Many of the Parekhead fans didn't see Blinker
as the man to fill the Italian's multi-coloured boots.
They didn't and I was pleased with the performance, especially with Regi Blinker
, who was the man of the match.
Gould 7; Boyd 7, Mahe 7, MCNAMARA 9, Rieper 6 (Annoni 8), Stubbs 7, Larsson 7, Burley 8, Wieghorst 6, Lambert 7, Blinker
5 (Brattbakk 7).
Whether or not Blinker
plays against Hibs, he believes that Celtic will have to ditch the silky soccer that so often succeeds at Parkhead to dig out a result in Edinburgh.
But we weren't helped by what I thought was inconsistent refereeing - although I think Blinker
deserved to be ordered off.
That is an achievement in itself as Blinker
would have had reason to feel tongue-tied in the presence of the former England and Liverpool player whom he admired so much as a boy.
Gould 6; Boyd 7, Mahe 5, McNamara 7, Reiper 7, Stubbs 6, Larsson 7, BURLEY 9, Donnelly 6, Wieghorst 5, Blinker
Larsson was heavily involved again, selflessly turning a Tosh McKinlay cross back for the in-rushing Blinker
to fire a 15-yard shot past Rousset into the back of the net.
continued to shine in the second half and danced around Alan McManus before sending a fierce left-foot shot just wide.
joined Celtic last August as part of the deal which took fans' favourite Paulo Di Canio to Sheffield Wednesday.
Their ban on Blinker
has the effect of punishing Wednesday, who on FIFA's own admission are a totally innocent party.
The exotic dreadlocks of Dutch star Regi Blinker
swirl around the top of the Premiership table.