Automatic CL qualification a year’s extrapolation away


Buoyed by two seasons with two clubs competing in the Europa League group stage, Scotland have reached 15th in the Uefa coefficient table.  If they hold off close challenges from Cyprus, Greece, Serbia, Croatia and Switzerland, this will be enough to deliver two Champions League qualification spots for season 2021-22.

This is of no more than passing interest to perennial champions, the 10th and 11th spots are where it gets really interesting.  Champions of the 10th and above place country get automatic entry into the Champions League group stage.  If the previous season’s CL winners have already qualified from their domestic league, as is usually the case, the 11th place country’s champions get direct entry into the group stage.

Ukraine and Turkey currently occupy 10th and 11th spots, with Austria, Denmark and Czech Repulic also ahead of Scotland, but for the next three seasons, Scotland will lose fewer points than each of those countries.  By contrast, we are ahead of all five countries last season and this.

Extrapolation is the scourge of the hopeful and we should not necessarily assume Celtic and Newco will continue to gather coefficient points at the same steady pace.  But, if we were to extrapolate, this season’s performances for Scotland and the five countries immediately above us, we would overtake Ukraine, Turkey, Denmark and Czech Republic by this time next year, leaving Salzburg-inspired Austria in 10th and Scotland 11th.

The Champions League qualification competition is difficult but it is doubly difficult through the non-champions route (only two places are available this way), so I’m not too worried about splitting the Scottish TV pot with another club.  The importance of nine and ten-in-a-row does not need to be stated, but a £40m bonus could sweeten the 11th successive title, should we get there.

Coming our way soon will be a fifth European spot, so points currently divided by four will likely be divided by five in season 2021-22.  Let’s hope the American money arriving in Aberdeen shortly can up their game in Europe.

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  1. PCS 9.27pm



    I totally get that … people I know who have followed Celtic everywhere do not care … again I appreciate, and many others on here the Res 12 resolution but not many care … if this blog losses bloggers over this I think it’s madness but each to their own … I read the blog on Thursday with a sad face … thankfully Neil & the bhoys reminded me on Thursday night the football is what we want …. am not on CQN to right the wrongs of the world but for Celtic & football … again bringing the SFA to justice would be good … but the S F A is Scottish football … Celtic might win on the park but the rest of Scottish football need to pursue a clean game not just one club out of 42 ….

  2. Pannysbhoy



    Is O’Connell not right sided defence ?


    The young Irish lad we signed from Bolton was Left sided – think he is also injured

  3. Hello again all you young rebels.





    Sorry just getting back to you from earlier.


    You are correct, Brian Mac kept himself low profile while


    the two you mention were in the media spotlight constantly.


    Sadly we couldn’t keep him as he would have been a much


    more valuable asset than them.


    Think he himself felt his efforts should have been recognised


    and rewarded, but no and he left.


    H.H . Mick

  4. NorrieM – Bauer on left it probably will be thinking about it, but something tells me I heard that frimpong prefers the left side or has played there before… I am probably making that up after 6 cans😂😂😂






    D. :)

  5. Any word about Jozo, Boli or Elhamed? We could do with all 3 of them being fit and available to play in the final.



    Great to hear Bitton being appreciated. I have said more than once, imo, he is the best passer of the ball we have among our defensive players.



    Even better, looking to the future, we seem to have another generation of the Quality Street Gang coming through (and, bhoy, were the originals wonderful to watch, with, at least, imo, 3 world class players.)

  6. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Jimmynotpaul, the Candy support would have given Paddy the completley opposite reception he gets from Petershill fans.



    Enjoy your kip.

  7. Luca Connell is the young Bhoy who signed from Bolton


    He is left sided – I believe is injured as well


    Lee O’Connor, the Right sided CH we signed from Man Utd, and who has just made his debut with the republic

  8. Reading back now and noticed some comments about Vic Davidson


    a player i watched regularly in the reserves with the quality st gang


    and what a player, even big Jock was quoted in the rags as saying


    ” he’s better than Dalgliesh ” but he couldn’t seem to make the


    transition from reserve to first team at Celtic but he always seemed


    to score against us with his other team.


    Then again maybe if the support had been a bit more patient with his


    style of play he could have been a star.


    H.H . Mick

  9. Melbourne Mick,



    My late Uncle Eddie had 2 favourite players: Stevie Chalmers and Vic Davidson. Just think how blessed we were with talent that they were never seen as in the same class as, e.g, Joe McBride and Kenny Dalglish. Yet, both had tremendous ability.




    Yes and i think there were similarities with Charlie Gallacher who


    imo would be world class nowadays, but sometimes our support


    didn’t appreciate the finer, more cultured type of player.


    H.H . Mick

  11. MM 10.25pm



    I have never saw any of the players you bhoys speak of, always remember my old man (av posted this before) his favourite was George Connelly, I can never remember him speaking more fondly of any others… obviously Jinky & big Billy… I don’t have regrets but I wish I questioned him more … or even questioned him at all :-) … I suppose I never realised I would be on a blog typing to Celtic fans young & old from all over the world :-)



    I saw your post the other day, am sticking with CQN till P67 pulls the plug as well 🍀

  12. Heading down to our local soccer ground later today.


    There’s always kids there who are local but play for other teams and


    some are very talented, so a wee bit of poaching is partaken wink wink.


    It’s a new and vibrant area and most of the incomers are indian, so my


    ploy is to stand at the side with the parents and just happen to mention


    that the first professional footballer from India was Mohammed Salim


    who played for the famous Glasgow Celtic.


    And it’s the Celtic academy who supplied us with most of our training


    techniques here, and the head coach is a Celtic mhan like me.


    Cue, job done, and another bhoy or ghirl is leaning our way.


    Sometimes needs must lol.


    H.H . Mick

  13. GERRY



    Big George wonderful talent, always think to myself, what if he


    had got the type of understanding the Griff is getting now for


    what is an illness.


    H.H . Mick

  14. MM 10.52pm



    I love the Griff … Celtic is actually just football … even though I know very little of the George Connelly situation can obviously see the similarities…



    One thing for sure Leigh has a manager that will not only handle him with kid gloves also know when to kick his bahookie :-)



    Not read many posts lately about Neil getting the job offer in the shower



    Ah well … I suppose we are all a bit fickle



    Roll on the Staggies … personally I detest lunchtime kick offs but I suppose TV rules



    Fellow Celts good night n god bless …



    Good night n god bless

  15. Missed it earlier..but checked my EPG…1916 on PBS America may be worth a watch…examines the Uprising and events leading to the creation of the Republic…Mon 02/12 at 16.20




  16. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Melbourne Mick , George’s autobiography is a tough read but his openess and honesty about his life is very welcome .



    His problems both sellf inflicted and those not of his making are discussed.



    George always felt happier when he was on the Fife side of the Kincardine Bridge on the way to his home town of High Valleyfield.



    He was one of the most talented players i remember playing for Celtic.

  17. Watched The Irishman on Netflix last night.


    As usual fine acting from DeNiro, Pacino etc. 3 and a half


    hours long.


    Amazing how much of the rid biddy you can tuck away in


    that time 8-))


    Oot poaching noo.




    H.H . Mick




    Had the pleasure of working beside George on a Grangemouth


    construction project when he quit soccer, very introvert and decent




    What a talent and i will always think, what if?


    H.H . Mick

  19. (drum roll………) One More Sleep!


    December will be magic again!


    9 games – 7 in the league (Ross County away, Hamilton and Hibs at home, Hearts away, Aberdeen home, St Mirren away and Sevco at home) and Cluj away and Sevco in the League Cup FInal. Loads and loads of voting!!


    And here’s Kate….

  20. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Melbourne Mick, once his only two real pals at Celtic, David Cattenach and Davie Hay , left , George’s career with us a cert to end .



    It must have been some experience working with our lost legend.



    Good night all and sleep well.

  21. Very frosty in ML5…



    Wrap up well if heading to Alasdair McLean country …



    Got a feeling our Leigh maybe get a starting jersey today … a wee bit gutted that Greg Taylor is out for next Sunday why oh why did the board just not part with the money before Killie played any Betfred cup games



    Elf on the shelf is back so I suppose it must be the first Sunday of Advent










    At least one will be in Jobo’s top 3 if not them all




  22. Goooooood morning CQN from a -6 Garngad ⛄️⛄️⛄️






    I hope the game is on…



    Whatever of Lenny’s Lions take to the field today, I just hope they wear that jersey with pride, heart and passion.



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

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