Rennes 1-1 Celtic
Well,there’s a cracker of a spoiler for you,innit? Would we have taken that before the kick off?
Damn right I would!
I said previously that in the run of games to the next international window that I would be a happy bunny-not to be confused with a happy clapper!-with four points from our two Europa League matches.
And that it would be 1-1 with next goal the winner. Try finding a bookie to take that bet…
Anyway,to the match. Difficult to criticise the line-up,bar two things. I would have played Ollie from the start,and I wouldn’t have played Mohamed from the off. He isn’t yet fully aware of our system,so he wasn’t always where we expected our left winger to be. And he made some nice runs off the ball which weren’t picked up-because the other players aren’t used to that. Additionally,he nearly got on the end of a ball-a touch from the studs and it was in!-from the inside right position!
He’s definitely a player,but we need to bed him in and get used to him.
Aye,the match. We started well,but didn’t really trouble them much. A few close things but nothing to write home about. Then,IMO,the referee decided to take-or lose-control of a fiercely contested match,one where there were never going to be many awards for second prize. He set down a marker by booking I Wanna for a dive in the area-in fairness,Eddy was taken out,but went down late-and then a yellow for Broonie which left him three quarters of the game with hardly a tackle in him. I thought the ref was being harsh on us,while not awarding them much which wasn’t deserved. But it didn’t faze us,we kept probing up front,kept harrying in midfield,kept denying them in defence.
Until-boom! Kris Ajer had one of those moments where he gets turned on his left. What’s a boy to do,canny stand on his left foot much less tackle with it. So he held on to the jersey for about five seconds with his right hand,pulled the opponent’s arm with his left,and finally took a mistimed swipe with his left leg to bring him down. The referee seemed to take an age to make the decision. I’m not sure whether he had to wait till he’d stopped pishing himself laughing or couldn’t figure out which of the offences to penalise. I love the big fella,but he gets caught like this too often,and he’s gonna have to learn if he wants his career to progress as it should.
Time for some coaching,please.
Fraser dived to his left. About five minutes later,the ball was in the back of the net from the resulting penalty. All that good work earlier,shakes head and half time.
Remember my comment about the referee being harsh on us? Clear trip on Ryan early on,no penalty. But we got one a few minutes later when Jamesie-who was now on the left,Ollie on for Mohamed-tied their defender in knots. Duly despatched by Ryan,and game on.
This wasn’t a 1-1 draw which petered out,this was both teams going for it. Exemplified by a crucial tackle from Jonny Hayes late on which was all or nothing. Great stuff from a man who is always there when we need him and never lets us down.
The game finished on a sour note for me. Da Silva had to be taken off after a collision with Bayo in the final seconds of proper time-Bayo was correctly booked,reckless if not deliberate flying elbow. When Bayo went in on the keeper shortly after,the keeper reacted like there was a sniper in the stadium. The referee correctly gave nothing.
He then went up to the goalkeeper and decided to award a second yellow and a red. Shocking refereeing,and tv replays showed that there was absolutely no contact to the keeper’s body from Bayo-he had every right to go for a loose ball-much less the head injury that he was indicating.
We won’t get the card overturned,but the referee and the keeper should be called to account for this,much as the AC Milan keeper was a few years ago. Utterly embarrassing stuff
Overall,I was very pleased with the performance. Not a player out there let us down. We didn’t set Europe on fire either of course,but we cannot complain about a draw away from home against a very good side. And on top of that,think on this…
Every hun who put on a coupon tonight saw it go down!
Elmahed. This guy is really impressing me in every game.
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