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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. TD67, absolutely.

     

     

    We were makeshift this time last year, we may have a couple of issues with injury, but firstly, nothing like as bad as last year, secondly, they have all had a year working with Brendan,look at how many changes have had to be made recently and how seemlessly they fitted in.

     

    I’d rather see the experienced guys in, but I’ll trust Brendan to get the mix right.

     

     

    Come to think of it, at European level how many games have Moussa, Kieran, Scott or Paddy(I know he isn’t here yet!) played in CL, Broony has probably played more than all of them put together:-)

  2. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    SOUTHSIDE on 15TH AUGUST 2017 3:57 PM

     

    Beaton demoted. That’ll teach him not to mess with ra peepul.

     

    SFA have 7 FIFA referees and only 6 premiership fixtures each week so at least one naturally misses out each week.

     

    Also Beaton, Thomson and Madden have Europa League ties on Thursday night so Madden is 4th official (our game) and Beaton and Thomson have Championship games.

     

    This is standard practice rather than ‘demotion’ after midweek European appointments.

  3. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    In first of the CL Play 1st legs, Copenhagen a goal down away to Qarabag (live on BT Sport now) in front of 30k noisy fans in Baku. Temp 29 C and pitch seems to be cutting up a bit. Could have been us in draw.

  4. Delaneys Dunky on

    Was just chatting to a nice but dim hun at the shops. Was goin on about the sheep sh#####g bassa who put the nut on Garner last season and didnae get sent off. His face was a picture when I told him that sheep bassa was Ryan Jack. Getting a reputation for it is Jack. :)

  5. HebCelt

     

     

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and Island Celt.

     

    Best wishes to the family of Johnny Macdonald

     

    RIP Johnny Mac

  6. Hey Bhoys and ghirls

     

     

    As per earlier I have an adult & U13 combo available for tomorrow.

     

     

    Anyone interested?

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  7. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    HebCelt

     

    RIP Johnny MacDonald

     

     

    Maybe see you tomorrow ☘️☘️☘️

  8. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Jamesgang

     

    I’ll let those behind you know they don’t have a restricted view

  9. The league challenge cup that our under 20’s are in tonight, is that the same level that the huns arny in any more, so they could play glamour friendlies instead :-)

  10. BT

     

     

    They might still have!!

     

    I have a spare adult ticket. And the wee mhan is away.

     

     

    But if no takers my big sticky oot lugs jay be in their usurp place.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  11. Delaneys Dunky on

    Guyfawkes

     

     

    Enjoy the match in Annan tonight.

     

    Good man travelling down.

     

    You are doing West Dunbartonshire proud.

  12. Paul67 et al

     

     

    I think I’m right in saying that the last team to beat us in a competitive game was Barcelona.

     

    If so I’m pretty confident we will get a result tomorrow night.

  13. Embramike

     

     

    And a CL first-leg qualifier no-no from the Danes, getting caught on the break from their corner -kick with the score at 0-0.

  14. BT Sport Football @btsportfootball

     

    “I’ve got it on good authority that Patrick Roberts will sign for @celticfc…”

     

     

    @chris_sutton73 with some huge news for Celtic fans!

  15. Hebcelt. Just going to Mass,will prayer for the repose of the soul of your friend Johnny. Likewise I will remember his wife and family. RIP.

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