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Celtic Beaten Tonight Not By Better Quality But By Absolutely Stupid Mistakes.

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There was a certain inevitability about what we witnessed tonight, a tired grim certainty.

At 2-1 up with ten to go, after a pretty decent 80 minutes marred by a couple of mistakes and the customary ridiculous set-piece concession, I knew we had it in us to shoot ourselves in the foot.

There had been too many scares amongst the mistakes, too many times the German side got opportunities which hadn’t quite fallen right for them.

I don’t mind losing to superior quality. I’ve seen it happen loads of times in Europe.

I don’t have an issue with that. I mind losing to basic stupid errors.

I mind spotting a guy on the far past with nobody near him, who you know will have all the time in the world to pick his spot for the lay-off if they get it out to him.

I mind seeing a guy standing on the edge of the penalty area, totally unmarked, to smash home the winner.

I mind, as I said a moment ago, the almost set-your-watch-to-it spectacle of a corner putting us behind.

This is basic stuff, and none of this happened because we were too gung-ho, because we left every man up the pitch.

Put someone on the posts for the corner and you don’t concede the first goal.

Have someone marking the guy at the back post and he doesn’t make that killer pass so easily.

And for God’s sakes, do not let one of their best players have all the time in the world to strike that ball anywhere he likes for the winner.

That is rank. That requires some serious introspection from the coaching department.

It is simply bad and it would be bad against any opponent, but against their kind of quality you are asking for trouble and trouble is happy to chap the door.

We are unlucky with the Bitton injury.

But hasn’t the manager seen enough to know that like-for-like attacking substitutions, against Leverkusen away, when all we need is a draw and we’re in a 2-1 lead, is completely barmy?

Especially when it weakens your team overall by depriving you of two of your hardest working players.

One off for a defensive player would have been smart.

I have no idea why playing it safe and leaving Germany with a massive result was seen as the lesser move.

We got what we deserved tonight for such basic mistakes.

There is no excuse for those kinds of errors.

I appreciate that without the team’s attacking philosophy we wouldn’t have got goals in Spain and in Germany, which is probably more than most of us hoped for.

The manager is onto something there; we had the lead in both of these massive games.

But he refuses to compromise and that has cost us a place in the next round of this competition.

It has turned what would have been a rocking night at Celtic Park, with the best of this club certain to have been on display, into a damp squib of a tie meaning absolutely nothing.

There is no escaping the reality of this; with proper game management and some defensive common sense we would have taken the scalps of the two biggest teams in this group, away from home.

Tonight would have been one of the most memorable away results this club has achieved in years, and here we are cursing the utter stupidity of it, the utter waste, instead.

Not a happy camper tonight, not at all.

I said earlier today that these games are about learning lessons; by God that was a sore one to take.

If we don’t learn from this, if the coaching team repeats those mistakes, then they will have big, big questions to answer.

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34 comments

  • Magublican says:

    It doesn’t start with silly mistakes. Another transfer window is needed. If you watched the game tonight it clearly shows why Jaranovic needs to play on the right side. No flow down the left. Every time he gets the ball he turns into the pitch rather than gaining ground down the line. He is out of his comfort zone. Every pass is with his right foot. He can’t challenge down the left. Welsh always looked then went across to the right. Jaranovic had one cross all game. It looked like he was driving a car with reverse steering. After this window I expect Juranovic to be playing as our RB starter. Just imagine how diminished Frimpong would have been if he played tonight on the left. Once he plays on the right Celtic will improve tremendously.

  • The Bunnet says:

    Mikey Johnston wasted several good openings once he came on and resembled a headless chicken.

    Abada will probably come good again but has been woefully out of form for weeks now.

    Ajeti & McCarthy just dont look good enough.

    Bottom line is the first 11 are pretty decent but once we go for replacements they are just not up to standard.

    What a difference it makes having a great keeper again though

  • Bill says:

    James,
    Methinks your analysis is a tad unfair. Our bench is way to shallow and Ange knows that.
    Sitting back and playing defensive rarely works for the opposition that we play in the SPFL so I don’t think inviting a full on wave of attacks would’ve allowed us to see out the game.
    What need is a second string of players that are just slightly below the first team best selection. We’ve barely lost away from home to some of the best teams in Spain and Germany. Given where we were at the start of the season I think that’s a commendable accomplishment.
    Remember also that Kyogo has already played a full season so unless we manage his minutes carefully he won’t be there for the business end of our domestic season.
    If someone had said at the beginning of the season that this is where we would be at right now, I think they would’ve considered it very successful.

  • Iljas Baker says:

    I think this game shows we are playing with one hand tied behind our back in Europe in terms of resources and that’s on the Board. BL are not a great European team by any stretch of the imagination but enough of their players are better than ours. Moreover our better players for some reason didn’t make much headway in the game. Calmac played as ineffectively as I’ve seen, ditto Turnbull. These are crucial players in opening up the opposition but didn’t succeed. I think Juranovic has to replace Ralston at left back as he is arguably the better player, especially for European games when the standard of the opposition is higher. It’s harsh on Ralston but things in Europe are different from SPFL. Although it may have happened anyway, we were undone by our substitutes – not one made any telling kind of contribution. At this point in time three of them are nowhere near where a Celtic player should. Abadi is the exception but his form has dipped. Ajeti, Johnson and McCarthy cannot cut it in the SPFL (yet?) so why expect them to cut it in Europe now? I hope Ange learned something, I think he did. I hope the Board got the message.

  • Peter Cassidy says:

    They scored 7 goal against our 2 over 2 matches i would say poor from celtic team just not good enough yet to really give it a real go in the europa at present thats our level.cl different level also at present would be embarrassed by some of the cl teams Liverpool City Chelsea psj no thanks give ange time and money but will he really get the backing from this board up to now i don’t really think so look at the coaching staff still here thats shows you how much the board thinks no vision no ambition just keep the revenue coming in ange will get piss@d off and get out just like Rodgers ££££ hope i am wrong but time will tell.

  • Chas Mcalindon says:

    It’s easy to say it was basic mistakes and not a gap in quality, but we rode our luck like a few spl teams have at home, and we lost goals the way a few spl teams have against us. A better team will force errors as well as unexpectedly good displays, and the Germans did both last night. We are not ready yet, but we are progressing and learning to be an almost formidable team in Europe. First we take our own league back, then maybe we conquer Europe. ‘mon the hoops!

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