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Inter scored a breakaway goal from Guarin, who should have earlier received a red card for deliberately striking Stefan Johansen on the face, on the 88th minute to win this tie 4-3 on aggregate.  But despite playing for the majority of the game with 10 men, after Virgil van Dijk’s 36th minute red card, Celtic looked comfortable throughout.  Man of the match Nir Bitton dictated play for long periods.

The best actual chance of the game fell to Gary Mackay-Steven on the 7th minute when a cross-field pass from Emilio Izaguirre was misjudged by the Inter defence, allowing Mackay-Steven to control and nip clean through on Carrizo but the keeper spread himself to block.

Stuart Armstrong had a strong penalty claim denied on 14 minutes.  As he prepared to shoot, Santon grabbed him by the shoulder but the referee gave the first notice that he would give the home team the benefit of the doubt all night.

Inter took time to get into the game but Icardi almost connected to a blasted cross ball by Santon as the home team made their first chance, on 19 minutes.

Two minutes later Celtic had their second penalty claim on the evening when John Guidetti was held but again the referee was in no mood to award a decision against the home team.

Ultimately the red card may have determined the outcome of this game but if anyone expected Celtic to collapse afterwards, they were mistaken.  Inter enjoyed their best spell of the game between van Dijk’s 36th minute red and halftime, but the man advantage was not evident from the flow of play.  Craig Gordon made a stunning save from a header, which was ultimately found to be offside, on 38 minutes, and two minutes before the break Gordon saved again at his near post after Jason Denayer blocked an initial shot.

Needing a goal while a man down requires a difficult tactical balance.  Celtic decided to keep things tight until later in the second period.  Gordon saved twice, from Hernanes and Guarin, before the latter retaliated when Stefan Johansen nutmeged him but hitting the Celtic player with a forearm smash.

Ronny Deila sent Kris Commons on for the final 13 minutes and, with Celtic struggling to test the keeper, the midfielder tried his luck from 35 yards but Carrizo was untroubled.

With Celtic pressing for what would have been a winner, Inter broke with speed.  A Guarin shot from 25 yards thundered into the top corner, leaving Gordon with no chance.

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  1. charles kickham on

    Who was the so called Scottish journalist who opened with a question about a flare – name and shame

  2. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Hamilton Tim

     

     

    I agree that we didn’t lose tonight because of James Forrest. He didn’t contribute much to the cause though on the night. If you remember on Sunday, against Hamilton, he was very poor also. If you’re missing a lot of games due to injury, you need to get the supporters on your side by chasing around and showing a lot of effort unti

  3. thetimreaper,

     

     

    Yes, I think The Guardian made a similar point earlier in the season. I get a real sense of clubs in England being “hollowed out”, in terms of their connection to local fanbases.

     

     

    Won’t be too long before a couple of EPL fixtures are played abroad I bet.

  4. patmcgrathtakesapenalty on

    The team was holding its own and more before the sending off in what was building up to be a very interesting game with no certain outcome and the possibility of the Bhoys progressing. Find the positives. Keep the faith.

  5. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    ………until your form returns.

     

     

    Don’t know what happened to part 1 of my post :-))

  6. bournesouprecipe on

    ItaliaBhoy

     

     

    Spot on comment (over both legs)

     

     

    VVD just isn’t as good as he thinks he is, and that was posted when we got horsed by Maribor.

     

     

    Where were the January bids?

  7. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    joe filippis haircut

     

     

    20:49 on 26 February, 2015

     

     

    Absolutely …..we are progressing very well, thanks to our stalwart manager

  8. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Auldhied. I believe we are after a 19 year old dutch centre back. I would like to see a big hard no nonsense Centre Back like Mjalby. H.H.

  9. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    Gordon – class, can say no more

     

    Matthews – always liked him goin forward, still tryin to get form back after his injury. Final ball needs to be better.

     

    Denayer – pairs up with VVD well, good positional sense, can have the odd flakey

     

    VVD – class again, sometimes looks like he thinks he’s the finished article but still has a lot to learn. First yellow – never, second yellow could agree with

     

    Izzy – cannie help it, I love the guy , in spite of his defensive frailties

     

    Biton – gettin better with every game, calm and composed, needs a bit of dig

     

    Broonie – \o/

     

    Johansenn – like him, just like him… Moves like a real player

     

    Armstrong – yes, and will get better

     

    GMS – the DB’s, practice on the final ball

     

    JG – see, he’s got the mental strength Im talkin about. I’m just not convinced he’s goin to fit in. Maybe its the way we play. His pace is… Well… He husnae

  10. philbhoy

     

     

    20:51 on 26 February, 2015

     

     

    Your right he’s a hun, sorry for doubting you :-)

  11. ItaliaBhoy

     

    20:52 on

     

    26 February, 2015

     

    thetimreaper,

     

     

    Yes, I think The Guardian made a similar point earlier in the season. I get a real sense of clubs in England being “hollowed out”, in terms of their connection to local fanbases.

     

     

    Won’t be too long before a couple of EPL fixtures are played abroad I bet.

     

     

    —————-

     

    The only good thing about it is the high ticket prices are pricing out a lot of the English ‘casuals’ like the Chelsea mobs etc. Good riddance.

  12. And Bonner wants the huns back in the top league because we are all missing them.

     

     

    I never rated him particularly highly as a Celtic goalkeeper, and not very highly as a football pundit.

  13. glendalystonsils on

    Scotland must be the only country in the world where the national broadcaster is antagonistic towards their own country’s team playing against foreign opposition.

     

     

    Perhaps they don’t consider us ‘Scottish’ in a ‘blood of our blood’ kind of way.

  14. James F has lost it! GMS a far more productive player,Ronny too quick subbing him after

     

    undeserved sending off of big Virg.

     

     

    Well done the bhoys tonight ,another rat ref ruined game .

  15. Stating the obvious that the referee ruined that game regardless of any outcome. Strangely enough if Craig Gordon had played anywhere near this level last week we would be through. But of my granny had baws…

     

     

    Going by some snippets about the Scottish media reports on radio etc, they really do hate to see us win anything, even when we are representing Scotland.

     

     

    I would really, really love it if we could stuff Aberdeen on Sunday and shut the press up, on our way to a treble.

     

     

    Kevin Keegan CSC

     

     

    Ard Macha

  16. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Goodnight Timland.

     

     

    Early rise.

     

     

    Big Virgil,is not the player some on here think he is.

     

     

    Wee Jamsie,it was all his fault.

     

     

    CQN is at times a very strange blog.

     

     

    atrebleatourmercyCSC.

  17. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    auldheid

     

     

    20:49 on 26 February, 2015

     

    As long as we replace VVD with a player who strolls the SPFL and is better than VVD in the CL I’ll be happy.

     

     

    What the chances of that happening. Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got to its gone.

     

     

    The guy is class and I never tire of watching class week in week out.

     

    ………………………….

     

     

    Absolutely. Virgil is a great player. Tonight was very unfortunate for him and could lead to him staying with us for another season. That would make me very happy.

  18. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    charles kickham

     

     

    20:52 on 26 February, 2015

     

     

    Who was the so called Scottish journalist who opened with a question about a flare – name and shame

     

     

    >>>>>>>>

     

     

    …and some Celtic supporters actually want them back……..ridiculous

  19. I would just like to thank Ronny Deila and his team for restoring some pride back in the jersey on the European stage.

     

     

    Maith sibh.

     

     

    Ard Macha

  20. While i do not condone the moron setting off the flares,it pales into insignificance what is going on in Rotterdam at the moment.

  21. Armstrong and GMS have shone a light on a few of our players…these guys have come I and confirmed Celticcan build a decent team by creaming of the best of SPFL….if Guidetti has an £11m package on the table he should take it imo.

  22. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    theoriginalsadiesbhoy

     

     

    20:58 on 26 February, 2015

     

     

    I echo your sentiments…..HH

  23. patmcgrathtakesapenalty

     

     

    That is a very fair assessment of VVD.

     

    If my memory serves me correctly, he had only moved from striker to centre back in the year before he joined us, and as you suggest still a work in progress.

     

    His defensive record in Europe, which is appalling, will IMHO curtail his transfer fee.

  24. Philbhoy

     

    20:55 on

     

    26 February, 2015

     

    And Bonner wants the huns back in the top league because we are all missing them.

     

     

    I never rated him particularly highly as a Celtic goalkeeper, and not very highly as a football pundit.

     

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    Packie should be eternally grateful to Celtic and their fans for paying his wages all the years when he was a veeeeeeeeery mediocre goalie.

  25. If a celtic supporter let off a flare in Milan tonight we will just have to take our punishment.

     

     

    And it will keep the huns off the front page.

     

     

    Celtic supporters my arse.

  26. I think VVD’s problem is that he is so superior to anything he faces in Scotland. So maybe he is not a sharp or his concentration levels are not what they need to be when making the step up to European football. I thought he was poor in the first half of the first leg but in fairness it wasn’t even a foul for his first booking tonight. The second offence was just naive. I think he needs to play at higher level more regularly to improve himself.

  27. philbhoy

     

     

    20:55 on 26 Feb

     

     

    Me aswell, he’s a stupid hun always has been, founder member of the Donegal true blues

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