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Champions League perils for play-off seeds

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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. Who is the MIB tomorrow? If it is anyone like Collum or Thompson, I would very seriously think of trying to put out a team without any young lhads. I say this because I believe we have quite a few injuries already. But the hammer throwers will be kicking everything that moves and they could damage the young lhads badly. They’ll do this, knowing the MIB will turn a blind eye. The SPL sometimes fills me with disgust. Too many members are allowed to indulge in anti-football.

  2. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Only ever seen Davie Cooper play once – years ago in a friendly game for Motherwell against Cliftonville in Belfast.

     

     

    Some eejit fired an empty pint bottle of Harp at him from the stand as the teams were walking off the pitch at the end,and it just missed his head.

     

     

    Embarrassing.

  3. kdc

     

     

    15:55 on 24 August, 2012

     

     

    I broke a rule last night and had clyde SSB on a radio near me. Jangle Jackson “just can’t get his around why so many celtic supporters are obsessing about rangers (sic) keeping their history (sic)”

     

     

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    Jangle Jackson is a Hun born and bred. Idolised the wife-beater, Gazza.

     

     

    Wrote a risible, pathos-marinated paen to Gazza after Sheryl shopped him which read like teen-angst poetry. His colours were nailed to the sinking ship’s mast that day.

     

     

    Like every other hurting Hun he doesn’t have the emotional sophistication to see our fascination with their historic, laughable, karma-riddled demise as anything other than ‘obsession’.

     

     

    We’re simply having the ‘funnest’ time of our football-supporting lives as the bitter bigots sink in the swamp of their own creation. Poor Keith doesn’t even possess the imagination to mirror the situation and imagine his own glee if it were us.

     

     

    Which it’s not. Har-de-har.

  4. Krankies. Tory’s. Swingers. Sleeze…making connexions here…is the resident Tory CQN nexus- moral midgetry aside- a gang of sleezy pygmy’s? Is Philvis a randy dwarf?

  5. philvisreturns on

    Estadio – I watched one of yon Hannibal Lecter prequels where he cut open the guys head, removed a bit of the cerebral cortex, replaced the skull, cooked the sample and then shared it for breakfast with then donor.

     

     

    It’s a shame Lecter went off the rails like that, in his salad days he was a fine young cannibal. (thumbsup)

  6. philvisreturns on

    wonkyradar – I think the politically correct term for midgets is “wee dastards”. (thumbsup)

  7. I recently posted about problems with the Celtic online shop/ kitbag. Mrs Yorkbhoy (who was ordering the tops) wrote a letter to Celtic telling of the total incompetence of Kitbag. Within a couple of days we received a letter from Peter Lawwell apologising for the hassles and asked if we could have a conversation with the commercial manager to give him all the details. Mrs Y spoke to him and was very impressed with his response and informed us that they had had a few complaints about the online service and were meeting with kitbag to discuss the service. They also offered a discount on the top that didn’t arrive saying some of the problems were from Nike. Very impressed by Celtic’s response… although I hope PL doesn’t say there were no signings this window because he was busy…

  8. Only ever seen Davie Cooper play once – years ago in a friendly game for Motherwell against Cliftonville in Belfast.

     

     

    Some eejit fired an empty pint bottle of Harp at him from the stand as the teams were walking off the pitch at the end,and it just missed his head.

     

     

    Embarrassing.

     

     

     

    It could have been worse- what if it had been a can of Skol or god forbid a Kestrel super?

  9. 16 roads

     

    He wouldn’t have played in any case, supposing he was injured! Transfer off. I am afraid that’s the way it works. I don’t think he would have played against Inverness due to the way they play and I can’t see where he would fit in against the Swedes on Wednesday with big Vic back. I like Ki very much but don’t see him making any inroads in to Lennys 1st 11. Think it’s a good deal for us and I don’t believe we are any weaker for it.

     

     

    HH kikinthenakas

  10. hebcelt

     

    16:10 on

     

    24 August, 2012

     

     

     

    you’re right of course, it was guidi. my bad, they all merge together because they all right and talk the same drivel

  11. philvisreturns on

    Estadio – A kestrel supper

     

     

    Deep-fried Kes?

     

     

    The Yorkshireman’s swan sandwich. (thumbsup)

  12. Awe_Naw @ 13:37,

     

     

    Got way laid…

     

     

    The targetting of foriegn markets has a Rainbow and pot of gold feel about it.

     

     

    But it has to be said when Naka was around so were the Japanese.

     

     

    Any news when you’ll be in B/End next?

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  13. It seems a bit hasty Ki being sold before the qualifiers have been completed.Our advantage is we have an eye for good prospects and English teams are willing to pay. Its the way to go,bring them in blood them and then move them on.Its harsh but its simple economics. John Park may prove to be the signing we dont want to loose.

  14. Cooper and Jimmy Nicholl beat a path to Souness’ door after they signed Judas.Both said they would not play on the same team,both were punted within a couple of weeks

  15. .philvisreturns

     

    16:27 on

     

    24 August, 2012

     

    Estadio – I watched one of yon Hannibal Lecter prequels where he cut open the guys head, removed a bit of the cerebral cortex, replaced the skull, cooked the sample and then shared it for breakfast with then donor.

     

     

    It’s a shame Lecter went off the rails like that, in his salad days he was a fine young cannibal. (thumbsup)

     

     

     

    Even with parts of your brain missing you can still be a success in life…look at Mark Hateley…okay that’s not a good example…what of Leggo: he is still writing some fine social commentary despite his multiple frontal lobotomy’s. Yes he gets his words mixed up, in the wrong order, forgets what he’s been writing about and generally jumbles up the subject matter into one giant soup of random nonsense…if you overlook those minor limitations then he’s doing well.

     

     

    PS

     

     

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

  16. Starry plough

     

    Neil may watch but playing them in a few friendliest has not lead to any significant playing time for any youngster bar Forrest.

     

    Twardzik had the play of the season with his sublime back heel for Leeys goal on the one occasion he got significant playing time last season.his subsequent reward was no further appearances.

     

    Neil is a cautious coach which is why we had Murphy before Watt in pre season

  17. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Ha!

     

     

    Serial killers,Skol,Davie Cooper,Kojo,stomach surgery,brain surgery,Rudy Kipling…

     

     

    Just another day in Paradise?

     

     

    That wee advert looks brilliant – seems to be Communists Vs Nazis.

     

     

    A very trippy half hour there.

     

     

    Good luck to one and all.

     

     

    Slan. :)

  18. Bada Bing

     

    if i needed someone in my corner i would have chosen Cooper over Judas.

     

    I can only speak how I found the man and not once did he come over as a bigot. He knew I was a Celtic supprter.

  19. philvisreturns

     

    16:35 on

     

    24 August, 2012

     

    Estadio – A kestrel supper

     

     

    Deep-fried Kes?

     

     

    The Yorkshireman’s swan sandwich. (thumbsup)

     

     

     

    Kestrel and Swan is no bad. Not as good as a Pelican in a bap. Although they are expensive…you end up with a big bill at the end.

  20. FANTASY LEAGUE

     

     

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    2 Fairweather FC Joss Fairweather 93 93

     

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    Well done to you guys, a very solid start to the season!

     

     

    Remember newcomers can join anytime, though a weeks points behind, but points can be made easily over the season! The code to join the Barclays fantasy league is 721106-181775

  21. Sandman

     

    16:26 on

     

    24 August, 2012

     

    kdc

     

     

    15:55 on 24 August, 2012

     

     

    I broke a rule last night and had clyde SSB on a radio near me. Jangle Jackson “just can’t get his around why so many celtic supporters are obsessing about rangers (sic) keeping their history (sic)”

     

     

    ======================================

     

     

    Jangle Jackson is a Hun born and bred. Idolised the wife-beater, Gazza.

     

    Wrote a risible, pathos-marinated paen to Gazza after Sheryl shopped him which read like teen-angst poetry. His colours were nailed to the sinking ship’s mast that day.

     

     

    Did he really marinate the pages in pish? Urine stained bed sheet nailed to the mast? Who would buy a urine soaked book? It really doesn’t bear thinking about. Did they offer a complimentary peg with the book? All I can think is that Jingle Jangle must have a captive audience.

  22. philvisreturns on

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

     

     

    Well I don’t know…

     

     

    At least the cannibal probably wouldn’t want to tell you all about his lifestyle, in extensive detail, while explaining how his choice of food makes him just that little bit more hip, progressive, and ecologically conscious than you and all the other guests.

     

     

    On the other hand the cannibal would be 33% more likely to be a German.

     

     

    It’s an ethical pickle, wonkyradar. (thumbsup)

  23. Summa

     

     

    “Up-Over-Goal..

     

     

    A Team without Sammi..

     

     

    BeGone with You Heathen..”

     

     

    Sammi a doubt for tomorrow – we need him – fully fit, focused, and bearded – for Wednesday’s crucial encounter.

  24. philvisreturns on

    wonkyradar – Kestrel and Swan is no bad. Not as good as a Pelican in a bap. Although they are expensive…you end up with a big bill at the end.

     

     

    Ooof… a Pantaloonesque pun. (thumbsup)