12 former Euro champions compete for Champions League


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. Looking at the Scotland squad list names and you have to laugh that there is no place for Kris Commons



    Looks like Steven Fletcher sussed Levein well before the rest of us



    He is the Scottish Bertie Vogts

  2. Mr Whippy : Hooper was offside.


    It’s where he tends to be during most attacks.


    He is perhaps the least positionally aware forward we have had since Shaun Maloney.


    Glad that the linesman (and official behind goal ) were both asleep at the wheel.



    The Onlooker

  3. philvisreturns



    14:43 on 30 August, 2012



    “Lots of new posters about.



    Hmmm…. (thumbsup)”



    Aye and some of them interlopers in disguise from the Guardian

  4. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. The Singing Detective








    Nice tae see ye ur oan board..




    As usual..



    You and I are Baith Pinkety Pinkety and In Accordance .. as well..



    regarding the Del Piero.. possible acquisition…



    A Fellow such as He.. wud be o’ nae benefit tae oor cause..



    Should he ..in fact… come.



    His mind Woiks at an Entirely Different Level than Our Present crop of Players..



    He hiz… Already .. Seen the Elephant..



    And ,..oor Present Team..ur jist all Staundin’oan the Foist Rung o’ the Step Ladder… that we must mount.. tae see over the Wa’.. at the Calder Park Zoo..


    in order tae get a Shufti.. at a Passing Pachyderm.



    By time that oor Present Playing Staff .. reaches the Second Rung..



    Del Piero.. if he Comes.. wull hiv.. Been and Gone and Went!



    He wid be a Totally Needless Expense..



    In Ma Not so humble Opinion.





    Yer pal…who thinks ye ur Swell.



    Still, Laughin’

  5. Kojo



    Likewise, wonderful to meet you Pal!



    Your observation of my observation is likewise… observant.



    To me, Hooper has too many of these moments were he seems to fall asleep for a second or two, just enough time to mess up a bit. Like in the ICT game at the weekend where young Tony done superb to take the ball from the feet of the keeper on the line and put in a wonderful ground cross across the face of goal, but Gary failed to “be there”. He is not high up in my favorites list even if he is a “useful player”.



    Agreed young Watt needs as much time as possible as I have mentioned a few times on the web and comments to celtic TV already. A legend in the making perhaps! Used to playing the lone forward role too… very very handy and just Watt :D we need!




    Following Celtic’s qualification to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, the Scottish Premier League announced the resultant positive impact for the SPL as a whole with the League’s European co-efficient and UEFA solidarity funding both set to receive a boost.



    The co-efficient rankings are based on a points system calculated against the results of teams from each country. Celtic and the SPL will be awarded 4 bonus points for participation in the group stages, with additional points being awarded for a group stage win or draw.



    Moreover, the amount of UEFA solidarity funding that is shared equally by the other 11 SPL clubs not competing in the Champions League will this season increase from £500,000 to around £1,500,000, partly offsetting the financial damage caused to the League by the loss of Rangers from the SPL.



    SPL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “”Our congratulations go to all at Celtic FC on once again reaching the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Their success is a welcome boost for the entire game in Scotland – both financially and reputationally. Ahead of the start of Scotland’s World Cup qualifying campaign next week, last evening is a timely reminder that Scottish football still has a rightful place at European football’s top table.”




    – Ends –




    As the man said ” We don’t need no stinking……

  7. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Graham Spiers is a donkey’s @rse.



    Lawwell should bar him from CP as well.



    Him and the rest of those msm bloodsuckers have been living off the club’s back for years.



    Negativity and succulent lamb is the only thing those goats bring to the table.



    Tell those parasites to gtf for once and for all.

  8. philvisreturns on

    cadizzy – there is a poster on the Guardian’s report of last night’s game called Alky71 (quite possibly it’s Alka) who finishes his/her/its post with “thumbsup”



    Is there something you are not telling us? If not, perhaps you should be offering him/her/it a square go on the grounds of copyright infringement. Are you up to the virtual physicality of it all?



    Cadizzy, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.



    The (thumbsup) is a symbol of freedom, a sigil of peace, an emblem of awesomeness.



    So why would I want to take that away from some poor, deluded, public sector worker idling his time away on the Guardian?



    Where there is discord, may we bring harmony.




  9. We need to try and find a way of ditching the Tennents shirt sponsorship deal asap!



    Mentioned it on here yesterday – we have Ian Livingston on the plc board who is the CEO of the BT group.



    BT deal? Why not? Or is that a ‘conflict of interest?’ If it is then why did he join the board? He’s been a board member for 5/6 years now.



    Over to you Ian! Are you lurking?




  10. So…we’re good,and the draw for the group stages will be made in a couple of hours.


    Meanwhile….I’ve been listening to some of the propaganda surrounding The Paralympics…so much crosses my mind,like all these ‘charities’ jumping on the bandwagon to use the disabled to line their pockets and tap into the various mandatory work programmes as companies like Atos ( a benefits stripping/denial outfit….nothing else…that’s its only remit in the benefits area…it does supply IT to the beeb and that’s why you rarely hear anything negative about them on the govt. mouthpiece ) cynically exploit The Paralympics by majorly sponsoring them so they can say : look at what they can do…they don’t need disablement benefits…they can get sponsorhip from charities. And it makes me sick.


    My better half works with a special needs group, and I’ve gone along a couple of times to help out. If some of those lovely people,because they are mainly that,lovely,have their benefits stripped or reduced to the bone,as is planned by these ConDems then their futures are very very bleak indeed. So, this cynical use of The Paralympic Games is worrying.

  11. Right I’m off; said public transport has/have arrived but is/are only going to the garage in LA…….



    Walk or taxi???????



    Good Night & God Bless.



    Regards & Hail Hail



  12. first of the gang to die on

    im a new poster but i tried to join about eight weeks ago and the registration wouldnt go through then yesterday morning i got an email to activate my account.dont assume every new poster is from the dark side.if celticis open and exclusive to all as a club,some people treat this site as an exclusive club with only the select few can post. WE LL LET YOU KNOW.

  13. Philvis



    Where there is discord, may we bring harmony.







    See when St Francis of Assisi ,said ‘Be kind to the animals’ ,he shoorly didny mean the huns tae.

  14. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    We don’t need no Sevco Zombies.



    We don’t need no Jabba the hut.



    All in all your just another brick in the wall.

  15. ASonOfDan


    14:42 on


    30 August, 2012


    Graham Spiers article is just pash based on guess work with no hard figures.



    Little bit of an AWE NAW to it also, I don’t think Brittany would refer to Huskelpp (sp) as Hunskelpper :)




  16. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    There’s talk on the CQN, it sounds so familiar


    Great expectations, everybody’s watching you


    Peepil you meet they all seem to ignore you


    Even your old friends treat you like you’re something new



    Celtic come lately, the new kid in town


    Everybody loves you so don’t let them down



    You look in Neils eyes, CL music begins to play


    Hopeless romantics, here we go again


    But after a while you’re looking the other way


    It’s those restless centre backs that never mend



    Celtic come lately, the new kid in town


    Will they still love you when you’re not around?



    There’s so many things you should have told him


    But night after night you’re willing to hold him, just hold him


    Tears on your shoulder



    There’s talk on the CQN, it’s there to remind you


    That it doesn’t really matter which side you’re on


    Sallys walking away and they’re talking behind him


    They will never forget you till somebody new comes along



    Where you been lately? There’s a new kid in town


    Everybody loves him, don’t they?


    And he’s holding her and you’re still around, oh my my



    There’s a new kid in town


    Just another new kid in town



    Everybody’s talking ’bout the new kid in town


    Everybody’s walking like the new kid in town



    There’s a new kid in town


    I don’t want to hear it


    There’s a new kid in town


    I don’t want to hear it


    There’s a new kid in town


    There’s a new kid in town



    There’s a new kid in town


    Everybody’s talking


    There’s a new kid in town


    Peepil always walking


    There’s a new kid in town


    There’s a new kid in town


    There’s a new kid in town

  17. Just read that Marc Janko has signed for Trabzonspor for €2.4 million.


    Very, very cheap for a player of his quality IMHO.





    /Bishop B

  18. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    it was almost unawenaweable !!!



    Couldnae resist ?



    Hail Hail

  19. My dear,dear,dear,friend..Aikibhoy




    Thanks fur yer reply..








    Rooney .. wid Be..if … Rooney could Play like…Rooney Is Expected tae Play!



    But.. as ye know.. Disnae!



    Tony, is Wan o’ they






    That y e read aboot… in .. Marvel Comics.










    Nice Chattin’, pal.



    Still, Laughin’

  20. som mes que un club14:48 on 30 August, 2012:




    Scalping by the airlines can be subverted by judicious planning round destinations. Say….fly to Edinburgh and get the short train ride to Glasgow if you’re going to Parkhead.


    Similar swerves can be had abroad apart from the more difficult ones.


    Moscow? How do you get around that one if we draw Spartak?


    I agree….the airlines…the whole ugly bidness of Das Kapital makes me what I am. Left wing,and glad to be so.


    Anyway….tin hat on now….pelters incoming. I can hear them being loaded. : > )



  21. Cadizzy,



    I’m now 9 days free of MSM (having dumped the Herald after their shocking coverage of the Pawnbrokers’ Cup last week on the day we were in the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE) and I feel soooooooo clean. I’ve taken up with the Guardian again and I’m really enjoying reading balanced articles for a change. Any Celtic stuff I want/need I get on here.

  22. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Am I the only one that´s hoping that there is a plethora of fresh hun bahooky to skelp. My doc told me yesterday that I need to get my hands on some methadone or get back to skelping hun bahooky quick like.



    Hail Hail

  23. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    Awe Naw. As The Dude famously said before getting papped oot the taxi…….” I hate the feckin Eagles man”. ; )

  24. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    EmeraldBee\o/ proud to be an internet bampot



    Laptop Loyal free since August 1985



    HAil HAil

  25. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    Anybody noticed two things?



    1 Throw ins. We seem to have improved a bit in that the only option is no longer a long throw up the touch line. Short ones or backward shys or shys into the middle are more apparent.



    2 Free kicks and corners. Training ground moves are being tried with good goal results which all points to coaching improvement as coaches themselves develop.



    It all takes time of course to find out what works and what does not.



    On that note we know what buys have not worked so lets hope the improvements in all the other areas are reflected in our buying policy and processes too (but then what will we debate?)

  26. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Green Lantern



    I have a love hate with the old Eagles



    My Ma and Da had the 8 track greatest hits in the car along with Neil Diamond and Leo Sayer. Do you know how many times I heard those tapes ?????




    But I like them. Yes an old farts indulgence ….



    Hail HAil

  27. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo


    14:14 on


    30 August, 2012



    I can’t agree with you there, for me the guy has been a standout in the position for the past 2 seasons





    Totally agree with you, and about the media driving of it. Last two seasons, two domestic clean sheet records. This year, 3 away clean sheets in europe, and our goals against column at home only marred by some possible casualness at Inverness after the game was won.



    Defence? Nothing to see here. We have three recognised CHs (Awe naw objection noted!)a CM that can cover in VW and a LB that can cover there in ML. Thats a partnership of any 2 from 5. Why stock up on more CHs to sit in the stand??



    Up front I don’t see Sammi as a striker, he does his best work on the left for me (but does expose Izzy when played there). That leaves us Hooper, Stokes and Watt. granted Commons can come in there but he looks better off the front or wide. I don’t think 3 is enough to see us through the season. We need someone in there.



    CM we are covered if fit, but they’re not. I’d also love to see a playmaker in there that can boss things, but can we get someone like that on a budget??



    Who knows?



    Exciting days!

  28. CQN Sporting Ethics Committee Has Now Received The Results Of The Laboratory Analysis Of ‘Sample B’….



    Accordingly,The Committee Moves To Suspend Philvis..With Immediate Effect..For Doping Offences….



    Illicitly Gained ‘Podiums’ Will Be Stripped


    ..And Re-Allocated To Kilbowie Kelt And Kojo….




    The Panel Dismisses Claims That The Source Of The Anabolic Steroids Was A ‘Tainted’ Swan Sandwich….Purchased From The Chormondley Witney Branch Of ‘Waitrose’



    No Further Appeal Is Sanctioned….



    Philvis……Hang Your Head In Shame..!!



    Not ‘Honest’ Alf Tupper..Fae The ‘Brig..



    ‘Cheatin’ Ben Johnson…..Of Chormondley Witney…



    More Like….



    Typical Running Dog Capitalist….




  29. Both Commons and Brown not selected for Scotland!



    Happy though as no unnecessary injuries :-)

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