Celtic's 12th man and four other things we learned against Leipzig

By Connor Gordon

November 9, 2018

The Celtic fans were on form making Parkhead a fortress once again as The Bhoys defeated RB Leipzig 2-1.

Celtic took a first half lead but the visitors restored parity for only 16 seconds as the Hoops went in front once again.

The match showed the strength of the Celtic fans and why the team shouldn’t be tinkered with.

Atmosphere got to Leipzig players

Celtic Park’s fortress atmosphere scared the Leipzig players according to their star man.

Marcel Halstenberg admits his players were overawed by Parkhead. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Marcel Halstenberg said: “We were a step behind too often today and made too many misplaced passes.

“Perhaps the atmosphere got to one or two of us as well.”

The stadium temperature was set pre-match as it was the debut of the new ‘disco lights show’.

The Celtic fans roared their team to victory and got behind the team when Leipzig equalised.

Team mustn’t change

One glaring thing that didn’t change was the team.

The performance benefited from it massively as this group performed admirably again.

Captain Scott Brown will find it difficult to return to the starting 11. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Celtic are without presumed key midfielders such as captain Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham.

Nevertheless, Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic rose to their task.

Even if Brown, Ntcham and others return they must only be selected due to injuries.

Lustig positioning the only downside

Unfortunately, the only negative was the defensive performance of Mikael Lustig.

One-on-one the Swede defended well and made key blocks across the match.

However, he was constantly shut down by his opponent – four times in the first half.

Celtic will need to look at Lustig’s place in the team. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lustig went chasing the ball too many times, leaving his area of the pitch free.

His lack of pace and weakening stamina is a problem in Europe and must be addressed.

Mulumbu shouldn’t have been introduced

Returning midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu replaced James Forrest to give fresh legs towards the end of the game.

The idea was good in principle as Celtic was defending their slender lead and Forrest was tiring.

However, the game was too fast for Mulumbu and he made too many errors.

He put himself about but made too many sloppy passes and was behind play.

Celtic finally get European luck

Winning a game in Europe always comes with a bit of chance behind it.

At long last, the luck gods shone on Parkhead as breaks of the ball fell to the men in hoops.

The correct passes were being made and players were successfully intercepting perceived lost causes.

Celtic were also saved by the crossbar towards the end of the match, saving the three points.

Brendan Rodgers’ men must count on a couple of big wins in the final two games to qualify for the last 32.