It’s a bit frustrating being so close to qualification for the knock out stages last night before a momentary lapse cost us late in the game, but there were plenty of positives. 60 minutes into last month’s game at Celtic Park against Astra, taking four points from them looked very ambitious. We played considerably better last night in the corresponding home game, or in the home game against Dinamo Zagreb.
Celtic are functioning better in midfield, while defensively they’re also looking solid. We acknowledged some weeks ago that without Guidetti or Commons we would struggle to create and execute chances, and so it proved.
With Anthony Stokes also out the picture, Leigh Griffiths got the nod to replace Stefan Scepovic and instantly brought some drive to the forward line. He was unfortunate that his ‘goal’ was disallowed for a debatable infringement, but he just brings the kind of purpose inside the box that we didn’t have until his arrival.
We’re now four games unbeaten in this competition, and we’re improving. The evidence suggests that Salzburg have also improved since we took a point from them on match day one. Last night’s result in Zagreb was impressive, but Salzburg will face their stiffest test of the group at Celtic Park.
Still fancy our chances of winning the group.