David Potter’s Reflections: “A defeat, yes, but at long last our self respect”


Posted By kevingraham

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A defeat, yes, but at long last our self respect. Our fans will forgive losing to one of the best teams in the world (as Bayern undoubtedly are) as long as we compete. This we undeniably did last night. There was no inferiority complex, and there was a sensible attitude to the game with most passes finding their target. There is definitely something here to build on, and it may be that this game goes down as the game in which Celtic grew up in Europe. With attitude and commitment like this, we will win far more games than we lose, even at this high level.

But you are always punished for your mistakes in Europe. What Dedryck Boyata was thinking of, only he knows, but he is a good enough player to learn from this error. Some will blame Craig Gordon – I suppose it will depend on whether you like him or not – but the damage was done when Dedryck decided to let the ball go. Maybe there was a handball there as well. The second goal was a huge disappointment coming so soon after the equalizer, and possibly a specialist centre half might have got there first. But no-one could say that Nir Bitton had a bad game tonight.

And surely those who enjoy persecuting James Forrest must now shut up! He was outstanding and what a lovely through ball for Callum McGregor to finish things off! Stuart Armstrong certainly should have scored in the first half, but he redeemed himself. Kieran Tierney is every bit as good as they say that he is – and we must brace ourselves for all sorts of stories that he is being punted in the January window. I don’t think he will go, however.

Scott Sinclair continues to disappoint. This is a shame for he is a great player and can do better. One flash of what he showed so often last year would have made a great difference. Tom Rogic, much vilified for last Saturday, possibly was not one for long enough. Moussa Dembele tried hard but sometimes seems to lack confidence and conviction.

But this is not the time to condemn any players. They gave of their best, and were as disappointed as we were in the final outcome. Probably Celtic did not do enough to deserve to win, but a draw would have been a fair result.

I watched this one on TV. BT Sport did a great job in showing the passion and the belief of the Celtic fans, something which must have impressed everyone through Europe.There is simply no place like Celtic Park on such nights. We are now out of the Champions League – and that is disappointing, not least to the Champions League itself, but the Europa League looks like a distinct possibility.

And how nice it was to see and hear the old maestro, Henrik Larsson himself! Now looking as if he was there for an audition for D’Artagnan – a great difference from the dreadlocks when we first saw him! – he talked like the authority that he is. And the other two musketeeers contributed common sense as well.

So where do we go from here? Put it down to a learning experience. Let’s now compete against PSG – no easy task – and then beat Anderlecht to guarantee European football after the New Year. And there are also three Scottish trophies to play for and win, starting at Perth on Saturday. We have a record to beat as well on Saturday.

Basically, a good night in spite of the disappointment of the result.

One Comment

  1. Posted November 2, 2017 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Proud of the Bhoys but Boyata and Gordon,How many more mistakes that cost us a decent result,Thes two are needing Gone…

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