Champions League perils for play-off seeds


The Champions League play-off round can be a horrible place for seeds against teams with lesser reputations.  Celtic drew Helsingborgs from a group of five possible teams.  Three of the other four were away from home in the first leg but two recorded wins.

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona lost 2-0 away to Bate Borisov while Maribor lost 2-1 away to Dinamo (no longer Croatia) Zagreb.

Romanians, Cluj, recorded an excellent 1-2 away win against our old friends Basel, while AEL Limassol beat Anderlecht 2-1 in Cyprus.  Maribor and Cluj will fancy their chances of eliminating the seed, while Limassol have a fighting chance.

In other news, HJK Helsinki are not going to drop to the Europa League group stage after we eliminated them from the Champions League earlier this month.  Last season’s finalists, Athletic Bilbao, hit them for six (first cricket metaphor on CQN?) last night.

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  1. philvisreturns on

    Is it just me, or does the beard make Georgios look like the giant floating stone head from Zardoz?



    He disconcerts defences because they expect guns or Sean Connery to fall out of his mouth. (thumbsup)

  2. BSR



    Aye, but he’ll probably just jump to his feet, throw his arms up in the air, have a tantrum and storm around fair affronted; meanwhile Caley will have a man over, break down the wing, cross to the edge of the box for the incoming deep lying midfielder to catch the leather sphere with the aplomb, timing and power of a one o’clock gun, bringing the defenders to a halt while the ball streaks like a meteor towards the top left hand corner, and for the apparently flailing arm and despairing dive of big Fraser to catch the dubbin with nothing more than a well manicured nail, but enough to deflect the bombshell around the post for a corner.



    From the corner……ah thats for later.



    And all because the bhoy loves complaining!



    Hail Hail




  3. From the secure facility Therangersfightback:



    “An open letter to Scottish football.



    The following email was sent to all of the email addresses mentioned below:


    [list of addresses comprising every entity in Scottish football]




    I’d advise any interested party to follow this email up to drive the message home.






    No doubt you will all dismiss this email out of hand, regardless I will make my point.



    I direct you to my blog: which covers my campaign to highlight the culpability and negligence of the SPL and SFA in the matter of the Rangers EBT investigation.



    Rangers Football Club are allegedly in breach of Rule D9.3, which as far as I can gather is designed to stop match fixing. Rangers breach of such a rule is in essence a technicality especially regarding the much talked about EBT scheme they operated.



    So far I have written via email and traditional mail to FC Copenhagen, the Danish FA, Anorthisis Famagusta FC, the Cyprus Football Association and AFC Fiorentina, highlighting to them the current situation regarding Rangers Football Club and urging them to contact the Court of Arbitration for Sport to start proceedings against the SPL and SFA for negligence regarding the enforcement of their own rules.



    In addition to this I have also started a twitter campaign enlisting others to help spread this message. This includes contacting fans and fan organisations of the clubs involved.



    The SPL and SFA cannot divorce themselves of responsibility regarding Rangers Football Club if they decide to strip them of their titles. If just one of the clubs mentioned, and the many others I will be contacting decide to exercise their rights in the Court of Arbitration for Sport then the SPL and SFA could be in for serious trouble.



    I will leave you to ponder this.






    A concerned football fan.”

  4. philvisreturns


    17:02 on


    24 August, 2012


    wonkyradar – I would rather invite a vegetarian to my dinner party than a cannibal.



    Well I don’t know…




    Did you know there’s a cannibal Melanasian Tribe of red haired aborigines in Papua New Guinea…its no de rigueur in New Guinea to refuse a dinner party invitation to a cannibal, especially in the plush well-heeled parts of the Jungle…but then all your friends and family would be cannibals anyway.

  5. philvisreturns on

    wonkyradar – but then all your friends and family would be cannibals anyway.



    Have you ever been to Wishaw? (thumbsup)

  6. Monaghan1900


    17:19 on


    24 August, 2012


    From the secure facility Therangersfightback:



    “An open letter to Scottish football.




    Never heard of that site before…Yippee! Another source of hilarity! Whoopee!

  7. philvisreturns on

    “Remember: we are Rangers”



    Except when the creditors come looking for their money. (thumbsup)

  8. There was a debate on here earlier on this week about players who, maybe, wore/wear oversized shorts.



    Sure the ‘ more mature’ CQNers remember Frank Munro, or Hugh Jarse as he was affectionately known. By the time he joined he had all the mobility of a giraffe in a telephone box.



    This is NOT the type of CH we are looking for as we seek CL glory.




  9. While I respect our manager’s decision to sell Ki as a “good piece of business”, I would rather we had kept him for our Champions League campaign (if we qualify). Besides having the ability to retain the ball, an ability which few of our team showed in the first half on Tuesday evening, he would probably have considerably enhanced his reputation and would have commanded a far higher fee in the January transfer window. He will have a great career, I’m sure.

  10. wonkyradar


    17:25 on


    24 August, 2012



    It’s well worth a look although I’d caution against it if you have consumed alcohol. Clearly written by a bedlamite.

  11. So Cannibals don’t eat their weans then… they jist wait to they’ve grown up a wee bit…then they eat yae! I feel sorry for cannibal weans…oor weans are worrying about exam results…cannibal weans are worrying wither ur no their maw and da ur gonni serve them up wae condiments!

  12. Bobby Murdoch could reduce the normal baggy shorts of the typically unfit Scottish Footballer to the relative dimensions of a pair of speedos.



    Even with his budgy smugglers cramping his style, he would still out-think, out-tackle and out-pass most of the modern day charlatans who seek adulation and riches.



    Hail Hail




  13. philvis



    I rest my case!



    Nice backdrop there!



    Away for ma tea! Fish!




  14. Farewell Ki and thanks for helping us regain our SPL crown. I wish you every success with Swansea and beyond






    Ki’s contract runs out at the end of December 2013, if we had kept him to January his fee would have decreased significantly

  15. jock steins celtic on

    My guess is Ki wanted to leave now. But the ‘blueprint’ is there, sign players that need experience of the ‘British’ game and sell to the EPL. Slightly strange that Ki got his EPL move without setting the SPL on fire.



    17:30 on


    24 August, 2012





    17:37 on


    24 August, 201



    There’s also an open letter to Fiorentina containing the following:



    “If Rangers are found guilty, I strongly urge you to contact the Court of Arbitration for Sport and start proceedings against the SPL and SFA for allowing an ineligible team to take part in the UEFA Cup and to seek compensation for loss of revenue incurred by this negligence.”



    Although I’m sure Fiorentina will look to pursue different defenders!

  17. harryhoodsdugbitme on

    RIP John Brae Of E.K. A good man. Having a Guinness right now for you big yin. HH.

  18. philvisreturns on

    jock steins celtic – He did well at the Olympics, with the full attention of the English media on him. (thumbsup)

  19. James Keatings… Is.. no gonna mak it .. wi’ us.



    In Ma.. opinion..






    Tony Watt…is..






    So is..



    Denny Johnstone.. he is tne next.. well.. Tony Watt!




    Seventeen years old…and he looks tae me like he is gonna be Built like the Proverbial



    Out Hoose,when he matures..



    Strong, Strong,Strong..laddie, and his Footwork could be described…. as that o’ Mair than fair Emulation o’ his legendary and much revered namesake’s.. than ,as tae that o’


    the Square toed Hoops..Whose Fitwork and Ball control.. resembles that o’ a Gandy Dancer at the Debutantes’ Ball..



    Ah kin see it noo…



    In aboot two years time…


    in the Sports Headilines..



    “Watt and Johnstone.. Celtic’s Twin Howitzers..Smash the Opposition.. wance Mair!”



    This Kid Johnstone is a Brammer..



    You’ll see.. You’ll See.



    The Cuzzes done tole collie..and he done tole me..and Ah watched the Kid scoring an absolute Peach o’ a Solo goal.. in his last game..oan Celtic T.V.



    Hmmm.. Hmmm… Hmm..



    It wiz ..


    Lip Smackin’ Good!



    A real . Beezer~





    Still, Laughin’…of course!

  20. The Battered Bunnet on




    Aye, fair point. What about onomatopoeia? Shouldn’t that rather be onomatopow or onomatoboing?

  21. philvisreturns on

    “If Rangers are found guilty, I strongly urge you to contact the Court of Arbitration for Sport and start proceedings against the SPL and SFA for allowing an ineligible team to take part in the UEFA Cup”



    “If Jimmy the Burglar is found guilty, I strongly urge you to contact the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to start proceedings against society for allowing him to break into people’s houses” (thumbsup)

  22. jock steins celtic on




    Yes doing it at international level while the SPL is just for the physical part seems to be the way to do it.

  23. Monaghan1900



    Although I’m sure Fiorentina will look to pursue different defenders!



    Just what went through my mind as well :>)))



    How thick are they :>)

  24. I’m a bit confused now about the EBTs thing is it…












    Saw Davie Cooper play with a couple Strikers who were Sharp & Speedie.



    Roy was the best man on te pitch though.

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