Textbook in Trondheim, hope in our hearts


Celtic delivered a textbook performance in securing the win in Trondheim last night.  Rosenborg are bottom of the group and were effectively out of the competition before kick-off, but only a year ago Anderlecht came to Glasgow after five Champions League defeats and wiped the floor with Celtic (Anderlecht remain a poor side, accruing only two points in a weak Europa League group this season).

This was Celtic’s third away win in European group stages, but the second in two seasons.  If we have genuine ambition to progress in Europe, we needed to win games like last night’s.

The contrast between this performance and the one in the same stadium in Augusts’ qualifiers was stark.  In the earlier game Celtic were poor in possession, unable to impose themselves on a Rosenborg team who needed a goal to draw the tie level.  Instead we ground out a 0-0.  Last night, the passing, pace and control from Celtic was vastly better.  Rosenborg didn’t get a sniff.

James Forrest ended a spectacular month by creating the winning goal for Scott Sinclair.  Scott still had plenty to do to guide his header into the top corner of the net.

Defensively Celtic were imperious.  Any anxieties were limited to what potentially could happen when the home side were able to lob a set piece into the box, but chances were limited, giving Craig Gordon one of his easiest games on the road this season.

By full time, the players looked exhausted.  My mind immediately turned to Aberdeen players, who will have watched from the comfort of their homes.  It is easy to say, “Go again”, but players are not machines.  Sunday will be the seventh time they have climbed the domestic mountain in succession.

Legs and minds will be tired.  If Celtic lift the trophy at Hampden, heroics will be required.  But this is Celtic, so we have hope in our hearts.

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  1. Will Salzburg be happy to play out a draw and qualify with us or will Red Bull HQ order them to help their sister-club? Hmmm.

  2. Paul67 et al



    Footballers “run” over 11km every match, (well most of them anyway even Wayne Rooney) with a bit of acceleration here and there. An average man can walk around 9km in 90minutes. The idea that a professional footballer with 13 league games under his belt and maybe 10-12 cup ties between July and December should struggle in a major Cup Final is simply preposterous. Because if he does he simply needs to find another sport, like carpet bowls. No excuses and No Pasaran!

  3. ‘GG



    I didn’t write it GG, wish I had though, that was from Stevie Mac on Celts From The South…



    It was excellent wasn’t it and for me as a big GSH fan I loved reading that this morning!



    Bring on The Sheeple:)))

  4. SoT that r Ight h un Davidhun final was only 4 days before we beat the pride of England in the big cup semi at the same venue. It had to be seen to be believed. To be fair though the sheep had a very good team then which included Martin Buchan, fat Joe Harper, one of only 3 centres fae the good and the bad tae play for scotland Jim Forrest and a wee bhoy far the ‘milk who went by the name bumper, they also had a player on fire for this tourney Derek McKay.



    In saying that we still should have beat them.

  5. Today we celebrate the feast day of a Galilean. Prior to that our patron saint was Irish while our patroness came fae Hungary, what a messed up country, I believe the first Scottish born saint was originally a teuchter calvinist.



    In saying that neither the outlanders or the Irish get off lightly, the formers patron came fae what is now Libya and as we Dumbartonshire Tims claim St Patrick was from OK. Only the taffys have native born saint lol

  6. Dubaibhoy-Ur they still deid? on




    A former colleague of mine was one of the fire engines and when I met Awe Naw in Frankfurt his best buddy was said Fire Engines brother. Small world, eh? Fire Engines brother was a hun – we used to make him suffer by taking him to irish bars…



    “Take me to your Aunties Hoose




    I want to see your Uncle ”




    Ooh Ahh CSC





    That made me LOL …. considerably!

  8. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Melbourne Mick 12.39pm



    Hoi you



    Av got a bad enough reputation on here without you adding to it :-)




    Yes -it can be a small world.I recently met a guy from Trapani who had gone to a wedding party in Palermo.While there he met an old woman who stated that she had been to one football match in her life.-The game ?-Celtic v Racing Club in Montevideo .Wow !

  10. so its settled then,



    google eyes you take paisley road west and the south side,


    dougie bananas, all our operations in fife and lothian,


    sammy the big drum, the money laundering across the water,


    hansome billy nae nose, you continue with the ayrshire and stranraer merchandise bootleg runs.



    that concludes the business for today.

  11. there is no way there will be any dodgy shareholders. the governance of the game, the transparency and the fit and proper person test will see to that.

  12. Breaking a lifetime habit and looking at FF:



    3 consecutive comments (swear I did not make these up)




    Not getting this. Why would DK suggest the club is partly owned by gangsters? What benefit to us will that be?



    I don’t get this either a bit alarming for me



    Not understanding why some folk are saying this is a masterstroke by King, can someone enlighten myself and others who aren’t as savvy in these matters?

  13. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Dave must have a loyalty card with the court by now. Wonder if he gets frequent liar points…..?

  14. Tontine Tim, There are many Scottish saints who lived long before St John Ogilvie. A saint who was born in Bute and worked in the area near our training ground was St Blane. St David of Scotland was the son of St Margaret and King Malcolm. But there were many more over the centuries,

  15. BHOYLO83



    There is just the teensiest, weensiest suspicion that Mr Kings does not have the cash to fulfil his obligations to offer all shareholders 20p for each share. So, taking a few of them out would reduce his potential need to find the cash.



    “He told the Court of Session on Friday that he was “100 per cent committed” offering to buy the equity of people who want a part of Rangers.



    But he told his lawyer Jonathan Mitchell QC that he wouldn’t be able to make the offer to four shareholders at the club because they had links to serious criminal activity.



    He said that he participated in a Rangers board meeting last Monday which concluded with the directors stating that the four shareholders couldn’t transfer their stakes in any sale.



    Speaking about the four shareholders, Mr King said: “They’ve got links to organised crime.. money laundering.”



    Mr King added that the shares won’t be sold.



    Speaking about the conclusion of the board meeting, he added: “The company secretary has given the instruction that these shares cannot be transferred.”



    Speaking about one of the shareholders with suspected links, Mr King said: “They were engaged in criminal activities in the USA. There was an intervention from the authorities there and they were put in administration.”



    It is just the most amazingly innocent coincidence that he found out about this skullduggery a few days before he had to appear in court.

  16. Sky arts 122.



    Rod merry Xmas baby show.



    I know not everyone’s cup of tea but opens with him on his cycle wearing a Celtic top.

  17. Says a lot about the oversight by football authorities that criminals can have part ownership in one club.Maybe why no Nomad or oversight?


    There are lots of rumours about loyalist money laundering keeping this debt ridden monstrosity afloat.


    Time for the police to investigate this Frankenstein.

  18. If there is money laundering going on linked to the USA as King has reportedly said in Court today, hopefully the FBI get involved.


    Excellent result last night for Celtic, in with a chance now of progressing into the last 32 , after two defeats in the first 3 games it is an excellent turn around, get rested up and ready for the Cup Final on Sunday.

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