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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. philvisreturns on

    godblesstommyburns – You’re being too harsh.

     

     

    Half the population are below average intelligence.

     

     

    It’s not their fault. (thumbsup)

  2. Estadio Nacional on

    Hope we get Forres Mechanics, Brechin and East Fife.

     

     

    A wee ‘adventure’ would be good.

  3. What a fantastic start to a season we’ve had, well done Neil and the Bhoys. The only downside for me has been the injury to Dylan McGeoch. I’m pretty sure he will join Tony Watt as a first team regular this season. Hurry back Dylan.

  4. Snake Plissken on

    Del Piero can wait.

     

     

    He is without a club and can move transfer window or no transfer window.

     

     

    The priorities remain – centre half and striker.

     

     

    Get the jobs done Celtic.

  5. Jungle Jim

     

     

    Spot on my bhoy, thanks.

     

     

    There was a time when thousands of uninformed Celtic fans would have latched on to the MSM scare-mongering…..not so now. Social Media and blogs like this are winning the battle.

  6. A new password that works, we’re in the Champions League, while the huns are in palliative care, drooling at the mouth hoping for a big team in the chip shop cup, and my new couch has just arrived.

     

    I picked a grand time to join the party.

  7. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    ten men won the league

     

     

    12:52 on

     

    30 August, 2012

     

     

    Didn’t realise there is a 2 week international break …..good rest for some of our players, and we will hopefully have Joe back by then, with Kayal to follow soon thereafter…… All good news for the Bhoys….

  8. estorilbhoy @ 12:34

     

     

    SSN reporting Dundee united deny receiving bid from unknown club for Johnny Russell. Hope we are the unknown, his style of play is suited to our club and is one for the future.

     

     

    ————–

     

     

    So you hope we are the club who hasn’t put a bid in for Russell as you believe he’s just what we (Celtic) require?

     

     

    Hmmmm!!! ;-)))

     

     

    Ok. Ok. I knew what you meant and felt like pulling your leg.

     

     

    ;-)))

     

     

    MWD (thinks we did Aweright on the night)

  9. weeshauns freekick that decked b bag barry on

    Wilson is gaining in confidence, if he can become consistant we’ll use the money we get from Madrid for him plus the nearly £50 million we bank getting to Wembley before gubbing Barca in the final to buy a time machine so we can huv Del Piero when he had a bouffant.

  10. Apart from the obvious Aiden McGeady link, I’m surprised to see a few folk mention Spartak Moscow in their ‘qualifiable’ group. Personally I would prefer to keep well away from opponents in Russia, Ukraine etc.

     

     

    I would definitely like to see us drawn against Real (just for someone new) as top seed, but if I was to select a team from pot 2 and 3 with qualification in mind it would be Schalke and Lille IMHO!

     

     

    Glamour group for me would be Real, Man City and Juve – just thinking about the Celtic Park atmosphere at those games gives me goosebumps!

  11. Eyes Wide Open on

    If we are genuinely going to become a club renowned for cultivating youth into first team players, we need to be very cautious of which players we bring in.

     

     

    a 37 year old striker on loan – how much benefit would we gain from that and how much would it cost?

     

     

    I’d be happy to go with Watt being our 4th choice, Stokes 3rd and Hooper 2nd – Im not sure id be happy at restricting Watts game time for the sake of Del Piero.

     

     

    We need a pair of centre halves – I know K Wilson was outstanding last night, however his form from last season cant be forgotten about and our former Barcelona player in the waiting Emilio currently looks like our weak link, so I think we need to plan for having Mulgrew at left back on occasion.

     

     

    Im sure Emilio will soon return to being a Barcelona player in the making – however what im not sure of, is how long that will take!

  12. Read on here, someone saying that we were “outplayed” by Helsingborg in both legs.

     

    We pumped them 4-0.

     

    I watched the game again on the TV on returning from CP.

     

    We pumped them 4-0.

     

    We were in control.

     

    We pumped them 4-0.

     

    Someone needs to stop paying attention to MSM.

     

    We pumped them 4-0.

     

     

    EC67

     

     

    cannywaitforthedrawthenightCSC

  13. My best case draw:

     

    Arsenal (losing best players almost as fast as the team formerly known as Sevco)

     

    Braga (let’s see how we get on playing them after pre-season)

     

    Lille

     

     

    My glamour draw:

     

    Real Madrid (now that we’ve lured them into a false sense of security)

     

    Man City (“Roll With It” would be funny)

     

    Juventus or Spartak Moscow (just to have Aiden back)

     

     

    Either way, on message boards across Europe, other fans are thinking “Oh mein Gott, I don’t fancy Celtic for a pot 4 team”.

  14. Celtic’s Daryl Murphy is expected at Portman Road either later this afternoon or tomorrow to complete another season-long loan switch to the Blues. The deal is not yet done but we understand the clubs are close to finalising the terms of the Irishman’s third loan spell at Portman Road.

     

     

    The 29-year-old was an unused sub for the Bhoys in their Champions League victory over Helsingborgs IF last night but only as the SPL club were short on cover due to injuries.

     

     

    Murphy’s Celtic contract is up at the end of the season and the clubs have been negotiating the proportion of his wages that Town will pay during the year ahead.

     

     

    The Irish international has always been keen on a return to Suffolk with his family having settled in the area during his two previous spells.

     

     

    At the end of last season, Town boss Paul Jewell said he wanted Murphy back at Portman Road for 2012/13 but felt that a permanent deal would be beyond the club’s means with the midfielder or striker on a big money at Parkhead.

  15. ASonOfDan – how much of a lift would a seriously ageing NAME actually give? More than qualifying for the CL Groups? Why not see what Peles diary is like while we’re at it?

     

    It’s not the money (there should be plenty now). I wouldn’t mind if NFL / The Board spent £40k a week on an up and coming name to augment / enhance what we have, but DP? There’s only negatives in that as far as I can see.

     

    jude2005 – I found a shop in Castle Douglas a while back which sold ye olde ‘Bubblys’. I bought 6 and blew one nearly as big as my head ;-)

     

     

    bbg

  16. Celtic’s Daryl Murphy is expected at Portman Road either later this afternoon or tomorrow to complete another season-long loan switch to the Blues. The deal is not yet done but we understand the clubs are close to finalising the terms of the Irishman’s third loan spell at Portman Road.

  17. If we draw Man City then there could be a situation where everyone in the stadium will not be facing the pitch!!

     

    How good would that look

  18. Estadio Nacional on

    MWD

     

     

    Dereki Piero would be a great signing, a player with a bit of game winning majic is needed, severe lack of ideas last night, Lawwell better be up the loft looking for his cheque book this afternoon.

     

     

     

    EN

  19. craggy island gaa on

    kdc

     

     

     

    12:26 on 30 August, 2012

     

     

    Thanks for that,

     

     

    I was actually talking about a man in the row behind me who was referring to all things “Sevco”, and called every Helsingborgs player Bedoya.

     

     

    hail hail

     

     

    craggy

  20. I’m not sure what his attitude is like these days, but I’d love to get del Bhoy on board if he’s still focused.

     

     

    We lack composure in the final third when Samaras is out. Piero is someone who can hold on to the ball and bring others into the game.

     

     

    It’d also be nice to see one of my favourite players in the hoops.

  21. Record attendance for a club match in Europe:

     

     

    146,433 (with 1000s more locked outside) CELTIC v Aberdeen SC Final, Hampden 24.04.37

     

     

    Record attendance for a European club competition:

     

     

    136,505 – CELTIC v Leeds United . EC SF 2nd leg, Hampden 15.04.70.

     

     

    These are PROPER records!

     

     

    HH!!

  22. Afternoon, superb performance by Neil and the bhoys – 4 qualifyers 4 wins simples !!!

     

     

    watched game in a Cardiff pub with a Man City fan, always interesting to get another perspective while you are screaming at the telly. He was impressed with our composure and thought we played the tie smart and never felt we were in any danger, loved the atmosphere and wants to draw us in the group stages.

     

     

    No failures last night special mention to Kelvin, I think there is a player in there if we can give him a run of games. Can’t wait for the draw roll on 5pm

  23. Doug C, did you watch in Dempseys ? I didn’t make it last night but hopefully be there for the group stages so might catch you then. Agree on Wilson, thought he was tremendous last night, early tackle a very important one and set the tone for the rest of his performance. Maybe another one growing into the jersey.

  24. bubblegum

     

     

    Now you are being silly and a bit of a nugget. I would rather listen to the opinions of the guys who go week in week out to support Celtic.

  25. cardiffbhoy

     

     

    13:16 on 30 August, 2012Doug C, did you watch in Dempseys ? Yes,

     

     

    I am spending a lot of time working down here so expect I will be in for future games, though trying to plan my trips to avoid the home games.

  26. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Helsingburg manager states that Celtic deserved to be going into the group stages.

     

     

    Hareide said: “Celtic deserved to go through. The first goal tonight was at least a yard offside. The best teams in Europe are better than Celtic but Celtic will get better.”

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