I WON’T LOSE SLEEP OVER NEY­MAR SNUB

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - By ALASDAIR MacKEN­ZIE

UEFA has opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against Celtic af­ter a fan in­vaded the Park­head pitch dur­ing last night’s Cham­pi­ons League de­feat to Paris Saint-Ger­main.

The game was held up for nearly a minute in the af­ter­math of Edin­son Ca­vani’s 40th-minute penalty, the French side’s third goal of an even­tual 5-0 vic­tory.

The sup­porter was booed off the pitch by Celtic fans af­ter al­legedly con­fronting PSG striker Kylian Mbappe and the act en­sures that the club face their 12th Uefa pun­ish­ment in seven years for fan mis­be­haviour.

Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed a man, aged 21, had been ar­rested and was in cus­tody in con­nec­tion with the al­leged in­ci­dent.

He was ex­pected to ap­pear at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court to­day.

Six other peo­ple were ar­rested at the game last night, with three of them also due to ap­pear at court to­day.

A 31-year-old man was ar­rested and de­tained in con­nec­tion with a breach of the peace; a 35-year-old man was held un­der the of­fen­sive be­hav­iour at foot­ball games act, and a 61-year-old man was ar­rested for al­leged as­sault.

The other three peo­ple will be re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal.

Pre­vi­ous fines have been handed out for is­sues rang­ing from pro-IRA chants to fire­works, crowd dis­tur­bances and il­licit ban­ners.

Uefa con­firmed to­day that the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons have been charged un­der Ar­ti­cle 16 (2) of their Dis­ci­plinary Reg­u­la­tions for a field in­va­sion.

PSG have also been charged for acts of dam­age af­ter seats were bro­ken. The con­trol, ethics and dis­ci­plinary body will deal with both cases on 19 Oc­to­ber.

“That re­ac­tion said it all re­ally,” said Celtic’s man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing for any ground, any club, a sup­porter get­ting on to the pitch like that.

“It was bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing and I’m sure the club will deal with that. Who­ever that per­son was it shouldn’t be any­thing we should see, es­pe­cially on a foot­ball field.

Be­fore the game, Celtic owner Der­mot Des­mond clutched su­per­fan Jay Beatty’s hand and gave him an en­cour­ag­ing pat on the head.

CELTIC PARK was un­der the spell of a kind of magic last night, the kind that casts a long shadow.

It’s an oc­ca­sion and venue which has been known to con­jure up the ex­tra­or­di­nary, leav­ing your jaw on the floor while your eyes stare on dis­be­lief as re­al­ity is bent out of all pro­por­tion.

Mem­o­ries of Barcelona be­ing hum­bled and de­feated back in 2012 spring to mind. Even rec­ol­lec­tions of last year’s mes­meric 3-3 draw with Manch­ester City would be fresh in the heads of the soggy le­gions pour­ing into Glas­gow’s east end, dream­ing of an­other Cham­pi­ons League evening of wiz­ardry from their team.

In­stead, it was the Parisians, be­decked head to toe in their cool and trendy jet black third kit, who pro­vided the je ne sais quoi with a spell-bind­ing dis­play bor­der­ing on the out­ra­geous at times.

With a front­line worth around £400mil­lion, in­clud­ing the won­der of Ney­mar who made up half that fig­ure on his own, Celtic were sim­ply help­less to stop the most ex­pen­sive team in world foot­ball puff out their chest, lift their chins and send out the bold­est of state­ments that this year could fi­nally be the year the Ligue 1 side are crowned Cham­pi­ons League, well, cham­pi­ons.

If Barcelona an­gered the beast last term with that last-16 turn­around, Celtic suf­fered the brunt of their ire here in this 5-0 de­feat.

Their play was a work of so much sor­cery you ex­pected to see Mickey Mouse hid­ing at the back of the Jock Stein Stand with his pointy hat and magic wand.

At times it was painful to watch for the sell-out crowd. At oth­ers you just had to stand back and ad­mire it.

Over a thou­sand PSG sup­port­ers had made the short trip to Glas­gow and were given the usual, drookit wel­come.

Per­haps through ex­cite­ment to both get out of the Scot­tish del­uge and to see their team spring into life, they were in fine voice and pack­ing the right-hand cor­ner of Park­head a good hour be­fore kick off. They must have known what was com­ing.

It’s worth point­ing out at this stage that Celtic ac­tu­ally played well. Yes, there were mis­takes that con­trib­uted to their down­fall – Jozo Simunovic’s silly tug for the third goal for ex­am­ple – but you’d be hard pushed to find any team across the world that could have coped with Unai Emery’s glo­be­trot­ters here.

There was a re­laxed feel from those per­form­ing black arts. Pre-match, the PSG warm up had all the in­ten­sity of a pri­mary school game of rounders.

Among them, Ney­mar, for all his worth, chit chat and ego, cut a sub­tle fig­ure. Wear­ing a grey train­ing kit and beanie hat en- sem­ble, the Brazil­ian who played here last year in Barcelona’s 2-0 vic­tory laughed and joked with team-mates, high-fiv­ing them and while swag­ger­ing about with not a care in the world.

Those around him didn’t look that per­turbed by the caul­dron of pas­sion slowly fill­ing up around them.

YOU’LL Never Walk Alone re­ver­ber­ated around Celtic Park while the vo­cal Parisian tourists held their scarves aloft not want­ing to be left out.

Mo­ments later 60,000 throats roared in uni­son, the Cham­pi­ons League ban­ner flut­ter­ing with hearts, the sound of Zadok the Pri­est barely au­di­ble be­neath the din.

From there on in, the ma­gi­cians took over. Pre-match Ney­mar said that he’d be turned off if the Celtic sup­port booed him. Well, he must have been bored out his tree given the re­cep­tion he got from the home crowd.

His first real in­volve­ment came on three min­utes when Cham­pi­ons League debu­tant up­ended him on the touch­line. Wel­come to Glas­gow.

The 25-year-old would soon si­lence the masses though, when a sim­ply stun­ning pass from Adrien Rabiot – eas­ily the man of the match with one of the best per­for­mances I’ve ever seen – in­side Ral­ston on 20 min­utes sent him and his rapid wee legs scam­per­ing in be­hind the Celtic de­fence to lift the ball be­yond Craig Gor­don.

His in­flu­ence didn’t stop there, as he mas­ter­minded PSG’s sec­ond 11 min­utes be­fore the break.

It was his burst­ing run and pass out right to Marco Ver­ratti which kick­started it all, but he had the vi­sion and stealthy move­ment to ghost into the mid­dle of the box be­fore arc­ing his run to the back post to head across for Kylian Mbappe to turn in.

The third soon fol­lowed and at half-time Celtic were star­ing down the bar­rel. To make mat­ters worse, a pitch in­vader bolted on to the pitch mo­ments later, ran half the length of the park and took a fresh air swipe at Mbappe. Even he couldn’t get near them.

Last year’s Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign got off to a 7-0 de­feat in the Nou Camp – their worst ever re­sult in Europe – and al­ready there was an omi­nous feel­ing for the start of this one.

A rip­ple of en­cour­age­ment met Scott Brown as he led Celtic back out for the sec­ond half.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Tom Rogic for Stu­art Arm­strong added some phys­i­cal­ity to the Celtic mid­field and Celtic, to their credit,

A sup­porter runs onto the pitch at Celtic Park dur­ing the club’s 5-0 de­feat to Paris Saint-Ger­main in last night’s Cham­pi­ons League match

Former Celtic for­wards John Hart­son, Hen­rik Lars­son and Chris Sut­ton, left, step out of the tun­nel ahead of the game, while cen­tre, Der­mot Des­mond greets su­per­fan Jay Beatty be­fore kick-off, and right, former Hoops stars Kenny Dal­glish and Roy Aitken have a chat be­fore the open­ing Cham­pi­ons League clash

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