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. Greek Dave


    I agree! Wee numpty of a man is grffiths! Never Celtic class, a hibees casual if ever I saw one

  2. 31003



    The medical seems to be taking about 15 hours somewhere in Paris.



    Mibbe the bhoy has got lost!

  3. magnificentseven



    16:08 on 29 August, 2014



    !!Bada Bing!!



    16:05 on



    29 August, 2014



    LG to Hibs would annoy the huns no end…:)))



    Not as much as the “New Company” going into administration and the points deduction that follows :-)



    They’ve been punished enough dontcha know?


    Seriously,what punishment will they get if it does happen? I bet it will be a retrospective/suspended sentence

  4. squire danaher on




    Ma mistake – cheers.



    Bucharest or Varna then.



    Border controls??

  5. themightyquinn


    16:11 on


    29 August, 2014




    I listened to a great debate on Newsnight (from Edinburgh) where everyone gave reasoned, intellegent and informed arguement.


    At the end of the debate someone suggested that the whole of the country become independent of London………..Everyone bought that………..Me too :-)

  6. TheMaestro



    Thanks fur the Reply.



    Sure, Hooper wid be Jist Dandy .. playing fur us.. Again… So Long as He played agin the S.P.L. Drossers..







    Let me Mak masel Clear..



    Ah am Not Interested in Bringin in Guys who are Not,



    C.L. Standard..




    Like You say.. Those kinda guys.. Usually Come at a Very High Price.



    Which,, Ah Heartily Agree..






    There ur Guys , Unknowns.. oot there, who.. Kin Turn Intae Shining Princes .. who kin Give a Very Good Account of themsels, Agin. Toap Class Opposition



    They ur Hard tae Find.. Ah know..



    But.. they do Exist.. Believe Me..



    n.. DON”T COST that First Born..of Your’s… Plus Yer Airm n A Leg.



    Young.. McGregor ,is a Great Example..of the very type of Bargain Basement



    Guys.. that Ah am Aimin At.



    This Kid.. A Twenty Wan Year old..


    Went Toe tae Toe , agin oor Recent C.L. Competition..



    He is the Kinda Guy. whom we should be Lookin fur.. when we go Ahuntin



    But, Unfortunately..up until Noo.. We Hivnae..



    fur. Who in thur Right Mind wid Go fur a Guy like.. well Pukki or Amido..or a Loat of Ithers..







    We hid Firmly in oor Mind.. That Those No Users wid Be being brought in.. tae face..



    Wi.. C.L. Opposition Mind..






    Ah think that ,Mebbe,it is Time that oor Scouting Dept, realized that they must be



    Shopping fur Guys who will CONTEND in Paisley or Greenock.



    NIce chattin ,Kid..



    As Usual.





    Still, Laughin’

  7. Joe Filippis Haircut



    16:13 on 29 August, 2014



    Davidopoulos. Griffiths doesnt represent the club well off the pitch and Anthony Stokes does ? H.H.





    Stokes is just crap.



    Doesn’t represent the club well full stop.

  8. Gene's a Bhoy's name on

    the glorious balance sheet



    Griffiths was bought from wolves -but i take your point.

  9. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Davidopoulos. We agree and then theres wee Jamsie Forrest there football players or supposed to be.Not saints.H.H.

  10. Gene's a Bhoy's name on



    Not wishing to get involved in the debate as i live in engerland but the uk staying in the eu is not a given

  11. LennonsPassion


    just booked flights to Bucharest – out 5th Nov back 7th from Luton on WizzAir for £80.



    Apparently in a taxi its £17 to Giurgiu, and just over an hour. Beer 50p a pint !!!!!

  12. Snake Plissken on

    Why would the EU who wanted Ukraine in their club want to keep Scotland out?



    Even if they did do a Norway and join EFTA.



    Problem solved.

  13. The Green Man



    Some of us are having our suspicions.



    I’m cynical enough to think that if the signing doesn’t go ahead not everyone at CP will be upset.



    Have I been on the blog to long today?

  14. I was not going overboard about young Callum in the games against Legia, yes he was ok in both games, it was just a shame his senior players just didn’t care enough, IMO.



    The two games against Maribor, I started to see a proper player, a player that was really hungry and growing ever more confident.



    Well Done Callum on getting a well deserved long contract at Celtic. I am looking forward to seeing a few more home products making it into the Celtic First Team now and cementing their places there.

  15. Is the point not that if Celtic and an EPL team both go for the same player



    the Epl team will win every time as they offer better transfer fees and better wages?



    …Shane long being an example

  16. Philbhoy



    Anything is possible after bidding for Cameron jerome…and getting a knock back as well.


    The mind boggles.




  17. Neganon2


    No accounting for the social and economic thuggery that may have given rise to the independence vote by both new/old labour and their Tory friends.


    Disengagement from the ordinary man in the street cost the tories post world war 2 just as it did Labour after its slaughter of a million iraqis a decade or so ago, opening the current pandoras box!


    .Labour are finished imo in Scotland.They get the power they betray their core, its what they do, keir hardie , denis healey broon and darling the latest of them..Anewly reinvigorated electorate in scotland thro this current debate has Labour democracy does that especially to those who say one thing to get power but do the opposite


    Hope yir well



  18. Kojo,


    Good points and I agree with you about bargains out there, we’ve had a few. However imagine your PL just now, rightly or wrongly he is getting pelters just now for not spending from the fans and guess what? We are going to panic buy again just before the window closes then all complain about them in the months ahead.

  19. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Keyser soze. That is why RD needs time to build his own team and not have Celtic supporters calling for his head.H.H.

  20. GM/an tearmann



    Cheers gents was hoping for an away tie during the October week, sadly no.

  21. Scepovic deal is done. Medical taking place in Paris for some reason. Not sure work permit situation.

  22. *Shane long being an example of the money available not of Celtic and an EPL team bidding for the same player

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