Giving the Celtic annual European meltdown that took place in Warsaw on Wednesday the last thing the team need is a trip to Finland to play English outfit Spurs. Hindsight, is of course a wonderful thing and more than likely Delia will be forced to play a team of fringe players and young players giving the enormity of the task his team have left themselves in Murrayfield on Wednesday evening.
A trip to Finland can’t really offer anything positive to a battered and bruised team who’s confidence is somewhere under the floor. Most fans will be too anxious about the outcome of the Wednesday game to get over excited about a game that’s no more of a hinderence then anything else.
Or maybe a youngster or fringe player will step it up a few gears and give Ronny an extra option for Wednesday. Ronny has sent his no.2 with a fringe squad that includes Teemu Pukki and now suspended Efe Ambrose. The match will also be a homecoming for Celtic’s for the Finnish strike, who enjoyed a profitable 12-month spell for local side HJK Helsinki. Surprisingly Celtic have never met in a competitive game against Spurs but the teams have bumped heads 17 times in friendlies.
One of the most memorable games was played on August 4, 1967, a showpiece game between the sides at Hampden Park to celebrate the centenary of Queens Park Football Club. The game was played in front of 91,708 people. It was the first game Celtic played back in Scotland since their remarkable European Cup Final success in Lisbon.