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Neil Lennon comes into his own on these nights

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With the first wave there was a mad rush and widespread disappointment.  The second wave washed over everyone with continuing frustration in parts.  By the third wave, panic was replaced by confidence, then, finally, came the news: “Betfred League Cup Semi-Final, tickets now on general sale.”

We went through weeks of pretence that Hibernian would sell tickets to more than just players’ friends and family for their semi-final against Celtic a week on Saturday.  Despite, again, beating Celtic at Easter Road, they know the Treble Treble champions bring their A game to Hampden, where they have won 12 consecutive semis and finals.

I get that the League and the SFA want to be respectful to smaller clubs, but these organisations have a board in order to make the right decisions for their showpiece games.  That means giving fans who want to attend every opportunity to do so, and not locking them out while acres of empty seats go unsold by the eventual lucky losers.

But tonight we can set-aside all of that, forget about Pittodrie on Sunday, and concentrate on facing Lazio in the Europa League tonight.

Celtic are the only team in the group unbeaten after two games and sit a point ahead of Cluj and Lazio at the top of the table.  A win tonight would put them on seven points and make them clear favourites to top the group.

Neil Lennon has as much of the squad available to him as I remember any Celtic manager having for an important game in years.  These nights are where the manager comes into his own, making the group’s top seed feel like Glasgow is a long way from home.

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  1. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    PHILBHOY on 24TH OCTOBER 2019 5:34 PM

     

    I’ve got a bad feeling the huns are gonny get a result tonight!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    5 nothing for Porto.

     

     

     

    HEY you that’s ma tip.

  2. Paul67 et al

     

     

    Of course when the Romans first arrived in old Caledonia they were Pagans, as were the Iron Age Celts who first met them. Not a Christian to be found anywhere, least not a live one. Things haven’t always gone our way since then, some great victories and some painful defeats. Question is, does the present team aspire to the Pantheon of Celtic greats? A win tonight would be a fair step along that route.

  3. Buzzing at this stage, Just seen a film clip of Lazio casuals marching through Glasgow singing and giving Nazi salute.

     

    Hope we send the scumbags home with their tails between their legs.

     

    COYBIG

  4. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    RIGHT talking about alex rae do they still have a ghost train in the KELVIN HALL at CHRISTMAS.

  5. European showtime again and thank goodness for that after watching some of the International sport on offer in recent weeks must have been some of the most boring events I’ve seen in many a day. Celtic’s 11th game in Europe this season and it looks like being a cracker and a great platform for the players to impress and also puts the club in the shop window for attracting new signings so we have a game to win here.

     

     

    We saw how cynical Juventus were when they played here in recent years with jersey pulling, arm wrestling and holding tactics so let’s hope the Hoops are ready for this Iti outfit. Looking forward to a good performance from the Hoops and a result.

  6. Ryan Jack, Ryan Jack, Ryan Jack….world class arselicking of Mr Mediocre for 40 minutes.

     

     

    And then a great assist for Porto.

     

     

    Ha ha ha Ryan Jack….ya feckin numpty.

  7. The handsome Colombian equalises. I reckon he is worth 40 million now. Thought there was an offside in build up but goal stands.

  8. CELTIC: Forster; Elhamed, Ajer, Jullien, Bolingoli; Brown, McGregor, Elyounoussi, Forrest, Christie; Edouard.

     

    Subs: Gordon, Bauer, Hayes, Bitton, Sinclair, Rogic, Bayo

  9. Alasdair MacLean on

    TEUCHTER ÁR LÁ,

     

     

    Just got your posts there.

     

    Went on google maps to find a curry shoo near where I was.

     

    Found one, followed the directions from google maps… in the rain …. and eventually found it.

     

    Yes, upstairs from the pub I was in .. the one withe the Celtic scarf

     

     

    Yes, I’ll now be the one boring everyone with 10 interesting facts about Renton!

     

     

    Back in my own hotel now with the football on the Norwegian sausages.

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