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AIK, Malmo, Elfsborg, Dunfermline Backlash

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AIK came through a tense final few moments in a 1-1 draw with Moldovans Sheriff in Stockholm last night to face Celtic in the Europa League playoff round, the first leg is in Glasgow on Thursday.

AIK were bottom seed in the Champions League first qualifying round, where they overcame Ararat-Armenia 4-3 on aggregate, but were bottom of the unseeded pack for the second round, which they lost 4-3 to Maribor.  Maribor were beaten home and away by Rosenborg in the last round.

Last season AIK eliminated Shamrock Rovers from the Europa League qualifiers before losing home and away to Danes, Nordsjaelland.

Neil Lennon twice faced Swedish opposition in Champions League qualifiers in his first term at Celtic.  Two comfortable 2-0 wins over Helsingborg in 2012 were followed by a more testing examination by Mo Bangura-inspired Elfsborg a year later, which resulted in a 1-0 aggregate win for Celtic.

Ronny Deila needed to overcome Malmo to reach the Champions League group stage in 2015 but despite racing into an early 2-0 lead, the first leg at Celtic Park was turned on its head when Malmo scored an added-time goal to make it 3-2. Jo Inge Berget, who Ronny had on loan months earlier, scored both Malmo goals. The Swedes won 2-0 a week later to knock Celtic out.

Although AIK are 19 games into their domestic league campaign, there should be a negligible gap in fitness by the time we face them on Thursday.  There can be no excuses.

You and I were there in the dark summer of 2010, when Utrecht and Braga were the last teams to deny Celtic group stage football, and a year later, when Sion came within a CAS ruling of doing the same.  It took Neil time to get it right, but a year later he earned 10 points in a tough Champions League group.

Before AIK, we have the small matter of a League Cup to defend against Dunfermline at Celtic Park tomorrow.  Celtic have won a record 27 consecutive domestic cup games.  Avoid defeat tomorrow and we set an unbeaten record.  Let’s hope Dunfermline feel a backlash.

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  1. That’s why we bend over,and take all the fines from UEFA,when other clubs get off Scot free….

  2. Audheid @ ages ago

     

     

    At least you gave me a mention, some memories we share.

     

     

    Pulling on that ‘brand new jersey’ for the first time of course led me to ‘the Boydstone Rovers shirt doesn’t shrink to fit inferior players’

     

     

    It was downhill all the way after leaving.

     

     

    HH

  3. Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,

     

    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,

     

    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,

     

    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league

     

     

    They come from bonnie Scotland, they come from county Cork,

     

    They come from dear old Donegal and even from New York,

     

    From every street in Glasgow they proudly make their way,

     

    To a place called dear old paradise and this is what they say.

     

     

    Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,

     

    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,

     

    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,

     

    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league.

     

     

    There’s Fallon, Young and Gemmell who proudly wear the green,

     

    There’s Clark, McNeill and Kennedy the best there;s ever been,

     

    Jim Johnstone, Murdoch, Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes,

     

    And sixty thousand Celtic fans who proudly shout the news.

     

     

    Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,

     

    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,

     

    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,

     

    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league.

     

     

    repeat last verse till you fade into the distance CSC

  4. The Battered Bunnet on

    Corky, setting aside the human aspect of what is a dreadful and catastrophic episode for such victims, my understanding is that the Personal Injury Court has an upper claims limit of £100,000.

     

     

    It’s also important to note that this claim is based upon acts committed by an employee of Celtic towards a person to whom Celtic owed a legal duty of care. It is in effect, a work-related compensation case and the employer is accordingly exposed to a liability, although it’s not clear from the facts whether the “youth player” victim was an employed apprentice or an “S Form” kid.

     

     

    The sense is that any other victims who were abused by McCafferty while he was acting in his role as an employee of Celtic will be due compensation on the same basis. I would expect there to be few such cases.

     

     

    Equally, the appalling situation that existed at Celtic Boys Club is materially different. The boys club was a voluntary organisation; establishing that Celtic are vicariously liable for the actions of volunteers at an (at best) arms length voluntary organisation will be considerably more challenging. The circumstances of those cases will need to be examined on the merits, as the lawyers say. I would expect there to be more such cases if a precedent is ever set.

  5. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 17TH AUGUST 2019 12:51 PM

     

     

     

    IF you ever get a date with THE REDHEAD will you teach her that song. ????????????????/

  6. Norrie…that’s jist a stop on ma journey…am worried I’lll miss the game…

     

     

    H.H.

  7. The Battered Bunnet on

    Bada, could be, I have no information on that, but if true I think it disserves both the club and wider community interest to attempt a carpet sweep via non-disclosure agreements.

  8. Jonathan Afolabi, another winger, free agent from Southampton, apparently we’re signing him.

  9. The guy is only 19 and is out of contract so, either we’ve got one over Southampton or he was released cos he’s gash

     

     

    Also quick look online says he’s a forward rather than a winger.

  10. The lad is 19 so another prospect?

     

     

    This will be the “hard work being done behind the scenes to strengthen the squad” Lennon was talking about yesterday.

     

     

    More pish straight from the horses mouth.

     

     

    LAWWELLANDLENNONOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. GOVAN X BHOY on 17TH AUGUST 2019 1:22 PM

     

    Jonathan Afolabi, another winger, free agent from Southampton, apparently we’re signing him.

     

    ***********

     

    Can he play (totally) out of position?

  12. THE BATTERED BUNNET:

     

     

    The reality here is that it will go down exactly like that, as it does in cases all over the world involving this kind of thing. Nobody wants to have to get up in a court room and talk about this stuff, and the club doesn’t want this dredged up in public either.

     

     

    NDA’s are standard, they protect everyone involved. And because the UK has no punitive damages, £100,000 is probably on the very, very high side of what victims can expect. The law here operates on the basis of relieving pain and suffering … not punishment.

     

     

    Argue the rights and wrongs of that as you like, but it’s the situation as it stands.

     

     

    On top of that, in the Boys Club cases a lot of the Sevconut persusion seem to think that you can just roll up to your local lawyers office and put your claim in … whether this gets to court or is settled around a boardroom table somewhere, that’s not the case at all.

     

     

    Every person making an allegation is going to have satisfy a legal burden of proof to establish that they are even a victim at all; easy to do in cases which have already been through the courts, but very, very difficult in cases which have not.

     

     

    In addition, before a settlement is made in any individual case it has to be judged on its own merits and – as horrible as this will sound – measured in terms of actual pain and suffering caused … and only those which can demonstrate (and I may have the phraseology wrong, but it’s in the ballpark) “severe levels of psychological suffering and/or emotional distress” will get the top line payouts.

     

     

    I know it’s horrible to actually put this stuff down in such a cold-blooded way … but even at the very upper level of “guilt” – and in no settlement offer which we make in any of the Boys Club cases will we accept any actual “legal responsibility” – I think if we set aside £5 million we’re covered.

     

     

    And that’s provided that all this isn’t covered under liability insurance anyway.

  13. When we sang “we’ve got Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Johnstone on the wing” it was only one winger. Are we thinking of playing with 4 down one side 🤔

  14. I followed the Ireland Under 19s and Afolabi was the stand out in a very decent team. I’m definitely delighted at this one.

  15. CELTIC: Gordon; Elhamed, Jullien, Ajer; Bitton, Bolingoli, Johnston, McGregor, Christie; Griffiths, Edouard

     

    Subs: Hazard, Bayo, Morgan, Hayes, Shved, Ntcham, Forrest

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