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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. Does anyone know if the Kerrydale is open to all tomorrow or is it being used for hospitality? Can’t tell from the website.

  2. DESSYBHOY on 15TH AUGUST 2017 8:36 PM

     

    Now that is a good question but from what I hear it is likely he will sign a new deal.

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  3. !!BADA BING!! on 15TH AUGUST 2017 9:05 PM

     

    Do we not want Liverpool to go out?

     

     

    Yes, them, Napoli, Seville or Olympiakos

  4. ‘Paddy is travelling tonight on a plane, he can see the Paradise lights, heading from Spain…’

  5. TOSB-I love Liverpool ,and I watched Saturdays first half with Watford and thought this is going to be a long season,salah was pish on sat and isn’t much better tonight,but at least I got to go to zucca second half on sat:-))

  6. HEBCELT

     

    Sad news about your friend, may he rest in peace, and remember all the good you had with him

  7. Delaneys Dunky on

    I was amazed today, drove through Port Glasgow and saw Costa in a nice new shopping area. Port looking up.

  8. DELANEYS DUNKY on 15TH AUGUST 2017 9:17 PM

     

    I was amazed today, drove through Port Glasgow and saw Costa in a nice new shopping area. Port looking up.

     

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    Cheeky bass! George Hamilton fae Beverly Hills …via Dalmiur.

  9. Delaneys Dunky on

    VP

     

     

    Had to turn the motor roond and go in for a cappucino. The Port full of Dalmuir and Greenock yuppies noo. ;)

  10. Quiz time:

     

     

    Who said, ~ “We always win so at least if we don’t win we learn, so we never lose.”

     

     

    (a) Confucius

     

     

    (b) The Buddha

     

     

    (c) Aristotle

     

     

    (d) Pedro

  11. DELANEYS DUNKY

     

     

    Are you coming into the BV,What time are coming in,I said around 3.00 but I can get in earlier.

  12. DELANEYS DUNKY on 15TH AUGUST 2017 9:27 PM

     

     

    Cappuccino??? Please tell me it was Morning,otherwise you would look like a tourist.:O)

  13. FAIRHILL BHOY on 15TH AUGUST 2017 9:27 PM

     

    POG,maybe Liverpool are no a bad team ?

     

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    Liverpool are handy but the Hoffenheim defence are mince and Liverpool should probably be 5 ahead.

     

     

    Got a great sausage for this game tonight can guarantee it will be awful tomorrow night. Having said that the sausage is normally plagued by adds but not tonight.

  14. Delaneys Dunky on

    OldTim

     

     

    Earlier than 3 for a 7.45 ko?

     

    Yer a legend D haha.

     

    Will try get there for 4.

     

    Easy skanking

     

    HH

  15. Hard to tell if Hoffenheim are good or not.

     

    Tidy but no cutting edge.The sub Uth looks much sharper than Gnabry who he replaced.

     

    Was Gnabry at Arsenal?

     

    Hoff miss sitter should be 2-2

     

    Klopps system great in opposition half but seems disjointed in own.

     

    Virgil will help if they sign him but i think their system leaves defense exposed.