'Has Joey Barton put a Celtic top on?' – Celtic fans destroy 32-year-old after shocker v Astana
By Harry Sykes
Celtic put their fans through the wringer on Tuesday afternoon, after a spirited display from Astana in the second leg of their Champions League play-off.
With a 5-0 lead from the first leg it seemed unthinkable that Celtic wouldn’t progress easily.
However, in the end the one solitary away goal from Celtic proved really important as the Scottish champions basically unravelled in the Astana Stadium in Kazakhstan.
They were down 4-1 midway through the second half as Astana poured forward and missed more easy chances to make the tie even closer.
In the end a 4-3 defeat was only detrimental in terms of how Celtic psychologically approach the competition going forward.
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But if Scott Sinclair hadn’t scored the all-important away goal in the first half it could have been a totally different story.
None of the Celtic players came away covered in glory tonight but the normally dependable captain Scott Brown came in for heavy criticism over mistakes he made that lead to goals.
Here is a selection of the reactions from relieved Celtic fans after the match was over.
Scott Brown is having an absolute howler tonight !
Has needlessly given the ball away several times ????
Come on Celtic ffs ????????????#UCL
— Rowan Hooper (@Rohooper88) August 22, 2017
Has @Joey7Barton put a Celtic top on and sneaked on as Scott Brown, if he gets anything other than a 4 al be surprised he's having a mare
— ????Scott Muir???? (@RoccoMoravcik) August 22, 2017
IF Celtic survive this Rodgers has to get a replacement as Brown is just not up to this level of football. #PoorMansLucas
— simon ingrassia (@itaisi) August 22, 2017
Come on Celtic what's happening with brown!!
— Stephanie Smith (@Stephsmith_1994) August 22, 2017
That's really, really poor from Brown. Passing has never been his strength. #Celtic ????
— VizualDze 視覺 (@VizualDze) August 22, 2017
Jesus Christ, Brown has been at fault for 2 of these goals and what was lustig at ? Meltdown from Celtic
— Matthew Flanagan (@MattyFlanMan) August 22, 2017
Can't believe Celtic are doing this to us in this second half.Actually angry about it.All starts with Brown's sloppiness.
— JohnCollinsCSC (@JohnCollinsCSC) August 22, 2017
Celtic deserve all shi# going to them. Brown shocking. Need a centre half NOW. laughing stock tonight. I need alcohol…
— jamesbhoy (@jabhoy) August 22, 2017
Celtic fans will now switch their attention to the other fixtures in the later Champions League games, that could have a big effect on their draw in the group stage.
Celtic will go into the much more favourable third pot for the group stage draw if Sevilla, Liverpool, Olympiakos or Napoli fail to go through.
In other Celtic transfer news, this Hoops forward has completed a move to an English club.