If Celtic didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.
That’s the overriding feeling after finishing the Europa League campaign on nine points but still not qualifying for the next round of the competition.
Three other clubs sailed through to the next round with the same tally and our Glasgow rivals couldn’t even manage nine but still managed to find a way through.
Celtic had the group of death, there was no doubt about it, to walk out of that group with nine points, most fans would have thought it would have been enough to secure a spot in the knockout stages – but sadly no.
Our rivals were up against weaker opposition and fell short of Celtic’s nine points but get the rub of the green. They got a better draw and needed the least points of any other club in the competition to qualify for the next round.
Celtic in their group with 3rd place in Germany, 3rd place in Spain, and 1st place Ferencvaros – 9 points
Rangers in their group with 12th place l in France, 3rd place in Czech Republic and 3rd place in Denmark – 8 points
‘Success’ for Rangers and ‘failure’ for Celtic.
— ⛷ (@smn___67) December 9, 2021
It’s all about what Celtic do from here.
Domestically, we have a pivotal run in from now until the winter break. Our chances have not been helped by more bad luck. Injuries to key personnel like Kyogo and Jota have Celtic at a major disadvantage going into high profile games – including a cup final.
Maybe we’ll get some luck eventually.