A month ago you could feel the negativity from a celtic support wanting the world as usual …im not devoid of that feeling cause to me celtic are the best team in the uk …you have yer man city man utd arsenal Chelsea but we’ve had some success against them in the last 10 yrs,given the huge finance that the english teams get i feel a bit inadequate but we still seem to find a way to perform in the champions league…ok the result against legia Warsaw was a major blip but good fortune seen us into the game tonight against Maribor,we started well and Callum McGregor got us off to the best possible start with a wonderful finish from a berget cutback..the passing was crisp and carried on from good results against st Johnstone and Dundee utd ,Delia seems to want his team to pass and move and the first goal had all the hallmarks of his football philosophy ….
had we defended better leading up to the Maribor goal we could have settled into the game but within minutes of the first goal we were ripped apart and the Slovenian side took their chance very well …300 celtic fans had taken the long trip and they must have thought de ja vu as McGregor had scored the first goal in Poland and the polish side went on to destroy the hoops ..
But Deila had a better tactical format for this game with kayal and Johanson who had played for deila running the midfield without scott brown both played very well ,kayal is the sort of midfield general that Lennon and mcstay were of the past,injury free and with a run the israeli midfielder can become a very important player for the hoops this season …..he breaks up play and does the dirty stuff the other midfielders arent accustomed too..celtic had chances a plenty in the game and stokes was on the end of most things…
At the back celtic new defence looked a bit fragile at times but Denayer and Gordon will both take time to settle,both have had moments in the last 3 games but have come through with flying colours tonight Craig Gordon had some important saves to make for a guy whos been out of action for 2 yrs he performed really well.
i was so impressed with the one touch passing its very evident that that’s the deila way it makes the opposing team chase the ball and ive not seen this style played by a celtic team for many a long yr it wont work every time but the foundation is there and it can be attractive when it works..we built up play very well and in one nice move it looked like stokes may get a penalty from a handball but it wasnt to be the referee got a few decisions wrong tonight but it didn’t hurt us and i think 2 nd leg at paradise we should be ok….
The twelfth man will see us through,had Johanson taken a chance late on it might be easier but the midfielder was in 2 minds and his eventual shot after a mazy run didn’t bear fruit,we seen the game out and 1-1 in europe away from home is a good result…… at paradise we should finish the job,lets hope we do and the draw is good for us,in recent yrs we have drawn the best of europe and did well,maybe this time we can get a favourable draw ok the old cliché says there’s no easy teams there but,getting Barcelona twice isnt the best ….
For a team and club who lives on a budget that’s almost poverty like compared to all the big clubs in europe,our record is up there with the best of them….
This chance came about with great fortune we were hammered by legia Warsaw in the last round and should have not been in this position but rules are rules and we got the chance tonight we played well and deserved the draw next Tuesday we will find out if this team can take the chance offered,time is now stand up and move on to where we belong …
Ronnie deila seems so relaxed it might set alarm bells ringing but every time he speaks it seems like he hasnt a care in the world but given time i have a good feeling about him maybe he is the man to take celtic to the next level,hes signed loan deals but from good clubs so it might be good business ,lawell always gets the bad press but the money he has generated last few yrs is second to none,taking a different perspective from most fans id say hes doing a good job,no one wants to lose player s like forster wanyama hooper ledley etc but think of the financial state the club is in just now..
ok it would be great to pull in 20 million and spend 20 million as an example but money in the bank secures our future we wont ever get to the premiership,just aint going to happen so building a solid bank balance for the future is a solid plan,it’s not what fans want to here ,but reality is sevco5088 the newco will return some day they call themselves rangers but all of Scottish football know otherwise ,to keep ahead i think lawell and the board have assessed the situation and want a head start,i believe on the current path we can suppace 9 in a row,what a achievement that would be …
for the sake of celtic football club our board are taking us in the right direction its hard to accept when we want the world but patience will see us dominate for yrs to come ill take that hh
OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT
UEFA Champions League
Stadion Ljudski vrt
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
(Damjan Bohar 13)
(Callum McGregor 6)
CELTIC won a share of the spoils in Slovenia tonight after a hard-fought draw with NK Maribor in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off.The Hoops took an early lead through Callum McGregor after good work from Jo-Inge Berget forced Jasmin Handanovic into a save but were pegged back by Damjan Bohar shortly after.Celtic boss Ronny Deila made a two changes going into the match following the emphatic 6-1 victory over Dundee United at the weekend.
Mikael Lustig and Beram Kayal both started as the manager opted for a 4-3-3 over his favoured 4-2-3-1.The Hoops opened the game well, passing patiently through defence and midfield as they studied the Maribor defence for an opening and it wasn’t long before they found it.Jo-Inge Berget showed good determination down the Maribor left to win the ball and poke a shot at Handanovic in the Maribor goal. The keeper stopped the effort but his save fell kindly for Callum McGregor who wasted no time in scoring his third European goal for Celtic and setting the Hoops on their way.
The Bhoys piled on the pressure and almost went two up but Anthony Stokes’ cross from the left was cleared by the home team.Maribor looked content to sit in, despite Celtic’s positive and pressing opening. Their patience soon paid dividends, however, when they dragged themselves equal through Damjan Bohar.The left-winger capitalised on a defensive slip from the Hoops, latching onto a deflected through ball before slotting low past Craig Gordon to make it 1-1 within 15 minutes.
Play resumed at the same frantic pace with which the game opened. Maribor camped in their own half, allowing Celtic possession and time to pick their passes. The Bhoys took advantage of that and tried to pry the home side’s defence apart by drawing them out and attempting to play a killer pass.The Scottish champions enjoyed their best spell of the half shortly after with a succession of corners down the Maribor right.
Good work from Lustig and Stefan Johansen continued to win the set-pieces and the Hoops went close with the second corner after Charlie Mulgrew flashed a header from the back post to the front before the chance was cleared off the line.
Virgil van Dijk then had his own effort cleared off the line from an Antony Stokes corner but the header struck the back of Stefan Johansen and Maribor breathed a sigh of relief.The home side began to edge their way back into the game and threatened through a flow of their own corners.Craig Gordon stood strong though, particularly so when blocking a rasping shot from Agim Ibraimi, and the sides went in even at half time.The second half began with Celtic under pressure from Maribor as the home side looked to turn the tie round.
In a reverse of their first half tactics, the Slovenian champions pressed high up the pitch and deep in Celtic territory.The Hoops were struggling to retain possession in the wake of the new approach from Maribor and were forced to sit tight in their own half.The hosts soon began to test Craig Gordon in goal, with goal-scorer Bohar the main architect of their opportunities.Celtic weathered the storm however and began to ease the pressure by playing long passes to Stokes. The Irishman did well to hold up the ball and bring his teammates into the game but he was smothered by the Maribor defence.
The home side were still dangerous on the break, however, and caught Celtic out with a clever pass which found Ibraimi in space in the box, but the talisman’s strike was saved well by Gordon.
Stokes had to watch another shot go agonisingly wide soon after, as the game opened up and both sides became stretched.Johansen then had the best chance of the half for Celtic with a determined run through the middle of the pitch from his own half but Handanovic raced out to thwart the Norwegian, just as he was set to pull the trigger.
Ronny Deila replaced Berget with Efe Ambrose on 73 minutes and Celtic then had a penalty claim after Kayal was felled in the box but the referee waved play on.Maribor went all out for the win by bringing on Jean-Philippe Mendy for Dare Virsic, and Sintayehu Sallalich on for Bohar.The changes worked as the fresh legs gave the home team more pace but Virgil can Dijk still had space to fire in a rocket from 30 yards out which was tipped over by Handanovic.Maribor made their final change as the game drew to a close, with Amir Dervisevic making way for Ales Mertelj before Celtic also swapped Stokes for Leigh Griffiths.
The home side continued to press but Celtic stood resolute in defence, with van Dijk clearing corner after corner before the Hoops finally won the ball back deep in Maribor’s half.
Nir Bitton replaced Kayal as the seconds ebbed away and the travelling fans were then left elated after the final whistle blew, signalling a positive result for the Hoops to take back to Celtic Park next week.
CELTIC (4-3-3) Gordon; Lustig, Denayer, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; Mulgrew, Johansen; Kayal (Bitton 90); McGregor, Berget (Ambrose 73), Stokes (Griffiths 80)
Not used: Zaluska, Henderson,Commons, Pukki
NK Maribor (4-4-2) Handanovic; Stojanovic, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler; Vrsic (Mendy 73), Filipovic, Dervisevic (Mertelj 80), Bohar (Sallalich 78); Ibraimi, Tavares (C)
THIS COULD BE THE SEASON WE WIN IT ALL KEEP THE FAITH HH