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Jackie McNamara Reveals Eric Cantona Went Looking For Lubo Moravcik’s Shirt

Jackie McNamara Reveals Eric Cantona Went Looking For Lubo Moravcik’s Shirt

Jackie McNamara has revealed Manchester United legend Eric Cantona went looking for Lubo Moravcik‘s shirt following a testimonial match in 2001.

Former Celtic captain McNamara has been taking a stroll down memory lane with Simon Ferry in the latest instalment of Open Goal Sport’s brilliant interviews with ex and current pros, and Hoops fans will love some of his recollections.

One anecdote that jumped out to us was Cantona’s obvious admiration for Celtic’s Slovakian play-maker.

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Martin O’Neill took his treble-winning side to Old Trafford back in August 2001 for a match making Ryan Giggs’s testimonial, with United handing debuts to new superstar signings Juan Sebastian Veron and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

But Cantona was something of a surprise inclusion, as he came off the bench unexpectedly in the second-half several years after his retirement.

As McNamara recalls from 20:35 in the clip below, plenty of players were looking to nab the iconic Frenchman’s jersey, but there was only one shirt he was after:

A Moravcik-inspired Celtic went on to win that match 4-3, with the little genius smashing a stunning free-kick beyond Fabian Barthez in the second-half.

He might have been in his thirties by the time he arrived in Glasgow but Moravcik went on to seal a place in Celtic folklore after entertaining the crowd for several years.

And Cantona’s admiration speaks volumes.

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