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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. bada & jobo

     

     

    Cheers guys, been a worrying time. Jobo, (ewes), liked that. :-))

     

     

    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  2. 50 shades of green on

    martybhoy59

     

     

    16:28 on 21 February, 2015

     

     

     

    Got one more than me mate. I always thought Evan Williams was taller than that.

  3. She who has to be obeyed Stuck her head into the room shook if from side to side and muttered “what are you like”, as she observed me laying out the scarf & clobber to wear to the game tomorrow.

     

    “Preparation preparation preparation”:))))I replied

  4. Delahun mentions huns getting done for sectarian singing, not a peep from Wishart and Wancell….

  5. !!Bada Bing!!

     

    Wancells wee mind will be in meltdown trying to work out what the word

     

     

    sectarian means:))))

     

    Now if they would have said “party tunes”

  6. 50 shades of green

     

     

    Met Evan about 2 years ago during a corporate thingy needless to say didn’t recognise him I had to apologise for my ignorance.

  7. lennon's passion on

    Have 2 spare tickets for Australian pink Floyd tonight at the Hydro if anyone interested. Can email me at lennonspassion@gmail. com

     

     

    £28 face value take £30 for both

  8. pedrocaravanachio67 on

    leftclicktic

     

     

    16:44 on 21 February, 2015

     

    She who has to be obeyed Stuck her head into the room shook if from side to side and muttered “what are you like”, as she observed me laying out the scarf & clobber to wear to the game tomorrow.

     

    “Preparation preparation preparation”:))))I replied

     

    ———————-

     

    That’s shoddy, do u realise the game kicks off in 20 hours, come on man, up yer game, that should have been done long ago ;-)

     

    Anyway off tae peel the tatties for the soup, she who must be obeyed has left me a wee list of chores, while she’s oot galavanting!!!

     

     

    UnderthethumbCSC :-)

  9. The Battered Bunnet on

    Bemused.

     

     

    Listening to Radio Scotland, the news bulletin comes on at 5pm.

     

     

    One of the top stories is the racist chanting of English football supporters in a railway station in London on Thursday.

     

     

    There is no mention of 1000s of Scottish football supporters chanting “Black Fenian Bastard” at a stadium in Kirkcaldy last night.

     

     

    That’s an editorial decision.

  10. starry, They need 2nd bottom for the rollover.

     

    ICT drop 2pts and Arabs beaten, they are all falling away except the Sheep. Sets it up for next week. That is what we need, big exciting games.

     

    OH ARMAGEDDON -ARMA-ARMA-ARMA-ARMAGEDDON.

  11. 50 shades of green on

    martybhoy59

     

     

    16:50 on 21 February, 2015

     

     

    50 shades of green

     

     

    Met Evan about 2 years ago during a corporate thingy needless to say didn’t recognise him I had to apologise for my ignorance.

     

     

     

    ############

     

     

    Met a few old Celtic players in my time outwith the confins of football.

     

     

    I used to work in the “diy ” trade. And a guy called Peter was in and out of our shop a few times, rotund would be a nice description of him, one day he paid with a card instead of cash and it turns out his second name was Latchford. He was a very big cat.

     

     

    Also Boaby Evans came into the shop a few times, although I did recognise him (eventually ) to my memory I never seen him play.

     

     

    Broke my heart though to see Celtic legends have to come into the shop in order to earn a living.

  12. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Hoi Weefra, I wish you were with me. I could do wi a good swally partner here. Mrs acgr’s a lightweight in the bevvy department.

     

     

    Excellent news re Mrs Weefra’s results. Very happy for you both.

     

     

    Off oot to a 60th birthday bash.

     

     

    Enjoy the game tomorrow if you do make it along. Hopefully a decent crowd to cheer on the bhoys.

     

     

    Hoooooooooops

     

     

    :-)

  13. Paul67,

     

     

    A fine article, RWE stay strong.

     

     

    Weefra,

     

     

    Glad to hear of the good news for the Good Lady.

     

     

    I also see the Dandy Dons won again today, well done them, they are doing very well. Celtic will be well up for their visit. We owe them after last seasons Scottish Cup game as well.

     

     

    Bring it on!!!

  14. That’s the quietest 15 minutes ever from DL on Snyde, Delahunt,Keevins and a Sevco caller, getting stuck into the huns songbook

  15. my braw cousin Kathleen from Clydebank was telling me her 10 year old grand daughter got her first Celtic Euro night on Thursday….absolutely adored the whole thing …there will be many like her I am thinking…..

     

     

    wee lass has not stopped grinning since

     

     

    braw

  16. Snyde doing all it can to divert the sectarian thingy to the chelsea/ paris debacle

     

     

    Cowards every one of them ………………….sweep sweep……brush ..brush

  17. A Ceiler Gonof Rust,

     

     

    “I could do wi a good swally partner here. Mrs acgr’s a lightweight in the bevvy department.”

     

     

    wtf, I don’t know how you manage to drink the amount you do….

     

     

    and still seem relatively sober as well. ;))

     

     

    Enjoy the golfing.

  18. WeefratheTim

     

     

    Just catching up and read about mrs weefra

     

     

    brilliant news, hugs all around :-)))

     

     

     

    hope you make it tomorrow sir missed you ,acgr, doc and lefty on Thursday night

     

     

    HH

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