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Having the first leg of our Champions League qualifier against KR in Iceland instead of Scotland, as initially drawn, ticks boxes for both clubs.  Without being disrespectful (well, maybe a bit), if the first leg was in Scotland KR could find themselves trying to sell a dead rubber second leg to TV companies.  With their home tie starting level, this could be their biggest windfall of the season.

Despite KR’s lowly coefficient, Celtic are stepping into the unknown and would infinitely prefer the second leg at home, a week after competitive cobwebs are blown away.  If we encounter a Karagandy-goat-sacrifice-type experience in Reykjavik, we would still have the chance to resolve things at Celtic Park Murrayfield.  The only surprise is that it took the clubs this long to confirm the change.

Now all we need to worry about is the goat-sacrificing habits of Scotland’s rugby types.

News from Nyon that Celtic’s share of last season’s Champions League bounty was £14.1m, plus £1.8m for participating in the qualifying rounds, on top of ticket sales, reiterates how important the competition is to the club.

We’re now trying to qualify for the third consecutive season, a feat we’ve never achieved before.  After the chastening experiences of last August, and the changing of the guard, I’m taking nothing for granted this season.  By my reckoning we cope without reaching the group stage two years in five without significantly downsizing.

I got a bit of banter for saying I was still raw from Georgios Samaras penalty miss four seasons ago.  Why shouldn’t we be raw, it was the last time Celtic failed to win a Scottish championship.  Ever!  Those who celebrate that miss will be clinging onto it as a highlight for the rest of their days.

Visit the CQN Bookstore to get Tommy Gemmell to sign your personal copy of his book, All the Best.

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  1. SmashingMilkBottles on

    It was nice of hamiltontims’ pupils to get him a night out with Tony Donnelly as a summer present…..

  2. An Tearmann

     

    12:46 on

     

    26 June, 2014

     

    Lionsroar67

     

    I didnt realise we are playing Rapid Vienna in a friendly?

     

    HH

     

     

    That should be fun ! must tell you about a story about sharing a bus with their youth team

  3. squire danaher on

    England papped oot – check

     

     

    African team in disarray over money – check

     

     

    Waiting for Holland implosion for decent treble…..

  4. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    AT, are you at the golf or the pool next week? I have a package for you from TET.

     

     

    HH

  5. SmashingMilkBottles

     

    13:01 on

     

    26 June, 2014

     

    It was nice of hamiltontims’ pupils to get him a night out with Tony Donnelly as a summer present…..

     

     

    TD realised he missed out during his time in education and with the pupils wanted to celebrate what a wonderful thing education is……………………………………………..

  6. Maybe its just me but I always worry about these games where we are overwhelming favourites to win. Particularly when we are early season. I’m glad we have second leg “at home” in case things don’t go to well first game.

  7. SmashingMilkBottles on

    Lionroars67…

     

     

    Yes and from what i’m hearing the summer scholl camp set up by HT will be a wonderful thing for TD…

     

     

    HT said he needs to keep his hand in teaching wise. A thorough professional in my honest and humble opinion.

     

     

    More School Holidays For Teachers.com

  8. Sammi struck the ball well, hit the target and just inside the post with power. Keeper makes great save. Sammi slated!

     

     

    sammi struck ball well, hits target, yard and half from post with power. Keeper slow to go down and goal. Woop woop Sammi.

     

     

    Wonder who the next Hero/Villian will be?

     

     

    MWD still says AYE ya BritNat Bams

  9. !!Bada Bing!! on

    corkcelt- from last thread- the team are off to Austria on Sunday ,but will need to train when they come back,open door sessions at Murrayfield would IMO help the team settle into strange surroundings. HH

  10. One game at a time to the CL Group stages.

     

     

    Hope Ronny is bringing back Thor to Celtic Park!

  11. I see that the game at Murrayfield is included on the Season Ticket. Had it been at Celtic Park I’d just have turned up, swiped my card and took my own seat. How will that work at Murrayfield then – a free for all, choose a seat in advance and be sent a paper ticket, etc?

     

     

    Exciting times, eh?

     

     

    Jobo

  12. SmashingMilkBottles

     

    13:08 on

     

    26 June, 2014

     

     

    How are you bud, hope you have recovered ! you will be glad to hear we have got MWD on the pitch now, try getting a penalty by him sammy style………………….

  13. skyisalandfill on

    Happy with the fixture swap except that it means I can’t go. Working backshift. Hade it been the previous week, no problem.

     

     

    Quite fancied a wee excusrion to auld reekie too. Great curry house accross the road from Haymarket.

     

     

    Never mind

     

     

    HH

  14. traditionalist88 on

    Jobo Baldie

     

    13:12 on

     

    26 June, 2014

     

    I see that the game at Murrayfield is included on the Season Ticket. Had it been at Celtic Park I’d just have turned up, swiped my card and took my own seat. How will that work at Murrayfield then – a free for all, choose a seat in advance and be sent a paper ticket, etc?

     

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    You will get a similiar seat to the one you have at Celtic Park, except it’ll be blue;)

     

     

    HH

  15. UEFA Champions League

     

    Tue, July 22 2014

     

    Kick-off 19:45

     

     

     

     

    BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

     

     

    This is a Season Ticket match. Season Ticket holders will automatically be sent a ticket for this match.

     

     

    Ticket prices and general sale dates to be confirmed.

  16. ACGR

     

    lo there mhatey.cant make golf or pool days as am busy.drop me e-mail antearmann1967@gmail.com

     

    and will arrange something.i will get back to you tomorrow.

     

    Any word on your bud?I don’t doubt the tales comin out of there.its only goin to get worse

     

    HH

  17. Is there tee-times for the golf day yet?

     

     

    No reply to e-mails.

     

     

    I’ve no gave ma dosh to Blackpol Bear shoorley ;-)

  18. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Embdae know how many episodes True Detective had? Finished number7 last night ,not sure if the series is split into 2 segments,ta.

  19. Moonbeams WD. Wee Oscar’s our Bhoy and Kano’s our mhan.

     

    13:15 on

     

    26 June, 2014

     

     

    OK bud hope the lung replacement goes well, catch up with you soon

  20. !!Bada Bing!! on

    The club should make an effort to put on transport for games at Murrayfield IMO

  21. Craigellachie10 on

    Gary67

     

     

    Thanks for that. I am in Edinburgh and will be able to use my ticket. I wonder if an exchange type system could be set up to allow season ticket holders who can use their tickets to pass them on to other St holders to allow them to take along family or friends. Probably too complicated?

  22. Bawsman –

     

     

    Re CQN Open, I checked with t’committee the other day. Details coming out over the weekend I believe.

  23. Doh, let’s try that again.

     

     

    ***LUNCHTIME QUIZ***

     

     

    Seven players have scored more than 4 goals in a single game for Celtic post-WWII.

     

    How many can you name?

     

     

    ***The rules of the game are always the same.

     

    No search engines

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