Cluj on the break, Forrest, players come and go


The margin between great success and disastrous failure at this level can be paper thin.  Celtic failed to make the most of a 28th minute corner kick and within 30 seconds, Cluj opened the scoring.  Lewis Morgan missed a challenge in the 70 yards from goal and the inch-perfect through ball got beyond Boli Bolingoli for Mario Rondon to score.

We have seen many Celtic teams wilt after losing a goal away in Europe, but James Forrest made sure the same would not happen on this occasion.

Within nine minutes of the opener, Forrest played a give-and-go with the impressive Hatem Abd Elhamed, collected the return pass and shot, the ball clipping the inside of the post on its way into the net.  This passage of play turned the tie in Celtic’s direction.

While there is a high expectation Celtic will progress to the playoff round, our chances are no more than they were when we secured the same result away to Maribor in 2014.  There is work to do on Tuesday.  In particular, the nature of the Cluj goal is of concern.

Apart from one dreadfully defended corner, Celtic restricted Cluj to few genuine chances, but they were able to punish us on the break.  This will be the basis of their game plan next week.  Soak up as much pressure as possible and overload on our flanks when we are forward.  It does teams no harm to have a simple game plan.  We will need to be at our best.

More on Kieran Tierney later.  There will be chat like: “This is how football works and has done so for decades.  It’s why many players come to Celtic.  They come and go, our job is to understand how the sport works and to be good at it….”


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  1. What is the Stars on

    Ex cathedra


    He will be remembered for being a brilliant player whi played a big role in the Treble Treble.


    Are we a bunch of teenage girls who have just found out the band is breaking up.


    No we are mainly men aged 40 and upwards..

  2. Anyone who knows him and knows his family know he’s dyed in the wool. Anyone who says otherwise is being mean hearted….. BUT …..



    ….. He really should not have been a player AND a fan. I was always uncomfortable with that for 2 reasons….



    1) it zmade all the other players stand back, separate, while KT did his thing with the GB or whomever. If I’d been his team mate I wouldn’t have been too impressed…



    2) he made the decision on entirely professional grounds. It is his occupation…. The challenge of proving himself in the company of or in opposition to higher, much higher, class of players and managers was almost bound to be irresistible. Especially given the status of Robertson who I’m sure he wants to eclipse.



    I’m bloody annoyed but it seems to be the modern way

  3. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    Good luck KT.



    You were excellent for us and have managed to fetch a record transfer fee for the club.



    Over to us now to invest wisely- how much will we spend? Two seasons, two record sales; these sales should enable us to push on and buy a further 3 first team players and back-up for other positions.

  4. Rodgers and KT professed love for the club. They were one of us until they got a bigger wage elsewhere. That’s the reality. Maybe that’s the nature of modern football and we’ll never see another Paul McStay.



    I don’t care how KT gets on next year. Either way he’ll be making his millions and he’ll be happy.

  5. prestonpans bhoys on

    Well good luck to the lad, at least he’ll get protection from their refs.



    Was amazed he passed the medical😵 though

  6. spikeysauldman on

    Does Tierney get a free pass ? Any better then BR ? KD ? C Nich ? Are there any “Diehards” playing any more ?


    Should know better at my age !!


    Players like Izzie gave more to Celtic than KT.


    Hope KT does well but only to prove once more to the English that we have top players.


    Lennox, McGrain, Burns, McStay, Broonie and Henrik and many lesser players – true heroes.

  7. fairhill bhoy on

    EXCATHEDRA44-so what you’re saying is KT can’t go anywhere because you and the other hypocrites have said so🤔

  8. The Battered Bunnet on

    Good luck to KT, he’s a great footballer, a good guy, and I wish him well.



    That the move is entirely his choice is beyond dispute, with KT stating at his presser:



    “When I was younger, the ambition was Celtic and that was my dream. But when you get older… I’ve done that, I’ve made my dream, I’ve lived my dream and I’ve loved every single minute of it.



    “Now I just feel was the right time to take a step on.”



    He’s good enough to play for a top team, and a top team has met Celtic’s price and KT’s terms. And that’s all there is to it.



    Bash the board, pillory Pistol Pete, howl at the moon for all the difference it makes. KT wanted the move, and KT got the move. We’re left with the memories and the dough.



    Thoughts now turn to replacing him positively, and adding some more quality to the squad. Let’s see what dent the club can make in that absurdly high bank balance. Cash in the bank has yet to win a trophy, after all. Just ask the Arsenal fans…

  9. People change employers for money and ambition all the time.



    I’m good with that.



    I don’t need to like it.

  10. KT has moved on, just like our other hero’s…Kenny Daliglish, Henrik Larsson..et al….it’s what happens….too many people “in the know”..and with other agendas….we move on as a Club and look to the future and hopefully welcome other future heroes to our great Club..

  11. spikeysauldman on

    add jamesie to my list of heroes too…….(my mates are sick of hearing me back him !!)

  12. spikeysauldman on

    and we should all be giving the backing we gave to KT to BoOli – a current Celt !!!! Get behind the mhan – you never know.

  13. Gutted we have lost our best player.


    As long as we have a decent sell on clause then i hope he goes on to be a star only because it will make us an extra wedge.


    It is really is only all about Celtic.

  14. fairhill bhoy on





    There’s a fair few on here who wouldn’t know it if kissed their arse

  15. Let’s wait and see if we spend the £25m. Don’t hold your breath.


    Liverpool sold the best player in england for 500k and replaced him the best player in britain.


    They spent £440k on dalglish and they also spent £100k on alan hansen. This is how to run a football club.


    we then spent 50k on tom macadam, a Dundee United fringe player. This is how not to run a football club.


    nothing has changed.


    Don’t hold your breath.

  16. AuroraBorealis79 on













    There’s a fair few on here who wouldn’t know it if kissed their badge



    Therr ya go, Fair hill bhoy, fixed that for ye ; )

  17. FFS there are some real big kids in the Celtic support, on this blog and on other social media outlets.



    Kieran is and will always be a Celtic supporter. And a great Celtic player he was to while we had him and he was fit.



    Good luck Kieren. Hope you win nothing though as I have never held any love for Arsenal unlike friend of the blog WinningGemmel. I hope you are successful however and go onto bigger things with another club in the future.



    As for the Celtic statement. Throwing the young lad under a big bus. Poor!!!



    Whether he wanted to leave or not I am 100% sure the boardroom are celebrating a success for the most important ‘Money In the Bank’ ‘Check my Bonus’ double trophy.




  18. Haven’t posted on here for a while, well not since I got zilch responses when looking for help in getting tickets for Valencia away!



    Anyway, I couldn’t resist any longer after reading some of the absolute shoite that’s been posted regarding KT.



    That bhoy gave everything for the cause and more – think the SCF 2017 and numerous times he was kicked all over the park and just got up and got on with it. He would have ran through walls for Celtic on the pitch and is undoubtedly a fan off the pitch. Professional footballers have very short careers and he is right to do what is best for himself and his family and their long term security. He only needed to look at John Kennedy every day to see what can go wrong, particularly in an environment where refs allow open season on you. Add in the fact that he’s going to be tested at a much higher level week in, week out and it’s a no brainer!



    Best of luck KT, thanks for the memories and haste ye back braw lhad!




  19. Good luck KT and thanks for the memories. Clearly went for the money rather than the chance to win trophies at Arsenal, they’ll win feck all in his contract length.



    Always hated Arsenal after our Champions League qualifier against them. Diving cheating bassas and the Wenger came out with his “Hear no Evil, See no Evil” crap after the game where they got one of the worst penalty decisions I’ve ever seen.



    I hope he does great but I won’t be keeping an eye out for Arsenal’s results and I would be surprised if his new manager is in situ by the end of the season.

  20. When Dunkie Mackay left Celtic back in 1964 I vowed never to check Third Lanark’s results ever again.


    I’ve stayed true to my word.


    That, is what you call loyalty!

  21. Auf Wiedersehen und viel Glück, Kieran.


    Invincibles and Treble Treble hero.


    Hopefully it will all go well for you down south and with genuine match officials you have definitely decreased the chances of a career ending injury.

  22. celtic mac, thanks for mentioning Duncan mackay, one of my late fathers favourite players.ach memories.hh.

  23. gene



    Celtic tried to keep it quiet to avoid the “blind fury” of which Piers Morgan speaks.

  24. Good luck Kieran Tierney and thanks for the great service, hope you have a long happy, healthy and successful career.



    A mild scunnering for most Celtic fans, even grown men, but more intriguing to see how Celtic, are going to ‘hide’ another huge lump of money, especially if we qualify for the £40M windfall CL.



    Neil Lennon gave the show away in Austria, when he let slip that he said to KT not to ‘get his hopes up’ or down, when the £15M bid was k.o.’d. “Neil knows how we operate ” © Peter, and in any case BR tried to sell KT last year, so this sale was inevitable as soon as the asking fee, was threatened early in the summer.



    KT would be a very strange 22 year old boy, living at home with mum and dad, turning down lottery winning money, to go out and play with his old mates, instead of a life and job in a better environment?



    Anyway, more importantly for Celtic no need for calculators, to estimate how much we’re likely to spend on squad strengthening before our windows end, take your pick whether its left or right back, both and whether they’re Scottish or not? .Throw in another badly needed striker, and it will bring us back to where NFL said, we’d be at the start of his campaign.

  25. Duncan MacKay (born 14 July 1937) is a Scottish former footballer, who played for Celtic, Third Lanark, Melbourne Croatia, Perth Azzurri and the Scotland national team.



    Born in Glasgow, Mackay turned professional when he joined Celtic from Maryhill Harp, aged 17, in 1955. He developed rapidly, making his club debut within two years and earning the first of an eventual 14 caps for the Scottish national side four years later. However, Celtic were at this time in the shadow of rivals Rangers and he was destined not to win any honours with the Parkhead club.



    Celtic manager Jimmy McGrory’s attempts to rejuvenate his side eventually resulted in MacKay’s departure from Celtic Park after over 200 first team appearances, the fullback moving to south Glasgow side Third Lanark in November 1964. Thirds were relegated at the end of the 1964–65 season and MacKay was one of several players released.



    MacKay opted to move to Australia at this juncture, joining Melbourne Croatia of the Victorian State League. He helped the side to the State title in 1968 and several Dockerty Cup triumphs but left when Croatia were suspended following crowd disturbances in 1972. He returned to Scotland and joined junior club St Anthony’s as a player-coach for two years before deciding upon a second stint in Australia. After playing for Perth Azzurri between 1974–77 he coached with South Melbourne[1] and Essendon Lions.




  26. big packy 1



    Never picked up the silver the way Kieran did, but played in 1961 and 1963 Scottish Cup Finals.

  27. fairhill bhoy on

    AURO @6:47 pm


    Much appreciated,👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  28. prestonpans bhoys on

    You not see me saying thus very often but a interesting read on the DR about our transfer total over the past five years is…………£102m😱😵

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