Celtic 1—2 Red Bull Salzburg.
Celtic players have squandered three penalties in a row, in their last three matches and missed another last night, but the rebound from the goalkeeper was netted by the latest penalty takes, the substitute Ntcham. Ironically, that would have made it 1—1 on the night, if it wasn’t for a howler from Gordon, when the keeper went to make a quick throw out, stuck the leg of the Red Bull forward, Fredrik Gulbrandsen who easily netted to make it 2—0 and game over. A score line that reflected Red Bull’s overall superiority. Moanes Dabbur scored the first goal in the second half, with Celtic clinging on to a half-time draw. Gordan had made three top class saves, which had kept Celtic in the match. None of this mattered, of course, that’s his job, what we remember is his error.
But all over the park Celtic were poor. Tom Rogic was simply dreadful. Ayer came on for an injured Lustig, set up a chance for Red Bull, passing the ball backwards towards the Celtic goal only for Gordon to make a great save on a one-to-one. Later Ayer missed a sitter from six yards. But all night he looked nervous and out of sorts. Even Tierney was poor. Sinclair went missing. Christie, who got pass marks, got injured, which is a big blow. Only Forrest stood out. Edouard might just have done enough to wear the Celtic shirt.
Overall, as Brendan Rodgers was keen to point out, we collected nine points from a difficult group, which was enough to give us another European tie and nets a few million in the bank. That’s the positive. Negatives. Same old, same old. Off night and no dazzle, under the disco lights.