Celtic 3—4 Cluj
Celtic haven’t a Cluj how they can score three goals at home, and yet concede four. They were behind as half-time and behind at full-time. This shouldn’t really be a surprise. The first Cluj goal was preventable. McGregor, playing at left back, was nowhere. Deac with a speculative header and the ball found its way into the net.
Celtic’s equaliser was a thing of beauty and James Forest waited and waited before swerving the ball past the keeper and into the net. Celtic had brought the tie level on the night and level on aggregate.
After a mistake in the Cluj defence Edouard finishes brilliantly. The Celtic centre-forward was causing really problems for their defence. Celtic through as it now stands.
Then we have Scott Brown’s moment of madness. A cross comes into the box and the Celtic captain flicks out a hand. Clear penalty to the visitors. Ormani scores. Cluj are now going through on the away goal rule, as they did in the last round, with a late 2—2 draw.
But within two minutes the stadium is rocking. Edouard sets up Christie who scores. Celtic only need to see the tie out.
They don’t. A speculative shot from outside the box. Bain palms it away. Ormani scores again. Great finish. Cluj are now going through on the away goal rule.
Neil Lennon brings on two centre-forwards for the last few minutes, Griffiths then Bayo. They create a few half chances, but the game runs away. The Romanian champions score the winner with the last kick of the ball after six minutes of added time.
The next game against Rangers, more or less decides Lennon’s future. This is a massive set-back. Last year it was no great surprise to go out to AEK Athens. We didn’t have a centre half that could head a ball. Today was more shocking. Scott Bain has been poor from the end of last season to the beginning of this season. He lost a poor goal in at the post against Motherwell. He needs replaced. Bolli Bolli doesn’t look fit for purpose. We’ve just blown Champions League football again. Europa League is boring. I’m not even sure we’ll make it. Very, very poor. Christie and Edouard looked decent. Forest was flying. Elahamad looks decent. Even Ntcham started well. Scott Brown…fuck off. As for the rest, they can fuck off too. Celtic have blew it.
Rangers’ fans will be loving it. The pressure on Lennon, the pressure on this Celtic team has been piled on one-hundred fold. The worst thing is we brought it on ourselves. To score three goals in the Champions League qualifiers and lose four smacks of amateurism and reflects badly on Celtic and Scottish football generally. Not that I give a fuck about the latter. Gutted. Another year of dross.