Tonight will see Celtic take on Aalborg and hopefully the Bhoys can eventually manage to break their away day blues.
An awful lot of people have been quick to deride Aalborg as a push over. However they gave a very good account of themselves at Parkhead and to be honest they pushed Villareal all the way too. Aalborg came out of the traps at Paradise and startled Celtic. Although Celtic missed a penalty I think Aalborg did well to achieve a point at Fortress Parkhead. Tonight Celtic will have to be on their best to take the maximum 3 points required.
Commentators many of them from the Brit media have been quick to point out that Celtic are effectively out of this years Champions League. This however is erroneous. Mathematically Celtic can still qualify, if they win their two remaining games and if Man Utd beat Villareal tonight (I never thought that I would be cheering for those smarmy bastards to win!). As Andres Hinkel put it Celtic still have a chance, it might not be a big chance but it is still a chance.
Celtic will have to be quick on the ball tonight and desist with the school boy errors that have plagued their performances away from home thus far. As Tam Gemmell put it Aalborg certainly fancy their chances and it is up to Celtic to take the game to them.
I am glad to see that Samaras returned to action against St Mirren. Although not a huge fan of the prolific Greek striker, I feel he adds a cutting edge impetus to the Celtic strike force, as his well taken goal on Saturday is testament to. Injuries have curtailed the effectiveness of the Hoops up front in away games in Europe this season. Samaras will go someway to restring a lethal touch up front.
I think Celtic might just shade it tonight. After all this is the anniversary of our last draw away on the continent ( to Barcelona if you will!) However the difficulty may lie in Man Utd having to beat Aalborg. This is the inherent danger in having to rely partly on others for qualification.
Ah well at least the forces of darkness have nothing to shout about except how they are going to win the SPL in the absence of any Euro commitments.
Dream on Darcheville…….