It’s difficult to say for sure if Stjarnan are the worst team I’ve seen Celtic play but they are there or there about. They defended resolutely, have a good goalkeeper and scored a fine goal, but they are no Arbroath.
Ronny will be annoyed at the loss of the early goal. I always think of San Marino’s opening goal against England on these occasions. This was back in the 90s, when San Marino weren’t the team they are now (cough). England took kick off but found themselves a goal down after 7 seconds. They lost a sloppy goal because they were far too complacent, as did Celtic last night.
One thing which will be clear to all is the focus on goal Leigh Griffiths brought when he came on. It will be tempting to contrast this to Nadir Ciftci, who looked (and was) less potent, but Leigh’s first sight of goal came as a result of Nadir’s work. I suspect both benefit from being able to play off a partner.
The passing looked better last night and it was good to see the lungs remained productive until late in the game. We now have a big week of preparation ahead of the next round.
Delighted to see the Celtic Foundation on the shirts last night, well done to all concerned. The Foundation should feature more prominently in everything we do (fans and club). And if you’ve got a pair of trainers, sign up for the Great Scottish Run.
Just caught news of Newco’s £175k bid for Scott Allan. Define overinvestment, to use local parlance.