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. TBB




    Cash in the bank has yet to win a trophy, after all. Just ask the Arsenal fans…



    Done not too bad last few years.










    Premier League is what they want, haven’t been near it in years. Hence the Wenger Out brigade over the last few years.



    Outside chance in the Europa League this year again and maybe even in the cups with a favourable draw, but will get nowhere near their Holy Grail in the foreseeable future I would suggest

  3. TBB



    `Cash in the bank has yet to win a trophy, `



    Was there not an article/link on here showing that , effectively,money DOES win trophies ?


    It`s only in the bank until it is spent.



  4. Talking of money in the bank; the team without any have just gone one up against Erik`s team.



  5. 67 European Cup Winners on

    Henrik – I think it was Henrik leaving the last time i felt a bit down


    I am delighted for KT we all make decisions to enhance our life he is no different I wish him well


    But there is a sadness about “one of our own” going


    Hey ho we carry on



    On other matters


    In reality our Transfer window just opened







    it was inevitable KT would leave and the very best of luck to him a great Celtic servant and die hard Tim.



    I just wish he had chosen another club that can challenge every year for the league title.



    Also I hate Arsenal so that doesn’t help!

  7. Took in the Sparta Prague game at home against Trabzonspor to get a feel for the state of Czech football. (It’s O.K. I’m not counting my chickens just yet). They are third to Slovan’s first after 4 games and finished in a similar position in the league last season, 15 points behind Slovan.



    They looked very fast and skillful against a speedy Turkish side who counter attacked constantly. Compared to Cluj, they looked a step up. After 68 minutes, they led 2-0, and seemed comfortable. Then, disaster, they lost concentration, and lost 2 goals in the last 6 minutes, for which they pay dearly.



    In other scores, Sarajevo are down 1-0 at home to BATE Borisov, while the hapless Nomme Kalju are down 2-0 to the Luxembourg team Dudelange after 20 minutes. In the meantime, Newco are 0-0, but looking comfortable.



  8. ROBINBHOY on 8TH AUGUST 2019 7:35 PM





    Premier League is what they want, haven’t been near it in years. Hence the Wenger Out brigade over the last few years.






    I meant Celtic but ur correct re Ars. Dont know what their treatment is with Ozil.



    Howeva…dont really care.



    Wish KT all the best.




  9. Big strong team the Scouser has built. We will need to rise to the challenge . And spend some of KT’s cash to meet it head on . Not so sure it will happen though .

  10. The huns were 3-0 up, now 3-1, against the top team in Denmark. I thought they would struggle tonight.

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

    Aribo and Kamara do look good buys for them.



    A midfield of Jamsie, CMcG, Christie and one of Morgan or MJ will not be sufficient for Ibrox. We need to get more power and pace in this team. Broonie can’t do it by himself.



    Money needs to be spent to make 9IAR more comfortable.



    Money needs to be spent to make 9IAR more comfortable





    Agreed – we have the capacity to move well beyond what anyone in Scotland can even aspire to – we are leaving possibilities open that should be closed off.










    Pleased to see others acknowledge where we are lacking .I’ve been calling out and hoping for some quality steel to help broonie , we ain’t going to get a battle out of mc g .jamesie .Morgan. Johnstone . Or Christie. They are too slight for a battle with 6ft 4inch plus hammer throwers .

  14. KTs most recent Twitter post was tone deaf and makes his heartfelt remarks to Celtic fans sound empty.

  15. While we are unable to give players a platform to perform at an elite level on a regular basis, most higher quality players will seek out a better environment than playing at hamilton, ross county, st mirren etc. We should be competing with teams of a similar size. Our CEO should be focused on aligning with other clubs in similar positions not playing DOF. Lack of vision from the exec team are holding us back.

  16. HeknowsWHOknows on




    Never attach text to emotion. It’s sore I get it but let’s wish him well and look forward to the challenge.



    P. S. The club was big enough for Henrik Larsson aka LEGEND…..

  17. Farewell KT. Thanks for the memories, hope you come back & play in the Hoops again some fine day.


    Must say I’m a bit shell shocked at the Hun’s scoreline, Didn’t expect anything like that.

  18. Less KT talk and more signings are needed going by that Sevco score. To go out there and win like that is a helluva statement. They should have Celtic’s full attention now.

  19. We have gaps all over the squad, we require a LB that can defend, another RB, box to box cm that can physically compete, wide midfielders that can defend and a forward that can hold up the ball and attack it in the box. That’s ignoring our weakness at GK and lack of quality cover at CB. We won’t be playing SJ at home every week.

  20. Kilmarnock really pushed last season. Maximised their efforts and did pretty damn well.



    Sevco have pushed to (and beyond) their financial boundaries last few seasons.



    We have remained well within ourselves. I would argue that we have started the last 3 seasons, incl this one, weaker than the previous.



    I expect many will reply ‘8 in a row’ etc. However, that 8 started a long time ago. We need to stay fresh. We need to stay focused.



    We are standing on the cusp of history. Do we have the right men for the job? Stay tuned

  21. Delaneys Dunky on

    Hope that KT can make a name for himself in England, similarly to VVD and Andy Robertson have. Good luck to him.


    Great away result for the huns in Europe. We need to take them seriously this season. The KT money needs spent on quality players. I would shop in Scandanavia or Eastern Europe for value.

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