Mulgrew feels the pain

Date: 7th March 2013 at 7:51 am
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Celtic 2 1 Barcelona

Charlie Mulgrew kicked the dream off with the winning goal against HJK Helsinki in July but trooped off the park in Turin hurting from a 5-0 aggregate defeat from Juventus.

Three seasons after rejecting Sheffield United to return to Celtic the Kirkintilloch bhoy had lots to reflect on after an epic Champions League campaign stretching over 12 matches.

Mulgrew’s delivery from set-pieces has been brought to the attention of a huge audience but after the qualifying and group stage success the story came to a shuddering halt against the clinical Italians in Turin.

“People could look at the scoreline and make judgements about the gap between the sides, but it wasn’t how it seemed,” Mulgrew stated. “It was a lot closer than five. We had a lot of the ball over the two games and it just shows you that’s not always what matters most.

“There have been matches this season, like against Barcelona at home, when we hardly saw the ball, but we got the result.

“I suppose that’s football. Juventus won fair and square, but we’re disappointed at the final outcome.

“They punished our mistakes and that shows the quality they have up top. It felt like they took every one of their chances over the two legs. That’s a credit to them, but we’re very disappointed.The sore bit is that we came here to compete but it wasn’t to be in the end.

Mulgrew added: “There was a lot of disappointment in our changing room at time up. A lot of people will be saying we were unlucky and all the rest, but we still feel it. The manager came in and said we’d done well, but he was as down as the rest of us.

“You’re sitting there thinking it’s been a good campaign — and it has — but after getting this far we wanted to get that little bit further.

“You’re down when that doesn’t happen, but we have to get over it quickly and get on with the rest of our season.”

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4 thoughts on “Mulgrew feels the pain

  • Gerry
    3 years ago

    It is a sign of our progress to be disappointed in not progressing.

    I’m delighted with the run we have had this year and wish to congratulate the players and thed managemengt team for their fine efforts. Makes me proud to support Celtic.

    Speaking of which our (maligned in Scotland) support has been a credit to themselves, ther club and the country.

    They were magnificent in Turin as they have been throughout the season.

    Brilliant memories from this year, especially at our 125th anniversary game were we defeated Barcelona.

    Thsnks Celtic, more tham a club.

    Omwards and upwards, hail hail!

  • HoudiniBhoy
    3 years ago

    I share your sentiments Gerry.

  • williebhoy
    3 years ago

    Plenty to be proud of in this campaign, while also obvious lots work still to be done.

    It’s important for the fans that they see the club isn’t happy to scoop money in and not re-invest, that we want to progress further. Not always just about spending big, but improving all aspects of our approach / training / scouting etc

    A lot of this work is behind the scenes and won’t happen ovenright but nonetheless offers a firm foundation to build on.

    We have several players that will almost certainly seek to move on with others we should be looking to shift. Both offers the opportunity for new blood to step into & better the current achievements. While our younger players should be bursting for a chance to show what they can do.
    Watt & McGeough I’d hope will be given more chances to claim regular places with others like Herron and hopefully Keatings / George (once fully fit) could also step up.

    Great season to date but now it’s time to finish it in style…true Celtic style with a very strong surge..onwards & upwards bhoys

  • Thomas Haverstock
    3 years ago

    Hail Hail Well done the Bhoys


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