Expect the manager and team to both be ready


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. Maradominic


    Don`t you think that a sensational goal is more worthy of comment than is your analysis of our central pairing?




  2. Mbombo doing Ok. Terrible weather & surface, but they are dangerous on break, All to play for but Happy enough with one all at this stage.

  3. HT Hearts 1 Celtic 1



    Tougher tie than some imagined, but Celtic’s class and fitness beginning to tell, towards


    the break.



    Bosnians taking no prisoners but for a slack moment we’d be on easy enough street.



    Like to see the subs getting a full run out



    Score prediction 1-3 Hoops CSC

  4. A wee bit suspect defensively ( more chat needed between players ) boli doing ok ,lovely finish from mikey J. Pitch cutting up and players slip sliding away .

  5. Fool Time Whistle on

    Horrible conditions & heavy pitch making some players look like Bambi (not Boli).



    We’re taking the game to them & we’ve been on wrong end of 2/3 poor ref decisions.



    Their goal – from a corner after we didn’t clear first ball & the ricochet fell to their man.



    Wonderful goal from Mikey Johnson.



    Hope he’s not injured for 2nd half.



    Bolongoli doing fine as LB.



    James Forrest chose to use outside of right foot when in front of goal – went wide.



    More goals please Celtic.

  6. Celtic will have to try and not give them to many corners their whole team are over six feet tall, but I must say that Celtic are playing well, if Boli carrie’s on like he is doing at the moment he’ll be a future star player.

  7. Decent but cautious start by both teams as they were concerned about defensive slips on this pitch.



    We slipped first and went behind- I don’t blame Jozo- he had to take it unless he hears a clear shout.



    Sarajevo played into our hands by becoming more open after they scored and we have looked likely since then.



    I am still worried about set pieces to them



    Our team is lop sided with Mbombo overlapping and Ajer not.



    Thankfully, Christie, McGregor and Johnston are a level above their opponents and most of their team mates tonight.



    I expect another cautious start by both teams and I would want ralston to appear as a proper RB- let Scott Brown cover for him when he goes forward.

  8. Some cracking forward play first half ; a wee bit composure and we score 2 or 3. Great goal.



    The one we let in was coming due to non pick up of runners by SB. If we sort ourselves defensively, we should win this

  9. Just signed in. Slept through 1st half. Recovering from cataract removal earlier.


    Posting with one eye. Conditions look poor.