Celtic fans were left dealing with the same old same old in Europe last night. Whilst the Hoops domestic form is nothing short of spectacular, in Europe they fail to deliver and last night was no different. The goals they conceded were both of their own makings in a 2-0 loss, and the fans were fuming at Emiliano Izaguirre for his part in the first goal.
42′ – Goal for Valencia: Denis Cheryshev gives the visitors the lead.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) 14 February 2019
Brendan Rodgers’ side had fared well in the game up until it came towards the end of the first half. After 40 minutes of good work staying in the tie, Denis Cheryshev popped up to capitalise on a mistake from Izaguirre to slot home and give the travelling Spaniards the lead. That lead then became two shortly after the break and it looks like, yet again, Celtic will be bowing out of Europe early.
The fans cannot believe that it’s just going to be another year of being let down when it comes to the big stage, even if they do look set to go on and win another domestic treble. The next step for a side like the Hoops is to start competing outside of Scotland, and without Kieran Tierney, they don’t seem to be able to do that, as the strength in depth at Rodgers’ disposal just isn’t there.
You can read the Bhoys’ thoughts on Izaguirre here:
Missing Tierney big time there.
— Gordon Hendry (@gordyh96) February 14, 2019
Izzy man what you doing
— michael mc devitt (@fubar04) 14 February 2019
izzy giving the ball away at any level is criminal . bain brown etc etc FFS . how many times . burke is isolated and we might as well be playing with ten , go toe to toe 4 4 2 and put weah up top with burke .
— gerard dowdall (@gerard120474) 14 February 2019
Izzi letting us down a bit today
— Ethan Kelly (@leonidus1888) February 14, 2019
Izaguirre asleep there
— John (@campbelljaa) February 14, 2019
Why izza playing
— Scott (@Scott_s04) February 14, 2019
Passing the ball between the back 4, gives the opposition the need to push up back towards our goal.
Poor in possession of the ball, broony and Izzy having a stinker.
Can't pass the ball forward without panicking.
— Anthony Mchugh (@anthonymc9687) February 14, 2019
The Hoops hated having to go into the game yesterday without Tierney and when Izaguirre plays there’s always the danger that he might have a moment.