Hangover or not, you have to be in it to win it

Having dealt with the severe disappointment of losing our third home game of the season, I’m getting myself head back in the game again. As I am sure Neil Lennon and his players are.

I was bitterly disappointed on Thursday night by the performance and the result. I think I might even have walked out of the pub before the final whistle.

I agree that you win and lose as a team. Whilst individual mistakes cost us, we were ineffective for at least 90 minutes as a team over both legs, but I don’t know why.

Despite a variety online, post match rants, I didn’t aim any of this at one particular person. I still believe in Neil Lennon and these players, but it did show that we still have a long way to go until we stamp out these errors in Europe.

I mentioned prior to the match that there were some nerves out in the Celtic community. Some of which were most likely due to the fact that our city rivals had already secured a last sixteen place.

Well, as the game at Celtic Park drew to a conclusion, it was that very issue that began to dawn on me. Even though I don’t live in Glasgow any more, I am well aware of how everything that happens in the city between our two clubs gets measured against one another.

Credit to our rivals for getting there. I can’t take that away from them.

I just couldn’t imagine them making it there and us not. That very thought of course came to fruition and I found it hard to process.

When you consider how well we played in the group stages, it is even harder to fathom. We’ve already seen us handle the pressure so why we failed this time around I have no idea.

Though, like myself in this depressed state of mind getting back to writing again, Celtic must get themselves up off the canvas and beat St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Sunday. It is a Scottish Cup Quarter Final and if the idea of another treble is to remain a reality then Celtic need to get their game face back on.

Europe has gone from being something very positive to a psychological blow. We still have a job to do on the domestic scene though.

The league is not over. The Scottish Cup is still in progress.

Now we have to show why we are the Treble Champions of Scotland three years running. Hibs booked their place in the last eight after beating Inverness 5-2 on Friday night.

This evening, Hearts host Rangers at Tynecastle whilst St Mirren welcome Aberdeen to Paisley. The winners of tomorrow’s match in Perth will complete the semi-final line up and go into the draw afterwards.

You have to be in it to win Celtic.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac