After a goalless first half where Celtic mostly dominated procession and chances it was the Fins who took the lead with in minutes of the restart. Forster made a fine stop but unfortunately the ball hit off Wakayama into the path of Schuller who took his chance and buried the ball into the net.
It looked like the hammer blow that we wanted to avoid so early in the second half however the Bhoys got their act together and turned in a decent second half performance. Gary Hooper was first to hit back with a goal after Samaras sent a ball to the back post for Hooper to knock the ball in and make it 1 – 1.
Celtic started to up their game and where all over the visitors by the time Charlie Mulgrew knocked in a second with a cracking header from a corner. For 20 minutes after Celtic took the lead they looked like the team who were halfway through their season with every player on the park putting in a shift.
There were moments of slackness throughout the game but it would be harsh to start criticising any of the players in what was their first competitive game of the season. It was also unfortunate that we conceded a goal but at the end of the game we won 2 – 1 and the pressure is now on Helsinki to beat us and hope we don’t score.
I believe we have the ability to score over there next week plus we will be a bit sharper after playing Aberdeen on Saturday. For me Adam Mathews was my man of the match but a few others also put in a good shift.
I’m very happy that we got the season off to a winning start, lets just take it game by game and see where it leads us.
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