The glimmer of light for Celtic supporters after bitter Euro blow

By Euan Davidson

February 24, 2022

After disappointment in Europe, it’s understandable that as Celtic supporters, we’re feeling a bit raw.

We’ve played and beaten teams better than Bodo/Glimt, but in neither leg could Celtic get going. Kjetil Knutsen’s side had an answer for everything the Hoops offered, and it just wasn’t the kind of Bhoys display we’ve become used to.

It was perhaps the first game this season where you could use the word “turgid” to describe Celtic. But, there’s some good news.

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Ange Postecoglou and Celtic have reacted extremely well to European disappointments, and sadly, we’ve had a couple this season. Going way back to the start of the season [Sky Sports], we lost 4-0 at home to Bayer Leverkusen, in a chastening night at Parkhead. We then went on to win 5 on the trot, including vital away wins at Pittodrie, Fir Park and Easter Road – typically tough venues.

After coming close against – you guessed it, Bayer Leverkusen again – Celtic once again went on a tear. Victories over Aberdeen, Hearts, Dundee United, Real Betis, Motherwell, Ross County and Hibernian, the latter in the League Cup Final. We made ground in the Scottish Premiership, the squad was beginning to really gel, and we’ve not lost a domestic game in an age.

Could we be doing better in Europe? Absolutely, and surely we will going forward. But we’ve managed to use disappointment as a galvanising force. It’s time to do that again.

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Ange Postecoglou, the squad and Celtic supporters have to turn disappointment into determination

So, the precedent’s there.

Admittedly, this isn’t the best way to learn about ourselves. But some adages are true; you learn more from your mistakes. The performances weren’t nearly good enough, and we should know the levels by now.

But Celtic are better for these experiences. At least, we have been. Last season, European blows were part of a wider, grimmer tapestry. This time round, it’s a case of taking what went wrong tonight and last week, and fixing it.

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The evidence suggests that we can do just that. Ange Postecoglou isn’t the type of manager to take these kinds of defeats lying down. Or to coddle the players and say we were unlucky. In his post-match comments, he struck the tone perfectly; the truth is, Celtic need to be better than they were tonight.

How we react is going to be crucial. Despite everything, this side is in with a good shout of winning the league, and even the Scottish Cup.

Turning disappointment into determination is going to be vital. Again; the evidence suggests we will do just that.

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