I feel the last few weeks kind of encapsulates what supporting Celtic is all about within just a few games.
There’s been highs and lows, excitement and elation, drama and disappointment.
From the last gasp drama of our historic away win in Moscow courtesy of the big Greek enigma, we came back to Paradise to face Hearts in the SPL and win 1-0 in a game that won’t live long in the memory except for the fact that the enigma scored again in what seems to be his best scoring season for quite a while having already bagged a couple in Europe.
After that we made the short trip through to Paisley to face St Mirren in a game that could have proved tricky with Barcelona at the Camp Nou looming on the horizon. The gaffer made a few changes to what was becoming a settled side but the Bhoys turned in a fantastic performance that simply blew St Mirren away!
Every player was fantastic, 5-0 it finished and to be honest it could have been any score above that and the Buddies couldn’t have complained, the pick of the goals coming from big victor who’s stock continues to rise. A mention must go to Tony Watt as well who never gave the saints defence a minute to rest all day he was everywhere and fully deserved his goal. Bring on the Barca the fans somewhat optimistically cheered!
The Bhoys landed in Barca on the back of that 5-0 rout with confidence high but under no illusions as to how hard it would be to first of all contain that magnificent Barcelona side but to try and take anything from the game. Backed by a fantastic support which I was proud to be part of the Bhoys stunned the Camp Nou with what was our first and virtually only attack in the first half, a free kick swung in and met by big Sammi deflected off mascherano and into the net sending the celts fans that seemed to be everywhere in the stadium delerious! We were beating the best team in the world in their own back yard! One of the highlights fore was during the first half as we had a rare spell of possesion the celts fans gave it the old ‘OLE’ with every pass!
Then it was backs to the wall for the rest of the night! We kept them out and forced them to play square most of the time until 1min before half time when we were undone by the old 1-2 times 2! Iniesta finished off a neat passage of play to level it up ‘joga bonito’ indeed.
The second half began and if big Victor’s header was a yard to the right we would have taken the lead again and the non existent roof would have come iff the stadium! but from there on in it was all Barca but the Bhoys held them out forcing them to play square all night until just as it seemed we might snatch the most unlikely of points on the road it was our turn to suffer last minute heartache as Jordi Alba snuck in at the back post to bundle in a stoppage time winner for the Catalan giants. Ouch!
Fast forward to Saturday and it was Kilmarnock at home in a game most Celtic fans were expecting to be a walkover. Kenny Sheils side however had other ideas and having beaten us in the cup final last season they would have been confident of getting something from the game. In what seemed to be a role reversal from the Barcelona game it was Celtics turn to have almost all of the possession and be forced to play square passes all day long and struggle to penetrate.
However it was Killie’s turn to score a minute before half time and shock the champions. Cillian Sheridan scoring the goal which was the 4th goal Celtic have conceded right before the end of a half since that game in Moscow, which should be a concern and needs to be addressed. The second half was more of the same, Celtic with most of the ball, Killie closing us down and shutting us out until Liam Kelly scored a penalty in the 64th minute to send the travelling fans just as wild as we had went in Barca! If we deserved credit for our performance in Catalonia then the team from Ayrshire deserved credit for their performance in Glasgow. Having said that Celtic could have been level in the second half if a (wrongly imo) disallowed izzy goal had stood and Tony watt had netted from about five yards into an open net. But alas it wasn’t to be!
So there you you have it, another crazy few weeks following Celtic post armageddon! all that drama and not a zombie in sight!