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. The hysteria that has been whipped up by the friends of the Ibrox club re Kamara is getting ridiculous, now involving diplomats being called to answer to wholesale accusations of racism among all Czechs.


    At its heart seems to be the false logic that Kamara is booed + Kamara is black, therefore the booing is inspired by racism. By that logic, the (reprehensible) booing of young Frimpong on Thursday was racist and the regular booing of Neymar at Celtic Park is racist. I’ve no idea why Frimpong was booed but I’m sure Neymar gets the treatment because of his play-acting, diving and all round cheating.

  2. Socialist.definetly not a socialist.


    Can define what your not but not what you are.


    Maybe ask Rupert like Tony marketing.yawn.

  3. 18 yard man



    not a word on irish Catholic racism.thats unmentioned




    If The racism is the abhorrent kind to which Glen Kamara is subjected to that is mentioned and subject of debate.


    Its all racism imo.


    Both worthy of debate.




  4. 18 yard man



    You have the weaponisation of racism as a topic by a right wing press/narrative in Scotland.


    The poor attempts at suggesting neymar/frimpong booing is due to race is shallow and one sided in Scotland.up to their knees in obfuscation are a liquidated bag o shaaaats attempt at saving an identity


    long gone.same line as thugs n usual and as Irish Catholic racism shows no insight into themselves




  5. An Tearmann


    I think the Czechs feel that they have been branded as racists by the combined forces of the Scottish media and the increasingly hysterical words of Kamara’s lawyer. Consequently, Kamara is probably viewed as the figurehead of the ‘all Czechs are racists’ accusations. Remember, too, that he assaulted a player in the tunnel…hardly behaviour designed to endear yourself to opponents. I think Kamara is viewed as a bogey man and that the kids were encouraged to boo him, but racism? Not proven…

  6. squire danaher on

    18 YARD MAN on 2ND OCTOBER 2021 2:56 PM



    I agree but the narrative is that the Huns are attempting to drape themselves in the cloak of being anti-racists.



    As I suggested last night. The thing the Huns don’t get, and never have got, is that if you claim to be anti racist that means you commit to opposing all forms of racism.



    You don’t get to pick and choose.



    You shouldn’t get an unchallenged claim to victimhood for your own staff while your followers pollute the streets of Glasgow with racist filth.

  7. This is what Regan Hendry , former Celtic youth captain and Jack Aitchison who played for Celtic and scored under Rodgers, said about the youth set-up:



    “I think communication goes a long way and if there is a bit more of that it can help everyone,” says Hendry. I just never got the chance to make that step and there were times when I could have. I played a [bounce] game with the first team and we won 6-2. It was against St Mirren’s first team and I scored four goals, two days later I wasn’t training with the first team. A couple of times at Celtic there was just a lack of communication: I was kind of on the edge of something but was I actually?”



    Aitchison, now 21, was simultaneously Celtic’s youngest ever player and scorer when he made his debut under Brendan Rodgers in the 7-0 Premiership win over Motherwell in 2016. He says that a big part of the problem was that he felt as if he was no more than a jersey filler.



    “Sometimes you would go up and just be used as a number, sometimes you would play left-back or right-back and that’s not your position so how could you impress there? Yeah, it’s communication . . . and being told the truth.”



    Interesting reading and shows why Ange is the right man for the job.

  8. squire danaher on

    ILJASB on 2ND OCTOBER 2021 3:06 PM



    Wasn’t young Aitchison’s debut R Deila’s final game??

  9. With regard to this Kamara racism situation if he was racially abused then


    I hope the Czech player got or gets all that is coming to him as racism has no


    place in football or society






    Everywhere I see it discussed whether its the BBC, Daily Record or wherever they


    always say that the Czech player racially abused Kamara when in fact it was


    Kamaras word against his and the courts just took the side of Kamara but no other proof





    I hate the huns keep playing the moral high ground on this when its a known fact they


    are the most racist club in Scotland by far but the tabloids are just too scared to call


    them out on it.

  10. As soon as any Hun takes to Celtic Park, boo thum, keep booin’ thum till sumbdy asky why, an’ then tell them…….


    …It’s because the Huns are the most bigoted racist group in Scotland.


    Racism is part o’ thur DNA, in fact, it’s thur kulchur………






  11. SquireD / 18 yard



    Thats pickin or choosing Celts


    It only brings reflection on ourselves and what we are like to our fellow man.


    And as an Irish Catholic first gen scot it can be a pretty harrowing experience practicing the faith with crimplene orcs disrupt our streets and businesses with their show of bigotry basted in hate.


    That racism is a no no




  12. WGS was the first person I ever read that said managers had a shelf life. Half of his furniture was already down south while the rest was in a removal van in his driveway on Tommy Burns Thursday when DD instructed PL no matter what it takes for him tae stay another season.



    His heart wisnae really in it after the “Strachan Strachan GTF” game so his final season, as poor as it was, was actually only a baw hair fae success when the ball hit the inside of the post at Easter Road and rolled along the goal line.

  13. 18 YARD MAN on 2ND OCTOBER 2021 2:32 PM



    “I’ve no idea why Frimpong was booed ”



    Taking a wild guess I would say it was because he left Celtic :-)))

  14. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Pot-Kettle-Black. Absolutely farcical ‘therangers’ complaining about Kamara being booed – becausehe’sblack…. as was pointed out earlier he banjoed one of their players in the tunnel at Ibrox, that’s more than likely the reason the kids were booing him. Who knows anyway, did anybody ask the kids?



    They have the most bigoted racist anti Catholic Anti irish up to their knees in it every other week fan base in the country, and they have the godamn nerve to complain when one of their players get booed – becasehe’sblack. Who us boo Catholics? – not us guv, bar Lennon and Sutton because their ex Celtic players? Never, we’re the good guys, just ask the Scottish media – or Mark Walters – he’ll tell you who the real baddies. Mark Walters once again heavily quoted in todays DR.

  15. That’s shortie scoddland fitba’ dept trolling Tims…………………


    the same biased dept that refused to label the abuse our community takes as Racist – preferring instead to hide behind the convenient sectarian label…………….






    We should oo them every chance we get, and boo each and any nugget that fronts up for them and keep booin’ thum till somebody asks why, an’ then tell them.



    Do it often enough for the story to get out.


    Make it as hard as possible for any Hun to avoid owning its shame.

  16. Frimpong came to us for a nominal fee, won trophies and left for a big profit.



    Anyone booing him simply doesn’t understand ‘the model’.



    As for his former manager, the man is completely devoid of any self awareness.



    Huge game tomorrow, hopefully we get to the international break tomorrow night with three points in the bag and an opportunity to regroup.

  17. AN DUN-The more our ex manager speaks,the more he chips away at his legacy.


    Only in my opinion obviously 👍

  18. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Hopefully able to cement our top 6 place tomorrow. There are only so many times you can watch Livingston in one season. Really hope Martindale the hun takes them down.

  19. ernie lynch on 2nd October 2021 9:28 am



    LUCKY CODY on 2ND OCTOBER 2021 9:12 AM







    ‘Irish in England , some kept some roots others kept their head down and you can’t distinguish them from the Chelsea fans.’











    It’s called assimilation.



    Generally regarded as a good thing. It doesn’t required abandoning your cultural roots and heritage. But it generally doesn’t happen if the host community are predominantly hostile.



    Not sure what you mean by ‘the Chelsea fans’. Most are OK, though there’s a minority of right wing, racist, nativist, nationalist types. In their heads they are concerned about preserving their racial and cultural purity. Go figure.





    It’s not called assimilation, it’s Hibernian FC or Dundee Utd FC. Soon you will have Glasgow Celtic Hibernia FC with the Tricolour banned from Celtic Park.

  20. prestonpans bhoys on




    Completely agree with you on that👍

  21. FAIRHILLBHOY, great wee break , croatia is stunning, how was your Holiday hope you enjoyed it !

  22. this popped up on one of the morton feeds. says early 70s.


    the kid hanging over the wall, and the bhoy to his right look very alike to me and my cousin that lived in cartsdyke court.



    we did go to cappielow sometimes, mostly if i stayed at his, and usually because celtic were playing the old huns so we were not allowed to go.



    it really could be.



  23. onenightinlisbon on



    AN DUN-The more our ex manager speaks,the more he chips away at his legacy.



    Deflect, take no responsibility, blame everyone else, make snide comments about the fans and players and have the audacity to tell us how we can improve. Legacy?

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