We have been used to seeing a lot of champagne football over the past season and a half and watching Celtic has been an absolute joy, but there is more to the current team than just pretty football. The Dundee game is the type of game that wins league flags. Celtic did enough to win and did so with a performance that didn’t scale the heights but secured the points.
The determination to keep the unbelievable domestic undefeated run can not be underestimated. This team can turn it on but can also show a steely side and this is a quality that can win leagues. With Aberdeen hot on our heels and Sevco looking stronger than last year then the importance of the result is reflected in our position at the top of the table.
As far as things go the points were won but any watching Bayern scouts would not have been unduly concerned or threatened with Celtic. This may be to our benefit as the German giants might take our challenge not quite as seriously as they might have if we had won four or five nil.
This game is going to be a cracker. Bayern are a top class side with a glittering array of superstars. They would have expectations of being in the last four of the Champions League as a bare minimum.
This will be a test as to where we are in the grand scheme of things. I don’t expect us to win but I do hope we can go there and play some decent football and show we can play passes and keep the ball against a top notch side.
Brendan will be hoping that a couple of our injured players make the game. It is in this type of game that players want to play and I hope that our players go out onto that pitch with the mentality that we belong there. Yes we have to get in Bayern’s faces when they have the ball and work as hard as possible for each other but equally as important is our courage with the ball. Celtic players have to be brave enough to play and receive passes under pressure in tight areas. Players have to go looking for the ball and we have to move cohesively as a team.
Celtic is sold to potential signings as a team where you can have the opportunity to play massive clubs in the Champions League. I know Brendan and his staff will ensure the players are prepared as well as they possibly can be. It will then be up to our individual players to ensure they are part of this huge occasion and that they contribute positively to the match.
Good luck Celtic ! Belief is everything!