Inter Milan 1-0 Celtic
After the 3-3 first leg draw at parkhead a week ago the hoops went into tonight’s game requiring a win to progress,of course a 3-3 would mean extra time and 4-4 would see us through,celtic started really well pressing inter Milan back into their own half,Gary McKay Stevens was causing the Milan defenders a few issues and he himself had a great chance to score,his low shot of a nice break didnt clear the goalkeepers legs however ,but the early signs were good ..
Celtic were passing the ball very well and its been something that’s been very evident in the teams play since Ronnie deila arrived at Celtic ,the attacking elements of Celtics heritage must have brushed of on the Norwegian coach as he’s implemented it into the current squads play ,Inter Milan must have felt that this was going to be an easy night knowing Celtic had to come at them all they had to do was hit on the counter but stay nice and solid as 3-3 was a result that would see them through…
Celtic though were up and at em from the kickoff and in the first 30 mins probably edged it ,2 penalty claims were denied by the referee who to be honest looked out of his depth for a game so big,the Stuart Armstrong claim for me was a stonewall PENALTY.. but yet again in europe we were denied ,no matter the team were playing well…. until VirgilVan Dyk got sent of with a 2nd yellow card having been booked earlier for a soft foul ,the 2nd challenge in question wasnt even that bad but the referee had his mind made up and the big Dutchman had to go…
It’s at this point the game changed ,Ronnie delia had no choice but to take of an attacking player and throw on a centre half,unfortunately for celtic it was Gary McKay Stevens our best performer,on the back foot now Milan started to come into the game more and up until the half edged it on chances..
As the 2nd half kicked off Celtics task was a hard one 10 men against 11 away from home requiring a goal and a win to go through,another part of the teams play that’s impressed me this season is the pressing in the opponents last 3rd ,on several occasions the Milan players were pressed back to their own box and had to be very clever to clear the ball or find passes,few chances were coming either teams way but the game was entertaining much like the previous week just without the goals…
Craig Gordon though was providing the Celtic faithful with more reasons as to why he is an able replacement for Fraser Forster ,numerous point-blank saves and one spectacular reflex clearance that was just fantastic ,throughout the whole of the european campaign Gordon has been our star performer ,the longer the game went on the italian confidence grew and to be fair to our lads they never panicked,the goal that would eventually win the tie was a thunderbolt shot from (Guarin 87) one of Inter milans best players it flew into Craig Gordons net like a rocket,it came so late there was hardly time for Celtic to get back into it,now they required 2 goals …. so all was lost…!!
Over the 2 games Celtic and its fans showed what a fine club and support they are ,Inter Milan’s fans even applauding the Celtic faithful as they exited the ground ,Mancini praise for the club was a nice touch also ,it maybe over for another season but Celtic can be proud of their Europa league campaign hh
Inter Milan 4-3 Celtic on Aggregate
Inter Milan Go Through……
Celtic v Aberdeen 8th March 2014 Celtic Park Glasgow
Celtics European exploits might be over but the games come thick and fast from here on in ,the first encounter this sunday against Aberdeen is a top of the table clash that if Celtic avoid losing in would go a long way to the clubs push for 4 in a row ,a win would take us 6 points clear with a midweek game against St Johnstone in hand ,Aberdeen come into the game on a 13 game unbeaten run and like Celtic form has been good ,there no doubt Celtic will be hurting from the European games ,but I think they’ll get back on track,the next 4 weeks sees us play Aberdeen then St Johnstone in the league,Dundee utd in the Scottish League cup Final and then the Scottish Cup Quarter Final the following week ,and to round of a treble of games against Dundee utd a league game end of March…so all going well the picture should be clearer by the end off the month …………..
Aberdeen will certainly come with a game plan and im sure this will be a great game this is the best run the club has been on for 10yrs so they will be at 100 per cent ,we have to make sure that the events of the last week don’t effect the teams moral ,europe is gone the real trophys are there to be won now,im sure Ronnie deila and John Collins will have told the players to focus one game at a time the first challenge being the dons on sunday ,a packed Celtic park will make for a fine atmosphere and a worldwide tv audience on sky should be ready for a powder keg Contest the games between the 2 teams are often hard-fought …if I was to predict right now the outcome of the match of course I want to win ..but im going to go for a 2-2 draw in a tough Encounter!!!!
The Games Against Dundee utd
To play a team twice running isnt unheard of but 3 times in a row doesnt come up often Celtic and Dundee utd will go head to head between the 15th of march and the 28 th march in the league cup final the Scottish cup quarter-final and the league …im not a betting man never had much luck at it but id say the law of averages dictates we could lose at least one of the ties ,so by choice personally id want to win both cup ties ,if were to lose one let it be a league game as we can recover that,im looking forward to the games but the teams will be sick of the site of one another come the end of march…
Jackie McNamara is doing a great job at Dundee utd and their s a big celtic connection in there dugout,of course there will be no love lost during the games,the fans have been kinda blessed with a period of football like this,while we look over the city to the tribute act who are struggling badly it must fill the fans with joy knowing were still watching the football David Murray dreamed off for his deceased Glasgow rangers,it truly is a joy to be a fan of Celtic in this period 3 in a row soon to be 4 ,cups and a product on the park only sevconians could dream off ..if we can’t be happy with that then im at a loss to know what could warm the heart more than seeing THEM suffer ………..
Some video Highlights Enjoy…………
TIFO from the home Leg Against Inter Milan
Celtic 4-3 Aberdeen, 16/03/2013
Celtic 2-2 Dundee Utd (2006)
Celtic v Inter Milan Games Home And Away slideshow