Internazionale 1-0 Celtic


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. Excathedra44



    It’s easy to be wise after the event, but maybe on reflection when VVD got sent off we should have moved Bitton back and brought on Henderson.


    I can understand RD’s thinking.


    He felt he needed to replace VVD at CB and realistically if we was to make a sub it was either GMS, Armstrong or Guiddetti.


    Of those three GMS is probably the physically weakest defensively so he got hooked , which meant we lost the guy who up to that point was most effective in forward areas.


    Maybe bringing on Liam, he could have offered a decent defensive shift & a threat going forward.


    I say all this in the context that I thought our 10 men played really well tonight, and I couldn’t fault any effort.

  2. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    blantyretim is praying for the knox family



    21:54 on 26 February, 2015




    Those guys always went to south stand never shouted at anyone


    They are la de da Celtic supporters



    Let he who hasn’t sinned




    Hey you! I’m a former Jungle Jim who has had a season ticket for the South Stand for 30 years or more. I’m not la de da. :-))




  3. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    DD – keep the heid mo chara.



    God bless the Green Brigade.



    Celtic to the core.



    (even though I detest their left wing politics)




  4. Why are the Green Brigade getting battered tonight?



    Some prick set off a flare (allegedly), behind a flag that says Ultras (that’s Italian for prick BTW) but why does the Green Brigade automatically get trashed?



    Get the picture enlarged, hand any fine the club gets to him, or his maw.

  5. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Hi guys not read back but just read this page and it appears the GB are getting stick again. Can I just say that I know for a fact that there has been a split in the GB recently and those that want to use pyros and graffiti etc have left the GB and no longer sit in section 111.



    The main body of the GB are working with Celtic PLC and will continue to do so, they have no control over individuals who choose to use pyros etc.

  6. We rant on about the Sevco fans who are guilty of various misdeeds and we point out that if the other Sevco fans disowned and pointed out the guilty parties then there would be some progress made.



    We have a few nutters who seem hell bent on bringing our club down.


    Time to practice what we preach?

  7. thomthethim for oscar ok



    21:59 on 26 February, 2015


    Genuine question.



    Are the GB and the Celtic Ultras two seperate groups?



    Whether they are or not, Celtic sold them tickets, therefore they must be registered with the club.



    In my long ago schooldays, if an individual culprit could not be identified, the whole class got punished.


    The result was that the offender suffered the wrath of his peers and did not sin again.



    With the team on the park creating the excitement and interest, there is no longer any need for manufactured “atmosphere”.


    We want Thunder!






    Evening Tom.



    Trust me, if I carried that out in my class I’d be hauled over the coals by the parents of the other children these days :-)



    I don’t know the last time that you were at Parkhead, but with the exception of big games the place is like a library apart from those in section 111.

  8. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    stringer bell



    22:05 on 26 February, 2015


    Tell you what is a feckin disgracd



    No terrestrial highlights of tonight’s game.



    Midweek scotsport and Sportscene Shows were great on euro nights.




    except when Arthur Montford kept interrupting the action to inform us that Celtic had scored off screen and that the score was now whatever. :-))

  9. Very proud tonight. I think this Inter home and away tie, if we played it 12 months down the line, would see us going through with ease.



    We wouldn’t gift 2 goals at home, and VVD a year from now would I hope be clever, like real world-class defenders are, instead of believing his own hype.



    Armstrong, Mackay-Stevens, Broonie, Bitton, Johansen and Gordon played like they know how to do it in the elite. Matthews did well, as did Ambrose when he came on, I thought.



    James Forrest had a hard role to fill up front in a 10-man side in the San Siro. He didn’t do it very well. Guidetti I think did well as the lone striker.



    But whatever the opinions, we are going the right way. I have bloody LOVED watching the Hoops against Inter home and away. Next year we will be better, the year after that, we will be better still.



    We are a work in progress, and the work is progressing very nicely indeed.



    Mon the Ronny!






    Hamilton Tim



    “I can understand frustration, anger and even hostility against anyone who takes smokes or flares to the football if that’s not your thing.”



    “If that’s not your thing” ???



    It’s illegal, it’s highly dangerous, it’s damaging to Celtic, and we might well be playing our next home European game with a stand closed because of some p***k lighting a flare in the San Siro THE DAY AFTER we get fined by UEFA.



    It’s not about personal choice.

  10. eddiein @ 22:06



    thanks for posting that. an informed comment, as opposed to hysterical handwringing.

  11. HT – absolutely. I missed the match tonight but kept up to date via CQN. Team now heading in the right direction – think the 2 DU lads have ignited something across the whole squad with their quick pass and move play and energy.

  12. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Guilty by association


    Guess what you clowns who blame the Green Brigade play into SMS hands


    The Huns sing songs of hate and a wee arse sets of a flare


    Oh god we are really bad


    Get a life clowns

  13. Clashcitybhoy


    22:05 on


    26 February, 2015



    Thanks for reply,of course there are many permutations,my opinion is when depleted you utilise those with the best engines and I think he called it wrong.



    Upside is we have VVD and GMS fresh for Sun.:)

  14. Just watched the game after the bairns confirmation.


    Gutted and angry.


    Can’t help but think RD made a mistake taking GMS off .


    Inter had no answer to him.


    Would have taken Armstrong off or even Guidetti and let GMS lead the line.


    As for VVD. Don’t think either was a yellow card.


    Would have red carded the wee fud who waved the imaginary card though.


    Brave performance overall and proud of the Lhads efforts against the odds .


    We are defo a team on the up .


    Love the way we play at the moment.


    Can only see good things.


    Gordon was brilliant and our 2 recent signings are excellent.



    Another pyro FFS!!!



    Onwards and upwards.



    We just need to resolve to beat the opposition and the ref every week.



    I think we can




  15. If our club/Directors back Ronny in the transfer windows,we will certainly be on the way back This team is taking shape,another couple of signings and we will be a force to be reckoned with.


    Regards JF,and this is only my opinion,he has not taking up the challenge of GMS & Armstrong,rather he has went into a huff.To play for Celtic you have to accept that you must step up your game when the challenge comes along.Maybe,just maybe,JF is living in the comfort zone of Lenny’s time in charge.

  16. ernie lynch



    22:05 on 26 February, 2015





    21:59 on 26 February, 2015






    Have you spoken to any members to ascertain their views?’






    Not recently.



    I used to travel on a bus some of them used for away trips. I got an idea of what they were about then. Their behaviour since has confirmed my initial impression.



    Who do you think was the intended audience for that flare tonight?



    Fellow Celtic fans or fellow ultras?






    Any evidence that it was the GB who set off flares tonight?

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Tell you what


    Paul’s terrible article yesterday has brought out the hanky ringers



    I’m away for a while

  18. Bawsman



    Think one or two have latched onto the flare issue tonight and used it to beat the GB with (not the flare the issue).


    They seem to have made a link without any substantiation.




  19. Have liked Willie Miller on Shortbread up to now but this evening his true colours shone through. Out and out Hun.



    As for Tom English? Where do you even start? Zero support for the team representing our country, no surprise and Packie does a horrible job of carrying our flag….should that be fleg?



    Disgusted with the lot of them and I thought the team were terrific tonight, delighted for big Craig Gordon especially after his horror show last week.



    Let’s use tonight as the spur to the treble lads and lassies.

  20. Timbhoy2




    There is a reason why Danny Wilson is playing at SPFL Championship …..that is his level.


    With Hearts current financial difficulties any English League 1 club could pick him up for £250k – they haven’t, says it all

  21. Greeninbingley



    22:08 on 26 February, 2015



    ‘it’s highly dangerous’






    I wouldn’t overstate the danger. They’re hand held devices, not rocket flares.



    The point though is that whoever held that flare tonight knew exactly what the repercussions are going to be but went ahead and did it anyway.






    Who was he trying to impress?

  22. Ex Cathedra 44



    So who do you suggest should have come off rather than GMS. I notice your view is identical to the two buffoons in the BT Sport Studio. One of them suggested it should have been Johansen – one of the most important players you could have when a man short. You need players that can cover the pitch – support the frontman and get back to help as well. Despite playing well, when at full strength GMS was the logical substitution. Guidetti needed to be replaced and Forest offered an alternative.


    As usual too many illogical conclusions and comments being drawn.

  23. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/


    22:01 on


    26 February, 2015





    Sorry had a lot of visitors in tonight didnt catch the early stuff on here




    I was not commenting on you, as such.


    I was being sarcastic about SMSM.


    I was pointing out that the SMSM seemed determined to highlight flare.

  24. prestonpans bhoys



    22:04 on 26 February, 2015


    One of the problems with away euro games is that seat allocated numbers mean nought. You can wander to any seat you like, even remember at Barca the steward saying pick your seat. As for Udenise (spelling) pick any two thousand seat you like …..




    All domestic away games are the same. Everyone stands so you just pick somewhere to stand with your mates.

  25. What I don’t understand is how these Ultras can smuggle a flare thru Customs or do the perpetrators travel by car ?



    I tell you what if this had occurred in the 80’s those responsible would have been’ dealt with’ by our own fans very swiftly.

  26. The GB are the best thing to happen to the Celtic Park atmosphere.Place is like a morgue without them.Seems that every idiot who does something to live up to his title,is classed as GB.Proof please?.

  27. eddieinkirkmichael


    22:10 on


    26 February, 2015








    Remind me mate which top club do you manage?





    Most good Managers employ trained observers,thats me.

  28. Our pseudo Ultras are an expensive joke.



    Why anyone would want to be associated with fascistic groups who made watching Italian football on the curva by ordinary fans a fear filled, intimidating, experience, driving out women and families, you can only wonder. (They sometimes try to claim they have nothing to do with facism. You would need to zip up the back to believe that. Their manner is militaristic, supposedly disciplined with an internal order. Actually they are thugs, occasionally with a heart. It is a crime to criticise them in Italy with their apologists always ready to excuse; most people are too scared to say much – understandably)



    Personally I recall in 1985 being chased by knife and machete wielding Ultras along the banks of the Tiber after a Napoli match. The fact that I and tens of others there were supporting the same ream as them was irrelevant. That’s usually the case when it comes to Ultras. They are elitist, violent snobs. They love good PR of course, are always the victims and always have a good reason for stopping a game, beating someone up, knifing someone or murdering someone. If only everyone just followed their rules, gave them space to express themselves, stayed out of their way, see the world the way they do, everything would be just fine.

  29. eddieinkirkmichael on







    I just can’t help myself mate, no one in the house listens to me either :(

  30. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    I used to think that Gervinho was the most over-rated player in the EPL in his Arsenal days but I’ve seen him several times since he left England and he has impressed me greatly.

  31. EddieinKirkmichael



    Don’t want to say too much re your post but it’s also a fact that most flares/smokes are set off at away games and are not done so by GB members.








    While you were typing you may have missed my other post mate. I’ve described it as ‘absolutely stupid’.

  32. Ronny mentioned his desire to sign a Centre back who would talk and organise………



    Wonder who ? Suspect it’ll be a British based player.

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