At the start of last years European campaign, the then new manager Brendan Rodgers asked the Celtic support to be patient and stay with the team, especially at home where we have a lot of the ball.
He pointed out, teams in Europe will come to Celtic Park and sit in, sometimes putting all ten men behind the ball, hoping to hit us on the break. He later found out some Scottish teams do the same!
In last nights match against Rosenberg, we saw exactly what Brendan was talking about. The Norwegians were well drilled, disciplined and a real threat on the counter attack.
They were also fitter, which is to be expected as they are 17 or so games into their league campaign, whereas Celtic were playing only our THIRD competitive game of the new season.
Celtic did have a lot of the ball but without a recognised striker on the pitch it was always going to be hard to break the visitors down. Now I know we played games last season without a striker, but those games were much further into the season, when everyone is up to speed.
And I must say sections of the support didn’t really help much.
It may have been because the drums of the Green Brigade were missing that you could hear more, but every misplaced pass, lost tackle or wayward shot, was met with moans and groans of derision, making the Rosenberg job a lot easier.
After the game, quite a few on social media had appeared to chuck the tie on last nights performance. Hardly the response I’d expect after such a wonderful season. Or maybe the moaners and groaners only want to go when we’re winning.
If that’s the case maybe they’d be better watching from afar. Because the team need us behind them, in every game, win, lose or draw.