‘I’ve never felt that before in my life’ - Celina on the love of Ipswich Town fans

Bersant Celina celebrates after scoring the only goal of the Ipswich Town v Leeds United match. P

Bersant Celina celebrates after scoring the only goal of the Ipswich Town v Leeds United match. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

The Kosovan, on loan from Manchester City for the season, found the net from 25 yards to beat 10-man Leeds at Portman Road on Saturday, with the stunning strike his eighth goal of an increasingly productive season.

Celina charged to the corner of the Sir Bobby Robson and Cobbold Stands to celebrate his goal, threatening to remove his shirt again as he did at Burton in October, and revealed hearing the fans chant his name fills him with confidence.

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“It helps me a lot because the home fans sing my name and I’ve never felt that before in my life,” he said.

Bersant Celina fires Ipswich Town into the lead with a 25-yard wonder strike in the second half. Pic

Bersant Celina fires Ipswich Town into the lead with a 25-yard wonder strike in the second half. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

“It gives me confidence and obviously the whole team as well.


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“That was the best atmosphere I’ve played in at Portman Road, definitely, and it was great.

“Loads of Leeds fans came and that was great, they were very loud, but it was even better from our fans and that’s what I’m happy about.”

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The 21-year-old has previously spoken of his desire to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City first team in the future and hopes the Spaniard was able to see a goal he believes was one of the best he has scored as a professional.

Leeds keeper Felix Wiedwald is beaten by Bersant Celina's thundering shot into the top corner of the

Leeds keeper Felix Wiedwald is beaten by Bersant Celina's thundering shot into the top corner of the goal to give Town victory. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

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“It was a good goal for sure,” Celina said.

“I’m just really happy for the team, for myself, the fans and everyone here.

“It’s definitely among the best professional goals I scored. I’ve scored some good goals but that’s one of the best. I’m glad it proved to be important and it’s great to get the win against a strong team.

“We had to be patient and try and get the one goal which would probably win the game, so I’m glad we did that.

“He (Guardiola) might see it on the TV screens, I don’t know, but I hope he is impressed with what he saw.

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“I’m really enjoying myself here and I’m just happy I can play games, be involved and help the team. Hopefully for the next four months and for all season I can keep playing well.

Bersant Celina does a flying kick celebration after his match-winning goal against Leeds. The Man Ci

Bersant Celina does a flying kick celebration after his match-winning goal against Leeds. The Man City loanee has star quality. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

“This should give the club a big lift and we can go to Bolton next week with some confidence.”

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