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Champions League opportunity for Celtic with Astana draw

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Celtic will face Kazakhstan Champions, Astana in the Champions League play-off round later this month, with the first leg at home. The teams faced in the same qualifying competition last season, with Celtic progressing, winning the second leg 2-1 after a 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan.

Astana eliminated Legia Warsaw in the last round, securing a 3-1 victory in the first leg, before holding on for a 1-0 defeat in Warsaw after 8 minutes of added time.

Although Brendan Rodgers will know what to expect, the enormous journey, the heat and the fact that Astana are 21 games into their league season, will give him cause for concern.

On the positive side, our man in Warsaw tells me there is a new pitch at the Astana Arena, which Legia report was excellent and a near-grass experience. He also tells me Legia should have done better in this tie, were the better team home and away, but were caught by Astana’s counter-attack.

They “parked the bus” in Warsaw and showed signs of indiscipline against Legia, which Celtic may be able to exploit.

Strikers Kwumasi and Kabananga, and midfielder, Maevski, are their danger players, while their keeper is “awful”.

It’s there for you, Celtic.

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  1. BEATBHOY on 4TH AUGUST 2017 11:37 AM

     

    Embramike

     

     

     

    As long as it’s not the school holiday week!

  2. Cultsbhoy says Hail Hail to Hector and Brendan on

    Tight game ahead…should we speculate to accumulate?

  3. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    EMBRAMIKE SUPPORTING RES 12 on 4TH AUGUST 2017 11:39 AM

     

    If I remember rightly, their goal last year at CP was a result of a Craig Gordon header outside the box which was lobbed 40 yards into the net over KT. Late Dembele penalty sealed it for us after Griff penalty late in 1st half stoppage time had put us ahead.

     

     

    Late Griffiths equaliser secured the draw over there in first game.

  4. mind n book a plane wi beds in it.:-)

     

     

    Well done Celtic.

     

     

    nearly there

     

     

    HH

  5. Astana – one I wanted to avoid.

     

     

    Not a great draw especially with the first game at CP.

     

     

    Hopefully a few of our injured on the mend.

     

     

    TK

  6. Ffs!

     

     

    Another European tie in Central Asia!

     

     

    The east coast of North America is closer!

     

     

    HH!!

  7. Aye, Paul.

     

     

    And they showed ‘signs of indiscipline’ against us, too …

     

     

    Vip

  8. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    BEATBHOY on 4TH AUGUST 2017 11:38 AM

     

    Embramike

     

    As long as it’s not the school holiday week!

     

    No chance ! “Ankle biter” free Costa for me every time !

  9. Games against Thistle Kilmarnock and St Johnstone sandwich the Astana ties, nae problems there

  10. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘A near grass experience’.

     

     

    -I’ve sworn off those since I turned the ole TV on and saw hoopslegend Dion Dublin floggin’ a 2 bedroom maisonette in Bonkle.

  11. Beasties Bhoys on

    Can’t imagine they’ve improved in last 12 months to the same degree we have. Definitely doable.

  12. Bateen Bhoy ***STRIP THE TITLES*** on

    So, expect an open, attractive and flowing game of football at Celtic Park in the home leg :-)

     

    if a team comes and parks the bus, they should start with an automatic one goal deficit.

  13. West End of East End on

    Help needed, I’m in Cork for the first CL game, best place to watch the game ?

  14. South Of Tunis on

    POT 3 or POT 4.

     

     

    Napoli ..

     

     

    A city that ‘s big on luck , fate and magic .

     

     

    Quick scroll on some Napoli blogs — they are concerned that they might have tempted fate by laughing at Balotelli when he missed a penalty v Napoli while playing for Milan.

  15. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Astana made it through to the EL last season, but finished bottom of a fairly weak group. Decent at home, poor away. Nothing to be scared of, but need to win at home and keep a clean sheet.

  16. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    Maybe Celtic should travel a day early to adjust to time difference (+5 hours) and climate.

     

    Last years game ko’d at 8pm local time – tonight the temperature at 8pm will be around 22 C and with a better surface and a lead to protect we should be able to handle this tie. 1st leg vital.

     

    Pretty sure they will have been watched before we play them.

  17. Curly

     

     

    My map app is telling me that (if I set off now and don’t stop on the way) it would take me 71 hrs and 6 mins to drive to Astana (or 68h 35′ without traffic).

     

     

    Maybe best not to go by car …

     

     

    VIP

  18. Team that drew 1-1 last year

     

    1Gordon

     

    23Lustig

     

    4Ambrose

     

    34O’Connell

     

    63Tierney

     

    27Roberts

     

    42McGregor

     

    8Brown

     

    14Armstrong

     

    10Dembele

     

    9Griffiths

  19. bhoywithseethrougheyes on

    Paul67,

     

    Are Celtic likely to make any kind of comment following the SC ruling or indeed the pursuit of a judicial review?

     

    I need something from the club because right now and after 20 years a season ticket holder and shareholder I feel like throwing in the towel.

     

    I need to know that the club are on the side of justice and have not allowed themselves to be compromised by past behaviours.

  20. If we not bringing anyone new in, add Ciftci to Euro squad(i know,i know), MD is out, LG fragile, Rogic and JF through the middle didnt work

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