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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. mike in toronto on

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    I have deduced that you are, in fact, Nigel Farage.

     

     

    I claim my 5 pounds!

  2. JUNGLE VIP on 4TH AUGUST 2017 3:52 PM

     

     

    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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    Well that’s one half of a fag packet analysis done – now how much have costs to run the operation increased since 1972?

     

     

    :-)

  3. Natknow

     

     

    Funny you should ask that …

     

     

    Unfortunately, that detailed analysis took rather more than half of the packet to work out, meaning I don’t have space to work out what you ask.

     

     

    At £7.40 for a packet of 20, it’ll have to wait for another day …

     

     

    VIP

  4. At Ni’s press conference he said he had to Bitton his tongue ( other cold meats are available)

  5. 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

     

     

     

     

    This is a long long way of getting to the agenda, cut to the chase, leave the middle bit out, and then just go right to PL and the CFC board and be done with it :))

  6. Apart from a very small number of tickets at £9, Liverpool are charging between £23 and £35 for their game with Hoffenheim.

     

     

    Their average must be around the £28 pound mark also.

  7. JUNGLE VIP on 4TH AUGUST 2017 4:05 PM

     

     

    Natknow

     

     

    Funny you should ask that …

     

     

    Unfortunately, that detailed analysis took rather more than half of the packet to work out, meaning I don’t have space to work out what you ask.

     

     

    At £7.40 for a packet of 20, it’ll have to wait for another day …

     

     

    VIP

     

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    Hahaha!! :-)))

  8. What with all this talk of food, mixed up with all the talk about gate money, on my way home tonight I can just see me forgetting to buy the fish suppers and turning up with match tickets instead.

     

     

    Worse things have happened.

     

     

    Believe me …

  9. Bitton played well on Wednesday but a little reality needed.

     

    Their striker was Bendtner a big guy who could jump and couldnae hit a coo’s arse with a banjo.

     

    A team that struggled for goals against Dundalk.

     

    He also played well against Sunderland(poor team) at sweeper but made an error leading to a clear goalscoring chance.

     

    Playing in central defense is unforgiving unlike other areas of the team and against better opponents those errors can be difference making.

     

    Brendan called it right on Wednesday but not sure he would be as confident against a better opponent.

     

    If i recall correctly Astansa’s main threat was aerial and Bitton for a big guy did not win anything in the air at Rosenberg so Jozo is vital.

     

    I think we should look at signing a central defender as Erik is not good enough either.

  10. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    This UEFA mob and their antics are baffling, why are Celtic having to play a fireworks company:)

     

     

     

     

    HH

  11. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Should be a few teams from the North Pole and Greenland in the CL next season:)

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