In my preview of Celtic’s game four of the Champions League I highlighted the fact that Aberdeen did not test Celtic’s makeshift central defenders as much as one anticipated to be the case by Bayern Munich. The goals that consigned Celtic to a Europa League dogfight with Anderlecht resulted from a Boyata error and Bitton’s inability to get off the ground and challenge for a cross.
If Sviatchenko and Simunovic had been available Celtic would not have conceded as easily as they did. However there is no point blaming injuries as Bayern were missing two of their most important players.
Celtic proved last night that they have the ability to compete at this level. James Forrest and Callum McGregor were both fabulous and it was no surprise when they combined for the latter to find the net. If Armstrong had not missed a ‘pincher’ early in the match Celtic would have earned a deserved and creditable draw. In the grand scheme of things they were never going to wipe the floor with Bayern. Celtic’s fate was sealed on German soil.
To my mind the majority of the Celtic team came of age last night. It was an exciting performance that promised so much but was alas undone by schoolboy defending. Bayern muted the threat of Dembele and Sinclair so successfully that they hardly had a touch. With PSG putting Anderlecht to the sword Celtic are in the box seat for Europa League action in 2018. They have punched above their weight for a pot 4 team.
As one returns to the more prosaic matter of The Scottish Premiership, my tip for runners-up this year, Hibs, won their third game on the bounce with an impressive three goal rout of Kilmarnock. Rangers Lite dropped to fourth, albeit with a game in hand.
If one were to believe Jim Delahunt, McInnes will be unveiled as the new Lite manager today. It was a nice try to ingratiate himself with Level 5 but Lite are poorer than a church mouse with consumption and could not possibly pay the 7 figure release fee. Has Jim been drinking again? One can but hope that he was not behind the wheel on this occasion.
In other news I can exclusively reveal that Lord Bannatyne is currently writing up his findings and decision apropos the Takeover Panel’s petition to legally enforce their concert party regulations. His Lordship’s clerk of court had the good grace to respond to my e-mail yesterday. She was at pains to point out that Lord Bannatyne will come to his conclusions from submissions and evidence presented in court and will not be influenced by my assertion that King’s affidavit was a farrago of lies and that his counsel engaged in sophistry.
It was not my intention to influence Lord Bannatyne. My objective was to inform him and his clerk that the 40,000 strong readership of this award-winning site are paying attention, and if there is any undue leverage by Freemasonry, the TPE should be minded to appeal.
Lite who are limping from loan to loan don’t have their troubles to seek. As one awaits the financial results with bated breath, will this be the last audit by Campbell Dallas? The impending ‘Cold Shoulder’ will not be taking prisoners.
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