Elfsborg, Columba Club, clubs who pay their way


Assuming Celtic hold onto their three goal lead over Cliftonville they will almost certainly face Elfsborg in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. The script is written for Elfsborg striker and current Celtic employee, Mo Bangura, to score his first goal at Celtic Park, while it is another tie for Henrik Larsson to politically wish both of his former clubs the best of luck.

Elfsborg are five points off the pace after 16 games in the Swedish league. Happy with the draw.

It’s the Columba Club, Blantyre, tonight for Paul McConville, Phil Mac Giolla Bhain and myself for what is sure to be another thoroughly enjoyable Question and Answer. Proceedings get underway at 19:30, tickets available at the door.

See you there.

At the turn of the century then St Johnstone chairman, Geoff Brown, told the world his club would rather suffer relegation than indulge in the financial craziness which was then going on in Scottish football.  Relegation soon followed, creating its own financial problems for St Johnstone, while others, most notably for Saints, Dundee, paid over 100% of turnover in player wages.

What do you do when your direct competitors are acting like lunatics, when remaining competitive requires you to behave likewise?  I remember feeling frustrated for Brown and St Johnstone fans.  They did the right thing but suffered as a consequence.

Yesterday’s win, away to Ronsenborg, who are 16 games into their league programme and top of the table, was among the most impressive by a Scottish club in Europe in the last 25 years.  This is a well-run club.  In the last six years they have lost Owen Coyle, Derek McInnes and Steve Lomas, all cherry-picked by better-funded, but not better-organised English clubs, but their progress continues.  Coyle was taken before he reached the Premier League, McInnes won promotion and Lomas reached Europe.  Tommy Wright has now made an impact in Europe within six weeks of being appointed.

Still a lot of work to do next week, Rosenborg will arrive in Perth capable of winning the game, but the scene is set for a special night’s football.

The Celtic Charity Five-a-side tournament takes place on Saturday, 12 October (an international weekend) at Lennoxtown (where the scouts are based, this could be your big chance!!). If you can get a seven player squad together and think you can raise £40-per-head for charity, get your application in now. Ages 18 and over, winners get to take a halftime bow at a subsequent home game. To sign up email janemaguire@celticfc.co.uk.
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  1. hamiltontim



    11:29 on 19 July, 2013





    Might make it this evening what time do proceedings commence?



    Apologies for yesterday I was burst and ended up falling asleep for 4 hours!!!

  2. HT.


    Whenever P67 turns up. He likes to listen to the orcs on his way to the club . 8)..



    Il be in about 7.30…

  3. HT.


    6.30 I meant. The oldtim won’t be happy with your non appearance yesterday..

  4. Paul67 is correct – St Johnstone have done well last night. A well-run club, Scotland needs more of them.

  5. From the Wee Reds website…



    Cliftonville will face Elfsborg (Sweden) or FK Daugava (Latvia) in the Third Qualifying Round of the Champions League if they can become the first European visitors to secure a four-goal victory at Celtic Park on Tuesday night…

  6. The dates for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League are scheduled for July 30/31, and August 6/7. Further details on fixture dates, venues and kick-off times to follow.




  7. minceyheidman



    11:32 on 19 July, 2013





    Get the mail yet?


    Sent last Friday.






    Not long delivered by the postman but had an appointment so just back in.



    Many, many thanks mate there really was no need but anytime you’re over again just let me know if I can help.



    Take care and God bless.

  8. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    paddybhoy1888. Cheers for that.



    If you get a chance while in the Murcia are get a round in at Hacienda Del Alamo, its a monster and beautiful course.



    I thought you already were a pro at the bevyin!!!!




    HH Bruv

  9. Mo will surely not feature in the tie – will he?



    If he was on loan to a Scottish club he would not play.



    Not sure what the UEFA ruling on this is ‘tho.




  10. HT good to see you are home safe and well but “tired and emotional” as Eamonn Dunphy put it after his excesses. Any idea how much the event this evening is and how long it lasts?



    You missed the sweat box 6 a sides last night , that was a good shout

  11. Will we meet?


    Celtic to Belfast, Legia to Wrexam.


    Celtic to Boras (Elfsborg) in Sweden, Legia to Molde in Norway.

  12. Hamiltontim



    Not much pal but just a wee something to say thanks for last year as we had a ball in the Pheonix.



    Once a Celt….Always a Celt.

  13. Canamalar1



    Many thought Harald was a dud (apart from THAT goal obviously), and he came back to bite us on the old posterior

  14. .





    11:43 on


    19 July, 2013




    Fiver at the door.


    Usually finishes about 11 although bar open till 12






    I’m sure l was there till 2am the Last time we were there..;-)




  15. BT



    I know I was going to call him but I’m worried about the scolding he’ll give me!!

  16. minceyheidman



    11:46 on 19 July, 2013



    Honestly you are welcome and thank you again.



    Hail Hail

  17. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Harald was not a dud.



    He may have been a square peg in a round hole at Celtic [not the first, not the last] but he could play.



    And he can fly all kinds of aircraft.

  18. reiperman,


    It was aimed at everyone who considers Mo a dud, me I don’t think he got a fair crack before the boo boys had him in a pub team.


    However like Lennybhoy, I don’t think we should fret, but unlike Lennybhoy I trust last seasons team to continue our European adventures

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