Anything beyond Midtjylland would require extraordinary work


The prospect of Midtjylland picking up tomorrow evening where Preston left off is enough to make this morning’s Champions League third qualifying round draw seem less of a priority.  In the event we overcome the Danes, we will face the winners of the PSV Eindhoven – Galatasaray second round tie.

Galatasaray are a month away from the start of the Turkish league, having played only two friendly games since their season closed two months ago.  They finished level on points with 2021 league winners, Beskitas, losing out by a single goal difference.  PSV finished second in the Netherlands, well behind Ajax, and have played four friendlies this month in preparation for facing Galatasaray on Wednesday.

At first glance, Midtjylland are as ill-prepared for the new season as we are, having appointed a manager only a week before Ange Postecoglou arrived at Celtic, and losing their opening league game at home to OB, who finished ninth last term.

Not so PSV and Galatasaray.  We have an extraordinary amount of work to do before meeting sides of that calibre with any confidence.  Beating Midtjylland would guarantee Europa League group stage participation, at the very least, and feels like an achievable objective.  Anything more is not to be included in budget forecasting.


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  1. Little interest in CL or EL this year. Both unrealistic for where we currently are, imho. Just give Ange the time and resources to rebuild for the SPFL

  2. I’d give up European football this season, if that’s what happens so be it, and concentrate on winning our title back, which, of course, would lead to automatic qualification for next years CL, por cierto

  3. Sláinte Ange on




    My sentiments too. The league title must be our priority this season



  4. We need to take whatever comes in Europe, It will always be a learning experience. I hope we continue with the new signings and young players in both home and away ties.



    No future for Ajer, Bitton, Boli, Ntcham, Edouard, Christie, Griffiths.



    Ange ignore what Kennedy is telling you back the youngsters

  5. And as we kick off and are in first round of today events lets take a look at the Old Moaners Leader Board.

  6. Posters have every right to criticize, express frustration, compare favourably, or, unfavourably, agree, or, disagree with each other and yes, even moan, whilst posting their genuinely held opinions.



    We should all embrace the above – it is free-speech in action. However when some take advantage and indulge in targeted personal attacks, vitriol, bile and on occasion plain old-fashioned swearing – we should all be worried.



    Vigorous debate is healthy, name-calling is a playground habit that has not been kicked.

  7. Rolling_Stone on

    “Anything more is not to be included in budget forecasting”



    There should be a new approach to budgeting at Celtic. The approach of doing very little in the transfer market and keeping £40m in the bank is flawed.



    We need to spend (and spend more than we may want to) to give ourselves the best chance of winning the league.



    Otherwise, it is a downward spiral. The worry (aside from Sevco winning the league etc) has to be that once we sell this year’s batch of players, who do we have left that has a high market value?



    Only by maintaining a quality squad to we (1) give ourselves the best chance in Europe and the league and (2) give ourselves options to sell players if we fall short.

  8. WESTCRAIGS on 19TH JULY 2021 12:31 PM


    Last season will haunt our club for years.



    Correct, it will take 4-5yrs to clean up this mess, if Gerrard stays till his EPL job arrives, he’ll scoop up as many titles as he wishes.

  9. Vigorous debate is healthy, name-calling is a playground habit that has not been kicked.





    Totally agree, so no more pathetic cheap political sound bites allowed.




  10. Hurrah for free speech, I can say what I want and I dont want any name calling in return.



    You 60% cultist eejits.

  11. We cant just “write off” Europe and concentrate in the league. The two are entwined, Financially its huge, at worst the cost of a decent signing. From a credibility and marketable point of view for attracting quality players its a factor. Finally a massive European night in November with a positive result gives huge gulps of Oxygen to kick on in the league campaign.

  12. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Who’s responsible? Who’s accountable? No-one you say?😂😂



    Usual suspect top of the Board lickspittle chart🤣🤣🤣

  13. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    At least the outcome of the draw was consistent.



    Based on coefficients … both Scottish clubs got the second hardest draw possible.



    Last para caught me eye Pablo.



    “Beating Midtjylland would guarantee Europa League group stage participation, at the very least, and feels like an achievable objective. Anything more is not to be included in budget forecasting”



    “Not to be” or “hasn’t been”?



    And if it is not in the budget forecasting, safe to say it is not in the one-year business plan.



    No great reveal BTW.



    Many of us pitched our expectations in this neighborhood a while back.



    Just a shame we didn’t pursue Ange in March ….



    …. but that ship has sailed down a river of spilt milk under the bridge.

  14. Callum McGregor is the new Celtic captain, and will be Ange Postecoglou’s leader on the park as a new era kicks off for the club.



    The 28-year-old midfielder has come through the Celtic Youth Academy system, and after a season on loan with Notts County, made his first-team debut for the Hoops on July 15, 2014 in a UEFA Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik in Iceland, when he scored the only goal of the game.



    He has gone on to make 326 appearances, scoring 53 goals, and he’s won 14 trophies – six league titles, four Scottish Cups and four League Cups.



    He has also been capped 34 times by Scotland, scoring one goal – in the recent European Championship against Croatia when he was one of Scotland’s most impressive performers.



    Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou said: “Callum is a player who leads by example, both on and off the park, and he is a key figure in our squad.



    “He has been at Celtic since he’s been a boy, he’s come through our Academy, had a loan spell away from the club to gain vital experience, and then returned to establish himself in the first-team. His qualities as a player are there for all to see, and that has been evident over the past few years.



    “He knows what it takes to be a successful Celtic player, and he knows what it means to captain this club, and I’m delighted that he will be wearing the armband and leading the squad going forward.”



    Callum McGregor added: “To be the Celtic captain is a great honour for any player, and to be given the captaincy is a very proud moment for me and my family.



    “I know I’m following in the footsteps of some great names in the club’s history, and I’ve been able to learn from one of the best in Scott Brown over the past few years.



    “I’m delighted that the manager has put his trust in me by giving me the captain’s armband. It’s a new era for the club and I’m looking forward to playing my part in that.”






    James Kelly


    Jimmy Hay


    ‘Sunny’ Jim Young


    Willie Cringan


    Willie McStay


    Jimmy McStay


    Willie Lyon


    Jock Stein


    Bobby Evans


    Bertie Peacock


    Billy McNeill


    Kenny Dalglish


    Danny McGrain


    Roy Aitken


    Paul McStay


    Tom Boyd


    Paul Lambert


    Jackie McNamara


    Neil Lennon


    Stephen McManus


    Scott Brown


    Callum McGregor



  15. Who is responsible and who is accountable –



    The owners of the plc, but they are not accountable to us, we are mere customers, we can choose to buy or not. Those who did not renew were replaced by a waiting list. I was astounded of forehead that 53,000 season cards got sold, Quite incredible given the “shambles”.



    The merch boycott as well, totally pointless, did nothing, if the weans want the strips then they got them. See them everywhere, the £50 voucher has been a marketing ploy genius.






    Me a toady for the board how very 17th century of you to say fine sir. I have just polished the boots of Desmond and must hurry to switch of the overheated driveway.



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    Ange has no need to look back. He shouldn’t be haunted.



    I will never forget last season, I have never saw a situation where our own players who had won a quadruple treble would down tools and go on strike. Some of our Fans turn up at the stadium and attack our own team bus.



    Followed by Celtic supporters campaigning to drive our club out of business. Boycotting season books and merchandise



    It is the stuff of Nightmares

  17. That list of Celtic captains, all white males. Only 2 non scots.


    What a chance we had to break the mould and make a diversity appointment.



    Typical board, Jobs for the Bhoys,



    Biggest suprise was it didnt go to John Kennedy.

  18. IniquitousIV on



    Sometimes, you can be a ninnyhammering pillock!😊


    Not exactly sure what I just said, btw.

  19. CL squad for the Midtjylland games.



    Four goalkeepers – Barkas, Bain, Hazard, Doohan


    Four centre backs – Julien, Urhoghide, Bitton, Hjelde


    Two right backs – Ralston, Urhoghide


    Two left backs – Taylor, Boli


    Eight midfielders – Soro, McGregor, Turnbull, Connell, Shaw, Christie, Rogic, Christie


    One right winger – Forrest, plus Christie as an option


    One left winger – Mikey Johnston, plus the options above, or Edouard


    Three strikers – Edouard, Ajeti, Griffiths



    Welsh is on the B list. If I read this right, teams can register any number of players under 23 who have been with the club for 2 years on the B list. I assume therefore it includes Dembele, Henderson, Robertson etc.



    Noticable omissions –


    Ntcham – No surprise as we’re pretty strong in midfield.


    Abada – May be added as the 2 late amendments permitted up to midnight. Would give us more left wing options.


    Shved – Unsurprising, hasn’t featured at all pre-season. Expect another loan or sale.


    O’Connor – This one has surprised me, given the dearth of options and quality at right back in pre-season.


    Ajer – Totally predictable.



    Some of the choices are dictated by the “8 locally trained players “ rule, which I suspect accounts for the inclusion of Hazard and Doohan. Julien gets included which surprised me, have to conclude that he’s closer to a return than has been previously reported. Luca Connell is a perplexing addition given that he didn’t feature at all pre-season, this might be a placeholder for swapping Abada or another in the 2 allowed changes before midnight. We look light on the wings, and particularly weak at right back.

  20. If we get past Midtjylland then Ange would have secured pass marks for European qualifiers. I’ve always looked at tomorrow’s tie as a Europa play off. Let’s secure the Europa.

  21. !!BADA BING!! on 19TH JULY 2021 12:56 PM


    Lose to Mitjiland, we play Czechs FC Jablonec to qualify for Europa League






    I thought this was a Q3 tie leaving us with a play off there after to negotiate for the Europa groups should we go down this road ?

  22. The situation we find ourselves in is reminiscent of 2016 when Rodgers arrived.


    Revolts in the camp, payers accused of ‘downing tools’ or feigning injury, fans and pundits agreeing that a major re-build was necessary.



    In 206 we did not perform a major re-build in the team but we did with the management team. Only Dembele and Sinclair came into the team.



    We had plenty of scares to get past Red Imps, Astana and Beer Sheva but ended up in the CL.



    Big slices of luck required over the next few weeks but the expectation is lower this time so hopefully we play confidently, no matter the reults.



    Ps mind when we used to go to US, Dubai, Dublin, London pre-season? Changes days

  23. CONEYBHOY on 19TH JULY 2021 1:31 PM



    It’s only because of COVID that it’s pre-stayseason, also BR 1st CL qualifiers were the unseeded route and it was still hair raising! por cierto.

  24. EL booby prize — Czech mob who came third in their league.


    Anything to learn from them — town sized club with a 7K seat stadium = RC or ICT in SPL terms?


    Squad looks to be very parochial with no Brazilian / West African imports.


    Consequently they seem to be growing their club the hard way — local youths into the squad.



    Anything to learn from their coaching set up / tactics?


    They seem to have had a few years of success so the local squad is an even bigger surprise.



    The coach — wiki level analysis — seems to live in an empty house.


    Give him more energy to start fights at the football club.

  25. MADMITCH on 19TH JULY 2021 1:39 PM


    “The coach — wiki level analysis — seems to live in an empty house.


    Give him more energy to start fights at the football club.”



    :))))))))) por cierto

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