There is very little doubt about the fact that Celtic Park is one of the best stadiums in the world and has arguably the best atmosphere in all of football. Several legends of the game have called it one of the most memorable places that they have ever played at and we can now add the name of a German World Cup winner to that list as well.
Christoph Kramer might not have achieved the heights that he was expected to, but he has had a solid career none the less, having played the majority of his football for Borussia Monchengladbach although he has represented the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Bochum as well.
Also, he started for Germany in the final of the 2014 World Cup, against Argentina at the Maracana, which they would go on to win.
Thus, he has the experience of playing in some of the most iconic stadiums in the world and at the biggest stages as well. But the Celtic Park atmosphere is one that definitely left an impression on him. While speaking with DAZN, Kramer said:
"“My best game at club level was with Gladbach in Glasgow against Celtic, I’ve never experienced such an atmosphere. We won 2-0 and it wasn’t a footballing treat – but the atmosphere was amazing.”"
German World Cup winner hails the atmosphere at Celtic Park
It is safe to say that the German World Cup winner was impressed with what he saw at Celtic Park from the supporters.
The game that he is talking about is from the Group Stage of the 2016/17 edition of the UEFA Champions League, when Borussia Monchengladbach managed to get a 2-0 win away at Parkhead against Celtic. On the day, Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn were the two who found the back of the net for the Bundesliga side while Kramer ended up playing the entire 90 minutes.
It is always amazing to hear great things about the atmosphere at Celtic Park and absolute legends of the game like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Kaka, and many others have hailed it in the past.
A lot of it is about those big European nights under the lights though and Celtic will surely be hoping to get back to those as soon as possible, having failed to qualify for the last several editions of the competition. Fortunately for the Hoops, they will make it to the main stage next season directly, if they are able to win the Premiership.