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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. Big Swee walks on with Neil Lennon on

    can’t believe I actually feel slightly disappointed at that draw as we’ve played them before. Still. Fantastic trips there previously with exception of Spartak for me.

  2. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    leftclicktic

     

     

     

    17:35 on 30 August, 2012

     

     

     

    Barca,Porto,Spartak & Celtic

     

     

    Nope it is Benfica not Porto.

  3. londonBhoy

     

     

    that was for you, it was my 40th and I watched it in euro disney…

     

     

    0 3 in Lisbon

  4. Did I hear him right when he said we won the cup in 1997? So that’s twice we have won it. Why not two stars? Lol

  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    We could get second place in that group….

  6. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    How many times will we have to play benfica and Barca for God sake before we get a chance to see some fresh opposition. Disappointing.

  7. glad we didn’t get chelsea but would rather we didn’t have to play spartak moscow either, will have to put aside my admiration for aiden mcgeady for 2 matches!!!!

  8. A – Porto, Dynamo Kiev, PSG, Zagreb

     

    B – Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, Montpellier

     

    C – AC Milan, Zenit, Anderlecht, Malaga

     

    D – Real Madrid, Man City, Ajax, Dortmund

     

    E – Chelsea , Shaktar Donesk, Juventus,Nordjelland

     

    F – Bayern, Valencia, Lille, Bate

     

    G – Barcelona, Benfica,Spartak Moscow, Celtic

     

    H – Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray,Cluj

  9. Think that’s not a bad draw for the hoops IMO.

     

    See the Japanese CH has signed for Southampton.

     

     

     

    HH

  10. GlasgowCelticChampions! on

    Milan’s group would have been best in terms of last 16 qualification.

     

    Do Sevco get placed automatically in the QF? For the good of all the teams?

  11. Benfica and Spartak are beatable….we could have had a worse draw…bring it on.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  12. Glad we were in the same pot as CFR Cluj…

     

     

    No doubt the daily rankers would have run with a headline of ‘Down the Cluji’ if we had them in our group and they beat us.

     

     

    Also happy to avoid Group D…what a group!!

  13. cheeeeeeeeeers for that team………………..

     

     

    think you all milked it a bit though

     

     

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    are the games……………………………………….

     

     

    BigJoestandingBY