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Celtic head into tasty looking Europa knockout stage

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Some tasty teams dropped into the Europa League knockout stage last night.  The Salzburg (2018 semi-finalist) keeper had a nightmare against Liverpool, ensuring a defeat occurred where a win was required to prevent the Austrians slipping from the Champions League.

Inter, who are second to Juventus is Serie A, also finished third in their CL group after losing at home to Barcelona. Still, only three points separate them from Lazio, who have won their last seven domestic league games and are clearly the form team in Italy, despite losing home and away to Celtic.

Benfica (2014 finalist) thrashed Zent 3-0 but finished their CL group third, a point behind Lyon, while last season’s Champions League semi-finalists, Ajax (2017 finalist), blew it at home to Valencia, losing 0-1 on the night and managing to be eliminated on 10 points.

All four will fancy their chances of reaching the semi-final.  Whoever we face in the first knockout round has reached that stage on merit, but they are unlikely to be stronger than Lazio.  There is a lot of work to do between now and 20 February, when the competition resumes, we’ll see what shape we are in then.

Tom Rogic signed shirt raffle for Celtic FC Foundation

The Celtic squad wore a special shirt for last month’s league game against Motherwell, bearing the Celtic FC Foundation Christmas Appeal logo instead of the normal Dafabet logo on the front, and the words “Christmas Appeal” on the back, instead of the Magners logo.

Tom Rogic’s signed shirt from that day is available for raffle.  Each donation of £10 or more will be entered into a draw, which will take place on Friday 13 December.  The shirt will be posted on Monday 16th (or available for collection at the Hibs game on Sunday 15th).

The Celtic FC Foundation do incredible work throughout the world all year round, but their work with those most in need in the winter months, and for children and families coping with chronic poverty, can give warmth, nourishment, self-respect and  human compassion that some people struggle to find.  All donations go straight to the Foundation.

This is why Celtic exists.  You can enter here at JustGiving.  Good luck and thank you!!

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  1. £2m wasted on Bayo.

     

     

    £2m wasted on Shved.

     

     

    £1m wasted on Mulumbu.

     

     

    £3.5m paid to the CEO in one year.

     

     

    60% salary increase for Bankier.

     

     

    £25k a week to Sinclair for a year while he sits on the bench

     

     

    And the rest.

     

     

    But apparently could have bought a player with the GB fines.

     

     

    Who buys this garbage.

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    !!BADA BING!! on 11TH DECEMBER 2019 11:12 PM

     

    Bedtime, but no doubt, some absolute fuds who don’t live in this country, will be telling us to vote for Boris Johnson.

     

     

    Yes,that’s for you Macjay.

     

     

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    Bada strangely body swerves the Scott Sinclair challenge and the earlier accusation against my Club ,

     

    of “shameful treatment ” .

     

     

    For obvious reasons.

     

    Not a factual leg to stand on.

     

     

    As for the rest …………..

     

    Just childish.

  3. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    WHAT IS THE STARS on 11TH DECEMBER 2019 11:27 PM

     

    God Bless Jeremy Corbyn keeping the Red flag flying despite the malcontents begrudgers and naysayers

     

     

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    Millions of whom were murdered .

     

     

    Prior to the fall of the USSR and the archival revelations, some historians estimated that the numbers killed by Stalin’s regime were 20 million or higher.[4][5][6] After the USSR fell, evidence from the Soviet archives also became available, containing official records of 799,455 executions (1921–1953),[7] around 1.7 million deaths in the Gulag[8][9] some 390,000[10] deaths during the dekulakization forced resettlement and up to 400,000 deaths of persons deported during the 1940s[11] – with a total of about 3.3 million officially recorded victims in these categories.[12] The deaths of at least 5.5 to 6.5 million[13] persons in the famine of 1932–33 are sometimes, but not always,[2][14] included with the victims of the Stalin era.

  4. prestonpans bhoys on 11th December 2019 11:39 pm

     

     

    David17

     

     

    Don’t agree with first two items but as for the others…….yip

     

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    Didn’t we sign Dembele for the amount of the UEFA fines :O)

  5. There are times when I am sad I’m not back home.

     

    Usually after we have seen off the zombie invasion.

     

    Sometimes I’m happy I’m not back home.

     

    Definitely prior to an election.

  6. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    WHAT IS THE STARS on 12TH DECEMBER 2019 12:04 AM

     

    Macjay

     

     

     

     

    And your point is caller?

     

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    Facts.

  7. What is the Stars on

    Facts ?

     

    Jeremy Corbyn stands on the side of the downtrodden,the unemployed, the working poor,the under privileged

     

    Boris Johnston stands for and with the upper class privileged mega wealthy and greedy.

     

    I know whose side i am on.

     

    Stalin isnt actually standing for election, he is dead,thank god.

  8. Sad to see that this site is dropping in support. It has always been head and shoulders above the many Celtic, indeed football sites.

     

    Not sure what is going wrong.

     

    We have lost a lot of the original contributors for various reasons, but the there are still some great debates on here.

     

    My own input is not as frequent as I’d like, feckn up the walks with work and family etc…

     

    The phone version of the blog can be very frustrating and not being technically proficent only adds to the problem.

     

    Never the less, I believe this blog still has the most diverse and informative contributors.

     

    Perhaps a good old “songs debate” would liven up proceedings.

  9. Macjay

     

     

    Hope all’s clearing up with the fires and smoke polluting Sydney etc.

     

     

    In May 2009 I was camping across the Australian outback.

     

     

    I had travelled across from Cairns to Perth and was heading to Darwin when I got warning of bushfires ahead.

     

     

    I think I was just North of Katherine when I was confronted with as you will see what appeared fairly innocuous. The remaining pics are evidence of it getting worse.

     

     

    I stuck the computer and camera in the camper van’s fridge, soaked a towel and put it round my head, then drove like f*** .

     

     

    Obviously I made it….but here are the pics I took ….May 16 2009 19.46 hours.

     

     

    https://enematic.wordpress.com/2019/12/12/bushfires/

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Matt

  10. Macjay

     

     

    Any clue as to the number murdered by austerity; austerity being poor folk paying

     

    for the casino banking crisis of 2008?

     

     

    Any word about Naura island and it’s

     

    Australian concentration/refugee camps?

     

     

    HH

  11. A politicians pre election promises are like driftwood in the ocean.

     

     

    Some will be seen to come ashore but the majority will drift off towards the horizon never to be seen again.

     

     

    HH

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    WHAT IS THE STARS on 12TH DECEMBER 2019 12:22 AM

     

    Facts ?

     

     

     

     

    Jeremy Corbyn stands on the side of the downtrodden,the unemployed, the working poor,the under privileged

     

     

     

     

    Boris Johnston stands for and with the upper class privileged mega wealthy and greedy.

     

     

     

     

    I know whose side i am on.

     

     

     

     

    Stalin isnt actually standing for election, he is dead,thank god.

     

     

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    Painful to see my fellow Tims still hanging on to the coat tails of failed ideologies.

     

     

    Where ….?

     

    WHERE did socialism work ?

     

     

    Gimme a list.

     

     

    OK. Just one place.

  13. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    MATT STEWART on 12TH DECEMBER 2019 12:34 AM

     

     

    Did I meet you in a previous ” iteration ” ?

     

     

    On the watter ? Sydney style .

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    AN TEARMANN on 12TH DECEMBER 2019 12:41 AM

     

    Macjay

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Any clue as to the number murdered by austerity; austerity being poor folk paying

     

     

     

     

    for the casino banking crisis of 2008?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Any word about Naura island and it’s

     

     

     

     

    Australian concentration/refugee camps?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HH

     

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    Where to begin with that hotch potch of carelessly flung together issues.

     

     

    All , of course , due to the evils of the Boris.

     

     

    Yes.

     

    Close Nauru.

     

    Lets have more refrigerated cadavers and drowned refugees .

     

     

    Well meaning. solutions. Brain dead solutions.

  15. Oh jeez WITS…you would think there’s a general election today…and that the South East of Engerlaand would carry the day….fuk Scotland and Wales…this gerrymanderd electorate will prevale…my one and only political post re this shitshow

     

     

    H.H.

  16. Holy Moly Matt…a whole continental season wanted to kill you…but you were to much for it…thank god pollished shit doesn’t burn…yer a nugget and a half 😂👍

     

     

    Hail Hail

  17. Good morning CQN from a dark, and scorching 3 degrees Garngad

     

     

    Mon the Labour.

     

     

    Mon the Hoops.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    D. :)

  18. Here’s hoping for a Tory free Scotland and the chance to save the NHS.

     

     

    Has there ever been a more deceitful PM than Johnson? How anyone – no matter their political beliefs – could vote for that charlatan is beyond me.

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