Tonight’s the night and the script, should Celtic chose to follow it, could not be simpler; avoid defeat by more than 3 goals and European football post-Christmas is secured for the first time since the 2014/15 season when the Hoops narrowly lost out to Inter Milan in the last 32 of the Europa League. Back … Continue reading Celtic versus Anderlecht: European Progression in Our Hands
In my pre-game post I spoke of tonight’s clash with Bayern Munich as representing something of an Acid Test for Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic; another opportunity to test themselves against one of Europe’s top clubs, albeit this time one slightly weakened by injuries. Despite missing the likes of Lewandowski, Muller, Ribery, Neuer, and Bernat, Bayern Munich … Continue reading Going Toe-to-Toe with Bayern Munich: A Tale of Progress and Hard Luck
So far Celtic’s Champions League campaign has gone pretty much according to script and expectation. A Match Day One thumping at home to PSG was not a wholly unexpected outcome given the vast wealth and talent available to the Parisian outfit. Match Day Two saw Celtic exceed expectation with an uncharacteristically comfortable away win against … Continue reading The Acid Test: Celtic vs. Bayern Munich
Give me 8-4 before kick off last week and I would have bitten your hand off, now, somehow it seems like an anti-climactic qualification; one where from a position of great power we are now happy to have crawled over the finish line. For long spells tonight Celtic were simply not at the races in … Continue reading Celtic 8 – Astana 4: It was Never in Doubt (honest)
While last night’s result and performance was far from ideal from a Celtic perspective, the tie is still alive and finely balanced at the halfway stage; all is not lost nor as bad as it could have been if Rosenborg had taken their chances. The build up to last night’s match was hardly ideal with … Continue reading Celtic Vs. Rosenborg: First Leg Fall Out
Apart from the six hour flight, the five hour time difference, the 35 degree heat, and the plastic pitch with no water, it should be alright. It’s what’s thrown at us and we just need to adjust and prepare ourselves as best we can. We have to find a way to get a performance and … Continue reading Astana Vs. Celtic: Green Shoots of Hope for Rodgers’ Celtic
I’ve had a few different posts in mind for a while now but never actually got round to writing them. However, Tuesday night’s ‘disaster’ in Malmo, might just be the catalyst to bring together a few of the main points of these unwritten posts in one place. The main crux of this post is that … Continue reading A Thank You (of sorts) to Malmo
Several weeks ago before the start of the season and the early Champions League qualifiers I posted a couple of tweets suggesting Celtic’s strongest starting 11 and an alternative second string. The response to both eleven’s was, on the whole, positive. I received a number of tweets back agreeing with my opinion on the current … Continue reading What’s Celtic’s Strongest Eleven?