Another away day on the sofa waiting for travel restrictions to be lifted and for fans to be allowed in football grounds. It was good to see some Celtic fans were able to make the journey to France and pictures from one of my mates who was in Paris would suggest that the Bhoys Ultras walked to the stadium with PSG Ultras.
Back in September, there was a small group of PSG drinking with us in Rennes in the square where we had congregated before the game and they walked alongside with the Celtic fans to the stadium in the Corteo. Sunshine, Beer, Celtic and we got a result that night as well. Happy memories once again I dam you Covid 19.
The night before Paul the Tim was checking in on social media with a picture at the Eifel Tower and then a social distance picture with some of the players at the team hotel. A fellow Celtic fan took to social media to have a go at Paul for going to every game. Strange how jealousy can make people bitter and twisted in fact it’s sad. Keep the Faith Paul and keep following the Bhoys.
Although fans were restricted to small numbers it was good to hear pockets of fans creating some atmosphere and some noise and great to get to see both sets of Ultras side by side. Ultras seem to get tagged with the hooligan label but this is maybe down to ignorance. Hopefully the next time we get to see the Bhoys Flag waving will be when we are all safely back in Celtic Park and the Bhoys have taken their place up high in the corner where the North Stand meets the Jock Stein stand well done bhoys for flying the flag in Paris.
Celtic without the leadership of Scott Brown in the midfield were outclassed overall and beaten 4-0 but in pockets played some decent football against a team who can afford to have some of the World’s best players in their ranks. A good work out for the team again and we won’t come up against teams with such financial muscle and quality throughout the Squad on a regular basis.
One of those World elite players is Neymar who may have plenty of talent but he lacks any type of class, he thinks he should be allowed to kick out at opposition but if anyone breaths heavy in his direction he’s complaining to the referee. Neymar in summary is a horrible individual and a cheat on the pitch and he won’t be winning any fair play awards anytime soon.
In an interview with Celtic TV after the game, Neil Lennon seemed happy with the effort of the bhoys and happy with how the pre-season camp and games have gone, as he looks forward to getting back to the familiar surroundings for pre-season friendly behind closed doors at Celtic Park, which will also give us a chance to use our virtual season ticket to watch the game. Not ideal but better than nothing and a safe option.
I have no doubt that Lenny will be eager to get some quality signing into the club that can push for a starting line up position. We need a goalkeeper and a couple of defenders at very minimum.
We are going for 101AR so we don’t need anymore players who are “Ones for the Future” and if Leigh Griffiths does not get his act together we may need another striker as this team can not afford to carry any baggage with the potential of making history but let’s hope Griff can play his part.
Oh and we also have a Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen to look forward to, I bet that’s really upsetting some loyal fans from across the city who are jamming up the phone ins to cry and moan some more.
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.