Whisper it, don’t shout it, but for all his flaws there’s one thing we should all easily agree on – Neymar is one of the best footballers on the planet.
He seems an easy target for the Celtic support today after not shaking hands with Celtic rookie Ralston but I’m going to break from the script a little bit and while I dislike the player’s attitude his ability is up there with the very best.
I watched on in awe as he and his PSG teammates absolutely tore our team to pieces. The passing, the finesse, the vision was on a level I can’t ever recall seeing at Celtic Park as I approach my late 20s.
We could not live with a team and I’d go as far to say we’re not in the same solar system never mind planet to this richly assembled squad.
Celtic looked rattled and bereft of any ideas on how to stop the tireless onslaught from the French side, they came again and again – pressing us so high up the pitch when we did have the ball they made sure we quickly lost it.
The football fan in me silently applauds them while the Celtic fan in me weeps.
So the guy didn’t want to shake Ralston’s hand after the match, so what?! I must admit I was tickled by Ralston’s reaction to Neymar being booked for diving, laughing in the Brazilians face was bold for an 18-year-old lad. Neymar’s insistence on simulation is baffling with such obvious talent.
We lick our wounds today after being taught a footballing lesson. Will we learn from it? Perhaps? The conclusion, however, is we just cannot afford to be as good as them. A sobering thought.