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Not so seven heaven as Brendan's Bhoys find callers unforgiving; Hotline GARY RALSTON ANSWERS YOUR CALLS.

Byline: GARY RALSTON

CELTIC took a heavy beating off Barcelona in the Champions League and the Hotline has been left at sixes and sevens.

One fan was so shellshocked he even forgot the score while our own Mick Gannon has taken one on the chin for the generosity of his man-by-man ratings.

Admittedly, one or two callers were Rangers fans keen for a wind-up after their own side's embarrassment at Parkhead last weekend.

But, like the first cuckoo call of spring, step forward Edward Lowe, who has become the first caller to call for the head of Brendan Rodgers.

Via email he said: "Rodgers has to go. That is the most goals Celtic have conceded in one game without reply in the club's history.

"Brendan did not have an A plan nor, for that matter, a B plan. Bye, bye Brendan."

You're wrong Edward - Celtic's record defeat was an 8-0 loss at Motherwell in 1937.

Peter Roper, Stewarton, said: "I'm a Celtic fan and just got off an overnight flight to hear Michael Gannon gave pass marks to the entire Celtic team. Can't wait to see the score!" Charles Goldie, Glasgow, said: "The manager better show this team how to defend and make it difficult for teams to beat them. Yeah, it was Barcelona, but six goals is shameful."

Just imagine if Messi and Co had hit seven. Rangers fans seemed quick to revel in the misfortune of their rivals, much to the disgust of Chris McCart.

He emailed: "Rangers fans trying to slag us for the result against Barca is the equivalent of a homeless person criticising the curtains in your house."

Ian Loudon emailed: "Another few minutes and Celtic would have got the 10 in a row they keep singing about."

Alfie Mullin, London, said: "Brendan Rodgers said Celtic would not be turning up at Barcelona as tourists. He was right. They didn't turn up at all."

Martin Baird, Glasgow, added: "I heard TV producers had to extend the Champions League highlights programme by 30 minutes so they could show all the Barca goals?" Scott Brown claimed the Old Firm game was "men against boys" but his form in the Nou Camp didn't escape criticism.

Allan Beaton, Wishaw, said: "Another big game and the Hoops are found out. The captain played well though, even if the only kick he had was at Ivan Rakitic."

Eric Bredin, Glasgow, said: "What does Brown think of men against boys now? The rubbish I watched on Tuesday night was novices versus professionals."

Bobby Pollock, Croftfoot, said: "If Brown could speak Spanish, he'd be saying, 'Puedo conseguir un retroceso de la bola por favor?' In other words, 'Can I get a kick of the ball please?" Rodgers was lauded for his team's display against Rangers but he's facing a sharper analysis from fans over Europe.

Alan Brunker said: "Rodgers was brought in for more success in Europe. H has been in charge of Celtic in three of their worst results at that level - beaten by Red Imps, beaten by no marks from Israel then humiliated by an ageing and transitional Barca side."

John Bruce said: "After only a couple of months in charge, Rodgers has already overseen the two most humiliating results in Celtic's history. After the 'Ronny Roar' do Hoops fans now have the 'Brendan Beamer?'" George Wilson, West Sussex, said: "So what does it take to embarrass Rodgers? Not losing to the worst team in Europe, Lincoln Imps, nor the best in Barcelona. Celtic have been banging on about the importance of taking their deserved place among the big boys, only to capitulate."

Ian Grant, Falkirk, said: "Barcelona are from a different planet and I'm convinced it's Krypton as they're a team of Supermen. However, Celtic could have acquitted themselves so much better."

Steven Mulhearn, Dumbarton, provided a word of sympathy. He said: "Barcelona are like a PlayStation team - no side in Europe would have any answer to that performance."

QUOTE OF THE DAY 'Barca are like a PlayStation side.

No side in Europe would have an answer to that'
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Date:Sep 15, 2016
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