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. Back to Basics – Glass Half Full,



    The Internet is full of nonsense. Ange inherited a total mess and I have Faith we will develop into a Very Good team when we have a Bench that has game changers.



    Currently relying on Youngsters @ the Ki Full back positions (who get groans from the moaning minnies) Young Adam came on and got the treatment for his first bad pass against a decent United side, he has struggled since IMO.



    Booing young Jeremy was pathetic IMO.



    Not expecting too much this Season as this is a rebuild.



    Call Me Gerry @11:08


    Absolutely disgusting to treat that young man, or anyone else like that.




    That irrated me more than Turnball’s defending. The jeers where not so much all around but definitely originated from the front left in the North Stand alongside Frimpongs starting position on their right flank, first half. Heard no jeers in the second half but most of the rif raf had left by the third goal.


    Billy Connolly was bang on the money regards assimilated tims. With every passing generation they become more der Hun like by comparrison.


    Certainly gave pause for thought, an opposing black football player being singled out for such abuse by our support.


    The reason? I’d like to think it was because he played for us and nothing more to it but I’ve never heard an ex Celt being abused so vociferously every time he touched the ball since Kenny Dalglish played for Liverpool in Jock Stein’s tetimonial match.

  3. Whilst on the subject of (ex) Celtic players getting jeered. Just before la petite merde was signed by Nantes, he was warming up behind the goal (an away game) and getting dogs abuse. Sure it had something to do with stolen tracksuits or other sportswear for that matter but I was close enough to the trackside to hear him pissing himself laughing at the abuse he was getting. It was altogether sad for us kids at the front, I remember that much.

  4. Tony Mowbray gave up very early. I dinnae expect Ange to be such a Lightweight.



    Not Everyone is a Big Strong Man.

  5. G’Night Y’all as the Great Garry says through the Manics and Ricardo Ashcroft.




    A Song for the Lovers





    The Strength in the Fallen World can Only come from one Source. BELOVE/BELIEVE Negates that hate Big Style.



    Aiberdeen, they urnae the worst team in Scotland (jibber jabber with proper Supporters on Springfield Road) going to the games and chatting away to Excellent Fitba afficionados.



    When they get their dander up they think they have strength on Springfield Road, and the young Huns wearing Dons capes……. I’d guess think they can talk hard. They embarrass the proper Aberdeen Supporters.



    Celtic will Win and win in Style.



    Patience is a virtue.

  6. Our problems are fairly easy to identify: The main problem being that the full backs don’t get back to defend and the midfield with Rogic and Turnbull with their lack of dynamism leave the two CBs even more exposed. Ange rightly doesn’t want to drop the system because he wants those who can adopt it now to get as much experience of it as possible. The plan is eventually that others will gradually be more fully able, Turnbull I’d say but not Rogic , Jranovic I think but not sure of Mc Carthy who remember like Scales was a DD choice. Ange hopes that eventually through a couple of transfer windows he will get the right players in – Jan will be a big step up – to complement those who are already a good fit. Will the board help him out? And if they don’t what will happen? I think he’ll leave before he’s pushed sending a code like Dom “for personal reasons” that the board don’t keep their side of an agreement.

  7. Agreed ILJASB, the next two transfer windows will define AP’s tenure as manager. We’ll keep progressing though, that is in no doubt. Money talks.


    Turnball, Ralston et al will learn from God awful basic mistakes, coupled with improved transfer additions/substractions should set us up alright for a late onslaught on this seasons title march.


    Der Hun is full of “next gear” shite, meanwhile Slippy G throws in the towel screamin “help ma boab, nae money”.

  8. Morning all back up the road with the grandson from Craig tara for him to play football then back down to CT and chill.



    Bring on the sheep. They are in bad way shhhhooooooorley we shoul beat them







    D :)

  9. Tom McLaughlin on




    Agreed. If we can’t beat the itter shambles that is Aberdeen we really are in a bad place.



    Looking forward to Kyogo goals.