Gordon will get over it and four other things Celtic learned against Salzburg

By Connor Gordon

December 14, 2018

Celtic are in the pot for Monday’s Europa League last 32 draw in Nyon.

It wasn’t in The Bhoys’ hands as they had to rely on a late goal from Rosenborg at Leipzig.

The Hoops massively under-performed at Parkhead and were marred by injuries.

Craig Gordon had a head in hands moment and Dabbour forced defensive lapses from Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer.

Gordon will pick himself back up

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The Celtic number one showed the highs and lows of being a goalkeeper.

He was arguably man of the match for the hosts until he rolled the ball straight to Fredrik Gulbrandsen to score into the empty net.

Poor Craig Gordon throw allows Fredrik Gulbrandsen to score Salzburg’s second. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A man of his experience will brush this off and move on to the next game. It’s up to the players around him and Brendan Rodgers to make sure this happens.

Rodgers needs a new formula

The on-form Celtic as we know them are no more, having been defeated and losing a key player in Ryan Christie.

Mikael Lustig is also feeling nauseous after an elbow to the head.

Furthermore, Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic were empty jerseys.

Scott Brown will be back into the squad for the foreseeable future, which means going back to the old shape.

Makeshift defence will not hold up

A lot of Celtic fans will laugh but agree that losing Lustig was a blow.

Without a natural right-back, Ajer stepped in with Simunovic his nearest defender.

The two out of favour players were torn to shreds by the quick movement of Dabbour and Minamino.

Munas Dabbour gets in between Simunovic and Ajer to score Salzburg’s opening goal. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Israeli forward was in acres of space to head in after managing to fit in between the two defenders.

Fans will be praying for a quick recovery for Lustig and Dedryck Boyata.

Hoops are nowhere near a good European team

The first half showed Rodgers has a long way to go before turning his side into a European force.

But for good saves and the woodwork, the Austrians could have been a few ahead.

On the counter, Salzburg were opening up Celtic at will and making The Bhoys do the chasing.

Salzburg were a Champions League team but for two late goals against Red Star Belgrade in the summer. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

The Austrian champions are a Champions League level team but for a lapse against Red Star in the summer.

Rodgers should look at his opposite number Marco Rose for inspiration.

Old pals act forming with Rosenborg

When the draw was made, thoughts turned to the two Red Bull teams helping each other out to qualify. Little did anyone expect that it was old foes Rosenborg saving Celtic’s skin.

The Norwegian champions bailed the Hoops out with a late goal  by Tore Reginiussen.

At the last game, the Norwegians held a banner setting up another tie next season. Plus, the official Twitter account was happy to see the Scots go through.

Celtic will face one of the Champions League drop-outs next year and it will be a tougher test.

Fortunately a potentially successful transfer window stands in our way. Rodgers and Peter Lawwell must learn lessons from last summer and put this right or face severe consequences.