Charly Musonda delivers verdict on Celtic fans

Charly Musonda of Celtic is seen prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on January 30, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Chelsea attacker Charly Musonda agreed an 18-month loan deal with Celtic in January.

Charly Musonda of Celtic is seen during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on January 30, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

January recruit Charly Musonda has told Celtic's official website that he will "never forget" the reception he received when making his debut for the Bhoys against Hearts on January 30.

The 21-year-old agreed an 18-month loan deal to Brendan Rodgers' side in January, which will keep him in Glasgow until the summer of 2019 with Paddy Roberts and Jonny Hayes still out injured.

The former Real Betis loanee came on as a substitute against Hearts for the final third of the 3-1 victory at Parkhead, before featuring for the entire 90 minutes of the 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock.

Charly Musonda of Celtic is seen prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on January 30, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The 12-time Belgium Under-21 international described Celtic fans as "amazing" and is desperate to "repay that faith by doing a good job on the pitch."

“It was amazing to play here in front of the fans for the first time at Celtic Park,” Musonda said. “The reception was unbelievable and I was blown away by it.

“I don’t think I expected it to be that loud. I haven’t experienced anything quite like that. It shows how amazing Celtic fans are and how much they care about me already. I’m really grateful for that and I can’t wait to repay that faith by doing a good job on the pitch.

“I thought I would be coming on when the manager told me to go and warm up. Even the applause I received when I came out of the dugout and ran down the touchline was amazing.

“When he called me over I couldn’t wait to get on to the pitch. Standing on the touchline waiting to come on was incredible and the noise the fans made when I took to the field is something I’ll never forget."

Charly Musonda of Celtic is seen prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on January 30, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Musonda is highly-rated at Chelsea and even made six appearances for Antonio Conte's side this season, scoring once in the Carabao Cup and adding two assists against Brighton and Everton.

He could be in line for a second start on Saturday afternoon as the Hoops play host to Partick Thistle in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, with Rodgers' men looking to defend their crown.

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