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Cluj rested 8 ahead of Celtic clash

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We are more familiar with what it is like facing opponents who have little to play for when we need a result, than the scenario we face tonight.  Celtic have secured top position in their Europa League group, while Cluj require a point to ensure qualification as runner up.  If Celtic win, a win for Lazio in Rennes will put the Italians through.

While Neil Lennon will field a vastly weaker selection, the team will still be full of effort.  We should not expect anything other than a Cluj win, but a side released from the burden of expectation and players with a point to prove could throw up an interesting night.  Leigh Griffiths, in particular, will surely make the most of the occasion.

As is his way, Cluj manager Dan Petrescu, made eight changes to his side’s starting line-up on Sunday to ensure his team were in peak condition for the Europa League.  That decision resulted in a defeat that cost Cluj top spot in the league.  The former Chelsea player’s methods are not universally liked by the team’s supporters.

Those concerns will fade into the distance if they manage to eliminate Rennes and Lazio and reach the Europa knockout rounds.

Tom Rogic signed shirt raffle for Celtic FC Foundation – FINAL DAY!!

The Celtic squad wore a special shirt for last month’s league game against Motherwell, bearing the Celtic FC Foundation Christmas Appeal logo instead of the normal Dafabet logo on the front, and the words “Christmas Appeal” on the back, instead of the Magners logo.

Tom Rogic’s signed shirt from that day is available for raffle.  Each donation of £10 or more will be entered into a draw, which will take place on Friday 13 December.  The shirt will be posted on Monday 16th (or available for collection at the Hibs game on Sunday 15th).

The Celtic FC Foundation do incredible work throughout the world all year round, but their work with those most in need in the winter months, and for children and families coping with chronic poverty, can give warmth, nourishment, self-respect and  human compassion that some people struggle to find.  All donations go straight to the Foundation.

This is why Celtic exists.  You can enter here at JustGiving.  The competition closes tomorrow, good luck and thank you!!

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  1. Apologies Kikinthenakas!

     

     

    For some reason ‘CADDINGTONCOMMON’ wasn’t pasted at the top – who my post was directed at.

     

     

    Great name btw – yours not CADDINGTONCOMMON – who I have never seen posting on here before…

  2. Fair enough Philboy, just haven’t noticed him myself. I look forward to hearing who he is referring to as JC’s ‘bedfellows’.

  3. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    HOT SMOKED on 12TH DECEMBER 2019 1:59 PM

     

    “macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 12th December 2019 1:34 am

     

     

     

     

    ‘WHERE did socialism work ?

     

     

     

     

    Gimme a list.

     

     

     

     

    OK. Just one place.’ ”

     

     

     

     

     

     

    People often ask that question. Less often , if at all, do people ask `Where did Capitalism work?`.

     

     

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    In all the countries in the world to which people are dying ( literally ) to come to.

     

     

    Q. What do they know that you don`t ?

  4. CELTIC: Gordon; Bauer, Bitton, Jullien, Bolingoli; Ntcham, Robertson, Morgan; Johnston, Griffiths, Sinclair.

     

    Subs: Hazard, Taylor, Bayo, Ajer, Forrest, Savoury, Dembele.

  5. jinkyredstar ‘Frimpong Merrily on High’ on

    Savoury is a crisp passer of the ball and a great link man, he will have the opposition on toast😀

  6. TIMALOY29 on 12TH DECEMBER 2019 2:32 PM

     

    I suppose you could have MJ at number 10 and Sinclair on the left…

     

     

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    Might have been right.

     

     

    Though maybe Morgan is playing off Griff. We will see.

  7. !!BADA BING!! on 12TH DECEMBER 2019 4:36 PM

     

    CELTIC: Gordon; Bauer, Bitton, Jullien, Bolingoli; Ntcham, Robertson, Morgan; Johnston, Griffiths, Sinclair.

     

     

    Subs: Hazard, Taylor, Bayo, Ajer, Forrest, Savoury, Dembele.

     

     

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    Shved will be acting salty after being left out

  8. Good to see some of the bhoys get much needed game time.

     

     

    Remember too that this Cluj side are a bunch of cheating diving bassa’s, so be careful Celts!

  9. If only shved had been given the number seven jersey …pistol missed a good opperchancity there 😂😂😂😱

  10. Kikinthenakas

     

     

    Well said that man.anyone but the Tory dolt.

     

     

    Missed you on Friday at bv.nae dj :-))Richie showing pics of you all at Rod gig.good time by looks of it.

     

    :-)

     

    HH

  11. AT

     

    Was brilliant at Rod…great night.

     

    Sorry I didn’t make it Friday would have been good to get a catch up

     

    Kikinthenakas 🍀

  12. Emilio :

     

    `It’s a shame what Olimpia have done and how referees have helped them this season.

     

     

    “The league here will never improve if this keeps happening. I spent 10 years in Scotland and this kind of thing doesn’t exist.`

     

     

    So, we are all paranoid after all :-))

  13. Tonight’s line up v Cluj

     

    Gordon; Bauer, Bitton, Jullien, Bolingoli; Ntcham, Robertson, Morgan; Johnston, Griffiths, Sinclair.

     

    Subs: Hazard, Taylor, Bayo, Ajer, Forrest, Savoury, Dembele.

  14. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Wait a minute, Scott Sinclair’s playing!

     

     

    I thought he’d been ‘frozen out’ and would be due ‘bonus payments for playing a certain number of games’??

     

     

    I’m sure this is true,so Sinclair must still be under the number of games required to trigger a bonus payment. Therefore I can only guess giving him a game is just toying with the poor man in the hope of forcing him out the door in January.

     

     

    This reeks of Peter Lawell. I reckon he forced Neil Lennon to play him.

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