When Celtic were reinstated to the competition due to Legia Warsaw fielding a suspended player at the end of their 6-1 aggregate thrashing of the Scottish champions, it gave Celtic a very fortunate second chance; but unfortunately for them, they blew it.
Celtic had a good result in the first leg against NK Maribor in Slovenia last week, drawing 1-1 away. It set the home leg at Celtic Park up nicely, and Celtic were strong favourites to progress. But the Scottish giants fell flat on their face again and lost the game 1-0 to a late Morales Tavares goal. Many believe that Celtic were lucky to be given a second chance in the first place, but rules are rules and they were reinstated. Celtic’s new boss Ronny Deila said it wasn’t good enough, and its not the first time the Norwegian has muttered those words this season.
So where do the Scottish champions go from here? A Champions League run is imperative for a club like Celtic, especially as the lure of the “Old Firm” games will be missing again for at least another season. To not even make the group stage is a disaster for Deila, Celtic and Scottish soccer in general. Not only have they just exited the Champions League, Celtic just suffered their first defeat in the league after receiving a humiliating 1-0 defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
It’s been a horrible start at Celtic Park for the new boss, and he needs to turn it around very quickly.
Celtic will travel to Dundee on Sunday, which could now be described as a must-win already for the 2013-14 Scottish Premier League champions. The Celtic fans are used to success and are not afraid to voice their opinions. Deila may not have as much time as he would like.