2:35 am


2:35 am. That’s what time it will be in Astana, and in Astana FC’s players’ body clocks, at full time tomorrow night. Whereas Celtic will play the away tie during our afternoon, Astana will fight their natural instinct to be asleep, which will be a clear advantage for Celtic.

They conceded two goals at Celtic Park last year, in added at the end of each half. We should expect them to tire during similar periods this time, particularly so as full time approaches. If the tie remains tight late on, we should re-energise for a final push against what should be increasingly disorientated opponents.

Marin Tomasov joined Astana last month. He earned two assists in his last game, takes set-pieces and can shoot from distance.

Their other attacking dangers are Twumasi and Kabananga. Both are fast wing-players, who will attempt to press Celtic as high up the field as possible, and will break forward at every opportunity

Astana’s key concern is in goal. They have two keepers vying for the no. 1 spot, neither good enough to make it his own. Nenad Eric is likely to get the nod against Celtic. He is weak in the air and noted to spill shots. There should be scraps for Leigh to feed from.

Defensively, they rely more on numbers than aptitude. While Twumasi gets forward quickly, he isn’t known for getting back to do the hard work. Kieran Tierney and Scott Sinclair should be able to exploit this down Celtic’s left.

Make no mistake, this is a tie Celtic should win, but Astana will be more difficult opponents than anyone we will meet domestically this season. We have a big night ahead tomorrow – the most important game Celtic Park will host this season.

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  1. Zbyszek on 16th August 2017 8:10 am



    SCULLYBHOY on 16TH AUGUST 2017 7:53 AM



    Actually I watched video from Stoilov press conference and read BBC and other websites.



    Stoilov did not say- “It doesn’t matter how the first game ends. We are still going to be in the Champions League.”



    True question and answer:


    Question: What will be good result for your team tomorrow?



    Stoilov answer:I’ll be happy with every result, but the most important thing is we would wish our self to be at the Champions League draw next Thursday.



    There are few more false news from that press conference.






    Point taken

  2. Exam Results out in Ireland today. Clogher Jnr is heading to the Christian Brothers in Drogheda for the results.



    All the best to all the to all the students getting their results today and thanks to the teachers.



    With the results and the match tonight all talk of;



    Reviews/Enquiries/Judicial Reviews/Investigations/Same Club/Cheating/Grassing the Polis/Bigotry/Sectarianism/SNP/Unionism/Donald Trump/Brexit/Orange Walks/Glasgow City Council/Sir Minty/Dossiers with the SFA, etc, etc,etc is suspended :)



    …for a bit.

  3. In the interest of balance.



    Its quite thought provoking what Jess Phillips ( Labour MP ) has stated about trendy left wing men, regarding racism, sexism and misogyny.



    Anyway COYBIG.

  4. Tonight is the first half of a cup final. We don’t tend to lose cup finals under Brendan.


    Let’s not get too down if we have narrow lead or even a Rosenberg situation of a draw.


    If we go into the second half next week with a reasonable chance of qualifying, we will take that chance in my opinion.


    In Brendan we trust.

  5. By the way, purely for interest, let me ask you for your thoughts on something. If you had the chance now to choose qualifying for the CL groups, or, another Europa League (UEFA cup) final, which would you choose?


    For me, the latter. Seville was such a wonderful occasion. I’d love another.


    Last 16 v EL final? Same choice.


    Last 8? Hmmm think that needs some thought!

  6. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Morning Celts



    A bit peed off. As usual we cant seem to sign players when we need them, we must be the worst in football for this. Its always the same carry on.


    Always gambling with CL qualification.


    I wish the PLC would employ another strategy.


    To be honest im getting bored with the Paddy situation, im past caring.


    Just play Jonny Hayes., its easier.








    Three? Yes,and quite successfully. My signal dropped dramatically when I was at home,and I got a 60% discount. But only after the customer service agent commented on the poor quality of the line.



    I suggested he call me on my work phone,which he did. His argument collapsed the minute I told him it was on a different network.





    Wish E and his pals bestaluck from me and my Dad. Smashing fella.

  9. TGM



    Honestly mate! Gonny take a day aff on the constant PLC, right we awe get it but ffs man a wee bit of positive stuff for this evening, negative posts on a big European night ? Ffs, surely your better than that, ? Cmoooon.

  10. Twists- i said same to pals a few months back


    Ideal scenario is finish 3rd then go into EL with a good chance of going far, or a last 16 CL game v a superpower

  11. South Of Tunis on

    Pot 3 / Pot 4 ( no hex !)



    Napoli ?



    The epitome of mercurial . Often seriously good but are sometimes very bad . . They frequently manage to be both during a game



    Haven’t played a competitive game . Have played 7 friendlies . Scored 37 and lost none in 3 games against small town amateur sides . 4 bigger friendlies —



    Lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid


    Beat Bayern Munich 2-0


    Beat Espanyol 2-0


    Drew 2-2 with Bournemouth ( The Fitba Pink said this — ” classic Napoli , play the opposition off the park but end up scraping a draw against distinctly inferior opposition “)



    Prone to playing what Italians call ” academic football ” –lovely to watch . high skill etc but lack a cutting edge . Play the opposition off the park , miss tons and then gift them the winner in the 87th minute ..



    Some quotes –


    ” Hard to prepare for a game v Napoli . You never know what you’ll get “-Max Allegri



    ” There must be something in the water .They are consistently inconsistent .” –Fabio Cannavarro



    ” Kouilibaly looks fabulous 6 games out of 10 . The other 4 he looks like a Serie C player . In that sense he is at the right Club . ” -Antonio Conte .



    No away fans tonight , no away fans next week . Worries re Ultra violence .



    34 at 10 30 -way down south


    Cloghercelt hope the results went well


    I went to one of their schools myself


    Sadistic ain’t the word

  13. Couple of guys in England are banging the goals in. We should get them signed this week.



    Their names are Garner and Waghorn.



    Actually those names ring a bell?



    Can’t quite think why though…….

  14. MACKAY,


    No mate…the episode that you posted WASn’t the one I came across this morning, as the one that I watched was in colour and a different script…….although Spike Milligan played the same role as the “Paki Paddy” called Kevin O’Grady, who moved next door to Alf garnett.



    I used to know how to post links, I’ll try it again mate.



  15. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on 16th August 2017 9:23 am






    Point taken.





    That’s more than Sevco got on Saturday.





    Like it.

  16. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Cmon now, the PLC are not gods, stop worshipping them.


    I was commenting on how bad they are at getting transfers over the line, there is always a problem.


    We will win tonight, if we dont, it might be because we didnt get our business done properly before the tie.


    That is a pattern, not a one off.


    Stop moaning about me moaning:)




  17. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Morning Bhoys well a huge game tonight and no wildcard signing so we go as we are and my concern due to injuries we are short upfront and at the back. I find Celtics transfer activity very strange we are quoted to be interested in quite a few players but we just take ages to get anyone in the Patrick Roberts situation is begining to turn into a right fiasco will he or wont he ? there must be other players out there we could sign who are just as good as Roberts maybe its time to move on. CL football brings in huge money for Celtic and yet we appear to be gambling over qualification. I wish Brendan and the Bhoys all the luck in the world for tonights game and some how I think we will need it. H.H.

  18. TONYDONNELLY67 on 16TH AUGUST 2017 9:45 AM


    I’d like to wish a happy birthday to Lisbon Lion John Fallon today, have a great day John. HH




    Best Post today TonyBhoy.


    I too wish to express my Happy Hoopy Birthday Congratulations to Lisbon Lion John Fallon, the original Holy Goalie.



    Mr Fallon, here’s hoping the Celtic bring you more birthday joy tonight.


    3-0 or 4- 1 Celtic……Id settle for 5/5/7 – 0…and my bets get gubbed.




  19. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Happy Birthday the Holy Goalie :-)



    T&T – no problem – in order:



    1. Neil Doncaster


    2. Dave King (but he’s deny that I had made contact)



    I couldn’t punch Traynor – he is a ball of slime; I would be worried that I would just sink in to his corpulent flesh and be absorbed…eeuuughhh.








  20. GREENPINATA on 16TH AUGUST 2017 9:24 AM


    In the interest of balance.




    Its quite thought provoking what Jess Phillips ( Labour MP ) has stated about trendy left wing men, regarding racism, sexism and misogyny.






    She’s an opinionated, attention seeking idiot.

  21. We will win tonight, if we dont, it might be because we didnt get our business done properly before the tie.



    That is a pattern, not a one off.



    Stop moaning a



    You tried hard but it’s just not in you, you have to leave the…see a told yi door open….ah well worth a try.

  22. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch



    I agree.


    Jess Phillips, attention seeker.





  23. We are ALL John Fallon.


    We are ALL The Griff.


    We are ALL Neil Lennon.


    We are ALL Keirnan Teirney.


    We are nearly ALL Paddy Roberts….humph !



    Tell you what, see if that wee Fenian so and so Neil Lennon sends his Hibees out and they take points aff the auld Celtic…….I’m taking all ma Neil Lennon posters doo aff ma wall.





  24. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    I try to keep up to your standards, but i just cant.


    Im a wretch and a sinner, please forgive me:)









    ‘As usual we cant seem to sign players when we need them,’






    I think that’s because Celtic occupy a sort of liminal place in the hierarchy of big clubs.



    Too big for the domestic league, maybe not quite big enough (at the moment) to be a major force in Europe.



    So the players who are havering think that because Celtic are interested in them, they might just be able to get a bigger and better deal elsewhere, hence the apparent dithering.

  26. I would like to knock oot Sevco/Newco from every competetion.


    I’d like to knock oot all those at Ipox who racially abuse us ALL.


    I might need more than one pair of mitts for that one ?



  27. South Of Tunis on

    Work to do .-but – Mrs S of T demanding -find me these –



    I did -here they are



    Bessie Banks -https://youtu.be/qDiN9B1ybiw



    The Dedications-https://youtu.be/WsWcfYoCjAY

  28. TD67




    I try to keep up to your standards, but i just cant.



    Im a wretch and a sinner, please forgive me:)








    It’s not keeping up with me that hinders you ( and that will never happen anyway) :) but at least you have shown some contrition, my job is done here on this planet au revoir PS I like Jess Phillips.