Kenyan international Victor Wanyama has revealed that Celtic’s UEFA Champions League win against Barcelona back in 2012 had British singer and songwriter Rod Stewart “crying with emotion” in the team’s changing room.
The then 67-year-old visited the Bhoys changing room after the 2-1 group stage win at Celtic Park and was overcome by emotion after witnessing a memorable victory.
Wanyama had opened the scoring with a header after 20 minutes with teenager Tony Watt coming off the bench to double Celtic’s lead. Lionel Messi would grab a late consolation for the Catalans who were at the time the defending European champions.
Speaking to the Athletic earlier this week, Wanyama, who now currently plays for Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer (MLS), revealed that he has never experienced an atmosphere quite like the one he witnessed on that November night in Glasgow.
“I scored our first goal and I’ve never experienced such a celebration of fans in my life. I felt they were all rushing towards me and ready to fall on me,” the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder shared.
“The support was so strong that I felt I had the strength and power of three players. Really. The singer Rod Stewart came in the dressing room afterwards. He had been crying with emotion.”
The win propelled Neil Lennon’s side to winning their last two remaining games and seal a knockout berth in their return to the prestigious tournament after a four-year absence.
It also sealed Wanyama’s stature as a crowd favourite at Parkhead. He would leave in 2013 for pastures new in England, joining Southampton and later on Tottenham.
Before the Harambee Stars captain joined Impact, it was believed that he was set to return to Celtic with Lennon revealing in 2019 that he would love for Wanyama to return but the circumstances at the moment were against it.
He said, “Would I like Wanyama in the building? Of course. But it may not be an area we are looking to add to because of the way the midfield is functioning.
“We are looking at the forward area, that may be the one area we are looking to strengthen.”
Wanyama won two league titles and an FA Cup during his three year stint with Celtic.