Celtic return to Paradise for the second leg of the Europa Qualifier, 4-2 up from the first game. Out with sections of the main stand it will be a full house, unlike other teams from Glasgow, it seems we don’t feel the pressure of the fans being back. If Sunday is anything to go by then we feed off the atmosphere.
It’s been a good week and I expect it to continue tonight, Jablonec didn’t show anything from the first leg to make me think they can come to Celtic Park and overturn a two goal deficit and after the hammering of Dundee, I can see Celtic rattle in a few goals to set up a game against AZ Alkmaar.
Jablonec drew 2-2 at home at the weekend with Bohemians, goals from Pilar and Cvancara. Celtic beat Dundee 6-0, in the most impressive display of football since Ange took over. Kyogo takes most of the plaudits after his hat-trick and all round play, Abada continues to shine, hard to believe he is only 19. Christie looked back to his best, Rogic among the goals and McGregor and Turnbull pulling the strings in midfield, it was a joy to watch from start to finish.
After last season when watching the games was a bit of chore, I can’t wait for tonight’s game, the excitement is back. The Ange Revolution is under way.
There’s no doubt we still need reinforcements throughout the team, mainly the defence. Much maligned Anthony Ralston has started the season well at right back and scored two great goals however he is the only right back and the way Ange plays the games I believe we will see a fair amount of squad rotation, so a quality right back is a must. We are linked with a new name, with reports suggesting it could be a go-er, Josip Juranovic, a Croatian International currently playing for Legia Warsaw in Poland.
French striker Thomas Henry could also be a new addition, linked with a £7 million move from Belgian side OH Leuven. Man City defender Ko Itakura continues to be linked, he played in the recent Olympics and spent last season on loan in Holland for Groningen. If we could add those three we would be in a really good place going forward.
Celtic Park under the lights, the first big crowd for 18 months, exciting angeball, what’s not to be excited about. Come on the Hoops!
Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.
He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.