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Time to move on from Barca

By September 15, 2016No Comments

Celtic’s players should not find it too hard to discard the effects of their 7-0 thrashing by Barcelona, claims former Hoops striker Jan Venegoor of Hesselink.

After thrashing Rangers 5-1 in the Ladbrokes Premiership at Parkhead on Saturday, Brendan Rodgers’ side were brought crashing back to earth at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night with their biggest ever European defeat.

In the Group C opener, Barca captain Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick and Luis Suarez a double with further goals from Neymar and Andres Iniesta, while Hoops striker Moussa Dembele had a penalty saved when it was 1-0.

However, the Dutchman, who played for Celtic between 2006 and 2009, believes Rodgers’ players will be able to put the defeat into context.

He said: “Sometimes you put your hands up and say they were a much better team, learn from it and move on.

“If it is another team, with all due to respect to a team like Borussia Monchengladbach or someone, but this is Barcelona, one of the best teams in the world with some of the best players in the world.

“If you miss the penalty it is going to be really hard.

“Maybe if you score the penalty you can sit back a little bit but they just play football from another planet some times.

“So I think this is not hard for the players to let go.

“Of course, the players and the manager will speak about that and show tapes and say you need to do this and that but sometimes you need to put your hands up.

“If you look at the first goal for Messi, or the fourth or fifth goal, you can put any player there and you can’t stop those types of players and so I don’t think they will be bothered about it too long.”

Celtic get the chance to make amends against Inverness on Sunday where they look to cement their place at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership, where they have won their first four games.

Venegoor of Hesselink, appearing with former Rangers defender Arthur Numan at a William Hill media event at Ayr Racecourse where they made the draw for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup race on Saturday, said: “That is the good thing about football.

“On Saturday it was the biggest high and on Tuesday night they were at the lowest point and now the next game you can show that you are capable of winning the league.

“You can turn things around really quickly and make sure you win the game so no one can hold it against you.”

In the other Group C game, Manchester City beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 at the Etihad stadium.

Despite such a convincing defeat for the Bundesliga outfit, Venegoor of Hesselink believes Celtic have got a job to finish third in the section and qualify for the Europa League.

He said: “It is going to be a big task. They are a really good team, a Bundesliga team and I watched them play earlier this year but City are on a high.

“You need to have everything with you and you need to produce, especially in home games because anything can happen in home games, as Celtic have showed it in the past.

“Like I said it is a Bundesliga team and the Bundesliga league is really strong.

“I think they can still get third but you need to be a little bit lucky.”

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