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.