Kazakhstan CL ticket for Celtic


Celtic will play Shakhtyor Karaganda from Kazakhstan in the Champions League play-off round.  Shakhtyor are 22 games into their league season but are 12 points off the pace, so are unlikely to add to their two Kazak titles.

They lost 3-2 away to Skënderbeu Korçë of Albania after a 3-0 home win to reach this stage but eliminated Bate Borisov in the earlier round.

Everyone at Celtic will be delighted to know that St Patrick’s Athletic, from Ireland, eliminated Shakhtyor from the 2011-12 Europa League, overturning a 2-1 deficit to win the home game 2-0.

There is 16 hours of flight time between Celtic and Shakhtyor, not counting refuelling, so the journey will be for the hardy, but as a ticket to Champions League riches, they don’t come much better.

One to keep an eye on, five years ago Shakhtyor were briefly disqualified from league football for match fixing……..
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  1. 16 hours! Think I’ll give this one a miss……might go to away game tho….haha…


    Bring it on……




  2. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    We can do this but with travel etc, it will be hard. How are Skakhter placed in their League and how good is their current form? Do any of our students of football know? Would love to find out.

  3. Karagandy of Kazakhstan….bloody hell that’s me officially worried. With the flight time, lack of proper investment in the squad and a possible plastic pitch…god knows there might even be a wind blowing against us (sorry that’s TFPL’s excuse) we are doomed. I off work today so pitch fork sharpened and tourch in hand l’m off to the car park see you there bhoys.

  4. Feck!



    Short straw for Celtic.



    Kazakhstan is in Central Asia. 16 hours to get there, including stopovers?!



    The team will need to leave a week early!



    Karaganda is as far east as Lahore in Pakistan!







  5. Where is all this crap about travel being an issue coming from? It’s 2013 not 1913.



    And if it were an issue, don’t they have to travel the same distance?

  6. 79caps



    I have seen that as well, but he plays for Southampton



    Come on Celtic







  7. gordybhoy64



    Sorry it took so long to get back to you



    Met a couple of Scots lads but no one form


    Clydebank the old home town



    Hail Hail

  8. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Kazakhstan is 5 hours ahead of us. Current time there is 4:22pm. So kick off BST should be 12:45am.

  9. traditionalist88 on

    Tom McL



    Aye, if a few extra hours on a plane is the price to pay for what should be a more straightforward task football wise, bring it on.



    How much are 3 match packages for the group stage?!




  10. squire danaher on

    John o Neil



    Sorry m8, Karagandy no mugs if the beat BATE H& A



    More encouragingly – having led 3-0 after 1st leg v albanians they found themselves level on aggregate after 29 mins of the 2nd leg having conceded 2 penalties



    Keep tie within reach and do them at CP



    Mistake to think we are playing a shower of hicks

  11. roy croppie



    I love that clip…



    Bhoys it’s a plane ride away, first class seats, professional players, it’s their job, they’re not walking to Santiago!!

  12. Nothing too worrying about the draw.



    From the last thread about ways for RIFC to make money, this one made me laugh…



    – Half time sprint. 40 fans run length of the pitch. Fans can bet on the winner. Good cash for the club”



    They do know halftime only lasts 15 minutes, right?

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