7th March 2007 AC Milan 1 Celtic 0 AET
When the draw for the group stages of the Champions League in season 2006/07 was made in Switzerland, Celtic fans were somewhat apprehensive to see their heroes matched with Manchester United, FC Copenhagen and Benfica, as those three sides had plenty of experience in the competition.
However, the Hoops, under the direction of Gordon Strachan, rose to the challenge with some good results. Three home wins ( 1-0 Man U; 3-0 Benfica; and 1-0 FC Copenhagen) gave them 9 points, which was enough in the end to put Celtic through to the last 16 stage of the Champions League, where AC Milan were a-waiting.
A crowd of 58,875 packed into Parkhead on 20th February 2007 to see Celtic take on the Rossoneri. Unfortunately, they did not see any goals but the play was never less than exciting, the AC Milan management quite delighted with the draw but full of praise for the atmosphere generated in the huge stadium.
On this day in 2007, 65,000 gathered in the San Siro for the return, where the manager put out this team for the occasion;- Artur Boruc, Paul Telfer, Stephen McManus, Darren O’Dea, Lee Naylor, Shunsuke Nakamura, Neil Lennon, Evander Sno, Aiden McGeady, Jiri Jarosik and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Once again, after 90 minutes, a deadlock ensued, so extra-time was called for; during that 30 minutes, a goal by the Brazilian Kaka was enough to put AC Milan through and Celtic out.