BBC man Tom English lays into Celtic following Copenhagen defeat

By David Walton

February 28, 2020

Senior BBC journalist Tom English has been laying into Celtic after their defeat to Copenhagen last night.

In a shocking turn of events, the Danish champions came to Parkhead and turned around their Europa League last-32 deficit. Celtic went into last night’s tie as big favourites after securing a fine 1-1 draw in Denmark thanks to Odsonne Edouard’s goal over a week ago.

Edouard was on the scoresheet once again at Parkhead. However, strikes from Michael Santos, Pep Biel, and Dame N’Doye secured progression for the classy Danes as they eased to a 3-1 success.

Copenhagen ran riot late on (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Many of the supporters and pundits have been having a real pop at Celtic for the dreadful display last night. And, speaking to the BBC (28/02, 22:06), senior journalist English put it appropriately as he slammed our composure.

“That was a calamitous second-half performance from Celtic. The defending was shocking. Copenhagen are a decent team but Celtic made them look better than they are with catastrophic errors. There was collective panic.”

So many things wrong with last night

Hopefully the good night’s rest will have led to some cool heads this morning. However, even then, there’s still not much that went right last night.

It all started with Neil Lennon’s team selection. Why we decided to change our system to a back four as opposed to going with the 3-5-2 is anyone’s guess. This is a system that had been working for us, and it looked extremely likely that we would’ve gone through had we gone with it.

Jozo Simunovic starting was another big questionable decision. The centre-back has made costly errors in Europe before, and did so again last night by playing a key role in two of Copenhagen’s three goals.

Griffiths was lively when he came on (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the lack of game-management after getting back into the game was criminal. When Edouard chipped home a superb penalty kick, the game became an absolute mess. Tom Rogic lost the ball in a midfield that was totally bereft of Celtic players, and it inexplicably led to a four-on-three counter. Copenhagen’s second goal was a sheer farce, with their third not any better.

So there are plenty of reasons for last night’s collapse. Poor decision-making from the manager, individual errors, and a lack of game-management were the main ones. Yet even after having time to sleep on it, the result still isn’t any easier to take.

Where did it all go wrong last night for you? What changes would you have made to the starting line-up? Did Lennon miss a trick? Let us know your thoughts in the discussion forum below.