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How did we do at the San Siro?

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Craig Gordon
I think we all have a desire to be generous to Craig for a couple of reasons: as Ronny said, without him, we would not have gotten through the group stage, and we are due him some support after he spoiled his copy in the first leg.  He returned to form last night, made several fine saves, but we would expect him to make all of them.

He also contributed a truly exceptional save from an offside attempt.

Adam Matthews and Emilio Izaguirre
Neither full back was as productive in the final third as they were a week ago, but that would have been a consequence of a different game plan, and the numerical disadvantage.  There is a tendency to criticise our full backs, especially Izzie, for bombing forward and leaving gaps at the back, but this is their role in the team.  It’s up to someone else to provide cover.  We’re as strong at full back as I’ve known us.

Virgil van Dijk, Jason Denayer and Efe Ambrose
For two want-away players, this tie was a big stage.  Virgil didn’t give a good account of himself.  The first booking last night was incorrect.  He stopped the player but played the ball and his challenge was never dangerous.  Scouts watching his second yellow will have recorded that he made a very bad decision which ultimately cost his team.  The referee had a nightmare, but the second yellow was a correct decision.

Jason and Efe played well.  There was one moment Efe failed to follow a player in the box but Craig Gordon saved.  Jason was comfortable throughout.  If he wants a morality tale on what could happen if he returns to Manchester City, he should look no further than his team-mate up front.

Nir Bitton
The scouts who were there to watch Virgil would have left with a notebook full of comments about Nir Bitton.  At Murrayfield against Legia, Nir was part of a midfield which included Mulgrew, McGregor and Johansen.  It was an abject team performance and the Israeli bore much of the brunt of criticism.

Here’s the thing: I’m beginning to think he’s our best player.  He could have played in any of the Champions League games I’ve watched this week, Sign him up, Peter.

Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong, Stefan Johansen
A major reason last season’s European campaign was such a write-off was the absence of Scott Brown following his rush-of-blood red card and three game suspension.  We need players with the ability and engine of Scott and Stefan, both must be a nightmare to play against.

Stuart Armstrong looks like he has been playing in this Celtic team for years.  He’s fitted in very well and already looks like an automatic choice.  Wait to see what he’s like after 6 months.

Gary Mackay-Stevens
I couldn’t believe the innate criticism of Ronny after the game on BT Sport for subbing Gary, who was our best player until that point, after the red card.  When you are early in the game, away from home in the San Siro, it is a perfectly acceptable tactic to sacrifice a wide player (Gary was our only out-and-out wide player) for a defender or covering midfielder.

We didn’t win the game, but anyone who asserts that we would have won the game by leaving a wide player on in place of a covering midfielder or defender, is stretching credulity.  The tactics chosen kept the game alive until the 88th minute, albeit the break required didn’t materialise.

When he was on the field, Gary won the ball in a central position, ripped 60 yards through Inter, before finding a team-mate.  He looked to be revelling in the space and opportunity given to him.

John Guidetti, James Forrest, Chris Commons
This was a hard shift for all three.  John could have had a penalty but thereafter found himself on his bum too often.  He is a player who has not progressed as hoped under Ronny, yet, and has a lot of work to do between now and the end of the season.

James has not returned to his blistering performances from a couple of years ago, when he was clearly our M.V.P.  As his limbs mature his speed and injury record could go either way.  He’ll be with us for another few years, so Celtic have time to build resilience into those leg muscles and nerves.

Kris came on with 13 minutes left and used his unerring goal-sonar to squeeze an attempt out of the meagre provisions he had.  He also appears to have updated the referee on what an incompetent clown he is at the end of the game.

This was the first of seven European away games we failed to score in this season, but the reasons we’re out of Europe all lie in what happened last week.  You cannot make goalkeeping and defensive mistakes like that and remain in Europe, nor can you pass up so many clear-cut chances.

Don’t know where to start on the flare last night. I fear the next decision from Uefa will be more than a fine.

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  1. Invite 12 / 15 fans onto pitch and tell them that their season ticket money has been sent to UEFA.

     

    Invite more and more to cover the previous fines and, of course, the one that is coming our way.

     

     

    Or show staged video of the above.

     

     

    Headline or audio

     

    Can you afford not to expose those who think so much of themselves but nothing of you or your club?

  2. Oh-oh….that’ll be Embra Castle on the FF banned list now.

     

     

    It is to be bathed in Green light to celebrate St Patrick’s day!! True story.

     

     

    greetinintheirsaltnsaucecsc

  3. Get a hold of your so called leaders of the GB /ultras and ask them what the score is, some one must be in charge, or has it went to far, is the tail wagging the dog AGAIN, strange when anything like this pops up they stay shtum, any one willing to put their hands up? Someone might but normaly, it’s a spokesperson, a joke, ok time for the appolligists with the excuses, and please please don’t bring thems into it, I don’t give a Fack what they do or sing, it’s Celtic I care about.

  4. jamesgang

     

     

    Auld Reekie will be Green and White that day.

     

    To be fair it is a really good day out through here for Paddy’s Day. The grassmarket is a decent place to be and I assume Malone’s will be jumping. The local’s in Edinburgh don;t seem to mind and there are a lot of Irish people in Edinburgh.

     

    May nip out for a Guinness myself.

     

     

    LB

  5. LB

     

     

    My first house was a flat.

     

    23 y/o

     

    Top of the grassmarket.

     

     

    Loved it! Must fly. Literally.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  6. Footballing performance The Scottish FA have announced that Brian McClair has been appointed their new performance director

     

     

    The 51-year-old, who earned 30 caps for Scotland, was recently the director of Manchester United’s youth academy.

     

     

    LB

  7. Was delighted with the way our team attempted to overcome all the difficulties that it encountered last evening. Sadly the efforts of our team are being forgotten due to one or two idiots who have no true feeling for Celtic. Just wee attention seekers, IMO.

     

     

    Seventy thousand of us travelled to Seville and the world and Europe praised us for our sporting behaviour even on an occasion when we suffered an unwarranted defeat. Yet one or two neanderthals bring shame on the rest of us by their senseless actions.This senseless selfish behaviour must be rooted out. Supporters must close ranks and find a way to ostracize these idiots before they do more damage to this club of ours.

  8. Tom. Great to see nir put a foot on the ball and control midfieid. It’s been a long long time since we saw that

     

    But what happens on park has no consequences now

     

    One good offer and he will be sold

     

     

    Sad the way things are now

  9. Mick TT

     

    Prayer said,and a candle will be lit in ML5 for your Mother in law and your family.

     

    Till later all

     

    choresCSC

  10. glendalystonsils on

    I see Eufa are set to add insult to injury over last night’s game. Bad enough that we should receive unmerited cards from a poor referee, we are in trouble from the beaks because of it!

  11. Now things have gone way way too ridiculous. UEFA have called us to account for our players’ behaviour. 7 booked and only 1 bad challenge in the game, made by the scorer of the goal. Corrupt How can they be anything else. Is thon reprobate Dallas behind this?

  12. Shows you how stupid the ref. Was and how uefa are acting is just as daft, all Celtic need to highlight is we where out of the tie and needed to score a goal, so the coach told the keeper to waste time? I wonder how that would go down? Fakin idiots, THEYR as bad as the flare brigade.

  13. Parkheadcumsalford

     

     

    15:30 on 27 February, 2015

     

     

    ‘Is thon reprobate Dallas behind this?’

     

     

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    Maybe a bit of that, and a bit of the blowback from the referees ‘strike’.

  14. UEFA are not daft.

     

    Ref has shocker and rather than listen to criticism it is clever to go on the offensive.

     

    We are familiar with such a tactic ……. Blame the victims.

  15. Has the club officially complained about the refs performance last night, probably not.

     

    Will the club appeal any decision if we are found guilty, probably not.

     

    Do UEFA see our club as a soft touch, most likely, reap what you sew

  16. squire danaher

     

     

    had NL not been as short sighted as to rule out signing scottish players

     

     

    Sorry, when did Lennon do this?

     

     

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    Geordie Munro

     

     

    “But for Bereszynski, we would have played no matches at all.”

     

     

    Up over goal,

     

     

    Utter pish.

     

     

    Yep, cos if Berezynski hadn’t played, we would have marched on in Europe through the ‘losing 6-1 on aggregate’ rule.

  17. FourGreenFields on

    canamalar

     

     

    Spot on , until we stand up for ourselves UEFA / SFA /SPFL etc will keep on extracting the pash .

  18. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    GCT

     

     

    As normal it is your inability to interpret.

     

     

    Our three best players choose any names you wish

     

     

    HH

  19. fgf,

     

    The support need to be reminded we will always be hopeless victims, so demanding justice can’t be allowed to happen, know your place timmy

  20. Tim Malone Will Tell

     

     

    15:19 on 27 February, 2015

     

     

    ‘So if the word “hun” gets banned for being sectarian – what next? “Sevco” – or maybe even “Zombie”?

     

     

    Maybe we could move onto “Necro” – short for the necrophiliacs.

     

     

    Seriously though – once anybody can invoke the law simply by saying “I am offended”,’

     

     

     

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    No.

     

     

    They have to establish that the term refers to one or more of a number of categories, one of which is religion.

     

     

    That’s why they’re desperate to convince people that the term hun refers to Protestants. It’s bollocks of course, we know it’s bollocks and they know it’s bollocks, but the handwringers like Nil By Mouth, MSPs etc don’t know. It’s just not something they’re familiar with or understand, but that won’t stop them going along with the charade.

  21. FourGreenFields on

    canamalar

     

     

    This sitting back and accepting the blame for everything has to stop , if the club / players /supporters do something wrong then accept the punishment and move on BUT if we are wrongly accused or being treated differently to others then we need to speak out.

  22. fgf,

     

    That’s not going to happen, form what I’ve seen our lot are simply happy to keep skinning us, and they are no too bothered who else skins us as long as they get the lions share.

  23. Right it is time for a frank discussion on who these clowns with Pyro are and get rid of them.

     

     

    7 charges in 3 years is beyond a joke and this garbage needs to stop.

     

     

    Their ongoing insistence on this kind of behaviour and stupid banners is hurting the club and the reputation of Celtic fans.

     

     

    And some folk go on about wanting drink at football again.

     

     

    Good grief.

     

     

    As for the charge over player conduct that referee was the cause of it all. Nothing will be done about him.

  24. CaltonTongues

     

    15:51 on

     

     

    It’s an automatic investigation by UEFA if any team has FIVE bookings during a game.

     

     

    We had SEVEN, feck all to do with Dallas.

     

     

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    Are you sure mate? What about the referee’s strike?

     

     

    Rumour has it the Slovakian Referee’s tea room has a wanted picture with the Celtic crest on it, such is there comradery with their stricken Scottish colleagues…

  25. Nir Biton has looked a player from the day he arrived.

     

     

    I’m very pleased with our progress under Ronnie and JC, I liked these appointments from day 1 and it’s great to witness the progress being made. We will need to find a couple of very good CB’s in the summer but if we can then the future looks bright.

  26. I got a parking ticket this morning. I was only 10 minutes over my time. Bloody Hugh Dallas…. Grrrrrrrr!!

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