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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. !!Bada Bing!! on 15th August 2017 4:37 pm

     

     

    https://twitter.com/StandForCeltic/status/897196260637200384?s=08

     

     

    Are these peepil for real? At least they give you a right good laugh

     

     

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    You have to credit Dave King for realising there’s tens of thousands of these uber-roasters ready to give him hundreds of pounds of their own cash before they finally get sectioned.

  2. HEBCELT

     

     

    I am very sorry to read of the passing of your friend.

     

     

    It was a real pleasure meeting you in sunny Steornabhaigh over a few pints earlier this year. All the best.

     

     

    INIQUITOUSIV

  3. Celtic Underground‏ @celticrumours 6m6 minutes ago

     

    More

     

    Celtic Underground Retweeted BT Sport Football

     

    Roberts wants to come on loan. Doesn’t want permanent. Man C worried that another year in SPFL will damage transfer value.

  4. “At the moment, with no European football to offer, we probably don’t hold a candle to them (Atlético Madrid). . . ”

     

     

    Yeah, apart from that, on a completely equal footing, certainly in terms of managers.

  5. starry plough on 15th August 2017 6:39 pm

     

     

    SANDMAN

     

     

    The Mrs wants to section me I was laughing so much…

     

     

    The comments are brilliant:))

     

     

    HH

     

     

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    Starry, as a fan of the American Office, the first gif in the comments cracked me up; remember the scene, wish there was audio; perfect hilarity.

  6. Just saw Paddy in Girona at the end of the match, he did not play. Cannot see how he will sign within 4 hours.

  7. HebCelt – Thoughts and prayers with your friend Johnny MacDonald, his family and friends.

     

     

    HH

  8. I doubt Paddy will be available for tomorrow night but having him in the attacking locker away would be kara handy.

  9. iNIQUITOUSIV good to hear from you,heavy heart at the moment, still that was a great wee night out in the Crit, sorry I did’nt see again before you left. Hope to see next time you are back, thanks to all CQNers for their messages of sympathy and support. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  10. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    Paddy’s signature could catch a fax and be there in seconds and well before 11pm tonight?

     

    Doubt the fax would need a medical ?

  11. TET

     

     

    The Huns will make a little money by playing in the irn bru cup, they lose money playing league fixtures.

     

    All about the cash.

  12. Sid

     

    I imagine they will win the cup then, playing all them glamour friendlies against top class opposition, the teams on offer in the cup won’t be good enough for them, cheers :-)

     

    HH

  13. If still issues for a permanent deal sign him on loan, a few months to sort it and get it done in January, simples

  14. Don’t think you physically need to sign a bit of paper with a pen in the digital age.

     

     

    Celtic send an email with papers for his registration job done

     

     

    SMSM shooting bullshit all summer

     

     

    Plus ca change CSC

  15. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Elvis 40 years dead tomorrow.

     

     

    The King – Greatest of all Time.

     

     

    HH.

  16. 50 shades of green on

    Glad Paddy didnae play for city tonight, 2 games in 2 days might have been a tad 2 much for him ;-)

     

     

    H.H

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