Celtic can take a great deal of pride out of their 2-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. After 5-0 and 3-0 hammerings against PSG and the Bundesliga giants in this season’s Champions League group stage, The Hoops showed that they could hold their own against Europe’s best after all.
If it wasn’t for a hair-pulling error by goalkeeper Craig Gordon, caught out of position to gift Kingsley Coman Bayern’s first-half opener, the result might just have been even better.
With Gordon not getting any younger at the age of 34, a high-profile error may raise the question about whether Celtic need to prepare for life after the long-serving Scot. Especially with back-up Dorus De Vries two years older and out of contract in the summer.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, then, should take the time to watch Ofir Marciano’s virtuoso display in Hibernian’s 3-0 win against Kilmarnock elsewhere in Scotland on Tuesday.
'As good as Gordon's'
“(Killie) were unlucky with the one off the bar and my goalkeeper has made an unbelievable save from Kris Boyd, world class,” Hibs boss Neil Lennon said after a result which took the Edinburgh side third in the table, per the Daily Record.
“It was as good as Craig Gordon’s at Celtic Park a few weeks ago. Anything (Marciano) had to deal with, he dealt with.”
The 28-year-old Israeli international moved to Hibs from Ashdod in the summer after a loan spell at Easter Road last season and is cultivating a growing reputation in Scotland. If Celtic are in need of a younger keeper, one who knows the league, then Marciano should come into the champions' thinking.
Celtic are expected to renew their interest in Hibs midfielder John McGinn in the New Year but perhaps they should make a few enquiries about the talented goalkeeper too.