West Ham United showed their class on the pitch against Celtic but the Hoops fans showed their class off it.

Over 18,000 Celtic fans were permitted to watch as West Ham visited Parkhead on Saturday afternoon.

Former Celtic defender David Moyes has done an excellent job at West Ham.

And the Irons did him proud on his return to Celtic Park by running out comfortable 6-2 winners.

Hammers boss David Moyes in his Celtic playing days back in 1983. Photo by David Cannon Allsport Getty Images

Hammers do Moyes proud on Celtic return

West Ham striker Michail Antonio was the star of the show grabbing a brace and winning a penalty in the pre-season rout.

Antonio showed his class throughout before being withdrawn on 72 minutes.

And it was then that Celtic’s fans showed their class.

It is very rare for an opposition player to be applauded off the pitch.

But that’s exactly what happened to Antonio as he left the hallowed Paradise turf.

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Touch of class from fans of Scottish giants

“The two-goal forward has had a superb afternoon here at Celtic Park and he’s rightly given acclaim by the home supporters,” said West Ham’s live blog commentator.

 

It was a real touch of class from fans of a huge club.

West Ham fans have done something similar in the past. They clapped Thierry Henry off the pitch after a game against Arsenal following a scintillating performance and goal.

West Ham will need Antonio to show that kind of form and stay fit as much as possible if they are to continue their progression under Moyes.

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West Ham need to wrap Antonio in cotton wool and get another striker signed

The injury-prone striker is currently West Ham’s only first team senior forward with three weeks until the new Premier League season gets under way.

And West Ham have Europa League football to contend with too.

Fair play to Celtic fans, though, clearly a quality group of fans.

And who knows maybe that will stick in Antonio’s mind if he ever moves on from the Hammers at the tail end of his career and fancies a crack at Scottish football.

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