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Celtic floored by lack of mobility

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I don’t know if there is a good way to go out of Europe but that was certainly not one.  Copenhagen won their first match by more than a solitary goal since 3 November.  That they had a two-month winter break since then is not a mitigating factor.  We could not have hoped for a better opponent in the knock-out stage of a European competition.

Neil Lennon was correct to say individual errors was to blame; he was also correct in not throwing players under the bus, but this does not tell the whole story.  Copenhagen, tactically and individually, played the game of their season.  They knew what to do to leave Glasgow with a result and set about doing it.

Celtic were the better team until Copenhagen took the lead, but that superiority never overwhelmed the visitors.  In particular, we were short in midfield, where Copenhagen had greater mobility.  Odsonne Edouard was a spectator for much of the game and he often found himself surrounded with three defenders when the ball came his way.

Christopher Jullien was very good, Mohamed Elyounoussi was a real danger until the tank ran dry.  The same affliction befell Tom Rogic, who looked dead on his feet long before the second Copenhagen goal.

While this was a poor performance and dreadful result, it does not compare to the Cluj defeat in August.  Going out of the Europa League at this stage, the last sixteen or quarterfinals makes little difference.  As I said a few days ago, this week’s biggest game in St Johnstone on Sunday.  That becomes our immediate focus.

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  1. Elounoussi blazed one over the bar early on in the game, 9 times out of 10 that should be in the net. One simple thing like that & you have an entirely different game. We created more chances over the 90 minutes but we didn’t take them. Yet it’s our defenders are shouldering the bulk of the blame for individual errors.

     

    Nobody has mentioned the one mistake their keeper made when he dropped a ball he tried to catch. Lucky for him he was not in front of his goal. Can’t remember was it James got it back across the goal but nobody to tap it into an empty net.

     

    There are days when your luck is out, we have a very decent team, they are not world beaters but they are genuine Pros who had in previous 11 games since the Break had won ten & drawn one scoring 33 & conceding 6.

     

    I fully understand disappointment I felt gutted as soon as I opened my eyes this morning.

     

    But it was much the same lads who lost last night who gave us those results in past eleven games.

     

    I for one stand 100% behind Lenny & the team & can’t wait till I see them in action on Sunday,

  2. IniquitousIV @ 1:24 am

     

     

    “SETTINGFREETHEBEARS

     

     

    You write that we have the right to be critical, but you yourself never are.”

     

     

    You are replying to a post in which I had just done what you accuse me of never doing.

     

     

    Maybe it was a lack of hysteria, rather than criticism, that you “spotted”.

  3. Go tell the Spartim on

    I get your point Corkcelt, but its not like the defenders were under any undue pressure, my gripe is that for one reason or another Jozo is unreliable and far too often.

     

     

    Bada id be more content if we were linked with a good experienced CB on a Bosman

  4. JOBO 3-30PM

     

    Enjoy your holiday we’re heading out to Del Carmen on 10th March , Paddy’s Day in the sun again 🍀🍀😎😎

  5. Park Road 67

     

    Hopefully there won’t be a travel ban by then – should be going to Málaga on 26th 🤔

  6. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    As usual after a horrible defeat noticed the kirki ex-pat and breeny back on, the latter quoting jj who despises NFL and PL more than he does clarence, definitely a hun.

     

     

    Can someone please translate this into latin for me.

  7. Over the two legs it’s the forwards that should be getting it in the neck most. Convert the chances we’re through.

  8. Corky – sensible as always.

     

     

    Even for their first goal, Jullien would have easily cut it out had he not stumbled .

     

     

    Like I said, we used up most of our luck in the Lazio matches, and it ran out last night.

     

     

    I can’t remember them having a chance apart from the goals.

  9. Park Road

     

    I did enquire about delaying mine but they wanted over £900 to amend it – nearly the cost of the holiday. Just wait and see.

  10. Our defeat last night has hardly entered my mind today.

     

    Europa League run further would have been nice..thats all.

     

     

    I CONTINUE to look forward to watching the mighty glasgow celtic managed by the mighty neil lennon in this fantastic season.

     

    Other teams [yes you know who they are]would be in dream land to be in the position we are in.

     

    All the cry babies and whingers can get ti f|*|

  11. GO TELL THE SPARTIM on 28TH FEBRUARY 2020 3:57 PM

     

    Adi Dassler,

     

     

    Changing the CEO may galvanise the whole support, well obviously not the whole support (excluding CQN), but a fair chunk of it, that’d be a start, it may also save us some money too, as imho he gets far too much for what he delivers. He certainly does his masters bidding and that may not change much in the long term as theyre not interested in taking us forward. Standing still with what we’ve got causes much frustration with the current signing policy (which seems geared towards the development squad) and being the best in this football tundra.

     

     

    Imagine being a so called Celtic supporter, in a position of power and influence and you dont do all you can to make us a better team and a better club, this could easily apply to PL and DD. We seem to have a fair chunk of cash sitting somewhere that could be used to progress the first team, a new CB in January might have made the difference, it might not have but having options is always worthwhile

     

     

    Lets face it They are TORIES….its they’re cash/profit.

  12. Of course they are Gene and it’s good in a way to let off some steam in the aftermath of a particularly disappointing result.

     

    However we now have a Cup Quarter Final in less than 48 hours, that is now my priority but each to their own

  13. Lazydynamite – correct, last night is done. We move on.

     

     

    Let’s concentrate on the Celtic and Sunday is the biggest game of the season so far.

     

     

    Getting by St Johnstone is the priority.

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Right I’m off now into Maggie Mays for a colleagues leaving Doo. 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

     

     

    Mmmmmmmm beer

     

     

    D. :)

  14. Team for sunday – given long season – a few new legs needed

     

     

    Fraser

     

    Bauer Elhamed o’connor

     

    Frimpong Shved

     

    Christie Ntcham soro

     

     

    Klimala Griff

  15. glendalystonsils on

    Our finishing in both legs cost us as much as our hapless defending . Eddy in particular could have won us the tie single handedly .

  16. At the end of the day a 1-1 draw away (Cluj/Copenhagen) in the Europa League is never a good result for us. Because Celtic have forged such a reputation at home in Europe that this result only provokes two reactions “That’s us through” or “We can only throw it away now”. The combination of euphoria mixed with dread does the rest . Every game , even those against the likes of Gibraltar Hillman Imps has to be faced with resolve. Lenny resolved to play Broony, either because he doesn’t want to win the Europa League or he has bad judgement. This forced Rogic to suddenly become a protagonist, a role which I think he is capable of but which Lenny has not given him since he took over a year ago. However as Paul67 has often pointed out, going back to the scottish cup semi final against Hearts in October 2018, Ryan Christie is the lynchpin in this side and we missed him. However let’s keep our perspective. We played 16 European ties and played some good football against a few good teams. Paul Hartley tipped us to win the Europa League just before the return tie. To paraphrase John Lennon, he should have known better.

  17. HOT SMOKED on 28TH FEBRUARY 2020 5:24 PM

     

    Ron 67

     

    Apparently everyone is entitled to opinions.

     

     

    as long as it doesn’t go against their opinion .

  18. After a defeat it always interesting to come on here and see who is getting the blame, Ajer, Simunovic, Taylor, Eddie, Forrest, Rogic, Lennon, Lawell have all taken a few sore ones since the final whistle (and Ajer has been a star recently),

     

     

    Its equally interesting to see who is handing out the sore ones, making a positive comment is dead easy when we are winning, you should try saying something positive when we lose, oh hang on – surely you don’t think we are going to win every time out do you?

     

     

    It’s football, we are going to lose the odd game, it’s how we bounce back that’s open to criticism, and usually we bounce back just fine.

  19. I would love to see Elhamed back, he only played 4 games but he looked really good in all games.

     

    If he is not back I’d expect Forster with the 3 amigos, Ajer, Julien & Jozo at the back fronted by Taylor & Frimpong in middy roles. Possibly Bitton for Jozo.

     

    Brooney or N’tcham with Christie & CalMac & Griff & French Eddie up front.

  20. lazydynamite

     

     

    From last night. Definitely got that Harrison, eastern, mystical sound to it. But no matter what Beatles track I can always hear John Lennon somewhere on vocals.

  21. Jeff Hendrick is the very definition of mediocre. Collects yellows more than assists, doesn’t score and can’t defend.

     

     

    Lovely hair though and like Jonny Hayes, we’ll take to him for his Dublin roots.

     

     

    Lovely….