Italian media laud Celtic's fighting spirit in defeat to Milan

By John Reid

October 23, 2020

Celtic were praised by Italian football website TUTTOMercatoWEB.Com for the fighting spirit shown by the team in the 3-1 Europa League defeat to Milan.

The Hoops looked down and out at half-time when Milan comfortably held a 2-0 lead. However, a formation change and two substitutes by Neil Lennon brought Celtic right back into the game. The Hoops dominated the game for a spell, and were well-worth the goal by Mo Elyounoussi that brought the team back into the match.

The Hoops continued to press until a Milan breakaway goal in injury time sealed the win, but Celtic were much more like their old selves in the second-half, which didn’t go unnoticed in Italy.

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The Hoops players and Neil Lennon were given ratings out of 1o by the website – the highest was Tom Rogic with 6.5. Neil Lennon was given 5.5, but the website praised the Hoops boss for how well Celtic battled in the second-half.

“A k.o. which cannot be surprising for the disparity of values ​​in the field. He asks for its compactness, he gets it in flashes. If nothing else, his people play it up to the last minute: defeated, but with honour” said TUTTOMercatoWEB.Com.

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Roughly translated: the result wasn’t surprising when you consider that Milan are currently a better team than Celtic. Neil Lennon was only partly satisfied with how the team played, and that if nothing else Celtic battled hard until the very end, and went down with honour.

Mo Elyounoussi in action against Milan (Photo by Ian MacNicol – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Will Celtic fans agree with that view of the game? Perhaps. It is true that Celtic were far better in the second-half, but that didn’t stop the team losing fairly comfortably.

Still, there are positives for Celtic to take out of the game. The Hoops could easily have let the match run away from them, but they didn’t do that. The team battled hard, and that is all that Neil Lennon could have asked for.

In other news, Michael Stewart saw a positive in Celtic moving to four at the back vs Milan.