Celtic failed to learn lessons from Cluj defeat

By Hamish Carton

February 27, 2020

The most alarming aspect of tonight’s shambles at Parkhead was that Neil Lennon’s men failed to learn their lessons from the Cluj debacle.

We all thought this Celtic team had grown in stature since that August heartache. Perhaps they have.

But on the European stage, in knockout format, they were found badly wanting again.

Lennon cut a frustrated figure (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The frantic nature of the game resembled Cluj defeat

As Odsonne Edouard dinked in his insanely cool penalty on the 82nd minute mark, Parkhead got a little excited.

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It seemed that Lennon’s men did too as they rampaged forward trying to get a winner in normal time, as if the tie depended on it.

Predictably, we were cut open by the Danes in a goal that resembled the dying minutes of a cup tie we were chasing.

There was no need to be chasing it at that stage.

Celtic’s stars just weren’t up for it (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Much like the Cluj loss in August, we were badly exposed at a time when we had the upper hand.

All we had to do was keep calm and not go overboard. It was exactly what Copenhagen craved.

We can look back to Jozo’s costly error. Or the raft of missed chances in both legs. The harsh reality is that the team let themselves down badly in a tie they really should have been winning.

We must improve our game management in these two legged ties.

Otherwise we can forget Champions League qualification next summer. And that’s just the start.

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