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. onenightinlisbon on

    LAFAN on 3RD OCTOBER 2021 9:48 AM


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



    MAybe for Glass not for Ange.




    Thanks, knew Henke was on the Barca backroom staff, though for a moment that Koeman had been given the push, por cierto.

  3. BANKIEBHOY1 – salut mon copain!



    POR CIERTO on 3RD OCTOBER 2021 9:07 AM


    Good morning from a lovely and warm Puerto de Mazarron, in the Murcia region of Espania!



    I sorely want to visit the fruitbasket of Espana; is it all they say it is por cierto? HH

  4. We’re just over 30 mins from the official starting 11 being named.



    If Turnbull and Rogic are named, if our inverted wingers continue to expose our CBs, if we drop more points then I’d chase Ange. And I’d do it today.



    I’ve no time for managers that are unable to change their failing system.

  5. Morning ,


    I have a good feeling that we will get a win today.


    Hoping to see one of DT and TR in the starting 11 but not both together.


    On a personal note this day last year we played St Johnstone away .. absolutely hopeless game but we prevailed with 2 late goals.


    I sat in my bed with my son Daniel who at this point was seriously ill.


    We watched the game together commenting in all aspects of the game.


    He was totally alert to everyone and everything.


    around him.


    After the game he then went to a local Italian restaurant with his best buddy and his parents.


    They treated him to a meal.


    They are Huge rangers fans and always enjoyed the banter with Daniel.


    I went and picked him up and took him home.


    This was the last time he left the house until he died on Nov 30th.


    All the Celtic games played after the game in Perth


    He was not really aware of the results / performances.


    He was fast asleep during the first Glasgow Derby


    Which I think was Oct 11 last year.


    I miss him so much and thankfully my wife has taken his seat in section 105.


    We buy him sweets from the lady in the wheelchair


    Outside CP before every home game and replace them up at his grave with the new ones.


    He was a big fan of those sweets .


    Give your kids a kiss today and if we win great and if we don’t then it’s not the end of the world.


    Daniel Caplan forever a Celt.



  6. PETEC-if you want to take your dad to a home game you can have my tickets anytime you want mate.👍

  7. Melbourne Mick on




    That post has really touched us all.


    Rest In Peace DANIEL CAPLAN


    H.H. Mick




    Brought a tear to my eye. Wee prayer said for you and your family.




  9. DanDan,



    And here was me getting upset because my 8 year old son has been throwing a strop about going out on the bikes.



    Thanks for giving me some perspective and I hope you and your wife are doing as well as can be expected.




  10. @Celtic line up v Sheep ……



    Hart, Ralston, Starfelt, Carter-Vickers, Montgomery, McGregor, Bitton, Turnbull, Abada, Kyogo, Jota



    Subs: Bain, Scales, Welsh, McCarthy, Rogic, Ajeti, Giakoumakis

  11. Tom McLaughlin on

    Koeman was given a 2-game touchline ban for bad behaviour towards match officials.



    Henrik is his assistant at Barcelona so takes charge for the 2 games.

  12. Melbourne Mick on

    Looks like BIg Nir gets defensive mid role?


    instead of young Shaw, oh well let’s roll with it.




    H.H. Mick

  13. We’ve dispensed with the Turnbull/Rogic midfield and that’s to be welcomed.



    McCarthy hasn’t played well enough for anyone to question his absence and if Shaw doesn’t start against Raith then you can’t throw him in at Pittodrie.



    So Bitton gets another chance. He’s more lives than a cat. Hopefully he seizes this opportunity because surely their can’t be many left for him.




    Discovered this part of Spain about 13 yrs ago, we went to a wee Spanish rural village on the sea called Puntas de Calnegre, having a hired car we travelled around the area, loads and load of small coves with stunning beaches and shallow water for miles outwards, fantastic place, then inwards into the cities of Murcia and Cartegena, but, unfortunately, now been discovered by the tourists, not so much Calnegre as Spanish is a must, but Puerto de Mazarron is full of “ex-pats” now, though still well worth a visit! por cierto.

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