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Celtic Love Rekindled in Lille

30 October 2020


The Celtic players looked out on their feet last night at full time after each and every one of them put in a performance they can be proud of yes they made mistakes which led to the goals and yes the end result was bittersweet after an outstanding first half performance which had me up on my feet dancing around the sitting room.

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How good would the patter be in the queue to the loo and half time or standing in line for a half time munch after an afternoon on pints in Lille. The stadium was built for the Euros and I had the pleasure of being inside it when Shane Duffy and Ireland beat Italy under Martin O’Neill. There are plenty of bars outside the stadium which I’m sure would have been buzzing if the Celtic fans had travelled instead we continue to be stuck in a surreal World on lock downs and boredom.

Anyway, Young Frimpong made me eat my words with his best performance in a Celtic shirt this season, Mo was outstanding, Diego put in another solid shift and has yet to win in a Celtic jersey but has performed consistently and his first win will be all the sweeter.

Ajeti looked like a different player than the one that was substituted in Pittodrie on Sunday and Scott Bain saved a penalty, the foul committed by Duffy was outside the box so should have been a penalty. What a first half!

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It turned out to be a game of two halves with the French team piling on the pressure in the second half, sloppy defending let us down again but we had chances to win the game and Neil Lennon will have been encouraged by the performance against a really good team in fine form in the French league where they sit joint top.

Before the game most fans would have been happy to take a share of the spoils but at full time the result was positive and  we move on to Sunday and a Scottish Cup semi- final at Hampden.

Did we see the best of Aberdeen last week? Because we didn’t see the best of Celtic. 

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Andrew Milne started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic.  He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.

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