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Icelandic champions, you say?  Not much to worry about there, you would hope.  But Stjarnan knocked Lech Poznan out of Europe last season, and Poznan went on to take the Polish league from our old pals Legia Warsaw, who were a pretty decent team last season.

Stjarnan were not nearly as good as Lech Poznan, nor were they as good as Motherwell, who they also put out of Europe a year ago, but get your close-season wrong (the Polish Ekstraklasa doesn’t break until June), and you’re out, no matter if it’s Stjarnan or Maribor on the match ticket.

Let me put it another way, I wouldn’t fancy St Johnstone against Stjarnan right now, and Saints won at Celtic Park as recently as March.  A red card in the wrong place (need I remind you of Efe, big Dan?) and you’re in trouble.

I’ve not seen the new livery on Celtic Park, the photos of which look superb, so I’ll be along early tonight to drink in the summer atmosphere.  There’s also the anticipation of looking forward to seeing a few new faces in competitive action for Celtic for the first time.

The most important performance of tonight will be from Dedryck Boyata.  More than any other area of the team, defence is all about partnerships, so how quickly Dedryck fills the Jason Denayer gap will go a long way to determining whether Celtic qualify for the Champions League group stage this season.

Remember to swap out your old season ticket from your wallet with your NEW ticket!

Bring it on, Celtic.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers

     

     

    12:04 on 15 July, 2015

     

    THEGREENMAN

     

     

    I think yer screwed trying to get the game in Lincoln,mate.

     

     

    Limited availability anywhere and no CELTICBARS entry for a county which gave its name to a shade of green…

  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    OT,

     

     

    Interesting post on TSFM.

     

     

    Esteban says:

     

    Member: (113 comments)

     

    July 15, 2015 at 10:50 am

     

    I knew a BBC R5 match commentator (his parents lived next door) during the years of magical realism and used to chat to him a few times a year. He’s no longer in the job.

     

     

    At the time of the creative valuation of Ibrox to mask what looked even then like certain insolvency (2003?), I asked this BBC man why the corporation wasn’t getting to grips with the story. He said: “Rangers are institutionally protected.” He would not be drawn further.

     

     

    27 0 Rate This

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    Treat every game as a potential iceberg,but with the view that they have to worry about us more than the other way round.

     

     

    Confident,not supremacist,approach will see us fine,I reckon.

     

     

    So fingers crossed then…

     

     

    Hope you all enjoy the match,folks. My folks will be in their usual pre-match Creighton stall.

  4. This time next year we will all be sunning it up on the beach as our club rest back in full knowledge they are Champions League Champions.

     

     

    MWD said AYE

  5. Official Sevco introduce a third kit (presumably for Challenge Cup matches):

     

     

    “FEAR NO FOE

     

    PUMA has today launched the 2015/16 [Sevco] third kit.

     

     

    With the graphic design inspired by the 1990s; paying homage to the era of Rangers domination in Scottish football….. Strategically placed ACTV strips within the jersey micro-massage specific areas and enables a faster and more effective energy supply to the muscles.

     

    The graphic alternative shirt provides a stark contrast to the clean lines seen on the home and away shirts and features the new black ‘formstripe’ design on the sleeves, with the colour purple symbolizing football royalty.

     

    [Sevco] Chairman, [The Artless Dodger], said: ‘[Sevco] are happy to be in a partnership which brings such prestigious brands together. Puma understands the Club’s heritage and we also recognise Puma’s global standing. We hope this season brings joint success.’

     

    Ruth How, Head of Marketing, PUMA UKIB, added: “‘[Sevco] has one of the richest heritages in European football. So as official kit supplier, we wanted to incorporate this into the design of the kits and the alternative shirt gave us the opportunity to deliver a standout graphic inspired by their rich history.’ ”

  6. BMCUWP…………

     

     

    The voting age was lowered to 18 in 1969…………. So that would make you????

     

     

    Regards & Hail Hail

     

    TBM

  7. pod i

     

     

    O’Sheas Irish Bar

     

    80 Princess St, Manchester M1 6NF, United Kingdom 0161 236 3906

     

     

    Been a few years since I’ve been there but was always the place showing games in the city centre. Maybe worth a call.

     

     

    HH

  8. glendalystonsils on

    I’d feel a lot happier if Boyata had Virgil alongside him tonight. If we can keep a clean sheet it would be a big plus. I’d love 4-0 but would settle for 1-0.

  9. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Monaghan1900,

     

     

    Looking forward to seeing Puma’s historical Third Lanark home and away strips soon.

  10. South Of Tunis on

    Quick break for a chilled tonic water with lime juice –

     

     

    Stjarnan .

     

     

    Guy on an Inter blog said this after last August’s Stjarnan 0 . Inter 3 first leg Europa League tie .

     

     

    ” I won’t be opening the Prosecco. . Stjarnan were so poor that they managed to make Dodo, Juan Jesus and Ranocchia look like footballers . . Dodo scored . I repeat , Dodo scored . . . I will be disappointed if we fail to score 10 when we play them in Milan “.

     

     

     

    He was destined to be disappointed – Inter only managed a 6 -0 win . . .

     

     

    Back oot to the oven ————-

  11. paolosboots FC before PLC on

    What does QTS stand for as killie sponsor is it ” Quit The Sevco! “

  12. The Battered Bunnet on

    Speaking of red cards, how many Euro games is the beautiful Virgil suspended for?

  13. thomthethim for Oscar OK

     

    12:17 on

     

    15 July, 2015

     

     

     

    Looking forward to seeing Puma’s historical Third Lanark home and away strips soon.

     

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    Don’t expect them to be purple though. Thirds weren’t ‘football royalty’.

     

     

    HH

  14. The fact that there is apprehension and a lack of confidence amongst most fans, shows what effect last years ‘comedy of errors’ has had on us.

     

     

    These first two rounds should be ‘toffee’ for a club like ours – any concern should not creep in until the ‘play-off’ round.

     

     

    I would love to say that we will easily defeat tonight’s opposition – but I just hope to God we do.

     

     

    Like Paul, I will be there early to ‘inspect’ the stadium and ‘soak-up’ the atmosphere – it looks like an ideal night weather-wise – let’s hope we can get 40k inside.

     

     

    A good convincing win will do wonders for staff, players and fans – the performance IS as important as the result – let’s hope for, five out of five, for each.

  15. coolmore mafia on

    Trying to buy tickets for a friend this now – selling really well by the looks of the stadium plan

  16. Matchday irritations from ill-informed bookmakers:

     

     

    PaddyPower – a joke; still quoting Denayer in the goalscorer betting, and NO mention whatsoever of Boyata and Janko.

     

     

    SkyBet – Seem to have transferred Virgil, not a sign of him anywhere on their match betting.

     

     

    Coral – haven’t even priced up goalscorer betting yet for tonight; lazy English b…

  17. setting free the bears for Res. 12 & Oscar Knox

     

    12:25 on

     

    15 July, 2015

     

    I am expecting a 2:0 win for Celtic tonight

     

     

    Goals to come from Mhairi Black and Nicola Sturgeon

     

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    You soil our great club’s name by mentioning these people in the same breath!!!!

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS 12:01 on 15 July, 2015

     

     

    THEBARCAMOLE

     

     

    Another one ‘opened in new tab’ for later-thanks,bud.

     

     

    Keeping cool and studying form?……………….

     

     

    Aye, cheers M……….. The new betting site on The Racing Post is very good and user friendly (now that was a special 3yo).

     

    Looking forward to the game tonight/tomorrow a.m. and a clutch of winners on Saturday.

     

     

    Cheers pal.

     

     

    Regards & Hail Hail

     

    TBM

  19. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘Strategically placed ACTV strips within the jersey micro-massage specific areas and enables a faster and more effective energy supply to the muscles.’

     

     

    -known to the wider scientific community as bollix.

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    thebarcamole

     

     

    12:14 on 15 July, 2015

     

    BMCUWP…………

     

     

    The voting age was lowered to 18 in 1969…………. So that would make you????

     

     

    Regards & Hail Hail

     

    TBM

     

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    Still considerably younger than you,old bean(!)

  21. Monaghan1900,

     

     

    Looks like papal purple to me and that should torment them further during their permanent purgatory. They have no escape clause…

     

     

    HH

  22. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SANDMAN

     

     

    Virgil is suspended.

     

     

    Back wi the mob who still have Denayer on their list. They sound clueless.

  23. Thompson twin/Mr Pastry/HorridHenry/AlfieNoakes/1888 other fake names

     

     

    Take your hate and self loathing out of here.it does not belong.you are as fake as your faux socialist views.you do this site no honour.

  24. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    ROYCROPPIE

     

     

    I think the same shade of purple denotes very high office in OO.

     

     

    Which of course has never stopped me pointing out where they stole it from…

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