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12 former Euro champions compete for Champions League

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There has been a bit of revisionist nonsense expressed recently which appeared to damn the achievements of the current team by comparing them to the great Martin O’Neill side, but Martin’s team were known to struggle in qualifying on occasion.

Let the record show, four wins from four games.  Three clean sheets, two of which were achieved away from home.  The remainder of the tournament will present stiffer challenges but Celtic are a completely different team than the side which lost heavily in Utrecht two years ago.

This is what planned, sustainable, progress tastes like.

The Champions League proper will be difficult for Celtic to win; no fewer than 12 former European Champions battle to reach the Wembley final, but we are one of them and we’re there on merit.  After a four year absence the excitement of those early Champions League nights at Celtic Park against Rosenborg, Porto and Juventus has returned to the club.

Bring it on.

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  1. cardiffbhoy

     

     

     

    Thanks for the comprehensive CL pot data you posted earlier – very interesting.

     

     

    I’d much rather have pot 4 than no pot to pee in, like some I could mention.

  2. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Ten years in the C L @ 15mill a year X 10 = £150 millionnnnnnnnnnnn. That canny be right?? <:o))))

  3. I have noticed a rash of sevconians asking how to delete something/someone from FB today

     

     

    lol

     

     

    I think it’s just dawning on them, they may have reached the mid point of the mourning cycle

  4. Ryan\o/D

     

     

    I’d prefer to avoid trips to the Ukraine or Turkey.

     

     

    Nice short trips to western Europe would be perfect.

     

     

    Pot 1 – doesn’t matter, any Pot 1 team would be favourites but we could nick a point or 3 from Porto, Arsenal or Milan.

     

     

    Pot 2 – Valencia, Benfica, or Braga would be good.

     

     

    Pot 3 – Anderlect or Lille.

     

     

    All reasonably straightforward to get to for supporters too.

     

     

    In saying all that, I don’t really care, just delighted to be back in the big time again and hope we can put on a decent showing.

     

     

    Mort

  5. craggy island gaa on

    Getting nervous about the draw now…

     

     

    Ideally, a pot 1 glamour tie like Real Madrid and 2 teams that we can each take 4pts or more from.

     

     

    Easy peasy!

     

     

    Kdc,

     

     

    No offence meant by my earlier posts, and was only posting my experience of the match from my seat. Thankfully it didn’t spoil my enjoyment, you’ll be glad to know! ;-)

     

     

    craggy

  6. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    So Today it’s the Champions league draw excitement and tomorrow its transfer deadline day, unless you support Sevco , its Thursday and Friday again

     

     

    Another Scottish world record tumbles before the hun hordes. World record crowd due tonight, at ibrock, yes it’s a world record for

     

    a 4th rate team playing a 2nd rate team

     

    in the league cup

     

    on a Thursday

     

    when Celtic have played in big cup the night before

     

    They just keep on doing it don’t they?

  7. Scott Brown attended a specialist today regarding ongoing hip problem.

     

     

    I was asked in the pub last night why I thought Celtic would bring in another midfielder.

     

     

    Brown and Kayal was my reply…

  8. Great game last night. Fantastic atmosphere that came thru even on the telly. Looking forward to the draw. Have to say I think our winnings could be spent better than on Del Pieros wages though.

  9. starry plough

     

     

    Posted that earleir mate, he had a 2 hour video conference with Sydney as well. He does not want to go that far, reports in Italy state if we want him he will sign.

  10. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    No nerves today, that all happened last night, today’s draw, I really don’t care who we get, weaker teams might give us more points but, the big teams will give us experience, it’s win win :o)

  11. Malorbhoy,

     

    Yep, my 3rd season in that seat – I’m down for every game – I must have made a big impression on you guys behind us, eh?

  12. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Del Piero, obviously wouldn’t play in a sinking league, so no need to worry

  13. Reports in Italy stating we have put a bid in for Boly. Fiorentina have made a loan offer.

  14. ASonOfDan

     

     

     

    16:10 on 30 August, 2012

     

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    Ledley too… I reckon you Filip twarzic can do a job for us alongside Vic in the SPL.

     

     

    For CL Ledley should be fit again but I’m certain Broony will play it anyway…

     

     

    I would like to see

     

     

    Forster

     

     

    Matthews Wilson Mulgrew Izzaguire

     

     

    Forrest Wanyama Ledley Samaras

     

     

    Hooper Watt

  15. It’s Awe aboot the Money.. Honey!

     

     

    Ah canny wait ..until.. Celtic , kin get thur Grubbies.. oan that..

     

     

    Possible…

     

     

    Twenty Wan Million.. Pounds o’ Cabbage~

     

     

    Yep.. Ah am told that… We kin Pick up…

     

     

    That Amount o’Dough..

     

    if

     

     

    the Pope disnae turn Mormon .. and .. The Bluebell Wids.. dinna come tae Rouken Glen!

     

     

    True…

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still..Laughin’.. like Hell.

  16. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Also,I hope that we don’t draw any of those EPL clubs.

     

     

    The EPL/Skysports/best league in the world tripe bores me to tears.

  17. As reported by Alessandro Sugoni to SkySport24 Alessandro Del Piero refused to Zion. Read the full-destination Pinturicchio and now in pole position passes the Celtic, which unlike the Swiss can show off more charm and qualifying in Champions League

  18. I don’t want to go to Chelsea.

     

     

    Be nice not to have any of the baggage that would come with those games, especially in this first hun-free year.

     

     

    DeclanMcManusCSC

  19. AikiBhoy

     

     

    Brown and Kayal are great players but how many months do they miss EVERY season through injury?

  20. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Just imagine Del Piero scoring a great free-kick for Celtic in the League of Champions! :)

  21. ASonOfDan

     

     

    Lovely people the Italians, but foreign languages were never one of their strong points!

     

     

    HH!!

  22. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    16roads,

     

    English team draw has more chance of being broadcast on council telly

  23. 5th generation on

    Celtic earn the other 11 SPL clubs a share of 1.5 million with their participation in the group stages.

     

     

    That works at £136,000 approx.

     

     

    A tidy wee sum

  24. Celtic TV waiting on the Draw,

     

     

    playing what I think was the Hail Hail album –

     

     

    young david hay

     

    is making the play

     

     

    whispy at 9

     

     

    big yogi bear

  25. deliasmith

     

    16:04 on

     

    30 August, 2012

     

    “Champions’” League:

     

     

    How many national champions in Pot 1? – TWO

     

     

    How many national champions in Pot 4? – SEVEN

     

     

     

    V interesting. I’ve long bemoaned the use of a seeding system in European or international football. It is merely a front for commercial interests and dilutes our old favourite ‘sporting integrity’. The draws should be open and completely random in my opinion, that is the strength and allure of cup competitions.

     

     

    What about qualifying rounds I hear you cry? Do away with them. Have an open draw for two rounds of knock out ties to get to an open draw for the leagues, or bigger leagues to start with before the knockout stages.

     

     

    Same for international tournaments, open draws for the qualifying groups!

     

     

    give football back to the sport

     

     

    PS same goes for tennis and all the other sports employing seeding for draws.

  26. Real Madrid, Man City and Paris St Germain there a group to get you buzzing!

     

     

    POT 1

     

     

    Chelsea

     

     

    Barcelona

     

     

    Man United

     

     

    Bayern Munich

     

     

    Real Madrid

     

     

    Arsenal

     

     

    Porto

     

     

    AC Milan

     

     

     

    POT 2

     

     

    Valencia

     

     

    Benfica

     

     

    Shakhtar Donetsk

     

     

    Zenit St Petersburg

     

     

    Schalke 04

     

     

    Man City

     

     

    Braga

     

     

    Dinamo Kiev

     

     

     

    POT 3

     

     

    Olympiakos

     

     

    Ajax

     

     

    Anderlecht

     

     

    Galatasaray

     

     

    Juventus

     

     

    Lille

     

     

    Spartak Moscow

     

     

    Paris St Germain

     

     

     

    POT 4

     

     

    Celtic

     

     

    CFR Cluj

     

     

    Borussia Dortmund

     

     

    BATE Borisov

     

     

    Dinamo Zagreb

     

     

    Malaga

     

     

    Montpellier

     

     

    FC Nordsjelland

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