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2000-02-01: Celtic 1-2 Bayern Munich, Millenium Challenge Friendly
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- The game which had been scheduled for the previous Saturday was the League Cup game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. This had to be postponed at a very late hour when gale force winds tore off some of the roof cladding and structural uniformity of the east stand roof making it unsafe for the public.
- This Friendly game against Bayern Munich match was also used to unveil the newly named Lisbon Lions Stand. The name was selected by fans choice from a poll in the Celtic View and the fanzine Bhoyzone. The name was selected as the most popular (though it was highly suspected that the fix was in) with 'The Fergus McCann Stand' being the second most popular name with 21% of the vote. This also represented a chance for the club to publicly honour the Lions.
- On Sunday 30th January the story broke how Allan MacDoanald had commissioned a report from London-based behavioural psychologist Chris Lewis into Hugh Dallas’ handling of the Celtic Rangers game at the end of the previous season. What appeared to be an innocent admission by MacDonald proceeded to go nuclear when the press made hay with the story and Dallas sought talks with the SFA over whether to take legal action against Celtic over the report. The SFA General Purposes Committee met and decided to bring Allan MacDonald before them to answer charges of bringing the game into disrepute.
- Morten Wieghorst damaged his knee in a training ground incident. What was at first thought to be ligament damage turned out to be a cartilage injury and he underwent surgey immediately.
ReviewThe game was a chance for the club to see triallist de Ornelas in action – and he did pretty well – well enough to win a short term deal.
The Lisbon Lions turned out in force for the public choice and naming of the East Stand. Not a vast crowd, and essentially a meaningless game – but at least the wind and weather had abated enough to actually repair the roof of the East Stand so that the game could go ahead.
Kerr (Kharine, 46), McNamara (Mjallby, 46), Stubbs (Lambert, 60), Boyd, Mahe, Petrov, Healy, de Ornelas, Petta (Blinker, 71), Burchill, Viduka (Johnson, 79).
Non Used Subs: Wright, Berkovic.
Goal: Burchill (66)
Bayern Munich -
Kahn, Babbel, Elber (Jancker, 46), Matthaus (Scholl, 46), Paolo Sergio (Santa Cruz, 46), Jeremies, Fink (Weisinger ,74), Tarnat, Salihamidzic, Zickler, Linke.
Substitutes: Dreher, Andersson
Goals: Elber (13), Fink (44),
Referee: Stuart Dougal
- Match Report (see below)
Bayern emerge unscathed as Lions return to their den;
Burchill on target for Barnes' makeshift side but the heroes of '67 steal the showThe Herald 02/02/2000
Celtic ..................... 1
Bayern Munich ....... 2MAYBE it never got close to the standard set by the European Cup heroes of 1967 who were paraded, to the crowd's great delight, as they opened the stand named after them but, as a friendly of its type, this was a worthwhile contest.
Neither team was going for broke but they went through enough gears to make it interesting and Bayern, coming back from their winter solstice, did appeal as a team with much more to give.
Celtic had key players missing but they would be happy with the return of Alan Stubbs and Paul Lambert, while the man on trial, Fernando de Ornelas, did well before tiring.
Mark Burchill scored a fine goal midway through the second half as he took the chance to stake his claim for a starting place in the team, while Regi Blinker, a second-half substitute, also did well.
Bayern had gone ahead through Brazilian Giovane de Souza Elber early on and went two up just before half-time through Thorsten Fink.
Celtic did better after the break but, against, that the Germans did miss a penalty. Overall, the 20,261 on site went home reasonably satisfied with their night out.
Head coach John Barnes was certainly in that mode. "It was a good work-out for both teams and I was pleased with the players who came in."
He named Bobby Petta in particular and expressed satisfaction with the Venezuelan, de Ornelas. ''We'll make a decision about Fernando in the next few days, but I was very pleased with him. He is pacy and got plenty of crosses in. He took a knock on a foot just before half time and that was why he didn't do as well after the break."
The manager also confirmed that he will be having a close look at Australian internationalist Josip Skoko, who will have talks with Celtic today after being recommended by his friend and compatriot, Mark Viduka.
Skoko, who is captain of Hajduk Split, comes with a good reputation but Barnes stressed that he will only make a decision after seeing him this week.
The new stand was in good repair after the hiccup of the weekend and so, too, were the men it was named after, the Lisbon Lions, who were trotted out in their entirety, along with some star extras, including such as Joe McBride and John Hughes.
Billy McNeill, as so often in the past, had to make the captain's speech, this time from the centre circle, where he thanked the fans for their unflinching support, although many of them listening were not even close to a gleam in daddy's eye at the time.
The inevitable huddle cheered the depleted attendance, but the thought occurred that the 1967 lot had managed a great deal without it.
Still, the football flowed from both sides, considering it was something of an exercise run, was entertaining enough. More important for the young man from Venezuela was the encouragement he received every time he touched the ball.
That would have happened any way, but as the new lad almost scored in eight minutes, he was guaranteed a following.
He tamed the ball 25 yards out with his right foot, turned it on to his left, and hit a fine effort that international keeper Oliver Kahn did well to dive and touch past a post.
A goal then would have been very welcome for the home side, especially as they lost one seven minutes later. The Munich team, full of athleticism and pace, ironi-cally didn't need either to get the goal. A corner from the far side was headed in by Elber despite some despairing attempts to clear it off the line.
The happy German group away to our right were in good voice and were warmly applauded when they chanted something about standing up if you hate Rangers, a request that met with willing acquiescence.
Viduka had one or two fine runs but was crowded out on each occasion and then Ornelas demonstrated his acceleration when he raced back to end a Bayern attack. A minute before half-time, however, Bayern struck again. Elber was involved again, with a cross that Paolo Sergio laid into the path of Fink, who hit a stirring shot past Stewart Kerr.
Both sides made changes for the second half, with Celtic calling on Johan Mjallby and goalkeeper Dmitri Kharine, replacing McNamara and Kerr. The Germans, in turn, took off old-timer Lothar Matthaus bringing on Mehmet Scholl, while the two Brazilians, Elber and Paolo Sergio, were substituted by Jancker and Santa Cruz. Stilian Petrov fed forward a fine pass which Burchill reached by dint of his pace and then sent over a perfect cross which, unfortunately, did not find a team-mate within striking distance.
In 57 minutes, Lambert made his first appearance of the restarted season, now fully recovered from the leg knock he sustained in the friendly with Fortuna Dusseldorf in Portugal. He took over from another returning key player, Stubbs, who had done well after his lengthy absence. Lambert made an immediate impact when he sent through a fine pass which Burchill hit with his right foot past Kahn and into the net.
In 71 minutes, Celtic took off Petta and brought on Blinker to great cheers. The substitutions continued when Fink was replaced by Wiesinger and then it was Viduka's turn to go off, with Tommy Johnson coming on. Celtic had a lucky escape when Salihamidzic sent a penalty kick wide after Mjallby had brought down Scholl
- Manager Interview
“It was a good work-out for both teams and I was pleased with the players who came in.
''We'll make a decision about Fernando in the next few days, but I was very pleased with him. He is pacy and got plenty of crosses in. He took a knock on a foot just before half time and that was why he didn't do as well after the break."
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