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. NegAnon2



    I’m sorry if my reference to an earlier joking remark offended you. I meant no malice.


    I appreciate that you feel for our club as much as I do, but I don’t agree that the board are anti Celtic in the way you continually state.


    You are no shrinking violet when you dismiss alternative views to your own, and on the night of the 4-1 defeat in Warsaw, you actually blamed posters on here for the defeat.


    I completely agree with you that the 2 performances versus Legia were unacceptable and that Ronny may be out of his depth. The moneyball policy, as we operate it, has left our team weaker. Wanyama was a fluke which has hidden the flawed thinking. However, we cannot compete with the top teams. Recognising this isn’t defeatest; it’s realistic. Look where moonbeam thinking took der hun.


    There is a story to come out re the 5way agreement but to allege that PL is one of its architects is premature at least. I don’t believe he is chasing the bigot pound.


    Hey, we could cop for £17m if we get past Maribor, equivalent to 42000 season tickets at £400. The hun is worth nothing like that to us. Even the group stage of the EL is worth at least £5m.


    It is vital that some investment is made in the team. Let’s see who is brought in.


    I say we stick with Ronny for a season and let him try to implement his ideas. We will not win the league unless we improve dramatically, and soon.


    Being a Celtic fan is never easy but to say we should “starve them out” is definitely not the Celtic way.



  2. Anyway,






    Not that I have done a single tap of work this morning..





  3. 21-5-79


    12:43 on


    8 August, 2014





    12:39 on 8 August, 2014




    Gies piece, was ineligible, end off.






    Then why do UEFA have a rule that defines the punishment for suspension which is separate from ineligible. It’s a very clear distinction.





    Article 21 – Forfeit


    1 If a match cannot take place or cannot be played in full, the member association or club responsible forfeits the match.


    2 A match is declared forfeit if a player who has been suspended following a disciplinary decision participates in the match.


    3 A match may be declared forfeit if a player who is ineligible under the regulations of the competition concerned participates in the match, as long as the opposing team files a protest.

  4. NegAnon2



    The man actually said before the Maribor game and not everybody who posts about players and has a different view from you is making excuses for the board, so why don’t you give it a rest.



    Or is your 15 minted of fame over too quickly?

  5. Legia – hard luck? For their fans, yes


    For the club itself? No.


    Today is an example of why good lawyers are worth their weight in fees…

  6. squire danaher on




    Mitroglou cost Fulham £9m in January and has barely kicked a ball.



    He must have had more World Cup minutes than EPL !!

  7. traditionalist88 on

    There is a story to come out re the 5way agreement but to allege that PL is one of its architects is premature at least. I don’t believe he is chasing the bigot pound.





    I don’t know what Celtic are supposed to do.



    Dundee United stood tall in the no to newco debate and have had to face them twice since.



    We may have to play them too but that doesn’t mean we are chasing the bigot pound.




  8. Do Maribor have any players suspended, therefore ineligible, when they are due to line-up against us?



    If so, hope they play.




  9. .



    2 Celtic Fans have just sent me a Pic of My Favourite person in the World at Heraklion Airport Crete..



    Destination Glasgow..



    Its on My FB page..




  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Bartosz Bereszyński, Legia’s banned player, was born on July 12.



    Zombies – there’s yer proof…




  11. The question is, do we want players who look good against other SPFL teams or those who look good against us (as of last season) ?



    I’d take many of the Legia team before any of the other SPFL players.

  12. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on




    Absolutely correct.



    For god’s sake play Johansen in the middle of the park and let him be the play maker not Mulgrew. Play Griffiths up front and Commons in behind him and play James Forrest out right as he appears to be fit ( or should be ) and has experience at this level.



    The back five pick themselves.



    Charlie left mid and in the absence of Brown go with Biton.

  13. The Legia fans have been let down badly by gross incompetence by the club. However there is no injustice here, unlike the Rapid Vienna fiasco.


    In the unlikely event that their appeal is upheld, then it would be an injustice.



    At least the manager now knows we need strengthening after two poor performances, yet has progressed to guarantee European football in whichever tournament.



    I always think any new player coming into a team at short notice is a gamble,less so if they’re a proven goalscorer, but after the crap we’ve watched the past two weeks it’s more of a gamble to go with what we have. Maribor must be favourites, which is in our favour and the last game really is at ‘home’.

  14. Auldheid




    12:28 on 8 August, 2014







    We have been dealt a get out of jail free card and had better be careful how we play it.



    Losing to Maribor would not be the end of the world if we play well, but I’m afraid that if we perform like we did v Legia and get similarly humped, no amount of happy clapping will prevent heads rolling.



    For that reason alone, if it were me I’d be breaking the strategy and sign some experience with no resale value in the interests of self preservation and Celtic?



    We have the wherewithal to do so. The question is will we? What will be seen as in Celtic’s best interests?



    Any idea?



    PS will Brownie be back by then?





    Will Brownie be back? Brownie?? Ye mean BROOOOONIE?!!!! You’ve been hingin’ aboot wae too miny people that drink Skinny Latte’s and that, pal. Here’s the difference :



    The Brownie Promise.


    I promise that I will do my best,


    To be true to myself and develop my beliefs,


    To serve the Queen and my community,


    To help other people and to keep the Brownie Guide Law.




    The BROONIE Promise.


    I promise that I will give 110%


    Tae the ‘Tic and develop my skills


    Tae serve the Unseen Fenian Hand and the Best Fans In The World


    Tae help skelp the huns and keep the BROONIE Mental Code of Mayhem.



    Hope that settles the matter!




  15. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    12:45 on 8 August, 2014




    12:28 on


    8 August, 2014






    Fully agree

  16. Lunchtime teaser (a wee sneaky one coz I don’t know the answer)



    Which team got bumped up into the Europa League to replace us or is someone getting a bye.


    What then happens if (just humour me) legia win their appeal?



    Anhyoo, still waiting for the correct answer to today’s Lunchtime Quiz.



    Let’s home in a bit, the Euro debut was in the European Cup (old stylie)

  17. Geordie Munro on

    Celtic lose both legs and still go through.



    I’m sticking a fiver on Pistorius being cleared :)

  18. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    brogan rogan trevino and hogan supports oscar knox, mackenzie furniss and anyone else who fights neuroblastoma



    12:59 on 8 August, 2014








    Absolutely, it’s a no-brainer…..!!

  19. Joe Filippis Haircut @ 12:52



    For what it’s worth I can’t see Delia adopting a defensive formation and for that reason I’m sorry to say the incompatibility between his game plan the players will result in further humiliation.

  20. Well well well, talk about off the hook.



    My heart does go out to the Legia players and supporters but rules is rules!!



    Right Mr Lawell it’s time to back or sack the manager.



    My preference would be to back him and give him a chance but please don’t tie his hands behind his back.

  21. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Geordie Munro



    Don’t be daft — Pistorious doesn’t have a leg to stand on………… reaching for my coat as I type………

  22. BRTH



    Good chat….great chat you old Ashton Lane smoothie you!!!






    Has anyone ever seen Henning Berg and Agent Whyte together in the same room???



    And where’s Monaghan when you need him for some more hilarious FF updates?



    I bet they’ll have twigged that the Polish official who screwed up was most probably a left footer.


    From Poland? Who’d gave thunk it?!?






    HH jamesgang

  23. I’m putting a tenner on a rankers penalty and jambo red card tomorrow – there’s bound to be some attempt to placate them…

  24. I hope Legia realise that the two missed penalties are as much to blame for their exit as an administrative error.

  25. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I’m no sold on johansen yet, I’ve seen a fair bit and he is too inconsistent.


    Centre mid I wouldn’t be averse to a new face, a quality signing would not need time to settle in. Spotting runs and playing for them does not need time just an eye.

  26. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    sipsini, me too. Not done a stoke today. Was up and out the door this morning at 05.00 to head to the bottling plant in Renfrew to pick up 292 bottles of the good stuff. I came back home and fired up BBC news just in time to see the story of our reinstatement land.



    I’ll definitely break my rule of not listening to Clyde tonight just to hear how bitter and raging the hun is. I might even have a wee snifter or 12 of my new dram as I laugh at their concern over CFC. Just byway of a road test…….liksay:-)




    Preacepta, happy birthday big chap.

  27. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Will that clean sheet put an extra million on FF’s price tag?



    Big well done to Callum McGregor for that crucial away goal btw.