Sir Elton phoned Lennon after Barca win

Published Friday, 09 November 2012
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Neil Lennon says he got a phone call from Sir Elton John to congratulate him after Celtic beat Barcelona in the Champions League.

Sir Elton phoned Lennon after Barca win
Neil Lennon after Celtic beat Barcelona. (© PA)

The Lurgan born Hoops boss led his side to a momentous 2-1 victory over the Spanish superstars of Barca at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.

Praise has flooded in for Lennon and, speaking to the press on Friday, he revealed that legendary musician Sir Elton is amongst those who have congratulated him.

"I got a call yesterday from Sir Elton John, believe it or not, congratulating me," Lennon said.

"I don't think he was emotional as Rod [Stewart], but he was telling me about when Watford got to the 1984 cup final and he cried before the game.

"He was very knowledgeable about the game and knew a lot about myself. It was great for him to take time out before he goes to Aus on tour."

Goals from Victor Wanyama and 18-year-old Tony Watt helped the Scottish champions secure Group B victory in Glasgow - despite Barcelona dominating 88% of possession.

It came just two weeks after Celtic narrowly lost out at the Nou Camp.

Rock singer Rod Stewart was seen in tears as the final whistle blew, and Lennon has hailed the victory as one of the "greatest nights in the club's recent history".

There was also praise from his Northern Ireland compatriot and former Bhoys boss Martin O'Neill, who now manages Sunderland in the Premier League.

"I didn't realise until now that there was only something like 11% possession for Celtic so that is absolutely phenomenal to score two goals from that," O'Neill said.

"I watched the game through and through and I thought it was just a magnificent effort by a great club.

"I saw Rod Stewart in tears, and it was a great, great effort - to beat Barcelona was fantastic."

© UTV News
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4 Comments
Iain in Belfast wrote (655 days ago):
Ah Ryan yet another band wagon to jump on just as long as you can have a sly dig. Seriously, just leave this to true football supporters rather than look for childish cheap shots.
Ady in Tyrone wrote (656 days ago):
Catch yourself on Ryan ! I have read your comments before and you have stated that you are not a Celtic fan ! I am a Celt thru and thu and we don't need the childish sarcasm . Don't make a "Norman D. out yerself !
Ryan in Belfast wrote (657 days ago):
Its times like this when we're all cheering, having such a great time and enjoying such a great victory that we should always cast a seconds thought for other, lesser, unfortunate football teams, especially those that were evicted down to Division 3 recently. How lowly it must be to be in their position....but ahh well, at least they can still watch Celtic when they want to see some quality talent. (LOL)
jimmymac in canada wrote (657 days ago):
good stuff... from good old, Sir Elton John
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