Cliftonville for Celtic in Champions League qualifier


The opposition may be less-illustrious than Juventus. our last European opponents, but the importance of next month’s Champions League second qualifying round games against Cliftonville still got the pulse beating.

It is a good draw for Celtic, who are spared travel and associated challenges.

The first leg, at Celtic Park, will take place on 16 or 17 July with return in Belfast on 23 or 24 July. Don’t book travel until dates are confirmed.

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  1. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Sandman- I don’t know how good they are, but I expect they’ll be up for it.

  2. thehoopedduke on

    Delighted that the hoops have drawn Cliftonville.



    In the 97-98 seasons both teams broke the domination of the blue teams.



    I always wanted to see them play one another, Cliftonville have played some really nice football this season and deserved a good draw.

  3. Tamlaghtduff Bhoy on

    Saint Stivs


    Cant see it being played in windsor to be honest there would have to be a heavy police presence, tho wouldnt rule it out.



    Casement is in andytown in the heart of west belfast. Its due to get a redevelopment so again it prob wont happen there.

  4. It’s tricky.



    Cliftonville, wholly understandably, will want as big a crowd as possible at the away leg in Ireland. If a big Celtic crowd travels, the buses will need a substantial escort, lots of reinforced windows and possibly invisibility cloaks.



    No offence to anybody, but Larne is not a great place.

  5. Tamlaghtduff Bhoy on




    Celtic should be beating cliftonville like spain beat tahiti. These boys train twice a week and there biggest earner would get about £200 a week!

  6. Sandman, 11:38


    Lots of goals in the Reds team last year (bar the Irish Cup final when they ran out of steam)

  7. Tamlaghtduff Bhoy



    11:45 on 24 June, 2013






    Celtic should be beating cliftonville like spain beat tahiti. These boys train twice a week and there biggest earner would get about £200 a week!









    Who do we get next round, then ;))



    TBH I just want this whole thing over and done in our favour.



    Paul talks about pulses racing, but it’s just finger-biting anaxiety until we’re in that group stage draw.



    These games are utterly season-defining, and also cashflow-critical.




  8. Back in tae ask – whit if Cliftonville catch us sleeping ?


    And – back Off oot afore the skelping :)


    Have fun n Take Care Bhoys n Ghirls

  9. The Token Tim, 11:49


    Amazing seeing those pics. I was standing close to the guy who took them whilst guys behind me had smuggled in petrol and were breaking up the wooden gates to get a bonfire going under the main stand. Thankfully they failed

  10. Solitude has a 4g pitch which has allowed the wee Reds to play some nice football this while back.As for Windsor, like it’s Scottish cousin the stadium is in a mess and of course they want everyone but themselves to pay for the re-vamp

  11. Maley’s Boy,



    Just saw your post regarding Championsgate Golf Course from last night (22.40). Not sure if anyone responded.



    I played the National Course (2 courses International & National, both designed by Greg Norman) a month ago. Nice course in good condition although the greens had been aerated (spiked) when I played. Didn’t make much difference, greens still rolled true.



    Because of this the round cost me $55 as opposed to $99. That’s for 18 holes, a bucket of range balls & cart. Both courses are normally priced at $99 which I think is a bit overpriced. Doesn’t include hired clubs.



    I also played Ridgewood Lakes (about 5 miles further down the I27 from Championsgate) which was terrific value. Greens were like carpets, as good as I’ve played on. Not as upmarket or fancy as Championsgate but they did 18 holes, a cart & lunch for $24.95! An absolute steal.



    Highlands Reserve is not far from Championsgate either and although I didn’t play, it looks pretty good value at around $50 per round.



    Hope this helps.




  12. unionbearBhind on

    Glad to see Cliftonville get a turn but to maximize their profit surely it will be played somewhere other than Solitude ground capacity is 2883?

  13. cliftonville celt from belfast on

    I’ll try to answer some questions



    Windsor is very likely as it is easily policed and all fans can travel in from West Belfast along Boucher road without too much hassle and come into the stadium the back way (it is heavily fortified surprise surprise). The police prefer Windsor as it is harder to police Solitude due to small streets and 1 road in/out although smaller capacity but potential for large ticketless crowds and therefore trouble. Boucher road is in the middle of shops business’ with no houses so it is easier to stop fans without tickets and turn them back and it is also easier to contain any trouble. Remember Cliftonville fans have travelled to windsor the whole way through the troubles when Linfield wouldn’t travel to Solitude as it s in the middle of republican north belfast. There is the potential to take crowds up the M1 onto boucher road which is what they used to do.



    Yes at larne you might get bricked by the zombies but its not as frequent as it used to be and most sailings go into Belfast now anyway.



    Casement is in the middle of West Belfast and has a capacity of approx 32000 but it is mostly terraced so is therefore ruled out (although it is being redeveloped ibnto a 42000 seater stadium).



    Wouldn’t worry too much about it being July as the marching season seems to last all year now anyway and as long as you know where your going and keep to the right areas you will be fine.



    Cliftonville are a very good young side and are capable of an upset – 2 very good strikers both linked to English clubs and one previously played for Werder Bremmen, excellent goal keeper previously with Man Utd. Play a passing game but can get pyhsical if needs be.



    Last time Celtic played Cliftonville a team containing a fiar few 1st team players under TM were gubbed 3-0 – so I hope we don’t underestimate Cliftonville although Neil will have a fairly good idea about them.



    It will be a great occassion especially at Celtic park – I wonder what the polices FOCUS group will do to cope with 3-4000 unrepentant fenian ba#@*ards singing republican songs for 2 or 3 hours non stop ?

  14. Great draw for both Celtic and Cliftonville. If we are ready and focused we should win. I stress that we must be focused as the Reds will be up for it. Lets get it done and dusted at Celtic Park. Then head to Belfast with confidence for 2nd leg.


    For any orc lurkers We’ll be in Belfast in July, Belfast in July, you know we will, we know we will we’ll be in Belfast in July.








  15. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    “Hateley says this is a great draw for CELTIC” This was followed by a long GGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR In which he broke 5 teeth!!




  16. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Liam Boyce who plays for Cliftonville says “where Im from everyone is a Celtic fan”

  17. Snake Plissken on

    pleased with the draw for all supporters and travelling.



    Concerned about where the game might be played but that’s life.



    Hopefully Celtic put a few past them in the first leg to make the second leg a formality.



    Respect this team. They are champions and deservedly so and as such they deserve respect.



    Win well in the first leg and we can look forward to the next round. Be professional, don’t underestimate this team and we will be fine.

  18. masty is neil lennon on

    all booked up….clifftonville celt tr-coloured…HELP………………any Belfast/6 counties bhoys need 4 tickets drink a plenty in return……

  19. 4GF



    I may try and get over as I will be back from holidays. Will depend on finances as still out of work at moment and redundancy cash will only strtch so far. I may try and get my bhoys girlfriend to try and sort out accommodation for a stop over if I go over as she is from Andytown. If I am going are you up for a wee jaunt mo chara.







  20. Sounds like a good draw, but the 4th qualifying round is the big one for us.



    Days like today always have me browsing Bert Kassies UEFA site.



    Celtic are listed as 25th in the UEFA Team Coefficients 2012/2013 table (points accumulated last season).



    In the Ranking table (based on last 5 year’s coefficients) we are 62nd.



    Worryingly, there seems to be an error in the table:


    a deid team have a ranking of 92nd and that deid team picked up 0.86 coeff points for 12/13.


    Shurely shum mishtake?

  21. This match will be the biggest game of cliftonville players lives,majority of them are also celtic fans and some of the players have mates who travel over to celtic park every home match.. They will be busting a gut, fighting for everything and trying to make a name for themselves this match wont be a walkover thats for sure.


    Cliftonville are a cracking wee side with some quality players but i expect us to win comfortably if we are fully focused dont become copmplacent..


    Hopefully we finish the match in the first leg and have a fenian party in the second leg! HAIL HAIL..

  22. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    More info from game at Solitude in 2009



    The suggestion is N.Lennon was in charge of the team that night, so Mogga must have allowed him on the bus.

  23. While I am delighted that we are playing close to home at this early stage in the competition, I hope that hangers on are not tempted to travel. We need to keep our good record at away games in Europe. Any trouble will cause us to be heavily fined by UEFA and could also lead to other sanctions as happened once before when we were forced to play at home behind closed doors.

  24. Cliftonville, eh?



    Can’t say I know a lot about them but French football is of a decent standard and we’ll need to be in about them. Presuming a coastal town, Nice the closest airport?

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