I’ve missed two Celtic matches on this family holiday I’ve taken. I found soccer (football) refuge in River Hill Farm, along with WiFi, for the first leg of the playoff round of the Champions League.
I have Greg and Rhonda to thank for that. In a game of two halves I’ve had a lot to digest.
Tom Rogic and James Forrest signing new deals. Dorus de Vries signing on for a couple of years.
Without seeing the contrast with Motherwell and Inter Milan games I came into this game like a man just out of a coma. 3-0 up in the first half and I was merrily looking forward to an evening’s fishing.
As it was, there was a sense of déjà vu as Celtic leaked two quick goals to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the second half. It was unnecessary and it hurt, but back Celtic came to make it 4-2.
Then came another. Captain Scott Brown, a player rediscovering his abilities under Brendan Rodgers, restoring a three goal lead to makeot 5-2.
Despite the loss of those two away goals there are a huge amout of positives about Celtic right now. That comes from investment, belief, adaptability, confidence, support and most importantly evidence of all of the above.
I’ll be more specific when I have more WiFi time! Too many to be specific about.
Will Israel be a pushover? No, far from it.
The job isn’t done. It is only half done, but I feel we can score and defend over there.
Do that and were back where we belong. The UEFA Champions League Group Stage.