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. As the draw progressed I though A would be ok , but when it was down to the last 2 then E was the better option

  2. 3rd team focus



    Lazio – 2 games, 2 defeats this season



    Go buy Forster & Julien now !!




  3. Feyenord – 3 games, 1 win, 2 draws, 6th place



    Not even looking at Athletico……




  4. Garngad to Croy on

    A few good away days , Rotterdam, Madrid and Rome (the famous Glasgow Celtic when to Rome see the Pope)

  5. Second last season Lazio have started poorly this. Two defeats to middle table teams. They sold their best player and have signed a few to replace him who aren’t as good (yes I know)



    They are struggling to integrate new players and Immobile is showing his age.

  6. bigrailroadblues on

    I’ve told Mrs BRRB I’m going to all 3 away games. Now homeless and requiring hospital treatment. She’s no sense of humour.

  7. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    lazio have lost their opening 2 games in Serie A………..2-1 away at Lecce and 0-1 at home to Genoa.

  8. Early form – we’ve lost away to Killie and drawn at home to bottom side St J


    Wouldn’t take much notice yet

  9. Lazio are very inconsistent. Catch them on a couple of bad nights and we could get decent results, but they’re also capable of beating most teams



    at least we have 5 games where we should be competitive

  10. I can see us finishing bottom of the group but I think we’ll compete. I don’t see any tankings for us facing these sides which wasn’t the case with some of the other groups. 4 points is my hope.



    P67 probably correct in terms of football after Christmas in getting a nice third pot team but that said, I was eager to avoid any 5 or 6 goal beatings which I don’t see coming in this group.



    It’s a good draw.

  11. Signing a top keeper before tomorrow night would be my number one priority. Won’t happen but it should have been at the top of the list in my opinion.

  12. Snake Plissken on

    Could have been better, could have been worse.



    Feyenoord and Lazio we can compete with.



    I would love us to give Athletico a defeat. Horrible club and horrible history with us.



    THREE great nights at home await (hopefully). At least Feyenoord’s fans are not Ajax fans.