There’s not a Celtic fan on the planet happy with our 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the world most expensive team with the world’s most explosive strike force, and that includes manager Brendan Rodgers.
While every fan has their own opinion on how we should play, reality tells us it’s not as easy as it looks.
It’s all about perspective.
We coast the majority of our games domestically, by that I mean we know we can make a couple of mistakes here and there without being punished, be that in the middle of the park or in defence. But in Europe when we play againsg the best of the best, we get found out, for want of a better word.
Our status as the big dogs in Scotland soon turns on it’s head when we’re trying to compete with the mega funded PSG, Barcelona and Manchester City’s of this world. It’s not a complaint, just a fact.
Realistically we would have been happy with a 3-0 or maybe a 4-0 loss, but to lose 7-1 is a real sore one.
However, we inflict those kind of scorelines on teams in Scotland, without remorse. So instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, we have to dust ourselves down and get on with it.
There won’t be many teams come away from Paris with anything other than a defeat, in fact both Bayern and Anderlecht failed to score there, a small consolation, but something at least.
Now we move on. Our objective at the start of the campaign was to get into the group stages. We’ve done that. Next was to stay in Europe after the New Year, we’re on course for that. Again, its about perspective.
On Sunday, we go into the BetFred Cup Final looking for our FOURTH domestic trophy on the spin. Let’s enjoy it and not be too harsh on the Bhoys and the manager who’ve got is there.
Appreciate what we have, because there will be times when we look back and wish it was like this again….