The defeat at the hands of Bodo/Glimt in their first ever UEFA Europa Conference League game was a disappointment for Celtic. For many fans, it was even a shock, after the form that the club had showcased over the past few months. They had not lost a game since November, won the Scottish League Cup and completely dominated the Rangers at Parkhead on their way to the top of the Premiership table.
Thus, while always expected to be a tough tie, many expected Ange Postecoglou’s side to win against Bodo/Glimt. Unfortunately though, they did not even come close.
Celtic were outplayed by the Norwegian champions and now have a mountain to climb in the second leg, away in difficult conditions. In the aftermath of the first leg, many have questioned the approach of Postecoglou’s side to the game.
Chris Sutton has sent a warning to Celtic fans though that there will be bumps on the way to success. In his column in the Daily Record, he wrote:
Ange Postecoglou has got Celtic where they are at this stage of his reign doing it his way.
If you are a fan, you just have to get on board for the ride and accept that, at this stage of the process, there are going to be a few bumps on the road.
Postecoglou’s said repeatedly the team is a ‘work in progress’ and they’re nowhere near the finished article.
He made that clear after watching his squad hammer Rangers, so he didn’t have to say it again after they lost to Bodo/Glimt.
Sutton sends warning to Celtic fans about there being bumps on the road to success
Did Postecoglou get it wrong vs Bodo/Glimt? Very possibly. The combination in midfield between Tom Rogic and Matt O’Riley had not been tried before and it simply did not work out.
On the other hand, while Daizen Maeda might have scored a goal, he did not look ready to lead the line for Celtic in a game of his magnitude and struggled to make an impact for most of the match.
But then, not many people would have been able to guide Celtic to the turnaround in the space of six months or so that Postecoglou has. If he got a few selections wrong in one match, that is fine.
Also, it might just have been a case of Celtic having an off night. That is not out of the question either. Thus, the important thing now is how this team responds to this result. They face Dundee FC next.
This article was originally posted here