Bratt’ Bakks Celtic To Topple Barca Again


A Celtic hero turned pilot at Norway’s top airline is backing his former club to claim the scalp of Barcelona for a second successive season when they face the Catalan giants in a Champions League clash at Parkhead on Tuesday night.

Harald Brattbakk scored a crucial goal in May 1998 against St Johnstone to help Celtic deny fierce rivals Rangers from winning their tenth league title in a row and to bring the title back to the east end of Glasgow.

While his Celtic career may not have lived up to his expectations he remains revered in Glasgow for that one goal. Since hanging up his boots the former Norwegian international has taken up a career in the airline industry and is now a top pilot with Norwegian Air Shuttle.

However he admits to still keeping a close eye on his former team as flying can’t give the former Rosenborg star the same kind of joy as football.

Brattbakk admitted “Deep down, you never lose your love for football and it’s come back really strong in me during the time I’ve been away. At the moment, I must admit that I really miss it. I have three kids and the oldest one especially really loves his football. He wants to go to all the games he can, and I took them all back to Glasgow last year to see Celtic face Barcelona in the Champions League.

“They loved it, of course. It was an incredible atmosphere and, naturally, being there on nights like that makes me miss the tension and the emotions of football.”

Harald Brattbakk, Henrik Larsson

Brattbakk , the all time top scorer in the Norwegian top flight , sees no reason why Celtic can’t repeat their heroics of last November when they beat the European giants 2-1 in Parkhead.

The former striker,  who scored 12 goals in 44 appearances for Celtic said “Any team visiting Parkhead will know they are in for a busy night. Celtic may have lost some key players during the off season but they still have enough heart and passion to overcome Barca again.”

Celtic have been handed a boost ahead of Tuesday as Barcelona have revealed they will be without the inspirational Lionel Messi.

Messi , who scored in Glasgow last season , has been ruled out for two to three weeks.

The reigning world player of the year, scored the opening goal against Almeria on Saturday night, but was forced to leave the pitch soon afterwards with a hamstring problem in his right leg.

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