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Celtic 0-2 Valencia - The cycle continues

Let’s not learn a thing.

Celtic v Valencia - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Roses are red

Violets are blue

It finished Celtic nil

Valencia two.

Inept, gutless and all too familiar, yet many fans are already over another doing at Celtic Park in European competition against a team who, once more, we made look like football’s Harlem Globetrotters.

Me ? I’m now completely bored and fed up of Brendan Rodgers Celtic in Europe and can’t be bothered with the usual soundbites from the manager. ‘We’ll learn from it’, ‘we’ll do better next time’, but we never do, it’s a never-ending cycle and all those wild celebrations after being bailed out by Rosenborg in the group stages just look even more silly now.

I’m not even going to come on and vent about any player last night either. Anyone who reads this already knows who I think are charlatans and cowards, and they well and truly excelled again on a grander stage than against St Johnstone. Fair play to them.

What good does moaning about them do though ? The manager won’t read the blog. Ultimately people will still say our captain is brilliant and is the man to lead us yet again next season. I’m more than likely in the minority with what I think about the ‘big characters’ in that team and I’m already fighting a losing battle with my views on them, because on Sunday, when we inevitably beat Kilmarnock, that performance last night will be well and truly forgotten.

It’s abundantly clear that walking over St Johnstone and co is the level many of our players feel at ease and at their most comfortable, and many of them must be given the punt in the summer. There will be a massive clearout you would think, with the loan signings also moving on.

The relief will wash over many of them in an awesome wave on Sunday at Rugby Park, up against a team who they are familiar with that don’t like to keep the ball and play fluidly.

It’s not going to be an easy game, but hopefully Steven ‘Steve’ Clarke’s in a charitable mood and rolls over at least, after exhausting himself from shoot week recently against Rangers.

I’ll do a preview piece on KIlmarnock over the weekend.