The beating of Barca, II. This time it’s Tony.


Where do we start discussing last night?  Perhaps the end of the night.  There was joy in abundance, not only inside Celtic Park, but in the streets surrounding the game and in a hundred thousand homes across the world.  This joy manifest itself into a great sense of community.  That performance brought tears, hugs, spontaneous jumping up and down, and not only from Celtic fans.  Messages have poured in from fans of other SPL clubs and beyond.

This is what great sport can do for people.

Brother Walfrid has excellent timing.  He managed to arrange our kick-off meeting to coincide with match day four of the Champions League group stage.  Those of us who attended the anniversary celebrations on Tuesday were reminded what Celtic is all about, the best team in the world were in Glasgow waiting to play, the fairy tale script was written, but could it be delivered?

It’s the details which are most impressive.  Mikael Lustig looked like he could play in any team in any league.  He was comfortable and composed throughout.  Adam Matthews, deputising for an injured former Player of the Year, played out of position flawlessly.  I watched him struggle at left back on his Celtic Park debut in a friendly against Wolves last year; it defies explanation how far he has progressed.

Please forget about Victor’s goal, it will only detract from his incredible midfield performance.  His composure, skill and assertiveness troubled Iniesta and Messi all game.  This was all the more impressive given the absence of captain, Scott Brown.

Georgios Samaras was crucial for most of the evening.  He was the one player Barca seemed afraid of, although a lack of training caught up with him before he was subbed.

I’ll not burden Tony Watt publicly with the comparison I made of him earlier in the season but he possesses an impressive array of attributes: upper body strength, pace-with-the-ball and a nose for goal.  I’m tempted to say he will continue to improve but, to what level?  Without injuries to Hooper, Lassad and Forrest it’s unlikely he would have enjoyed as much time last night.  Sometimes Fortune Favours the Celtic.

All of Europe would have been impressed with Fraser Forster last night, dubbed La Grand Muralla, the Big Wall, by a Spanish newspaper.  He will play for England, so too with Kelvin Wilson if he maintains this season’s form.

The only man with a problem today is Neil Lennon.  Tactically the two games against Barcelona have been as accomplished as any I have witnessed.  Neil needs to know how to follow that in Lisbon. I’ve no idea.

Happy Birthday Celtic!

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  1. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Had one of the best nights of my life last night,too much drink in the end aside,that was awesome,we are the toast of Europe today,I love you Celtic.

  2. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Thanks to those of you who pointed me towards Jardine’s comments. I’m still laughing at some of the brilliant replies by Celtic fans and possibly others in the follow up comments to the article. Like this one:-



    Mick O’Callaghan, Glasgow



    Sandy, you were a decent player in your career but lauded beyond reason in the environment in which your now deid club existed…….. a runner-up whose abilities trailed miles behind those of the great Danny McGrain.



    As I have been recently reading stories to my children, two things come to mind when I read your nonsensical statements about your deid club’s achievements….. and I quote A A Milne from Winnie the Pooh:-



    “Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?”



    “When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”



    Just keep quiet, Sandy……. on this particular morning especially….. since your spoutings seem even more ridiculous than they usualy are.

  3. Bizarre now to think that if they hadn’t got the last minute goal in the Nou Camp we would be top of the group. Dynamic of the group now shot out of the water. I was terrified if we lost last night Barcelona would play a shadow team in the last 2 games. ( as threatened by their manager ) Last nights masterclass will make them very honest for the visit to Moscow.


    P.S. shout out for Sandy Jardine, shoe in for joke of the year at the British Comedy Awards.

  4. philvisreturns on

    Lennon n Mc….Mjallby – We’re the toast of Europe.



    Sevco and now new Sevco of Midlothian are just toast. (thumbsup)

  5. Jandy sardine is good. But can we agree that we use his proper name now and call him ‘willie pullar’ as his parents intended. Due respect to the man who has given months of service to sevco….

  6. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    So, discussion after the game last night,


    Last 16 or Europa ?


    Good arguments for both, best argument for Europa was picking up more sede points and better chane of winning.


    Best argument for CL quarters is, get there and the sky’s the limit

  7. Paul 67 :


    Magnificent piece. Absolutely the best CL night in our recent history. I’ve read a few bits and pieces this morning and BRHT and MWD’s are brilliant and it brought me back to Jonathan in Vancouver and not sharing last night with him. However he was with me in spirit and after a quick face-time call this morning he had seen the highlights and all the important points of interest and I felt as if we had shared the experience properly and more importantly together



    I love Celtic and I’m so proud to be part of the worldwide movement and I’m glad Jonathan is spreading the word on another continent



    Well done to Neil and all the team



    Magical, Memorable and Magnificent



    Hail Hail


    Stephen with a “ph”

  8. philvisreturns on

    RobertTressell – Willie Pullar talks keich.



    Charlie Green and the Mysterons’ share issue is based on the following pitch:



    Remember Rangers? So do we! Gie’s money! (thumbsup)

  9. South Of Tunis on

    Had to phone a man from Fez who loves Real and hates Barca . We sorted out stuff for tomorrow and then talked fitba [ as you do ]



    I paraphrase ——



    Your lot beat those Barca bees . Praise be to Allah


    Defended like Italians , took their chances like Italians ..


    Wanyama is a player . Great goalkeeper


    Barca should have been down to 9 men but Refs always kiss Barca ass .


    Real will win the Champions League..


    See you tomorrow. at 7am

  10. Canamalar, last 16 every time.



    There are some right good teams we could end up with in Europa.



    Im no financial expert but itd take a round or two to come anywhere close to the money we’d get from a last 16 appearance.



    And more importantly, far more glory.

  11. philvisreturns on

    CultsBhoy loves being 1st forever & ever – Classic ‘toast’ patter..!



    You’re just trying to butter me up. We both know that joke was a bit dry. (thumbsup)

  12. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on

    The best thing about the death of rangers is that our manager & legend NFL is being allowed to get on with his job. I hope their tribute act NEVER gets to play us. Look at us flourish & enjoy the big occasions distraction free.



    In all my years watching Celtic, the atmosphere last night tops the lot. And I’ve been at some massive games, the st Johnstone in ’98, the 6-2, other memorable European nights.



    The noise when the Watt’s shot beat Valdez last night was unbelievable.



    Outstanding defensive performance, it was fascinating to see us force them play the ball wide time and time again, we lined up so narrow.



    And if I’m bring honest I think song was lucky to stay on and I don’t know how the ref didn’t penalise mascherano when watt was through on goal. But I think a 3-0 would have been too much to take in!!



    Still absolutely buzzing.

  13. Just from UEFA, just for football, we have earned €10.2 million so far from the Champions’ League 2012-2013.



    Another draw and qualification for the last sixteen would take that total to €13.2.



    You have to add the marketing pool money (television) to that, plus match-day revenue for six games at Celtic Park (two qualifiers, three group games and the last 16 tie).

  14. Was a great night for our young hoops too. My children probably saw the finest celtic moment of their lives and got to jump around the living room like eejits with their old man!



    It was a beautiful moment when we went 2-0 ahead. Truly beautiful.

  15. It’s not ragers demise that is likely to cause HMFC to fold, it was their existence and their cheating, their spend, spend, spend policy (with other peoples money) that has brought every club to their financial knees.

  16. Pabloh, I thought song was very lucky too. I thought the ref had a great first half but made a few errors in the second.



    I’m on the fence with the mascherano one. I thought he touched tones arm but then watt grabbed his shorts and fell over.



    I’d be gutted if the roles were reversed and red shown.

  17. Star of the show last night



    – the crowd –



    and a special shout out for the Green Brigade.



    Awesome. Proud to be a Tim.



    Hail Hail.

  18. South Of Tunis on

    CL last 16 .



    More money . More coverage . More experience re playing the big boys ..



    but ——



    I ain’t counting my chickens —- we haven’t qualified for anything yet .



    One game at a time CSC -Way down south.

  19. Philvis – that sales pitch should be enough. They dont want to confuse their customer base…… Pullar the other one willie.



    Note to self – idea for cartoon characters – Oor Wullie Puller and The Greens. Paw Green will be yorkshire wido…. Could work

  20. roberttressell






    Philvis – you and your upper crust jokes……





    Philvis, fyi crusts are those things jeeves removes from your cucumber sandwiches.

  21. philvisreturns on

    RobertTressell – Philvis – you and your upper crust jokes……



    There’s no knead for that sort of rye pun. (thumbsup)

  22. Having not had the opportunity to watch the game a second time, can anyone give an impartial opinion on the possible straight red card that could have been given when Watt went through on goal.

  23. S. O. T.



    Spot on mate.




    The fact we can still finish bottom still creeps into my thoughts. :(

  24. gallowgate mad squad on

    Sammi, i want to comb your beard,


    And wash your flowing hair,


    You are like Jesus Christ,


    But with a bit more flair

  25. hamiltontim



    14:26 on


    8 November, 2012


    Having not had the opportunity to watch the game a second time, can anyone give an impartial opinion on the possible straight red card that could have been given when Watt went through on goal.



    Could have went either way, if red and had happened to us would have been raging. Maybe I’m too honest.

  26. South of Tunis



    Me neither, but bhoys were asking about the financial implications of it all. One more point may not be enough. Even three more might not be enough. But as Paul said on the telly, you have to fancy Celtic to qualify from this position.



    If we do it by winning both remaining games, the sum for football from UEFA goes up to €15.2 million.

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