Estadio Benito Villamarín’s Unique Angle but Celtic can’t afford another hard luck story

Celtic TV have released their Unique Angle video from the Europa League Group G opener at the Estadio Benito Villamarín on Thursday night. It’s unusual for the club’s media guys to put out a Unique Angle after a defeat but it’s also unusual for Celtic to score 3 goals in a match – at home or away – and end up losing the game.

Anthony Ralston scores our third goal. Photo AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti

While the team justifiably received many plaudits for taking the game to Betis, it has to be noted that this was yet another away defeat – by a single goal – in a match that Celtic could have won – and ended up losing.

It’s happened in Denmark, Holland and Spain…it’s happened at Tynecastle and at Ibrox and it simply must stop tomorrow at Livingston at a ground where remarkably Celtic have not won since 2007. We said earlier in the week that winning in West Lothian was more important than beating Betis in Seville and few could really argue with that.

Photo: Copyright: Miguel Morenatti

Put it this way, if Celtic were to lose 4-3 tomorrow there will be no Unique Angle video out next week.

Three points, with the backing of the away support, will be huge for Celtic – win at all costs, Ange. No more hard luck stories, like this….

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  1. Biggest load of nonsense, glorious in defeat, simple fact we lost again, ange has got to realise you need a plan B, every other top manager will change system/tactics during the game when things are going wrong otherwise we will be out of Europe and struggle in spl.

    • Did you expect to win before the game ?Did you seriously expect to go Spain and win with more than half a team missing and the manager unable to even name a forward among the subs? Could you see us stopping them from scoring in 60 mins of play even if we strung 10 men along the 18 yard box? I couldn’t! Plan B with the players available? 😂 Afew short months ago we were struggling against SPL cannon fodder now we go to Spain and nearly get a result with half a first team. See Leicester lost a 2 goal lead…….

  2. No more hard luck stories like this…..or what? You’re going to scream for the manager to be sacked? The board will decide if and when he goes ,not the fans. You should have learned that lesson last season.If he does go ,who will be queuing up to take the poison chalice? John Kennedy ? Stick to the comedy mate.