Time for coterie of creative Celts


Leipzig went into the Europa League campaign third seed but favourites to win the group.  All that changed when they lost 2-3 at home to Salzburg in the opening game, but a 1-3 win in Rosenborg and a 2-0 win over Celtic last time out in Germany steadied the ship.

That defeat to Salzburg is one of only two defeats in all competitions for Leipzig, the other coming against Bundesliga toppers Borussia Dortmund.  Leipzig are fourth in the domestic league, a point behind both Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Since that game in Trondheim, they have gone six games without conceding, this is a team who know how to defend.  A point should be enough for them tonight, so Celtic can expect to work for whatever opportunities they get.

Celtic are also a team on form.  Their early season woes are behind them, as they have hit 6, 4, 3, 5 and 5 goals in successive domestic games.  The game has the look for ‘irresistible force meets immovable object’ about it.

Unlike the qualifications games against AEK Athens, or even Suduva, Celtic can play unburdened by pressure tonight.  They can afford to allow the coterie of creative Celts to take the game to Leipzig, knowing that there is little to be earned from closing the game down.  Give Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic, Ryan Christie, Scott Sinclair and James Forrest and opportunity to test their attacking prowess against what is currently the best defence in Germany.

Are we going to win?  I’ve no idea, but I want to know how well we can perform when the shackles are off.


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  1. Thought I’d pass the time waiting for the match in a nice relaxing manner watching the Huns get humped, so far it’s not going to plan.

  2. …………………….Gordon







  3. onenightinlisbon on

    Watching the Sevco game. Listening to the so called commentator Mclean. Comments such as



    “Morelos has scored 4 goals ALREADY in Europe” – how many games have they played!



    “Morelos is a young man who can’t stop scoring” – how many has he scored this season so far?



    “Steven Gerrard’s Rangers”



    Hunfest of the highest quality from McLean and fat Sally – why do I put myself through it?



    And Moscow are perhaps the worst team I’ve ever seen from Russia……..

  4. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    I thought that you had to submit your squad well in advance for games in European competition.


    So why have Spartak been able to play a drunk guy from the pub round the corner from the stadium in goal?



  5. CELTIC: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, Tierney; McGregor, Christie, Rogic; Forrest, Sinclair; Edouard.


    Subs: Bain, Hendry, Ajer, Hayes, Mulumbu, Morgan, Ralston.

  6. Paul67 et al



    Well looks like Brendan agrees with you Paul, re creativity and coterie an aw that as Rabby used to say. It might work, actually it will work if we defend well. Would be one of Brendan’s best results if we win tonight.


    Which I fancy us to do. Come on the Hoops!

  7. Brilliant Celtic against a very good team. SS jnr letting sqiuibs off out the back – what we like!

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