CELTIC FANS watched their team get put out of the Europa League on Thursday night by a bang average Copenhagen side.
We conspired against ourselves and gifted the away side chances that they punished us for. Celtic were favourites but in the end, they didn’t get the job done.
Charlie Nicholas had tipped Celtic to go through and he was surprised at Celtic for not getting the job done.
Neil Lennon’s team selection was a massive talking point. Playing unfit players and then others out of their natural position. It was strange to say the least, but individual errors on the night also contributed to our downfall.
Celtic now have to face up to their shortcomings in Europe. It stings more considering we beat Lazio home and away then go out to Copenhagen.
Nicholas believes the bhoys have been blinkered with the league and perhaps thought they had Copenhagen wrapped up before the game had kicked off.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said:
“It is massively disappointing. A lot look at the Celtic scenario and ask why they so blinkered on the domestic title. It is bragging rights in Glasgow and in Scotland. When I was a kid, the difference with the nine in a row was that Celtic won the European Cup in 1966/67 alongside this, while Rangers won the Cup Winners Cup in 1971/72. The standards were unbelievable and both sides were dragging one another along.
“Rangers surprised me with a fantastic result, just like their win over Celtic in December – they have been poor in between.
“Celtic are cruising the domestic setup, and it seemed they thought they had done the job against Copenhagen too, who were average. I picked out three players of prominence and Celtic, especially when they got to 1-1, became slack and lazy, leaving themselves exposed.
“They would not win the competition. That is because they play well for 45 minutes and switch off for the second half. At this level, you get picked off, and easily picked off in the end by an average Copenhagen side, who could not believe their luck. I expected them to get through and they let me down.
“Celtic are tremendous domestically, as well as being mentally tough. They manipulate the results and get over the line. It is so typical of them in Europe. Did they expect the crowd to get them there? They forgot the basic principles of defending.
“What a golden opportunity that they missed, to see where the draw could have taken them.”