Michael Stewart was looking on the bright side after Celtic were held to a 2-2 draw by Lille in the Europa League.

The pundit, who often appears on Celtic TV, first discussed the game at half-time. The Hoops were 2-0 ahead at that time thanks to a Mo Elyounoussi double.

Great first half from Celtic, which should be a huge boost for their confidence” Stewart said on his personal Twitter account.

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Even after Celtic were pegged back in the second-half, Stewart was focusing on the positive aspects of the night.

“Would have taken a draw before the game”

“Celtic would have taken a draw before the game. Looking at the dynamic of the game it’s disappointing to lose the lead. But there are lots of positives for Celtic to focus on” Stewart said, whilst appearing on the BBC Sportsound live coverage of the game (29/10/20, 19:52).

The main positive was of course how well Elyounoussi played. It was undeniably his best performance in a Celtic jersey.

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However, others also shone. Diego Laxalt continued his excellent start to his Celtic career. Albian Ajeti also impressed, despite not finding the back of the net. Not to mention the return of Nir Bitton and Odsonne Edouard to the side. That is maybe the biggest bonus of the night.

 

Obviously it is disappointing anytime you blow a two goal lead. However, as Stewart says, Celtic would have taken a draw before the ball was kicked.

Hoops conceded after key man was injured

Maybe the biggest disappointment on the night was the fact that Kris Ajer had to go off injured. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that the goals Celtic conceded came after Ajer, who had been the Hoops’ best defender on the night was taken off.

The return of Nir Bitton should take the edge off Ajer’s injury. However, he will still be a miss if he is out for a prolonged spell.

Still, after the poor performances of recent weeks, it is time for Celtic to focus on the positives, as they are there to be found. Stewart has realised that, and so should Neil Lennon.

In other news, Chris Sutton has delivered his verdict on Celtic’s performance.

 

 

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