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Proud to have represented this club and played for these fans- former Celtic player’s passionate support for Palestine display

Bahrudin Atajic has a small but significant footnote in Celtic’s history- he was a goalscorer in a 5-0 Friday night win at Motherwell in December 2013.

The match is best remembered for an almost non-stop pyro show from the Green Brigade that brought them into conflict with the authorities, a decade on little has changed.

Atajic made four appearances off the bench for Celtic before being sent on loan to struggling Shrewsbury in January 2014 where the goals dried up for the prolific marksman from the SPL Development League.

It would be fair to say that he has had a nomadic career since leaving Celtic, taking in various outposts but one club in particular holds fond memories for the Bosnian u-21 internationalist that was brought up in Malmo, joining Celtic at the age of 17.

It took a little while to adapt to the physicality of the Scottish game, not helped by a brutal attack from Grant Adam in a Glasgow Derby where the young striker paid the price for his bravery.

He returned to action, sharing striking duties with Tony Watt and managing to get a couple of appearances at a time when Gary Hooper and Tony Stokes were the first picks with others like Georgios Samaras, Miku and Lassad Nouioui around competing for places.

Wednesday’s display of support came mainly from the Standing Section housing the Green Brigade but there were Palestine flags displayed all across the ground.

It remains to be seen what action of any UEFA take with the relationship between the Green Brigade and the Celtic Board appearing close to breaking point.

Fines from UEFA have been a regular feature down the years, it has seemed like an occupational hazard but other activities have made the heavily conservative Celtic board jittery.

Since the banners appeared at the home match against Kilmarnock a collision course has seen inevitable with little ground for concessions on either side.

The Palestine issue is polarising opinions across the Celtic support while bringing international attention, something that UEFA will be wary and aware of.

Back ‘home’ in Malmo Atajic is playing for BK Olympic in the Second Division- and when big Champions League nights come around he can always nudge his team-mates and tell them that he once played at that fabled European arena.

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