Nothing gained from playing Kyogo and McGregor


Bayer Leverkusen manager, Gerardo Seoane, summed the game up, “We also made some mistakes, but we had [goalkeeper]Lukas Hradecky saving us, it was a sensational game from him.

“The victory was earned. Maybe the scoreline was a little bit too high, but we deserved to win.”

Celtic were back to their flowing best in the opening 25 minutes but confidence, composure and any chance of competing in the knockout stages of the Europa League evaporated when Leverkusen took the lead.  The home side regrouped at halftime and again took the game to the Germans, but the unfortunate loss of a penalty brought that resurgence to a juddering halt.

It is a worry that the heads go down when a goal is lost; the same happened a week ago at Livingston.  As well as everything else, a resilience gene is missing from this Celtic team.

We will know by Sunday evening the wisdom of playing Kyogo Furuhashi and Callum McGregor last night.  Nothing was gained from their appearance.  Kyogo was thrice through with Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky to beat but could not convert.  Still, his impact on Celtic remains transformational.

Leading up to his second great chance, he opened play up with a sublime touch that switched the ball to Liel Abada.  No striker in recent Celtic history could do things like that.  Jota continues to settle into his new surroundings.  Leverkusen defenders quickly learned to back off him and to send reinforcements when the ball went to Celtic’s left.  A front three of Jota, Kyogo and Abada has a great deal of promise.

Oh David, what happened?  Turnbull seemed caught in two minds, between clearing the ball out of his box and allowing it to run out of play.  Playground stuff that would have me overcome with paranoia if it happened in certain domains.  I don’t think I have seen as poor a goal against Celtic, Leverkusen must have wondered what happened as much as the rest of us.

From that moment, the collapse seemed inevitable.  Our full backs were well up field when 3 v 2 left Joe Hart exposed for the second; halftime could not come soon enough.  Hart played well throughout, without him, our season would look in far greater danger.

Expectations were so low I think we had all emotionally factored a result like that in.  Despite what in any language is a drubbing, we were able to create better chances (against a far better team) than we have in recent weeks.  With Kyogo and McGregor back, the worst of this slump will be behind us.  The return of Juranovic, Taylor, Forrest and Jullien will help, but central midfield will remain light until January.

The season could pivot one way or the other on Sunday, we will find out then if the corner has been turned.

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  1. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    From a beautiful sunny 24 deg spring day here in Oz.


    Good little kickaboot with my bhoys down the park, as usual the chat


    turns to Celtic and the concencus is that big Shaw should get a start


    In the midfield today.


    Think I could go along with that.


    Embdy else?


    H.H. Mick

  2. Good morning cqn from a very wet Craig tara back up the road shortly to the Garngad to watch the game.



    MM – If its young Shaw then let’s put Cal mac forward a bit to supply Kyogo.



    On Young Frimpers a brilliant player that I was sad to see leave, I will repeat he was never booed because the colour of his skin. To suggest so is ignorance..



    If we have to agree to disagree then so be it.



    Let’s all just get behind the team today.



    BB1 – Lambert said at the time it was a shame what happened to Rangers getting demoted and they should have been kept in the SPFHell. Probably not the only ex celtic player right enough.



    Right time for a wee walk then pack up and head home.



    Laters, EVERYONE and I mean everyone enjoy your day.






    D :)

  3. Good Morning David 66 et al from a gentlly rising sun on the silvery Tay. Today is gonna be a good good day, I’ve got a feeling…!!



  4. i think its 100% obvious the reason that Frimpong was booed


    was because he was an ex player who had recently left the club



    Anyone who says otherwise is a hun making up nonsense



    All huns stick to their own racist and sectarian club and websites

  5. Melbourne Mick on

    Yes David, young Shaw, and he’s a big lad.


    My young lads suggested same thing today, “ put Calmac forward to slip


    Balls through to Kyoto.”


    Great minds and all that👌

  6. David 66 –



    Thanks dude, millionaire former players like Lambo live in a different world.


    If he grew up supportin’ thems, his wealth will have insulated him sufficiently from the harsher realities around the time they were liquidated…………..and he never struck me as the smartest tool in the box, or someone with a well-rounded personality. He was a very good player.


    I don’t doubt he’s now a student of the game, but as such, I suspect he’ll always be near the bottom of the class.




  7. Quadrophenian………











    “There’s an adage that we should never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

  8. Good morning from a lovely and warm Puerto de Mazarron, in the Murcia region of Espania! COYBIG! por cierto.

  9. In ither news…………..



    Just to copper-fasten the FACT that I know nowt about fitba’ ( management or anything else) I was gladdened to see the handsome visage of our own Henke in the Barcelona dugout deputising for Koeman.



    It’s a funny Old Game, eh?

  10. Wishaw poison


    Can you just not post anything about Garry.


    Enough of your attention seeking trolling.

  11. PC……..


    As far as I could make out from the story ( think it was Newsnow)


    Koeman had been banned for some reason. Not aware why.


    Accompanying the story was a picture of our bhoy ensconced pitchside. If I can find it again, I’ll post a link.




  12. PC….I won’t link the site, ( something called 67 Hail, Hail) it looks a bit Clickbait…….


    but the apparent story is that Koeman lost the plot with the ‘fishals at Cadiz and copped a ban.


    I hadn’t realised Henke was actually on the coaching staff.




  13. Ange playing all the right notes as regards the January transfer window. Having said that, today is a must win.



    If we’re sitting in the bottom half tonight, 8 or 9 points behind the huns then talk will be very cheap.



    Ange must win today.

  14. 3 delicious points today will see much less sleekitry and some token *gritted teeth*………….






  15. Glorious in Corcaigh………although the water this morning was a tad colder than previous days……….




    HardyBucks CSC

  16. Must win game for both managers,whoever wins the pressure will ease alittle,whoever loses it could be game over.

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