This time Celtic need to take advantage of those ‘small details’ in Champions League

Celtic will travel to the Netherlands tomorrow to the city of Rotterdam where they will get set to face Feyenoord on Tuesday evening. It will be the first match of our UEFA Champions League group stages this term after sampling it again with Ange Postecoglou last year. We were paired with European heavyweights, Real Madrid, as well as RB Leipzig of Germany and Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.

Celtic v Dundee – Kyogo Furuhashi right is congratulated by Matt O Riley after scoring his teams second goal during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park,  Saturday September 16, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

We didn’t make the most of our opportunities the last time out, particularly against Shakhtar Donetsk both home and away. Real took care of itself and despite some good aspects against Leipzig in Glasgow and the German city, they proved to be a cut above as Dominik Szlobozlai and Christopher Nkunku put us to the sword.

The final points tally of just a meagre two didn’t make for great reading, and although our main rivals made history as the worst team in Champions League history, we didn’t have much to shout about either. That has to change and quickly, as we cannot keep being hammered on the grand stage like this, otherwise we will just slip into footballing obscurity once and for all.

Celtic v Dundee –  Oh Hyeon-Gyu during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday September 16, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

As Chris Sutton has already alluded to in his column this week, we have to show no fear and play with that freedom and courage that has been the hallmark of so many great Celtic teams throughout the years. Tuesday offers us an opportunity to dip our toes into the water against a side that isn’t Real Madrid or PSG with the greatest of respect, and with the news that they will be without their main goal threats, we have to ensure we capitalise on that whenever possible.

That is not to say by any stretch of the imagination that Feyenoord are a poor side. Quite the contrary, in fact. We have to ensure that we take full advantage of the small details that may weaken our opponents in Group E. We do not have the luxury of having bad nights and still getting a result. Those are as elusive as unicorns. We have to be ruthless this time out. It starts on Tuesday night.

Maintain organisation and discipline whilst counter-attacking at the correct times and we have a chance to get points on the board on the first matchday.

Over to you, Bhoys.

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

1 Comment

  1. It still remains unclear as to how Rodgers intends to set ourselves up defensively for this campaign still?
    We are well use to dominating the use of the football within Scottish football, yet we are still very prone to giving up huge chances against us.
    Still believe we have enough within the team to cause plenty of problems for any of the team’s we are set to face, yet need to be far more clinical than we were last season.
    Without the football, remains a concern, especially at CL level for ourselves.
    This is where we need to get team selection, along with the team set up and tactical approach right?
    Got enough quality within the team, I still believe for the CL campaign, not so confident that we can get the team set up totally right, especially within our 1st game next week imo?