I’m not up to date on German football or the Leipzig team and couldn’t name one of their players. Well, I can now, Matheus Cunha scored on the half hour. Up until that point Celtic had been comfortable in a way we know would lead to disaster. You could say they were a bit unlucky with the opener. Christian Gamboa, our third or fourth choice full back, who will be given a free transfer in the summer took a fresh air swipe and missed the tackle and the ball. The ball went wide and then into the box. Eboue Kouassi, whose last game against Hearts at Tynecastle was so bad, I never thought I’d see him a Celtic shirt again, but here he was with Brown injured, patrolling the centre of midfield. Put it this way, we were sweating the fitness of a free transfer from Kilmarnock, Youssouf Mulumbu, who has played two games, both of which we’ve lost and he is ahead of the pecking order than Kouassi. The ball comes into the box, Kouassi takes a fresh air swipe (yes, I know I’m repeating myself). Boyatta, Celtic’s best central defender is out of position, nothing new there you might say, but he has been impressive since he downed tools, which isn’t really difficult. Beside him in Leipzig is Jozo Simunovic who can’t play on plastic pitches because of his knees, or grass either, as was also shown in his last display also at Tynecastle. On the bench was one of Celtic’s most impressive defenders since the introduction to the team, Filip Benkovic (on loan, and likely to go back to Leicester at Christmas, but we need him now). Those defensive changes alone would make you thing Brendan has his eye on Sunday’s game against Hearts. Throw in the presence of Lewis Morgan, who I quite like, but let’s face it, for big games its James Forrest. And Ryan Christie, up front partnering Edouard. The latter having at least been unlucky with a few shots on the opposition goal. And when we were 2-0 down, Bruma scoring an identikit killer second, three minutes after the first, and Leipzig playing what from that point on was like an end-of-season friendly. But Edouard was through on goal near the end and, as everybody knows blew the dog’s chance to make a game of it, like Hibs did on Saturday.
He missed and we missed a few first team players. Game winds down. Big game on Sunday. This tie reminded me of when Brendan was Liverpool manager and they were playing away in the Santiago Bernabéu and he played Kolo Toure at centre half. Incidentally, Toure had a fantastic game, but he was so far out of the Liverpool team he was helping with the kit. So I think we can see Brendan was being pragmatic and he’s got previous. Shit team. Shit performance. Shit game. We’re out of Europa, OK, I’ll say it unless our coefficient includes the dog’s chance. Celtic have lost their sparkle, but I’m hoping we get it back – quickly. Sunday would be good.