Ilir Meta posted a picture on social media this morning wearing the iconic hooped jersey and giving the thumbs up while referencing Celtic’s 3-1 Champions League qualifier win over FK Sarajevo earlier this week.
#GoodMorning! This photo today is dedicated to the extraordinary @CelticFCs fans🍀 around the🌍. This shirt is a gift from my friend #RudiVata. After the meeting in Sarajevo I believe in: "Once you're a Celt you're always a Celt … Hail Hail🍀🍀" #celticfans #FKSCEL @CelticTV pic.twitter.com/mDRR9OFmRM
— Ilir Meta (@ilirmetazyrtar) July 11, 2019
Although he wasn’t in attendance at the Stadion Asim Ferhatović Hase on Tuesday night, President Meta was in Bosnia for diplomatic purposes and bumped into a group of Celtic fans after hearing them singing songs in the Bosnian capital.
President Meta wrote: “Good morning! This photo today is dedicated to the extraordinary Celtic fans around the world.
“This shirt is a gift from my friend Rudi Vata. After the meeting in Sarajevo, I believe in: “Once you’re a Celt, you’re always a Celt… Hail Hail.”
The Albanian head of state then posted two shamrock emojis.
Celtic have only faced Albanian opposition once in Europe – a two-legged affair in the 1979/80 European Cup against FK Partizani, with the Hoops losing 1-0 in the Albanian capital only to triumph 4-2 on aggregate after a 4-1 win at Parkhead.