Hoops will be favourites to defeat CFR Cluj

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 14, 2019

The problem at the moment is there has not been a settled defensive unit, suspension has meant Jullien and Simunovic have missed out, Bitton has filled in already a couple of times this season, while Bolingoli's performances this early in his Celtic career have been indifferent to say the least. You've got to do the basics well - you've got to stop crosses, close people down, get your head on things - and it was nearly as if we scored and wanted to switch off. The Hoops will be the favourites to advance to the next round considering that they managed to score a vital away goal, as well as not lose during the last leg. If you don't do the basics defensively well enough then at this level you get punished.

"The morale in the squad is excellent at the moment and we are playing some nice football, but to go through in Glasgow, it's a miracle we need".

However, Billel Omrani converted a penalty after captain Scott Brown handled and, although Ryan Christie restored Celtic's lead again, Omrani and George Tucudean struck to earn Cluj a shock win.

"We didn't compete in the first 45 minutes at all", said Lennon. If we played anywhere near as well in the first half as we did in the second half, we would have been through.

Celtic drop into the Europa League where they will face either AIK Stockholm of Sweden or Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol in the play-off round. We've worked hard to get where we are and we've basically thrown it away. "We need to regroup, qualify for the Europa League and make a strong claim in that".

"People can point at that but he [McGregor] did set up our equaliser and had a very good game", the manager said. My players were heroes for me tonight.

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