Maribor slight favourites


Celtic will face Maribor from Slovenia in the Champions League play-off round.  Maribor, of course, played a critical part in the death of Rangers, when they eliminated Ally MsCoist’s team from Europe a few months after Craig Whyte took over from Sir David Murray.  Having heard the 6-1 aggregate result against Legia, they are already celebrating the draw.

Maribor gave Wigan two hard games in last season’s Europa League, winning their home tie and causing the FA Cup holders more trouble than expected in England.  They progressed to the knock out round before going out 4-3 on aggregate to Sevilla – a feat Celtic would not have been capable of. Right now, they should be slight favourites.

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  1. Someone already posted.


    It’s Monday night. 1 more can be added 24 hours before the first game.




  2. *********Celtic Breaking Signing News************



    Celtic re-sign Zadok the priest!




  3. Snake Plissken on




    It would be useful to have back up in and ready and on the bench (and registered properly) so as by the second leg we have more options.

  4. Just thinking perfect player for a CL play off



    A player that suits left flank of a fast paced 4-3-3 formation



    Sammy it’s time to come home ….

  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    no excuses



    12:04 on 8 August, 2014



    Bless you …..!!!!

  6. Just back from a night oot wi the social club and shocked to hear we are in the CL qualifier. Happy for Celtic though we didn’t deserve it, gutted for Legia Warsaw who should be there. Stupid but def not Huns. I was in Slovenia recently had a look at Maribor town as we passed on our way to Budapest. Nice folk in Slovenia. Can’t believe they can have a better football team than Celtic. Major break here hoops. Get through and sign some quality players and who knows. Crazy. Hail Hail

  7. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    In fairness they broke the rules, and with 4 minutes remaining we could easily have scored a try and conversion




  8. Cheers LB



    Might have some movement over the weekend then although it might make matters worse.Maybe better concentrating on making the squad we have into a team that can compete for the first game.




  9. The first item on the agenda for the True Blue Henning Berg Loyal is



    What do we call ourselves now?

  10. Livibhoy and any others,


    Bookies will pay out on celtic to qualify, but not on 3-0,bets paid on 90 minute result

  11. The dog’s about to take me for a walk so I’m away out with a (slight) skip in my step.

  12. setting free the bears for Res. 12 & Oscar Knox but saying no to CQN racists



    They should have been flung out for that hair do alone :)




  13. This tie cannot and will not go ahead.


    It just can’t.


    Legia will appeal and be rightly reinstated.


    They took us to the cleaners.


    A guy comes on in error with 88 mins played and leading 6-1, and we are going thru.


    I can’t be right. It isn’t right.

  14. Snake Plissken on

    Phil MacGiollaBhain ‏@Pmacgiollabhain 24s


    I hope Celtic have all the UEFA paperwork completed for Declan Sanchez in time for the Maribor games….




  15. Auldheid



    Soooooo ur saying we should have a banner thanking the Maribor fans?




  16. glendalystonsils on



    12:15 on


    8 August, 2014


    Cheers LB



    Might have some movement over the weekend then although it might make matters worse.Maybe better concentrating on making the squad we have into a team that can compete for the first game.






    Maybe we could hire Merlin.

  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    tom mclaughlin



    11:44 on 8 August, 2014



    No, we unfurl the flag on 16th against utd

  18. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I dont think it will make a difference if Celtic sign a couple of players before the first leg with Maribor as they would not have a great deal of time to get to know our players and settle in.I hope this let off does not paper over the cracks that we need to get rid of a fair few players who are not Celtic class and start a complete rebuild wither Rony should be allowed to rebuild the team is up to the board. H.H.

  19. Bhoylo83



    As I walked away from the pub after watching us go out to Sion and hearing the Maribor result I turned to my lad and said That’s them fd!


    I never got around to thanking Maribor though just karma.

  20. pauloantony


    11:28 on


    8 August, 2014


    playing a SUSPENDED player is a huge mistake… not a chance of getting the decision overturned



    As with God, with UEFA allthings are possible.

  21. South Of Tunis on

    Lazy journalisn



    Online version of La Gazzetta Dello Sport



    ” Celtic re admitted ”



    ” Celtic submitted an appeal “.



    ” UEFA granted the appeal “

  22. Go tell the Spartim on

    Declan Sanchez, its a Daily Mash article on Celtic making up a player called Declan Sanchez who scored the 3 goals in our 3 nil win over legia

  23. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    One wonders how many dugs will be kicked today?


    Legia owe it to their fans to appeal, not to do so would be remiss of them BUT the outcome will remain the same.

  24. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Bhoylo83. Scott Brown started jogging this week and might make the second game if he doesnt break down.I also think he would make a big difference to our timid team.H.H.

  25. cliftonville celt from belfast on

    CELTIC has invented a fictional hero to take credit for the three goals it never scored.



    The club was awarded a completely made-up 3-0 Champions League qualifying victory over Legia Warsaw after the Polish team accidentally fielded an invincible football robot for two minutes of injury time.



    Now the Glasgow club has honoured the achievement by awarding the goals to the fictional attacking midfielder, Declan Sanchez.



    A club spokesman said: “Declan is a working class boy from Galway whose grandfather was an Argentinian human rights activist and a close friend of Che Guevara.



    “Declan joined Celtic at the age of seven after being spotted by Kenny Dalglish, adopted by Charlie Nicholas and trained by Henrik Larsson. When he is not creating and scoring magnificent goals he writes poetry about imperialist oppression.



    “And he has the voice of an angel.”

  26. The manager said in an interview last week that he was trying to get players in and I guess with the news today he will continue with his plan to get players in, wether they will play any part in Maribor is another question, only Maradonna would have made a difference to Celtic’s performance on Wednesday..



    Let’s hope these two weeks see some match fitness and squad togetherness for what will become Celtic’s biggest game for quite some time!



    The thought of us playing as badly as we did against Legia doesn’t bear thinking about.

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