It’s all about Pot 3


Celtic have a strategic problem.  The great Neil Lennon European campaign of 2019 is slipping from our coefficient status, and we have done little of note since.  Neil’s team are the only Celtic side to win a European group, finishing above Lazio, Rennes and Cluj.  Four wins, a draw and defeat in a dead rubber in Romania required some breathtaking performances.

If we are to continue at the Continent’s top table, we need to get back to winning games in Europe.  This is remarkably difficult in the Champions League, although Neil and Gordon Strachan had a formula.  Thier teams defended, played to their strengths and gave us some of the most memorable Celtic games in the last 50 years.

Brendan Rodgers and Ange Postecoglou changed all that.  Pragmatism was sacrificed for purity as record heavy defeats arrived in droves.  It remains to be seen what learning has been achieved.

The threats and opportunities within this afternoon’s pots are not evenly distributed.  We could get Manchester City or Feyenoord from Pot 1, Inter or Porto from Pot 2, Milan or Red Star from Pot 3.  There are five current or previous European Champions in Pots 1 and 2, three in Pot 3 and we are the only one in Pot 4.  Liverpool, Juventus and Ajax didn’t make the cut.

If it’s Feyenoord and Porto, fair enough, let’s see what we can do, but for me, the draw is all about Pot 3.  That is where we are most likely to find a team with comparable resources and challenges, and therefore collect some points.

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  1. Anthony Joseph




    Celtic are in talks with Benfica to sign central midfielder Paulo Bernardo.



    It’s understood the negotiations are centred around a loan deal, with an option to buy.



    Bernardo, 21, has four years left on his current contract.



    Benfica are looking for a sizeable sell-on clause.

  2. Celtic Football Club




    🆕 #WelcomeNat! 🙌



    Liverpool FC defender Nat Phillips joins #CelticFC on loan until January 2024 – subject to international clearance ✍️



    Welcome to Celtic, Nat! 🍀

  3. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Oh this is exciting



    A four article day.



    Assume you’ll post a reaction to the draw Pablo



    which will see us to c.10 pm?



    Then fourth of four – our business is complete

  4. Tom McLaughlin on

    Reading back, noticed a couple of posters lamenting our “missing out” on signing Porteous from Hibs.



    Ange wanted Porteous during the 2022 summer window. During season 2021/22 Celtic carried-out due diligence on the player and reported back to Ange, who promptly dropped his interest.



    I remember Ange in an interview explaining that it’s not just about skill and ability when he is considering signing a player. He said it’s also about discipline and personality. “If I don’t think a player will fit in, or does not have the right attitude,” said Ange. “I’m not interested, no matter how good he might be.”

  5. TONTINE TIM on 31ST AUGUST 2023 4:00 PM



    our training in St Eunan’s involved learning the mass in Latin and serving the private 8.00am daily mass said in Latin. Our curate said a daily Latin mass in every parish right up until he died. He finished up doing the Latin mass in St Mary’s Calton- Fr Hugh N Boyle.


    If you didn’t learn the Latin you didn’t get to complete the training and there were maybe a dozen or so each year that did.

  6. “SID on 31ST AUGUST 2023 12:44 PM


    The policy of our board doesn’t allow us to compete, are you not learning anything?”



    Ah, so it is the `policy of our Board` ? Nothing to do with money at all then,

  7. CONEYBHOY on 31ST AUGUST 2023 4:07 PM



    Apparently, Nat Phillips is going out with Liam Gallagher’s daughter.



    *Liam John Paul Gallagher spent a lot of time over in Mayo if my memory serves me well both him and his brother like us

  8. BASHI-BAZOUKS on 31ST AUGUST 2023 4:34 PM


    TONTINE TIM on 31ST AUGUST 2023 4:00 PM




    our training in St Eunan’s involved learning the mass in Latin and serving the private 8.00am daily mass said in Latin.



    *St Onions as we called them used tae play against them for St Kessogs on that horrible ash pitch on Clyde Street

  9. CONEYBHOY on 31ST AUGUST 2023 4:00 PM


    St Stivs







    why are Celtic not paired with anyone?






    hahahah, i see what you did there.



    If only 2nd Rangers had qualified for the good of scottish fitbaw

  10. I expect CQN has many old altar boys.



    I was also an altar boy at St Eunans, main task being torch bearer.



    As regards priests, father Sheridan and father Bartholomew Burns are most memorable.



    Good afternoon all from the Georgic.


    12 midday for a few beers tomorrow at the Shipbank. No riff raff please. Ffs I’ll be there masel. 🙄”



    Even if you are ( there masel) there will still be riff raff .

  12. Tonight matthew I am supporting aberdeen, as qualification for Europa would mean the 2nd huns have to share the tv pot with them, costing 700k.



    every little helps.

  13. Well well,Big Wavy advocating we play at least 3 “Projects” on Sunday !!!!!!!!!.


    “You win nothing with kids.”

  14. St Mungo’s, Garthamlock for me. Late 50’s to mid sixties.



    First priest was Fr Murray, I think.



    Lovely memories..

  15. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Excellent work not only getting Ajeti out the door but also for a fee. Honestly don’t see the attraction of him to a new club, mugs 😁

  16. bigrailroadblues on

    Hot Smoked 4.43


    Well I must say J, a most hurtful comment. Not. Ya auld git. 😂

  17. I was the school goalkeeper and I’m convinced, still have some of that ash under my hips and knees!

  18. playing champs league , europa cup and scottish football with current left back’s in just asking for it! its thee biggest weakness in the team and i’m hoping we fix it in this window

  19. Garngad to Croy on

    My dream Away Day Draw !



    Seville , Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade. (we can but dream)

  20. The boys guild team played on the ash pitch of OHR until St Columba’s was built and we moved to their red ash pitch.



    The school played their home games at New Kilbowie Park, home of Clydebank juniors at the time.