David Potter’s Reflections: “best ever European performances at Parkhead”


Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

This must be one of Celtic’s best ever European performances at Parkhead. I wanted to be there, but family circumstances dictated otherwise. But I still enjoyed the game in the company of Messrs Sutton, Hartson, Linneker and Gerrard  on BT Sport .They were all mightily impressed by Celtic, albeit in a superior, patronising kind of a way.

We did not start well, but by half time we were well on top. Slightly afraid that we might blow it all, and certainly one of those who would “stick” at 2-0 rather than “twist”, I nevertheless watched in wonder and awe as we finished 5-0 up, and with the job now surely done – unless we do something really stupid next Tuesday at 4.30 pm. I’m already looking forward to it,

The best point of the night was surely Scott Sinclair’s return to form. He was back to his last season’s best with speed, confidence and the ability to keep the head when presented with a chance. Tommy Rogic’s goal was so reminiscent of last year’s Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen but I suppose it was technically an own goal. I was less convinced about Leigh Griffiths’ “own goal”, never mind what UEFA say. I am giving it to Griffiths, and he deserved it, even though there was one appalling miss from him earlier in the second half.

James Forrest took his goal well, and I hope now that those who do not like him get off his back. I have read some dreadful stuff written about him by people who claim to be our supporters! “Facts are chiels that wnnae ding! ” says Robert Burns. Just look at his record! He has now scored a couple of great European goals this season, and I would certainly keep him in the frame, even if he doesn’t play every game.

I was also glad to see Brendan commend Nir Bitton to the Green Brigade at the end. He had a fine game, and in fact, the defence was never really troubled, however anxious we all were that they might yet lose an away goal. That was a nasty clash of heads, was it not, just before we scored the third goal? Arguably, the referee should have stopped the game, but we were glad that he didn’t. Nice to see Tommy smiling at the end.

Astana were, frankly, overwhelmed by it all. They have a few good players, but no great power up front. No doubt there will be some moaning about the referee, like last year, but the Romanian referee was strict, maybe a bit too strict, and I think the two yellow cards to our players were a bit harsh.

Hopefully we can now settle two issues. Stuart Armstrong will sign, we trust. Would anyone really turn his back on what we saw tonight in favour of Swansea? Ramon Vega once went to Watford – (Why?) – and several have gone to Southampton, when they could have been part of the greatest show on earth, such is the power of the preposterous amount of money that is thrown at mediocre football in England! So stay with us, Stuart, and hopefully you will soon be joined by Patrick Roberts.

But first things first. Kilmarnock would seem a reasonable place to rest a few players (but don’t overdo it, Brendan!) and then we can tackle Astana again. They will be demoralised and not really expecting to win. Stick to basics, Celtic, and make sure that they don’t. And there will be no place on that plane for Mr and Mrs Complacency!

The other point is that this was good worldwide television. Let’s hope that some of the influential people of UEFA have a look at that, and stop talking about “coefficients” and other things, whereby pathetic performances by other Scottish clubs prevent us from automatic entry to the Champions League. This, I repeat, is the greatest show in earth. We really should be in the Champions League as of right.


  1. albert
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Dont think it was in my top performances tbh, A great result but we were not up to the standards we reached last season on a week to week basis.

    5-0 v sporting 2-0 v Real 3-0 v Cologne etc etc.

    No doubt last night was mightily satisfying given the rewards on offer but the heading is ott

  2. Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Sorry David cant agree with you regarding Forrest still manages to underachieve in most games and hides from tough games and players unfortunately we don’t have much choice at the moment as Hayes still not the answer

  3. margaret hagan
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I think some “fans” forget Forrest is a football player and not a battering ram! He obviously suits the man who matters, i.e.BR!

  4. John A
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    The stick wee Jamesy gets does my napped in! Has delivered many times for us and did so again last night. Giruy to all the guerners! Some people always have to have someone to bully. HH

  5. Edward
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    I agree with the complacency concern with the second leg
    Also our performance after 30 minutes was excellent.
    Thank goodness we have Craig Gordon in our goal rather than the Astana goalie
    I agree that Forrest has scored two excellent important goals however he is still not reliable in tough physical games.

  6. Sean lark
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Who would you have? He scored against Karagandy in the last minute to secure us CL qualification he then scores against Rosenberg to keep us on track for CL qualification….. he’s got pace to burn which is the ONLY thing to worry world class defenders…. no brainer,JF is Exactly what we need. HH

  7. vino
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Hail hail the Celtic,a great result last night 5-0. Come on the hoops.

  8. tom campbell
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Not a truly great performance — until the closing stages. Two of our goals were deflections and all were scored against a goalkeeper out of his depth at least on Wednesday’s showing.

    Not a great performance but definitely a great result!

  9. Thai Tim
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    A good read…so proud to be a Celt!

  10. Posted August 18, 2017 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Sometimes there are people who can’t be satisfied. Ever. Win 5 – 0 in a critical Champions League Qualifier and it was “not a great performance.” Wise up would you if not for you rown sake then at least as the rest of us.

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