Champions League match day six was a dead rubber, I wasn’t at the game only watched on TV, but two days on I’m still full of the emotional thrill of the occasion. With that in mind, the thought that today will be the players final training session before a league game tomorrow illustrates the challenge for Brendan Rodgers.
The players put everything into the game in Manchester, they were visibly flagging near the end. They will also have shared the high of the occasion. Bringing that all together to face a team who have been planning nothing but how to frustrate a potentially lethargic and distracted Celtic for a week and you have a game punters would generally avoid backing the favourites in.
News that James Forrest’s hamstring isn’t causing too much concern is welcome. We’ve all been there. You feel the twinge but it’s not enough to stop you, so you carry on. James has more experience of injury than most footballers, as a consequence it looks like he left the field before a “tightness” became an injury. He was a loss to the game but rather that than a loss to the season. This counts as very intelligent play.
I’d be reluctant to press James into action tomorrow, especially as it gives Gary Mackay-Steven an opportunity to revisit Firhill, where he scored 37 seconds into his Celtic debut.
Directors’ Box hospitality auction ending soon!
At around 12:18 this afternoon our Directors’ Box hospitality auction in aid or Mary’s Meals, courtesy of Intelligent Car Leasing ends. Money raised will go towards our seventh school kitchen across Malawi and Liberia – just incredible.
At the Celtic-Dundee game on 17 December, you can win:
2 seats in the directors’ box
5 course meal in the Walfrid Suite
Fully expenses bar (pre and post-match)
Half time snacks and refreshments
And a match programme
Many thanks to Intelligent Car Leasing for making it possible.