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The Great Leap between SPFL and Inter Milan

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Making the great leap between playing Scottish Premiership teams and the likes of Inter Milan will always be a challenge for Celtic.  We have done so many times in recent years, Milan were held home and away in the Champions League knock-out stage, Barcelona were beaten, but whenever we have carried the game to opponents of this stature, instead of reverting to our own style of catnenaccio, we’ve lost heavily.  Quicker, more skilful, players, could make us look statuesque by comparison.

This is not a criticism.  If the only way you can compete with a team with ten times your resources is to defend your 18 yard line, you should do so.

Things could have gone either way on Thursday.  We were defensively inept during the opening minutes as Inter found space goal-side of their markers.  I don’t know if Ronny had a moment of self-doubt at that point, perhaps he did, but was simply unable to unwind the attacking instincts of his players, but Celtic are all the better for the way they picked themselves off the floor.

I’m sure the odds on Inter progressing will be short, but I’m also sure Ronny Deila will know his players can win in Milan.

I arrived home late last night to read that Tony Conway, son of our own RWE, lost his battle against Motor Neurone Disease/ALS.  I met Tony, with dad John and brother Martin, three years ago.  Tony was still fit enough to walk, but evidence of the pain the family shared was evident.  The three of them travelled back from their US home two years ago, along with mum Pauline, to see Celtic, and meet some family.

They bought hospitality tickets and minutes before kick-off, Celtic’s Iain Jamieson nabbed Tony and asked if he was able to make the halftime draw.  Tony knew this would be the last time he would see Celtic, so his journey up the tunnel and onto the park was, to put it mildly, a very special Celtic Park moment.

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  1. Ohits

     

     

    Aye funny the number of folk that have suggested H does that!!! :-)

     

     

    Hope you’re well my friend.

  2. Old Firm

     

     

    Just read an interesting post on TSFM. Sorry can’t do the link thingy.

     

    Seems that Celtic own ALL rights to the OF brand since the previous co-owner, Rangers 1872, went into liquidation.

     

    I’m no expert in these matters, but there may be some way whereby Celtic can stop the MSM using the term or charge them a sufficiently high fee to use it. The irony. We hate the term; they want to use it and they have to pay us for so doing when they’re skint. Hahaha!!

  3. Jude2005

     

     

    Bamba is a bit like Efe. A good defender, has pace but there’s always an error waiting to happen (& it usually does, regularly)

  4. tim in the chamber on

    Heard the twelve o’clock news on Clyde today where they mentioned the racist chants 400 miles away at St Pancreas station but they couldn’t mention the racist chants from Kirkcaldy.

  5. emeraldbee…

     

     

    Some weeks ago I christened Nir ‘the metronome’.

     

     

    Somehow I don’t think that helps you!

     

     

    HH

  6. Delahun’ what if Celtic get a doing on Thursday…..’,nothing like being positive about a Scottish teamin Europe.

  7. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Gene has an early goal, 1 0 port vale

     

    Bolton also looking to a Burke goal

  8. tim in the chamber

     

     

    14:56 on 21 February, 2015

     

    Heard the twelve o’clock news on Clyde today where they mentioned the racist chants 400 miles away at St Pancreas station but they couldn’t mention the racist chants from Kirkcaldy.

     

     

    ——–

     

     

    And therein lies the main problem.

     

     

    Either they’re too afraid to highlight anything that puts the monkeys in a bad light.

     

     

    Or

     

     

    Why highlight something in a negative way when you’re in actual fact a supporter of it.

     

     

    For them sectarianism is an Old Firm pluke it’s never solely a ‘Rangers’ problem.

  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Is big Elaine herbershun still in charge of news and sport at snyde?

  10. Ki just equalised for Swansea against Man U.

     

     

    RWE

     

     

    Condolences to you and everyone close to Tony.

     

     

    HH

  11. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Email sent to John Paul Taylor re a suggestion that we recognise Hamilton`s encouragement of Wee Jay and their Chairman`s praise of BOTH sets of supporters after we played them. Celtic and Inter supporters showed the good face of football on Thursday. We should further encourage harmony between clubs without losing the natural rivalry and desire for victory.

     

     

    JJ

  12. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    !!Bada Bing!!

     

    15:37 on

     

    21 February, 2015

     

    Bhoys if you can get along to CP , to support the team, do it, you know it makes sense…….

     

     

     

    Bada

     

    I was saying yesterday that I hoped the weather tomorrow would be better than the forecast. A decent day would result in a decent crowd.

     

     

    JJ

  13. Looking forward to Paradise tomorrow, in years gone by a result like Thursday’s would almost certainly have guaranteed an extra few thousand on the gate, just hope that’s the case with the stayaways.

     

     

    HH

  14. JJ-If Thursday doesn’t get some guys back to CP, nothing will.I understand a Sunday at 1pm doesn’t suit everyone, and it can be expensive, hope you are back to your best ;) HH

  15. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Chris Sutton stuff saddens me, loved him as a player really thought he got us, obviously not, if Tommy Boyd or Tosh McKinlay were in the BT studio they would have been praising us to the hilt, I don’t want ex-players just to praise us because they played for us but on here, and in person I have yet to meet or talk to anybody who has a negative view about Thursday night, if big Sutty really believes what he says well good luck and cheerio Ronny is now one of the Bhoys deal with it !

  16. gerryfaethebrig-agree mate, it would be sad if he turned into a hate figure, amongst the support.The shock-jock tactics, do him no credit.HH

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