Europa door ajar for Celtic


When we drew Maribor I wrote about their performance in last season’s Europa League, when they were eliminated by eventual winners, Sevilla.  Our man, Blaz, in Slovenia, also warned me that this was a settled team who had improved since ending Rangers’ interest in European football three years ago.

I watched Red Bull Salzburg destroy Ajax in Amsterdam last season with some sublime football, and my pal in Austria tells me not to put too much store in their 3-0 humbling by Malmo, who, apparently, rode their luck to an incredible degree.  Having said that, on the balance of probabilities, they are by far the top seed we would have chosen.

As Croatia Zagreb, Dinamo Zagreb bossed Celtic out of the Champions League play-off round in 1998, our first attempt at the tournament.  Zagreb’s stock has fallen since, so while you could make a good case to suggest we are far from ready to tackle any European team right now, this is a good draw.  They are also not Legia Warsaw, which would have been an unwelcome confrontation at this time.

So far, so good.  Then we draw a complete unknown from pot 4, who happened to eliminate Lyon in the last round.

Between now and the middle of next month Celtic have to be ready for these challenges.  We have an opportunity to progress in the Europa League, earn some badly needed coefficient points, and revenue in the second half of the season.

Bring it on.

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  1. Geordie Munro






    About 5 mins for me and no appointments tomorrow so looking forward to a guid weekend.

  2. charliemac



    See Ambrose at the maribor goal.



    I hope he hands his wages over to a charity.

  3. themightyquinn


    14:58 on


    29 August, 2014





    Real Tims vote NO



    Didn’t think any proper Tims would ever consider voting for a Fat sleekit Jambo for anything



    Jist an observation.



    Another observation.



    The Nats say that voting NO will endanger Scotland’s place in Europe cause the Tories/UKIP will win the election and go for a referendum to withdraw.



    Surely, if we Scot’s are careless enough to vote for Independence then it’s wheeech, out of Europe we go………and the Spanish (for one) says they will not vote us back in.

  4. Go tell the Spartim on

    Awe Naw,



    I often thought it would be a good idea for a general supporters fund to fight our corner on all matters, sure as hell the PLC wont.



    A poster made the point, patronising point really, that true Celtic supporters with the clubs best interests at heart would be happy with the current strategy, whereas he shouldve said with the PLC’s best interests at heart.



    For those scaremongering about going into administration, unlike the huns, there are people out there who wouldnt let that happen, they’re called the supporters

  5. charles kickham on

    Super swally spits the dummy at press conference and says he’ll walk out if asked any money questions – funny or what

  6. South Of Tunis on

    Apricale .



    Not my vote,not my problem —–but I am not convinced that an Independent Scotland will be allowed to use the £. If Salmond is so convinced that Plan A is the one why was he asking for a mandate to negotiate a currency union .?..



    Most people I know intend to Vote No( for economic reasons / a loathing of Nationalism etc ) ——— I dont think any of them could be described as Labour ass lickers



    Gotta go .

  7. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Go tell the Spartam,



    I am prepared to donate a ST and yearly merchandise worth per year.




  8. Bawsman,




    I think some will be thankful you ain’t heading the ‘no’ campaign.

  9. Gary Hooper to Crystal Palace? How we could do with him back, wee Stokes would improve also.

  10. Philbhoy






    Pleased tae greet ye.




    Ah hiv Efe, pegged fur the Boot..



    Alang wi




    Mulgrew, Commons, Stokesy..n… a Host of Ithers.. too Numerous tae Quote.



    Yes.. Efe,is a Walkin . Time Bomb….wan that Kin Go aff in yer Haun.. if Ye dinna



    Throw it tae Hell, Away!



    Ah am gled that Ye Noticed.. tae.



    This Team is Seriously… Under Mined..



    Too Miny Guys, not Contributing…



    Ah hiv Faith the Ronny, hiz the Moxy..n the Guts.. tae


    Clean oot the Parkheid Stables..






    Folk , wull get aff his Back… And Gie Him the Chance..n the Time



    tar dae The Needful.



    Nice Chatting, as Alwiz ,pal..






  11. Any CQN bhoys (or ghirls) fancy a few beers this evening in Glasgow myself and a cpl of others will be in the Blane Valley from around 4(ish) if anyone fancies a beer and moan about Celtic etc please feel free to join us…. :-)




  12. Kojo



    Agree, however, we are running out of time to offload the dross.



    Mibbe a few season long loans Heart/Hibs perchance?

  13. Bawsman



    well at least you are aptly named if nothing else.



    The new big issue. It’s because of the team I support. Seriously! think the word for female genitalia comes to mind.



    Spain?! Seriously. The big country also fighting to hold on hand and foot to a Country it has overpowered for centuries. Go give me peace and gee your B… a scratch Man.




    MWD says AYE

  14. Turkeybhoy



    “but god help the Labour ass lickers after the vote.”



    Yes, I believe it will be absolutely devastating.



    Apparently, I will never be invited to an Edinburgh-based dinner party ever again!!!



    Do these heartless Nats not realise that this will mean close to 0% of my social diary absolutely ruined. Oh! The horror! The horror!



    I might have to hand back my Proclaimers CD too but I’d have to buy one first.

  15. Hooper is unsettled!!!



    I’m unsettled too but working my socks off to make sure my mortgage gets paid next week.



    He’s a chancer..

  16. South of Tunis



    By voting for independence I am giving him a mandate to negotiate on all things. mainly due to the No mob refusing pre-negotiations which could have us halfway if not full way doen the road to agreement on many issues. Bat Naw, that would have left them with NO FEAR to push.



    As for the pound. With or without agreement it will be used. With or without paying our share of national debt. At least we are looking to pay our share to gain access to our £.



    Honestly! Does no one actually listen.




    Oh, theres a YES argument on an issue. Oh that’ll be pash. i’m not listening, reading accepting.



    MWD says AYE

  17. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    You can buy a share in the rangers for the price of a empty ginger bottle with 10 pence change, no a bad deal that lol

  18. Geordie



    Tonev. That was me.



    Thanks fella. So Twitter talking rubbish again.



    Who’d have thought eh ?

  19. Keyser Soze






    Pal.. Who Ur Ye..?






    Where hiv YOU bin.. Awe Ma Life?



    Thanks, Pal..



    Look.. Ah kin almost Guess..


    Heck..Ah believe Ah wull!



    Guess..that You




    Must NO be of Irish Descent..






    Ye ur No Deid set set Agin.. Awe . .AUTHORITY Figgers!



    Like the well.. Irish Ur..



    Maist Celtic Fans ur of Irish descent..






    their Genes, wulll No Allow them.. tae be .. Reasonable.. towards



    Whit they Perceive as



    GAITERED Authority… Figgers.



    It is Sheer Nonsense which Ah read oan Here Every Day… the Silly Nonsensical Attacks , by CQNers..oan Celtic Authority Figgers.



    Especially, during the Last Week or so..



    A loata Nonsense written attacking Maist of the Celtic Board n Lawwell by Authority Figger… HATERS..






    Like Ah said..



    Ah kin Understaun It.. because..






    Whit wid wan expect frum a Bunch of Irish Folk..?



    NIce chatting.. pal.






  20. I can understand Hooper’s frustration at being denied the ability to continue to rip apart the mega million pound defences that is the EPL.



    The EPL must be relieved Norwich went down.

  21. Big wavy,



    I’m only going on what Ronny said earlier;)




    #Celts for europa :)

  22. keyser soze



    14:29 on 29 August, 2014



    Any comments on fat Sally’s press conference? Did he storm out abruptly or was it edited?


    The Business monkey on BBC @ lunchtime said Sally was barkin at the money questions,then tells us they can’t show it as the BBC is banned from press gigs at Poundland.Disnae stop Rankers TV……sorry BBC ALBA throwin money at them for The Potty Training Cup,laughable.

  23. % million widny buy Hooper.



    And I’m one of them.



    copywrite TD.



    (Tommy Docherty, no Tony Donnelly)

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