Stopping Barca may be a Messi business for Celtic and Lennon


Celtic travel to the Nou Camp to take on Barcelona and find a way of nullifying the threat of the Catalan giants and in particular Lionel Messi. However, Robbie Devine believes that it will be a backs to the wall affair for Celtic.

71 goals in 2012. Just to repeat, 71 goals in 2012. And there is still two months of the year to go. Stats like these should not be something which can occur in the real world, they are more akin to the fantasy world of Football Manager of FIFA 13.

Yet there they are, the amount of times the genius that is Lionel Messi has scampered through a bewildered collection of defenders before slotting home for Barcelona and Argentina in this calendar year.

Another game, another obligatory hat–trick for the little Rosario-born superstar, as this time it was the players of Deportivo La Coruna who were left bamboozled by his wizardry in the goal feast that was Barcelona’s 5-4 win on Saturday night.

Watching on was Celtic manager Neil Lennon who had been flown over in the private jet of the club’s majority shareholder Dermot Desmond as part of his preparation for Tuesday night’s Champions League clash at the Nou Camp.

As he sat there with his notepad by his side scribbling away, you could imagine Lennon struggling to devise any tactical plan whatsoever which could be productive in stopping Messi and co from giving Celtic the same sort of treatment handed out on a weekly basis to all of Barca’s opponents.

Teams have attempted all sorts of ways of stopping the Catalan juggernaut, Jose Mou


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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