David Potters Reflections: “So, what on earth was all this about, Celtic?”

23
Nov
2017

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

So, what on earth was all this about, Celtic? We had hoped that things were slowly beginning to move in the right direction at least after the Bayern game, but tonight was as bad as anything we have ever seen in Europe. It was all the more frustrating that we got off to a good start with a brilliantly taken goal from Dembele, and for about 8 minutes we looked good! But then Scott Brown with a pass rightly described by one and all as “sloppy” (Chris Sutton’s favourite word!) let PSG in, and we began to feel even with the score at 1-1 that we were about to obey the immutable law of Celtic in Europe that we must cave in. And we did! By half time, we were wondering what was on the other channels of the TV. Yet again, we started the second half, looking as if we had learned a lesson and looked likely to limit the damage, at least, but then again the roof fell in, and we are once again the laughing stock of Ibrox, England and Europe. And worse than that, they are beginning to rub their hands in anticipation in Motherwell!

Let us lose this red herring of how good PSG are! Yes, they are good, as befits a team on which so much money has been lavished. But if Celtic are ever going to even compete at this level again, we really must play a lot better, and if these players are deemed to be not good enough for Europe, then so be it. Either find players who are a lot better, or accept that this is our level and brace ourselves every autumn for our annual horse-whippings! And yet…that display of our fans all around the ground in the 67th minute should tell us that it does not need to be like that. We have done it before. Remember that, Celtic!

OK, let’s get the depression out of our system. Let’s deal with it and move on. No sense in pointing out individuals. We are all in this together. There are two pieces of good news.

One was that Anderlecht also lost, which means that unless we lose 0-3 at Celtic Park on December 5, we will play in the Europa League after the New Year. That would at least be something. The other piece of good news is that, apart from our own feelings of embarrassment and hurt, the result does not really matter in any real sense, as long as we can get the depression out of our system, preferably on the plane home! What happened in Paris should stay there.

We have an immediate chance to bounce back. It is called the League Cup final. Win that one, Celtic, and all will be forgiven. Lose it and the Press will start talking about a crisis. The Hampden game always was more important than PSG. Those who had a bad game tonight must take the proverbial “long hard look at themselves” and come out, angry but determined to give tonight’s devastated army something to cheer about on Sunday. It is over to you, Brendan! You are now facing the biggest test of your Celtic career. Win on Sunday, and all will be forgiven.

Oh, how it hurts!

8 Comments

  1. Posted November 23, 2017 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    to compete at the same level as psg all we have to do is put every season ticket up to—————————————————————————————————————————————————–£20,000————————————————————–

  2. Seamus O'Broin
    Posted November 23, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    We need a proper defence….pronto.

  3. Posted November 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I normally like Dave’s blogs and this is no exception. What I will add though is that a 7-1 defeat, or worse still a 5-0 grubbing at Celtic Park is totally unacceptable. I also think that winning the league cup against Motherwell is …well sort of ho-hum and so what and sort of “ you beat Motherwell in the diddy cup”. This will not eradicate thoughts of a 7-1 reverse in my eyes.

    Defensively Celtic are years behind the elite of Europe, we are outdated, slow, cumbersome and terrible. Was it even fair to bring in Simunovic to such a game after a long lay off? If you had to do that why not play Bitton in front of the back four, he’s been doing very well at the back and was unfairly dropped. Brown is out of his depth at this level, we all know that so in fact the defensive cover was nil. Rogic, Armstrong and McGregor are not defensive midfielders, Ntcham same, likes going forward too much. We all know that even the SPL teams give us heart palpitations
    when they attack our defence, this needs to be sorted.

  4. John
    Posted November 23, 2017 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    We are NOT the laughing stock of Europe. We looked knackered at the end. A for effort. We lack world class players because we can’t afford them. PSG will do to plenty of other teams what’s th

    • Claire McGinley
      Posted November 24, 2017 at 1:01 am | Permalink

      What a load of rubbish. It’s not possible for us to compete with PSG when there’s such a massive disparity in spending. They’ll hammer much better teams than us. It’s like expecting Alloa Athletic to seriously compete against us ! It’s not possible. PSG are guaranteed to win this competition. You just have to sit back and enjoy the show and stop whinging.

  5. Richard Colwell
    Posted November 23, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    This PSG team, let’s not forget, hammered Barcelona 4-0 just 7 months ago – and then added Neymar and Mbappe for £360 million. Yes, we gave the ball away cheaply a couple of times and could have done better – but PSG are on a different planet to us in terms of money. I’m happy with the progress being made and with the manager – in Brendan I certainly trust.

  6. Claire McGinley
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    What a load of rubbish. It’s not possible for us to compete with PSG when there’s such a massive disparity in spending. They’ll hammer much better teams than us. It’s like expecting Alloa Athletic to seriously compete against us ! It’s not possible. PSG are guaranteed to win this competition. You just have to sit back and enjoy the show and stop whinging.

  7. Tom
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Yes, let’s just wait and see what PSG do to other top European or English teams before we pass judgement on this Celtic team and manager.

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