What’s your hopes for tonight? Primarily I’m hoping to see Celtic play the kind of football we watched on Saturday, a fast, pass and move, game. I want to see Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic take players on, for Leigh or Moussa to exploit space often denied to them in league games.
I’d also like to see four at the back. Defending in a formation we’re familiar with, even if it takes place 60 yards deeper than usual. This is where we got it wrong at Camp Nou. This Champions League group pits us against some of the greatest attacking footballers money can buy. It’s not a place for fundamental experimentation.
I suspect we’ll see the best Celtic goalkeeping performance of the season tonight. Craig Gordon will have lots to do, concentration will not have an opportunity to drop, decisions are likely to be more clear-cut that he’s been used to.
This is a big game for Kolo Toure. He’s a player who has little to prove to anyone, but that’s different when facing an English TV audience a few months after ending his 14 year term in the country. His performance tonight, and that of Celtic, will reflect on his decision to come to Celtic. Paul Lambert’s best game for Celtic came against Stuttgart in 2003. He also had a huge reputation in Germany, and an audience he wanted to convince he’d made the right move in coming to Celtic. Let’s hope for a similar outcome.
Enjoy the game.
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