Cluj or Maccabi Tel-Aviv gives Celtic generous draw


If Celtic overcome Nomme Kalju in the Champions League second qualifying round, they will face either Cluj or Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the third qualifier.

Cluj are one of those clubs who will never be taken lightly, after a remarkable win away to Roma in the Champions League nine years ago, but recent times have not been as prosperous.  They lost out in last year’s Europa League qualifiers to Luxembourg’s Dudelange.  In the first qualifying round this season, Cluj recorded an unexpected win against Astana, who are seeded only slightly lower than Celtic.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv went out of the Europa League playoff round last season to Norwegians, Sarpsborg.  This was a poor showing by Maccabi, but there are caveats – the Norwegians were midseason and subsequently put on a decent showing in their Europa group.

Apart from Saturday’s Super Cup, this will be Maccabi Tel-Aviv’s first competitive outing of the season, so you would not bet against Cluj taking down their second seed of the campaign.

There is work to do, but it we cannot reach the payoff round from this draw, we do not deserve to be there.

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  1. We signed a right back yet ?



    Or will Paul 67 have another new article posted before that

  2. traditionalist88 on

    Cluj were big spenders for a short time I believe but those days behind them I believe??



    Sounds like Israelis the favourites but not overwhelmingly so.



    Job to do this week and next first.




  3. traditionalist88 on

    RUGGYGMAN on 22ND JULY 2019 11:38 AM



    That’s a shitty draw for Ajax.





    No great for the Greeks either ;)




  4. I watched Dundalk beat Tel-Aviv two or three years ago. They’re not a team we should have any fear off.



    Cluj are not the team they used to be and will be happy to reach Europa group stage imo.



    We can have no complaints with that draw.

  5. Not so bad on this page but I was not impressed by the assumptions on the previous articlethat we are already through to the next round. CQ Nomads?


    Ca` canny.




  6. Think the heat becomes the biggest challenge, playing in Israel in August.



    We toiled with it against Hapoel Beer Sheeva more recently.



    Record a good away performance then know what you need to do on the home leg.

  7. Of course we have been given a potential Israeli tie. UEFA wants to hit us with another fine.

  8. whitedoghunch on



    some outfit, heard some rough sliding tackle being thrown about


    although only a friendly

  9. I am not sure if I understand this correctly but the UEFA web site shows this draw for the Europa League which, I presume, applies if we don’t get past Kalju:





    Shkëndija (MKD) / Dudelange (LUX) v Celtic (SCO) / Nõmme Kalju (EST)



    Rest of the Europa draw is still to take place at 13.00 BST.

  10. HJ.



    That would be the Europa League scenario should Celtic fail to get through round 2 of the CL.



    Think they are still cashing in on their moment of fame with these prices,


    “Whits the goalie daen Tom,whits the goalie daen”


    Immortal lines dont come cheap

  12. WHITEDOGHUNCH on 22ND JULY 2019 12:35 PM


    £12 for a friendly on tv is taking them for a ride



    Yeah Desperado are regards to their spare ready’s available no doubt


    big battle axe barmaid on sly’s new footy season ad saying aye right


    we are back yeah hen in your dreams will be shoving up the price of


    their pints/shots/booze to fund the skint tax dodgers over the other


    side of the City

  13. As was the case last year,to be unseeded,the Huns draw possibly the weakest opponents they could get.


    Makes it better if they go out to them though.

  14. Excellent draw .. avoided some tough opponents..



    Shoorley good enough to get through ..



    Exciting times!



    Where in Europe is Israel? 😆


    IN other news STEPHEN GERRARD’S team drew a team from DENMARK.



    I just can’t wait for him sneaking out the back door.

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