Yes – you read that headline correctly.
The President of the Republic of Albania is an ardent Celtic fan and made the journey to Celtic Park – fully clad in Celtic garb, no less – to cheer on the Bhoys in Tuesday afternoon’s 2-0 Europa League win.
The president of the Balkans nation took to Twitter to share footage of him discussing with Celtic fans as he took photos and talked all things Celtic with fans of the Glasgow club, which can be seen below (courtesy of @TheRyanMcGinlay on Twitter):
The president, Ilir Meta, commented of the event:
“It was a distinguished pleasure to share yesterday after the match the emotions of the wonderful victory at Paradise with the members of our large Celtic family. The photos with each of them will remain unforgettable memories.”
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As far as celebrity endorsements of Celtic go, this has to be one of the more left-filed that fans will enjoy.
Nonetheless, it is a fine testament to Celtic’s size and international reach that they are able to attract fans from around the world in this nature.
Meta is clearly enthused about the club and its followers, and surely will have enjoyed his trip to Glasgow following such a positive result for Celtic on the pitch.
Away from the pitch, it appears that engaging with Celtic fans has been equally as enjoyable for Meta.
Further videos of Meta reacting to key in-game moments can be viewed on his Twitter account where he posted a series of clips.