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Don’t blame defenders, this one was down to tactics

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It’s a well-established fact that we don’t have Beckenbauer and Baresi at the back, so the reason why we chose to play so high up the field is the most alarming element of last night’s debacle.

Dedryck was bound to misplace a pass, or Efe was bound to misread play. We all knew this. Regret over the last time mistakes like this were made doesn’t mean they won’t happen again. So when the inevitable occurred, our two full backs were 30 yards in front of the line of opposition attack, with our defensive mids well into opposition territory.

Efe’s failure to cover Kamara and Dedryck’s pass were consequences of the main mistake of the night, which was tactical.  We didn’t lose the opening goal because of a bad pass, it was lost because we left an acre of Norway unattended.

Ronny, you should never have left so much space at the back away from home in Europe, we’re clearly not good enough for such an open system, not even close.  We’ve learned nothing since what was supposed to be a lesson in Warsaw, when the same expansive errors cost us.  Molde played rope-a-dope football, they could have watched us against Malmo, Maribor and Legia, as each opened their home games against us in exactly the same manner.

It must be an absolute joy to face a European opponent at home who leaves so much space at the back, begging to be exploited.  If we had played with the same tactics we used in Amsterdam I’ve no doubt we would have won the game – no one in that Molde squad would get into the Celtic team.

There’s more.  After dominating possession and creating genuine chances, the defeat looked inevitable from the 11th minute when we went behind. Body language changed in an instant and Celtic went out like a light.  I’ll spare you what I said at the time in case it’s misconstrued, but the evidence suggests there’s more to worry about than repeating the same tactical mistakes.

Celtic have nine months and one and a half transfer windows to get ready for the next Champions League qualifiers.  There’s plenty of time to put things right, but we can’t sleepwalk into another failure.  More immediately, we could be out of a cup if we don’t pull our act together this week.

The original Holy Goalie, our own John Fallon, will be signing copies of his book, and no doubt giving you his thoughts on current events, at the Supporters’ Club on London Road on Sunday from 12:30.  All are welcome.  There’s live entertainment too, so get along and check it out.

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  1. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Roy…

     

     

    67 Heaven said you have an extra hour of pictures and songs, by the way for any lurking Sevconians you can only put your clock back an hour so no going back to June 2012 or 1690

  2. the glorious balance sheet on

    Big cup winners

     

     

    Fair enough I take your point, an away European trip is a holiday of sorts and a tear up with mates but people still make sacrifices to do it and that fact needs to be appreciated by the team. Especially when they haven’t covered themselves in glory like on Thursday night.

     

     

    I don’t expect a big crowd tomorrow, i wouldn’t necessarily put that down to glory hunters staying away, or discontented fans voting with their feet, I remember us also playing to a very small Sunday crowd at Celtic park the next weekend after we beat Barcelona 2-1 in 2012 (we drew 1-1 with st Johnstone if I remember rightly).

     

     

    There seems to be a complete lack of appetite for Sunday football amongst Celtic fans. Crap public transport probably doesn’t help those travelling any distance especially from Ireland. Another reason why CL football is so important; if nothing else you avoid 6 Sunday games post- Europa.

  3. Hoping for a strong “bounce back” performance Sunday to cheer us up. Please give us some good football to watch.

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Roy C

     

     

    I comprehend, once summoned, at least we live to fight another day…..

     

     

    Thanks again for your good work

     

     

    Hail Hail

  5. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Roy C, liked your OJ link there. I saw them in night moves in Glasgow, maybe 1989? With Bauhaus. That was a strange night.

     

     

    Geez some Bauhaus………………………pleez.

     

     

    HH

  6. Roy c OJ Rip it up. Save the best till last. Frightening how young Edwin looked. Were we all that young once? Also great advice for RD rip it up and start again. HH

  7. Gerryfaethebrig on

    An extra hour matters not a jot when you have a doggers card to get marked at 10am mass

     

     

    We were rubbish on Thursday but what is done is done, what is is won is won and what is lost is now lost and gone forever, we can never change the past but the future is there to be influenced

     

     

    Celtic 3 Dundee Utd 0

     

    Hearts 0 Celtic 2

     

    Celtic 2 Molde 0

     

     

    NostradamusCSC

     

     

    Good night and God bless

  8. And post of the day goes to none other than our very own Bobby Murdoch’s Curled up Winkle Pickers which may land him a yellow card but brought a smile to many on the blog.

  9. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Roy, the enclosure picture from Ibrox . When we had the Celtic end, half the enclosure and main stand along with about a quarter of the Govan stand before Souness arrived there.

     

     

    Thanks again for the pictures and tunes.

  10. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Roy ha ha, thanks bud. Brought back memories of that strange night. I think it was earlier than my initial year guess, probably more like 86. Started with a chance encounter in the Thorn Inn and went on to bevy’s in the town, nightmoves with OJ and Bauhaus, girls from Cambuslang, a nekit swim in Largs harbour and finished with a car crash on the M8.

     

     

    As I say, a strange night indeed:_)

  11. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Give Bobby M a medal, not a yellow card.

     

     

    I’d like to know who all these huns are that td insists posts on CQN? He’s forever banging on about it but I’ve yet t see him name them.

     

     

    BobM, hats off to you pal.

  12. Celtic halftime Fulltime Tomorrow Againt the Worst team in the League…Gotta be otherwise ..

     

     

     

    No otherwise..Done Deal…Be the first winner ave picked Since we Roggered Sevco…

     

    That was a Good Day….IMO

  13. G64~ACGR

     

    It’s twats like TD67 that are destroying the club imo, and ito of many right minded supporters, bending over and taking it is really not the answer, his actions as as hun like as those he reckons he hates, Oh the feckin irony.

     

    HH

  14. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    TET, hope you and the lovely Mrs TET (especially her cos I’m no that bothered about you:_)) are both well.

     

     

    Shame we couldn’t sclaff when I was there last. Next time bud, probably Feb 16, so nae excuses.

     

     

     

    HH

  15. Night folks. Tonight was a tonic after Thursday night. CP today or tomorrow not quite sure. Onwards and upwards.

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