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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. I think time difference won’t play against FK Astana.

     

    As a matter of how much this game means for whole Kazakhstan, take decision that was made one hour after the draw. Their next oponent Aktobe ofered to play the game against Astana on 11 August (one day earler it stood in the schedule). Kazakhstan FA binded decision.

  2. !!Bada Bing!! on

    UEFA Champions League

     

    Wed, August 16 2017

     

    Kick-off 19:45

     

     

    Tickets for this match are now on sale to Season Ticket holders. The deadline for STH to buy a ticket for this match is 5pm on Wednesday, 9th August.

     

     

    UEFA requirements apply for this match, full details of UEFA requirements are available here.

     

     

    Tickets are priced as follows:-

     

     

    Season Ticket Prices

     

     

    Adults – £28

     

     

    Concessions – £18

     

     

    Under 13 – £15

     

     

    General Sale Prices

     

     

    Adults – £33

     

     

    Under 16/65+ – £23

     

     

    Under 13 – £18

     

     

    For those STH not affected by UFEA requirements, tickets can be purchased online, by calling 0871 226 1888* option 1, or by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office. Please ensure when calling the booking line that you have your client reference and payment details available. Booking fees apply online and via booking line.

     

     

    Those affected by UEFA requirements must purchase their ticket by calling Customer Services on 0141 230 1967, visiting the Ticket Office or by returning the form which has been posted. Please ensure when calling the booking line that you have your client reference and payment details available.

  3. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    CCE@2.02

     

     

    Stop greetin you big blouse:)

     

    Dont involve me in your stupidity.

     

    Away ye go.

     

     

    HH

  4. mike in toronto on

    CELTIC CHAMPS ELECT on 4TH AUGUST 2017 2:02 PM

     

    TONYDONNELLY67 on 4TH AUGUST 2017 12:45 PM

     

     

    I’m afraid at this stage of the tournament you very rarely get a commanding lead, imo the trick is don’t loos a goal at home and score away, we didn’t do that last year and qualified, sorry for picking up another positive, but hey! That’s just me, the rest of you find the negatives, you’ll find them of that I have no doubt.

     

     

     

    Your so right Tony okay let me name them. Maradim. Neganon TGMSSTB.

     

     

    **************

     

     

    What does a guy have to do to get noticed on this bloody place? I cant get a post deleted for love nor money, and now I dont even merit mention as a negatonian! ?

     

     

    While I may not be as vocal about it as neganon, I have probably been complaining about our Board on here long before that Johnny -come-lately, Maradominic… and I was certainly complaining about the Board when TGM was still in short trousers and complaining that his mum wouldn’t buy him sweets! …. hell, I think I may even have part of that clique when they were called mineshafters (the halcyon days of CQN)!

     

     

    so, if you are going to disparage posters for criticizing the Board, please be accurate, as I think I have earned the right to be included in that group. please adjust your records/posts accordingly.

     

     

    :)

  5. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    MIT

     

     

    Call him a big blouse:)

     

    Maybe he never noticed my positive posts about the bhoys today?

     

     

     

    HH

  6. Go tell the Spartim on

    Why not have a CQN league table based on how negative or positive you are, we could then monitor how well you do over the season and have a CQN’er of the year award, tournament, gala, ceremony?

  7. £28, eh.

     

     

    Can any of the old fogies tell me how much it was for a ticket to see the Hoops play a home European tie in, say, 1972 … ?

     

     

    VIP

  8. mike in toronto on

    TGM …

     

     

    remember the words of Jesus …”love your enemies …. it confuses the hell out of them!”

  9. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    MIT

     

     

    Random one.

     

    Im just reading a very good book about the ‘Founding Fathers’. ‘Founding Brothers’ by Joseph J. Ellis.

     

    Pulitzer Prize winner i believe.

     

    Opening chapter concerns the duel between Burr and Hamilton, very interesting.

     

     

    HH

  10. GO TELL THE SPARTIM on 4TH AUGUST 2017 2:37 PM

     

     

    Why not have a CQN league table based on how negative or positive you are, we could then monitor how well you do over the season and have a CQN’er of the year award, tournament, gala, ceremony?

     

    ___

     

     

    Neganon earmarked for relegation to the huddleboard.

  11. I get the distinct feeling Celtic PLC are milking us with these ticket prices.

     

     

    Very steep IMHO.

     

     

    Juve in 1982. £2 for the terrace.

  12. Bhoywiththeseethrougheyes

     

    I must have missed the statement you refer to so hopefully you can point me in the direction

     

     

    Mate I couldent, and would not attempt to point you in any direction, your agenda will take you down the road you want to go, nothing I say will change your mind.

  13. So, how much of a CL money pot do we get….

     

    bearing in mind that, we only got 3 points ?

     

    Hopefully, Bitton will be given a chance at ch…..

     

    his, cool, calm, compsure could prove to be priceless…

     

    Some folk were mentioning, Moult of Motherwell….

     

    ye need tae remember, he was guid, when…..

     

    big Mark McGhee was his gaffer, don’t know about him now….

     

    ah think we missed a trick, or rather, dithering Brendan missed….

     

    a trick, when we complacently allowed, Liam Boyce to go down south…..

     

    LB could have been a new Dixie Deans, and, how come, big Ciftci….

     

    could score goals under hapless RD, but he dizny get a look in noo ?

     

    Ah mean, Ciftci wizny in the Commons clique so, why no Ciftci ?

     

    Ah mean, ah thought that Brendan liked strikers, wi a bit of bite ?

     

    Anyway,…..

     

    If big Vidal Sassoon wants tae leave, thank him, sell him, and bring in…..

     

    John McGinn or, JM under NFL’s tutelage, will show yeez that, Broony’s….

     

    on his last legs !!!

     

    The hansom actor, Jason Bateman,…….

     

    is a poor man’s Jobo Baldie, CQN Legend, God bless.

     

    …….off-oot

  14. 1972 UK prices:

     

     

    Petrol was 11.4p (leaded per litre) – now about £1.15p per litre unleaded (10 x dearer)

     

    Beer was 15p (for a pint of heavy) – now about £3.00 per pint (20 x dearer)

     

    Cigarettes were 30p (for 20) – now about £7.40 for a pack of 20 (25 x dearer)

     

    Bread was 14.2p (for a white sliced loaf 800g) – now about £1.00 a loaf (7 x dearer)

     

    Milk 5.5p (per pint) – now about 60p per pint (11 x dearer)

     

     

    Ticket for 1972 Celtic European home game £?.?? – now £28 per adult (discounted for season ticket holders)

     

     

    As the man once said: Hmmm …

  15. There are 3 major sports teams in Toronto that make regular transborder trips, TFC also do the same, in the CFL (Canada’s’ equivalent of the NFL) TO also has a side, this sport is huge on the prairies and west coast, bigger than hockey so domestic flights are common.

     

     

    Toronto Pearson is the biggest airport in the country and yet none of the sports sides come through the terminals, I can’t vouch for the Toronto Island Airport, neither do visiting teams, they use the FBO and there are 2 at Pearson.

     

     

    When we last played over here our players flew into the Skyservice FBO and were bussed downtown from there, likewise the Stones flew into the same location from Europe for a benefit concert a few years back.

     

     

    In fact I have often saw team busses at the north end FBO either waiting for a returning side or dropping one off.

     

     

    The Rogers Tennis Tournament has competitors coming through the terminals to be picked up at the curb, but NOT the well known players who either fly across country or even the Atlantic.

     

     

    The Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) allegedly second only to Cannes does have “stars” coming though the public side but it’s their choice, some of them crave the adulation.

     

     

    So why are there no like facilities at Glasgow Airport which likes to label itself an international airport. Might be time for the club to look to Edinburgh, cannae be any worse than having drunken trailer trash castigating your employees.

     

     

    Incidentally I once approached an academy award winner about smoking less than 3 metres (10 feet) from the terminal, his response was “do you know who I am”, I replied “of course I do, you were brilliant in the Graduate”. He laughed at that.

     

     

    BTW Francis Ford Coppola didnae direct the Graduate.

  16. Seems like every year we get moved due to UEFA press requirements, last year for the Barcelona game there were punters in our seats, right pissed off my brother was and wrote to JPT.

     

     

    Same generic letter just arrived, brother beeling, reopened dialogue with JPT and the ticket office.

  17. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Tontine Tim

     

     

    I was once at a soundcheck with an internationally recognised guitarist, who is amazing to say the least.

     

    I was there with my brother.

     

    This guy absolutely melted the air playing an off the cuff piece that had everything, as if he was reading the paper. As soon as he stopped playing, i said, ‘Fk, and i thought i was good’, he laughed. My brother drew me daggers:)

     

     

     

    HH

  18. In 1967 it was 5 shillings for a league game rising to7/6 in 1968, correct me if I’m wrong.

  19. prestonpans bhoys on

    Robin bhoy,

     

     

    One of the reasons I moved away from 118 was due to “press requirements ” I was given seats all over the place, usually pish ones too!

  20. weet weet weet on

    Neighbor of mine went to Norway for the game

     

     

    Got a flight from Edinburgh £275

     

     

    Got ticket for the game T O £13

  21. JUNGLE VIP on 4TH AUGUST 2017 2:39 PM

     

     

    1972 European Cup Semi Final v Inter Milan, Main Stand ticket was £2

  22. GARY67 on 4TH AUGUST 2017 3:20 PM

     

    JUNGLE VIP on 4TH AUGUST 2017 2:39 PM

     

     

     

    1972 European Cup Semi Final v Inter Milan, Main Stand ticket was £2

     

    Terracing was 50p

  23. Celtic Champs Elect on

    What does a guy have to do to get noticed on this bloody place? I cant get a post deleted for love nor money, and now I dont even merit mention as a negatonian! ?

     

     

     

    While I may not be as vocal about it as neganon, I have probably been complaining about our Board on here long before that Johnny -come-lately, Maradominic… and I was certainly complaining about the Board when TGM was still in short trousers and complaining that his mum wouldn’t buy him sweets! …. hell, I think I may even have part of that clique when they were called mineshafters (the halcyon days of CQN)!

     

     

     

    so, if you are going to disparage posters for criticizing the Board, please be accurate, as I think I have earned the right to be included in that group. please adjust your records/posts accordingly.

     

     

    Once you leave the mother country you become irrelevant MIT similar to Kevjungle

  24. Dexter P. Bampot on

    With Erik out i presume that BR may stick with Button or shuffle Lustig over with Gamboa at RB.

     

     

    However does anyone think that BR would or should try 3 at the back (IT, JS and ML) with Broony screening and wide midfielders acting as auxiliary full backs?

  25. £18:00 for me to watch the invincibles , outstanding, in Europe as well, mon the hoops. Season ticket for my brother and myself for the 17/18 season paid for by the invincibles treble , outstanding, + another £250:00 on Wednesday, what’s not to like being a Tim these days, are you ….Ing kidden me :))

     

    Sorry that’s as negative as I can get :))

  26. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    CCE

     

     

    Wind yer neck in.

     

    You are always trying to cause it.

     

    Why are you so nasty?

     

    Ease of the gas a bit eh

  27. European Cup Final – ticket 7/6d front enclosure.

     

    Real Madrid 7 Eintracht Frankfurt 3.

  28. Thanks, Gary.

     

     

    So, tickets for a seat at Celtic Park home Euro-tie are now 14 x dearer than in 1972. Remembering, of course, that Main Stand tickets would have been sold as premium tickets at that time.

     

     

    It’s obviously impossible to do a like-for-like price comparison between then and now, not least since we no longer have terracings, as we did of old.

     

     

    That said, tickets for the main stand would have accounted for a relatively small fraction of the gate money.

     

     

    I’m not sure of the Main Stand’s capacity, but another, round numbers way of looking at this could be to say: 10,000 @ £2 = £20,000, plus 50,000 @ 50p = £25,000, giving a grand total of £45,000 income. (Ignoring, of course, that a good few youngsters back then would have got a ‘lift’ into the games.)

     

     

    Nowadays, (ignoring premium/hospitality seats) we might have, for the sake of argument, a crowd of 55,000 made up of 35,000 full-price tickets @ £28 (£980,000), plus 4,000 @ £33 (£132,000), plus 12,000 @ £18 (£216,000), plus another 4,000 @ £13 (£52,000).

     

     

    Which comes to a nifty £1,380,000 – for tickets alone.

     

     

    Compare that with a 1972 crowd of 70,000 made up of, say, 60,000 @ 50p (£30,000) and 10,000 @ £2 (£20,000), giving gate money alone of £50,000,

     

     

    From £52,000 to £1,380,000 is a 26-fold increase in gate money income …

     

     

    VIP

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