They may have ejected Celtic from the Champions League, but Cluj did not have the look of genuine contenders for the group stage. They lost 0-1 at home to Slavia Prague last night, with Masopust (no relation) getting the goal. The Romanians will almost certainly drop to the Europa League.
AIK arrive in Glasgow today smarting from their home defeat on Sunday. Scouts from both Celtic and AIK will have taken in each other’s games at the weekend, but it is unlikely much of consequence was learned, or at least, I hope AIK learned little about Celtic.
Whatever reasons lay behind Neil Lennon’s team selections at home to Cluj, Boli Bolingoli and Christopher Jullien both have an additional 90 minutes under their belts, so are more likely to make the line-up, especially if concerns remain about Kristofer Ajer’s shoulder injury. I know this is not a universal feeling, but I want Jullien to be given a run in the team. We have scouted this player, there is more to come than we have seen.
Ian Holloway’s comments, where he blamed the EU for football’s new handball rule is a perfect metaphor for our time and the entire Brexit debate. The world is full of clowns who believe simple answers exist to complex problems. No weight of logic will shift them, and they are not limited to the Brexit loons, football problems are easy to solve, just ask anyone with no experience.