Cometh the hour, cometh the man

Well so the saying goes but it’s quite apt for tonight’s game. The team really have to stand up and be counted.
Celtic’s record in Europe since WGS left is nothing short of shocking with the exception of a win in Moscow our away form has been poor.
Last season we beat Braga at home but the damage was done in the first leg in Portugal. We then beat Utrech 2 – 0 at home and proceeded to totally collapse in the second leg.
Although we were all gutted at another early bath in Europe we had some comfort in the fact that the team had hardly played together and that it might be a blessing in disguise. Lenny could concentrate on gelling the team for the domestic season without the distraction of Europe.
Well we did well enough over the season just missing out on the big prize by a goal. So we were all full of confidence that this season would be better and it still can be. We have a settled squad and the players all know each other well by now.
Unfortunately a lot of that optimism vanished after a poor performance against FC Sion at Celtic park where we failed to score and then of course there was the St Johnstone game which seemed like a continuation of the FC Sion game. The team looked edgy and disjointed.
Granted we have some big players out but it was the wastefulness in the last third in both games which was the main concern.
So here we go again tonight. We need to get this European away form monkey off our backs and I really hope we do that tonight.
Like everyone else I’ve been discussing our predicament with my fellow supporters. Now none of us are managers but the general consensus seems to be that we should go there play 4-4-2 and impose our game on FC Sion. After all they failed to score an away goal at Celtic park so every goal we score is a major problem for them. That’s what many of us would like to see but the chances are we’ll play 4-5-1 and try and hit them on the break.
I really hope and pray that the bhoys go out there tonight and burst a gut for us and themselves. Another season without European football is unacceptable for two reasons. Obviously the extra money helps but more importantly for us to improve as a team we really need to play against good European outfits. If the worst comes to the worst then someone or some people on the Celtic board should have a long hard think to themselves.
However lets be positive and look towards a good outcome and if it doesn’t work out please don’t slaughter our players it does not help.
All the best to Neil and the team.

Hail, Hail and MON THE HOOPS !


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