As always after a defeat there’s the panic some fans feel, it’s a regular occurrence we have all felt at some time during a league campaign , win-lose or draw this is the fabric of the beautiful game , it baffles me when supporters throw the toys out the pram after a defeat though , I don’t believe it’s a teams Devine right to win every game , throughout a season
there will be ups and downs , god there’s no crisis here yet !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…
Saturday against Aberdeen it was another low-key performance or wait was it just Aberdeen were better on the day , that’s my take , considering we won all the meetings against them last year maybe a defeat was on the cards , look all fans are different , I
support the team win-lose or draw I believe in the people who run the club 100 per cent..
I trust the management and coaching team to do there best to deliver success , I feel it when we fall at a hurdle , Malmö and Aberdeen are hard knocks , but from experience of following the club for 40 odd yrs I know we will turn it around , football brings opinion from all corners and this is fine but let’s not get big-headed like our fallen foe Rangers fc 1873-2012 it was there philosophy that they should never lose and there big headedness that seen them fall on their own sword….
Celtic start slow in league campaigns and get better ,maybe we should welcome a challenge , Aberdeen were our main challengers last season and up until the last few games remained so, if we are to make Scottish football more interesting to young or new fans maybe it would be better if there was competition , Celtic go to Ajax on thursday in the Europa league of the back of a loss and the pressure is really on to take something from the game in the Match my concern is if we lose things get a bit silly with supporters voicing their concerns and shouting for the managers head…
Ronnie Deila has done a fantastic job since coming to the club , the team are fitter , he’s gave younger players s chance and he’s delivered 2 trophys , the team press higher up
the pitch and the football has been good to watch , over the 6 games in the Europa league I think we have enough to be 2 nd , we may very well lose on thursday, but it’s not a crisis just like the premier league we will come through in the end , let’s just support the team and enjoy the success come May good things come to those who wait Hh
Ajax v Celtic
UEFA Europa League
17th September 2015
Kick Off 18:00
OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT
Saturday, September 12, 2015
(Rooney 57 pen., Quinn 86)
(Griffiths 35 pen.)
PAUL Quinn’s late strike for Aberdeen saw Celtic fall to their first defeat of the league campaign and relinquish top spot to the league to the Dons.The Hoops had led at half-time through Leigh Griffiths’ penalty after the striker had been fouled in the box by Andrew Considine.But when Dedyrck Boyata was penalised for a challenge on Graham Shinnie, Adam Rooney levelled the match from the spot 12 minutes into the second period.And despite going down to 10 men when Johnny Hayes received his marching orders, Quinn finished off Niall McGinn’s free-kick four minutes from the end as Celtic’s afternoon ended in disappointment. New Bhoy Tyler Blackett was handed his Celtic debut as Ronny Deila made four changes to the team who defeated St Johnstone 3-1 before the international break.
The defender, signed on a season-long loan from Manchester United, started at left-back for the Hoops. Mikael Lustig, Charlie Mulgrew and Stefan Johansen also returned to the side.Virgil van Dijk, who has now joined Southampton, Saidy Janko, Emilio Izaguirre and Kris Commons were the players to drop out.Top scorer Griffiths retained his usual place as the lone frontman and he almost capitalised on a mistake from Andrew Considine inside two minutes to provide the perfect start for the Scottish champions, but goalkeeper Danny Ward reacted quickly to push his low shot wide.In windswept, rainy conditions, the match was being played at a frenetic pace as both sides fought for supremacy, though the Hoops were enjoying the better of the early possession.
Mulgrew headed over from Gary Mackay-Steven’s corner, before Griffiths cracked a free-kick off the bar via a deflection after Johansen had been felled on the edge of the box.At the other end, Considine couldn’t keep his header down from Hayes’ corner as the Dons crept into the contest. A stunning save from Gordon midway through the half prevented Kenny McLean’s header from finding the net but the flag was raised in any event for a foul.Blackett was looking assured on his first outing for the Hoops, defending diligently and getting forward to support the attack when required. One lofted cross from the defender found Griffiths in the box but the striker’s spectacular scissor kick never threatened Ward’s goal.
In the 34th minute, however, the Hoops hitman was rewarded for his persistence as Celtic broke the deadlock. Mulgrew sent a raking ball over the top and Griffiths did brilliantly to take the ball in his stride in the box and evade the clutches of Considine, forcing the defender to haul him to the ground.Referee Craig Thomson pointed to the spot and Griffiths confidently converted from 12 yards. Emboldened by their goal, Ronny Deila’s men thrust forward in search of further reward before the break and a precise cross from Johansen was met by Griffiths but he couldn’t direct his header on target.Aberdeen were the team in the ascendency as the second half got underway, however, and there were frenzied claims for handball against Charlie and a penalty among the home support when Mulgrew cleared Shay Logan’s cross.
But they got their wish in the 56th minute as Boyata barged into Shinnie on the byline, with Rooney finding the corner from the penalty.At this stage, the momentum was with the home side and the Hoops rearguard were forced to deal with a number of dangerous crosses into the box.However, the match looked to be swinging back in Celtic’s favour in the closing stages as Johnny Hayes saw a straight red for a rash challenge on Lustig. But aside from a couple of efforts from substitute James Forrest, which Ward saved comfortably, Celtic never took advantage of their extra man.Instead it was the Dons who grabbed the winning goal as McGinn’s hanging free-kick fell for defender Quinn who stabbed home.That was the cue for a late Celtic rally. Brown shot wide after being supplied by Forrest and when Griffiths rounded Ward and saw his attempt cleared off the line by Considine, he and Celtic knew it wasn’t to be their day.
CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon: Lustig (Ambrose 73) Boyata, Mulgrew, Blackett; Brown, Bitton; Johansen, Rogic (Forrest 73) Mackay-Steven (Ciftci 77); Griffiths
Not Used: Subs: Bailly, Commons, Janko, McGregor
ABERDEEN (4-3-3) Ward; Logan, Taylor, Quinn, Considine; Jack, McLean, Shinnie; McGinn (Flood 86), Rooney (Parker 80) Hayes
Not Used: Brown, Robson, Pawlett, Goodwillie, McLaughlin