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Expect the manager and team to both be ready

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It is time for our seasonal reminder: the first competitive fixture of a new season is statistically more akin to a lottery than a predictable event; in evidence, we have Lincoln Red Imps and Artmedia Bratislav, two teams who won as significant underdogs against Celtic.

Season 2019-20 starts tonight in a field in Bosnia, where local champions, Sarajevo, attempt to record what would be one of the most significant victories in their history.

Neil Lennon has some decisions to make, particularly in defence, where Christopher Jullien and Boli Mbombo could make their debuts, the latter in the absence of Kieran Tierney, who is still recovering from an operation in May.

The heat has relented in Sarajevo and across Europe from the heights recorded last week, so it will be more like a balmy Glasgow evening than an oven for the Celtic players.  Importantly, Neil Lennon has been through a few experiences like this.  He will remember the pain of defeats European competition at the hands of Utrecht (4-0) and Braga (3-0) in his first season in charge of Celtic.

Expect the manager and the team to both be ready this time.

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  1. Remember the days when the first Euro qualifier used to be a cakewalk….Tonight has all the makings of a tough tie…Watching the Sarejavo news just now they appear to be decorating a truck with flowers in a memorial type event..who knows what that is all about.?…the war?.

     

    Anyway I will be happy if we do not lose tonight.

     

    Team selection seems strange [at the back] but predictable going forward.

     

    I do not like to see French Eddie up front on his own but maybe tonight is the night he works harder.

  2. jinkyredstar on

    Catching the end of the Sevco game – there is an Irish guy, maybe Tom English, in ecstasy as he breathily praises the superstars who are destroying Barcelona!

     

     

    Oh wait a minute!

  3. New season

     

    New day

     

    Work to be done

     

    History to be made

     

    Hail Hail

     

    Celtic

  4. Got a feeling this is going to be one hell of a test.

     

    Play well tonight boys and we can set ourselves up for a great european season.

     

    did not expect it to look so partisan and proper.

     

    mon the hoops

  5. Fool Time Whistle on

    KO but my picture is mince.

     

     

    Celtic TV is mince as well.

     

     

    No 1 on St Stivs list

     

     

    My only podium ever.

  6. BHOYLO83

     

     

    ………not surprised if your right, the abuse he gets.

     

     

    Some peepul don’t know when they’re well off.

  7. Tobago Street on

    Home support noisy, still all Celtic. Sarajevo on the b real great save Bain. Should have been offside

  8. BHOYLO83 on 9TH JULY 2019 6:46 PM

     

    No live updates?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Think Paul is beginnin to lose heart in this

     

     

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    maybe does not know you have to loginagain to post an update

  9. Ajer is not a full back play players in their position..bitton is mf . Easton is a full back..if he can’t play against this team then sell him…and don’t sell lustig

  10. Not much happening, players slipping on both teams. They are very deep and compact.

  11. that pitch someone is going to get hurt.

     

     

    rainy nights , umbrellas up, away in europe, allways reminds me of any visits we had behing the iron curtain

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