Cluj captain Mario Camora on Celtic and Parkhead

By David Walton

August 8, 2019

After the game finished Cluj 1-1 Celtic, the Romanians’ captain Mario Camora came out offered some respect to the Hoops.

Camora played the full 90 minutes last night, but couldn’t assert control on the game. Instead, with Celtic sitting deep, we always remained in charge of the tie after James Forrest’s equaliser.

The result now means that Celtic are heading through as it stands, and Cluj will have to open up and attack us at Parkhead. It was a huge away draw against a decent outfit for Neil Lennon’s Bhoys.

James Forrest came up big for Celtic once again (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

And, speaking to DigiSport after the game, captain Camora admitted he’s looking forward to the “beautiful” Celtic Park.

“It was a very difficult match. The team played very well, got a goal and fought. I think we deserved the victory. Against such a great team, we had to score at least two goals.

“We are not scared of Celtic. It is a team of strong players with high quality. But we’ve shown that we can fight with anyone. It was only the first leg and it ended 1-1. Now, we have to go to Glasgow to score.

“If we have the same attitude as tonight we will have chances to qualify. Our team is in very good shape, as we’ve shown in the championship. We are not afraid of the Celtic supporters, I am glad that there will be a very beautiful atmosphere there.”

Camora comments show appreciation for Celtic toughness

These are nice words to hear from the Cluj man. Even though he has to show some confidence considering the tie is still in progress, he was happy to give Celtic some kind words too.

Cluj have plenty to do in order to win the tie (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

Some Celtic fans may disagree with his verdict on the game. Cluj certainly didn’t deserve to win the contest, but they did create some half-chances throughout the second half.

It now sets up what will hopefully be a fairly routine match at Celtic Park next week. Celtic proved last night that they can overcome Cluj on their own patch. If we perform to the standard we know we can at Parkhead, then the Romanians won’t stand a chance.

Celtic’s European away-day travelers have had some good results to cheer this summer (Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images)

Camora and co threw all they could at us last night. It was so positive seeing a Celtic side actually dig out a result in Europe for a change with a solid defensive display. Especially with that performance coming away from home.

Sure, Celtic could’ve done better with one or two corner kicks. They also didn’t look too smart for the Cluj goal. But all in all, the Hoops performed well, and defended for their lives.

The draw was the least we deserved.