtic squad last set foot in Seville and the Spanish city may prove emotive for the scores of Celtic fans that have travelled to the Iberian nation to cheer on the Bhoys.
Twitter: Back in Seville this evening for the first time in 13 years. What was your favourite memory from the Road To Seville? (@Celtic1967_com)
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A win against La Liga opposition could be a prime opportunity for Ange Postecoglou to announce himself to world football in one of the game’s biggest club competitions.
Celtic will need an upset or two to escape a group boasting La Liga and Bundesliga opposition, however, and will be hoping to stun their green-and-white-hooped Spanish counterparts on their own soil.