Celtic icon Bobo Balde has posted on Twitter after his old club produced a stunning display to beat Lazio 2-1 away from home thanks to goals from James Forrest and Olivier Ntcham – who scored the winner in the 95th minute.
Lazio took the lead early on, as the impressive Manuel Lazzari picked the ball up and curled in an excellent cross on to the foot of the in-form Ciro Immobile. The Italy international made it 15 goals for the season, with a neat finish.
But Celtic equalised before half-time. James Forrest smashed the ball into the top corner past Thomas Strakosha to level the scoreline at half-time. It was an open second half, but Ntcham proved decisive after a number of top saves from Fraser Forster.
A mistake from the Lazio defence saw Odsonne Edouard slide in Ntcham, who recovered a poor first touch with a stunning chip to win the match and push Celtic into the knockout stages of the Europa League. Balde reacted on Twitter on Friday.
Great win for @CelticFC last night good job Bhoys!!!! 💚 BB
— Dianbobo Balde (@BoboBalde_) November 8, 2019
TBR’s view – Celtic will be glad Rangers beat FC Porto
Rangers matched Celtic’s magical night at the Stadio Olimpico by beating FC Porto – last season’s Champions League quarter-finalists – to push themselves within an excellent chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.
Indeed, Celtic are now pencilled in to play Europa League football after Christmas. But in their bid to win nine in a row, playing more football after Christmas may have given Rangers the advantage – if Rangers fail to qualify.
It means the Gers would get more rest and have a boost in their bid to stop Celtic. But Rangers’ win over Porto has given the club an excellent chance to meet Celtic in the draw for the last 32, which would make it an equal fight for the title.