Salzburg 3 Celtic 1 – Turbulent Times in the Austrian Alps

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CELTIC got to half-time 1-0 ahead and for one glorious second we thought it was 2-0 only for a flag to go up and kill the celebrations.

Odsonne Edouard had opened the scoring inside two minutes showing strength and composure to give Celtic a sensational lead. Salzburg were rattled. The home side were busy throughout the rest of the first half but never caused too much of a problem for the Scottish Champions.

Leigh Griffiths had a frustrating time though and seldom looked like he was capable of holding the ball or influencing play.

The second half was like sitting in a plane during bad turbulence for 48 minutes. You’re just glad that it’s over.

The three goals were all soft. Lustig allowed a cut back and Jack Hendry was flat footed and failed to anticipate the cut back and Dabbur took full advantage. It was a poor goal to concede. Things went from bad to worse and again the defence could have done beer as Minamino was able to take a touch and force the ball home from close range.

Then James Forrest failed to control the ball properly in the right wing back position and under pressure went down. The referee could have given him the decision but instead opted to give the decision to the home side and produced a red card before pointing to the spot. Dabbur got his second of the night by simply hitting his spot kick down the middle of the goal.

Scotty Sinclair, Ryan Christie and Lewis Morgan were introduced but the tide was well and truly against Celtic.

Celtic are spending £55million on wages. On tonight’s evidence we are not getting too much value for money.

Well done to the Celtic support who did their best as always to support the team.

Man of the Match on a night to forget – Youssouf Mulumbu

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