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. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    Morning All,



    My PC screen keeps going black when I’m on this site… is it just me?



    Anyway….. listening to this…. what a blast…. Creedence Clearwater Revival



    Mind you… some smoke helps

  2. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Kev is an easy target because he is full of shoite …. and doesn’t really like Celtic :-) ⚽️?

  3. G F T B , , dez enjoyed the hoot, especially meeting you and Karl , me I am delighted a went ?till the next one! Ps no offence meant to anyone! And best of luck to you all, but travellerbhoy hope you win last man standing, you deserve a bit of luck my new friend HH

  4. GF T B , ok leave it it at that ! But Kev full off shoite really ??? After what you posted last night ??

  5. JimmyQuinnsBits on







    Oi – I post the biggest Shite around here ok.



    I think that might be ma job

  6. JimmyQuinnsBits,




    I respect you and weeB, but I am sure I talk the biggest sh!te on this Site.



    Ryan will start against the Dandy Dons.



    Ryantula Energy .



    Scottie knows his Time is up.

  7. JimmyQuinnsBits on




    one mans shite is another mans fertiliser



    I just made that up and I’m not sure it makes sense…. but the hell with it



    Had a touch of gout there last week for the first time… man that nips



    Got these tiny wee pills…. I call them my clitoris pills cos I can never find them. Am I allowed to say that? Feck it, we’ll soon find out



    Haven’t been on for a while but this place seems to be quieter than usual

  8. JimmyQuinnsBits,



    Celtic is Good Dude.



    Celtic is Good.



    I hope your ailments lessen.



    I just Hope I start listening to the Scriptures again soon.

  9. JimmyQuinnsBits on




    thanks for your good wishes



    My faith took a ship to other shores a long time ago, but I respect those that have it



    take care chief



    oiche mhaith

  10. Jimmyquinnsbits


    ALLOPURINOL is your best friend.


    Taken daily it will,stop another attack and the temptation to cut your leg off at the knee.

  11. Gerryfaethebrig on




    At least ma “shoite” is original and not copy n paste ….



    work calling so need to get moving



    Still think after 20yrs without seeing each other you & K should get together … maybe even go to a game together …. Motherwell v 49s is only minutes away for the both of you :-)

  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Franny 3.07am



    The rosary beads that Ricky wore were his Grans who brought him up,



    Brother or no brother …. secco tap … he has went down in my estimation :-)

  13. Delaneys Dunky on



    Fancy a dayoot in Dumbarton Harp CSC over the festive period?


    Lust For Life


    Iggy Pop CSC

  14. Delaneys Dunky on



    I adore the track A Knife to the Ocean by FOALS. Amazing song and video. Thank you.



  15. G-Thang,



    Mos Def, just organise it. I have 1 Time I cannae make, that isnae settled yet. If you firm things up, I can then get a date with the dudes, it is now traditional.



    Njoi Celtic the morra. I hope we can Win mair silverware.

  16. Gerryfaethebrig on

    DD 7.24am



    WTF are you doing up at this time on a Saturday morning ?



    Doing the “family” stuff the day bolting fae work at 2pm, the good lady is bringing MissGFTB in with the wee granddaughter looks like cafe Roma then George square for the lights & Christmas fare …. gets me a free pass for the morra and aff on Monday … life isn’t too bad when you wake up a Tim :-)

  17. Delaneys Dunky on



    Was tired and had an early night to bed. Had 10 hour power sleep. Waiting for Dalmuir Cafè to open for a large Scottish Breakfast Fry Up. Hope yer shift flies in buddy.



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