I feel like I must prefix any criticism of the manager by saying I’m fully behind Ange and what he’s done for the Hoops in such a short space of time, but if he makes an iffy selection, it’s ok to point it out.

Tonight, a few eyebrows were raised when both Matt O’Riley and Tom Rogic started the match tonight. Many suspected it would be one or the other alongside Reo Hatate. Instead, the Japanese midfielder sat on the bench and didn’t get on until Celtic were 2-0 down in the tie.

Soccer Football – Europa Conference League – Play Off First Leg – Celtic v Bodo/Glimt – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – February 17, 2022
Celtic’s Reo Hatate reacts after the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

It was a glaring mistake on the night and something the manager must take into account going forward.

Reo has been great since coming in and to put him on the bench tonight might have not completely changed the result but could have perhaps helped when Celtic were attempting to get a foothold in the game.

It was a night when too many players were off it. Celtic were washed out in midfield and Bodo were the better team.

We’d be surprised if we saw Tom and Matt in the same starting XI any time soon.


  1. Glaring mistake? He tried something out and it didnt work, come on ! lets move on, if ever there was a game to lose that was it!! Champions r us !!

  2. Could be wrong, but Bodo look a really good side. They strolled it and we were second best all night, especially in mid where our captain was very average and offered little going forward.
    Wish the GB clowns would grow up and support Celtic instead of the IRA, the songs towards the end of the game were a total embarrassment


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