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. People need to calm down


    Win or lose today we will still win the league


    Win or lose today -tomorrow practically all of us will still be CFC supporters


    We have lost much better players than VVD and probably will in the future


    Long term we a major problem because the league is so uncompetitive


    Those who go to CP see the evidence in the areas cordoned off that used to full of fans


    Now all of a sudden people are hanging on every word that the MSSM says and that surprises me because for years most people on here wouldn’t believe it was dark outside if the press told them it was until they went out to see for themselves!


    Have mistakes been made? Yes of course they have


    My criticism of PL would be that he has left RD to dry by not bringing in people much sooner


    If we can still afford Wakaso and the Serb bhoy without CL money then why were they not signed before the qualifiers?


    Anyway enough talk for now


    C’mon the Bhoys!