Paolo Maldini, the AC Milan legend, is delighted with the “extraordinary” atmosphere at Celtic Park.

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The legendary former AC Milan defender has praised the “exceptional support” at Celtic Park and regretted that when they visited last year, the Rossoneri did not appreciate a packed Parkhead.

In the Europa League group stage, the Italians faced the Premier League holders, winning 3-1 in Glasgow’s East End.

Maldini, who now works as San Siro’s technical director, said it was a shame that the game was played behind closed doors as the nation was dealing with the coronavirus pandemic – because it meant that his players on European nights couldn’t enjoy the popular rough atmosphere.

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“Ahead of the clash between Milan and Juventus Torino on Wednesday, he told Sky Sport Italia: “It’s Milan against Juventus without a crowd, with the participation of the fans, all my greatest memories.

“That kind of soccer is less emotional and thrilling.

“In Glasgow we played without fans and that was an advantage for us, but I told the boys that it’s a shame for them to play at Celtic Park without that extraordinary support.”

Three times as a player, Maldini visited Parkhead and previously disclosed his appreciation for the stadium.

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“Every professional footballer should try to play at least one game at Celtic Park,” he said, speaking at the time.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

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