With Lionel Messi and Barcelona focussed on winning their final group game against Benfica tomorrow night Celtic must achieve a better result against Spartak Moscow than Benfica manage at the Camp Nou to progress to the latter stages of the Champions League.
Aiden McGeady has suffered a recurrence of a pennate muscle tendon injury and is doubtful. Georgian creative midfielder, Jano Ananidze, is also out injured, while coach Valery Karpin is under pressure to axe Argentine defenders Juan Insaurralde and Nicolas Pareja after both picked up red cards on Friday night against Zenit. The Russian media have also turned on Dutch midfielder Demy De Zeeuw, who was at least partially culpable for the Zenit defeat. Celtic could face a more cohesive Russian team tomorrow, although perhaps without some of their more talented players. Who this troubles most remains to be seen.
Reading (and writing) Celtic Quick News you learn of the thousands of actions Celtic fans take in order to assist others or alleviate pain and distress. In aggregate these actions can and do move mountains.
Yesterday it was announced that one of our family, Rod Stewart, is donating proceeds of his new single, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, to the Celtic Charity Fund and Teenage Cancer Trust to fight this horrible disease and assist those afflicted by it.
The single will be available for download from this Sunday, 9 December. It offers you and me the opportunity to raise awareness – and funds – on a level we would otherwise never be able to achieve. Charity is part of your job as a Celtic fan. On this occasion, on aggregate, we can have an enormous impact.
Still looking for tickets for tomorrow night?
You can email an auction bid for two Wee Oscar Write Bands, each comes with a free ticket to Celtic v Spartak Moscow. Send an email with your bid to email@example.com. Competition closes at 20:00 GMT tonight.
You can buy the CQN Annual at the Cathedral House Hotel before the game tomorrow night. The Hotel are organising a lift to the game too!
We’ll pick up on the SFA president once the more important matters are out of the way.