One word on Last Night – PROGRESSION

I waited till 11.00 last night to watch the game on Celtic TV because I never wanted to watch the game on a dodgy internet stream. The game was simply too important to be left to the mercy of a dodgy server.

At half time I was really happy, I felt if we carried on doing what we were doing a draw or a snatched win was a real probability. As the second half went on and we had to make enforced changes we were still hanging in there,in fact we were playing well and had periods where we were taking the game to them. The last five minutes I was a bag of nerves and then the ref added another four.

Like everyone else at that point I was clock watching every second seemed like a minute until we got right into the 93rd and suddenly with hope in my heart I thought we had pulled it off. A point at Camp Nou against the best team on the planet and then within a split second it all came crashing down.

I tweeted that I was ‘heart broken’ I was sitting in the house shouting  ‘no.no not like this’ this is so cruel. I got a reply from Tony Cassidy who said “we have a chance James, its that final 5% made up of 1% here, 1% there etc, step by step, happy times everydayAschoolday 🙂  ” and I got the feeling he was right.

We have a very young team who look like they are growing together and as the 1% here and there well that’s right. It’s wee things like working on ball retention,decision making,positional awareness,a bit more knowledge and really just maturing personally and as a team.

The fortunate thing is that we have a young management team and a hungry set of young players who look like they want to get to the highest level they can.

I’m not into that famous Scottish trait of ‘well at least we tried’ I’m interested in the Neil Lennon approach of ‘we need to learn from that’.

This morning it’s still sore but I believe in Neil Lennon and our young team so much that I believe that we can work our way up to being a top European side over the next few years.

Oh and by the way in the main we were very good defensively last night so there is a start.

 

4 thoughts on “One word on Last Night – PROGRESSION

  1. Nice and positive. We are clearly progressing well and as Johann Cruyff has already said, we have made really good and astute signings, whilst also developing young players and we certainly deserve to be at this level. Progress is being made step by step and our defence is much improved, looking very stable now. We are learning with every experience and every game and Neil has grown into a mature and astute manager. We must remember that most teams are not of the calibre of Barcelona and we can be very pleased with how far we have come. The travelling support was also excellent again and integrated extremely well with our Catalan friends, as every one has come to expect. Mutual respect here. I hope ‘Sammy’ is ok. We suffered a bit after he had to leave the field. I have always believed in him and I am very pleased that others are now beginning to realise his worth to the team. I am very much looking forward to the games to come, with a measured, but I think a well placed degree of confidence. I am very proud of my team.

  2. Nice and positive. We are clearly progressing well and as Johann Cruyff has already said, we have made really good and astute signings, whilst also developing young players and we certainly deserve to be at this level. Progress is being made step by step and our defence is much improved, looking very stable now. We are learning with every experience and every game and Neil has grown into a mature and astute manager. We must remember that most teams are not of the calibre of Barcelona and we can be very pleased with how far we have come. The travelling support was also excellent again and integrated extremely well with our Catalan friends, as every one has come to expect. Mutual respect here. I hope ‘Sammy’ is ok. We suffered a bit after he had to leave the field. I have always believed in him and I am very pleased that others are now beginning to realise his worth to the team. I am very much looking forward to the games to come, with a measured, but I think a well placed degree of confidence. I am very proud of my team.

  3. JasCam

    I never got onto the site yesterday so I am thoroughly enjoying the read this morning. Like you, I was heartbroken, not at losing but at the way it happened. I have probably at least double the years of following the bhoys than you and many more on this site and I can assure you this is not the first heartache in Europe. In fact, we could say we have been dogged by dodgy decisions on many levels over the years as well as some unimaginable bad luck. Before the game on Tuesday, I would have been content with preventing an embarrassing or even humiliating defeat. On the night I was ‘gutted’. Today, I am proud of this Celtic outfit and I would go one further than you and say that we have learned and are getting better by the day at performing as required. It is not so much being ‘positive’ any more as ‘realistic’. For me personally, a great week is due to be capped on Saturday as I am being treated to my first live match in over 7 years. You have no idea how much I am looking forward to it. I have not been able to go for a long time because of the travel, the cost and my health. Today, I am like a wain waiting for Santa. Tomorrow I travel up and I will drive my companion crackers with the amount of comfort breaks required as well as being asked if we are there yet all the way. On Saturday, I just hope and pray I cope with the excitement and those b****y stairs I am hearing about. I know it sounds daft, but no matter the score (given the opposition I hope it is double the Paisley one), the day will be oh so memorable. Wish me well and I shall definitely be croaking a few songs as I hear the place needs a bit of atmosphere these days. After Saturday you’ll all realise exactly what’s been missing :>))

    H H

  4. JasCam

    I never got onto the site yesterday so I am thoroughly enjoying the read this morning. Like you, I was heartbroken, not at losing but at the way it happened. I have probably at least double the years of following the bhoys than you and many more on this site and I can assure you this is not the first heartache in Europe. In fact, we could say we have been dogged by dodgy decisions on many levels over the years as well as some unimaginable bad luck. Before the game on Tuesday, I would have been content with preventing an embarrassing or even humiliating defeat. On the night I was ‘gutted’. Today, I am proud of this Celtic outfit and I would go one further than you and say that we have learned and are getting better by the day at performing as required. It is not so much being ‘positive’ any more as ‘realistic’. For me personally, a great week is due to be capped on Saturday as I am being treated to my first live match in over 7 years. You have no idea how much I am looking forward to it. I have not been able to go for a long time because of the travel, the cost and my health. Today, I am like a wain waiting for Santa. Tomorrow I travel up and I will drive my companion crackers with the amount of comfort breaks required as well as being asked if we are there yet all the way. On Saturday, I just hope and pray I cope with the excitement and those b****y stairs I am hearing about. I know it sounds daft, but no matter the score (given the opposition I hope it is double the Paisley one), the day will be oh so memorable. Wish me well and I shall definitely be croaking a few songs as I hear the place needs a bit of atmosphere these days. After Saturday you’ll all realise exactly what’s been missing :>))

    H H

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