Sometimes it just isn’t your night.
But sometimes you get exactly what you deserve, and tonight the historic record stands thus; 22 European games last season and this, and seven wins. On the back of that they got to a final.
They also crashed out of the Champions League once.
They need a big performance at Ibrox or the record will be seven in 23 and out of that tournament again.
When the dust settles at Ibrox next week I expect that a lot of revisionism will be going on. But this site has said it from the start; their European displays have just not been that good. Certain results stand out, but overall it is not impressive. Especially away.
There will be revisionism too about how long it took some of our players to settle in. It’s all nothing but Belgian waffle. Giakoumakis in particular will be held up as the proof that Colak will come good. He’ll have to do it quick.
Most of our players hit the ground running and never looked back.
There are players in their team who are a triumph of hype … the new signings have been expected to lift them to a new level. It’s early doors … but the signs are more amusing than anything we need to be concerned about.
They were all over the place tonight. The Belgian Bhoys pulled them to pieces. I thought they looked a lot like us; they play a high press, they move the ball quickly, players know when to move and where to move to … they are well capable of scoring at Ibrox because that tonight finished 2-0 but it could have been a much more convincing score-line.
VAR is getting it in the neck, of course … I find it hilarious. It’s a penalty kick. Kenny Miller is greeting like a big wean about not knowing if it’s intentional but admitting that he doesn’t understand the rules.
No shit, Sherlock. I am sure the ref does.
All of a sudden, all these people who have been looking forward to VAR’s introduction have realised that it’s not being introduced to give their club every decision.
Their bubbling about this one tonight is hilarious. It caps the whole night off.
“Van Bronckhorst looks frustrated …” Alan Hutton said.
Aye, that he wasn’t managing against David Martindale tonight.
You could see the fear on his face.
The loathing will come when their fans have to watch a Champions League knockout next week.