Millions on line for Celtic as CL qualifiers pivot


Sustained football success is all about the money.  Any team can do a St Johnstone, win three trophies in a decade to become Scotland’s second most decorated club in that era, but if you don’t have the income, you will revert to a lowly mean soon enough.

This season’s Champions League qualification ties, therefore, are vitally important in determining the structural advantage Celtic have over would-be rivals.

Newco opened strongly against Union Saint-Gilloise.  The Belgians, playing in front of their home fans, clearly set out a stall to inhibit the visitors and play on the counter.  This paid dividends 27 minutes in when calamitous defensive gaps allowed Union to score their first ever European goal (they lost both legs to Juventus 1-0 in their previous tie 58 years ago).

Union’s penalty clearly shocked Newco, not to mention their former players in the Premier Sports studio.  That’s not the kind of decision that goes against this team in domestic football and they were not happy seeing “rules” catch them out, which an infuriated Kenny Miller bemoaned after the game.

Long before the second goal arrived, Newco were a diminished force.  They have played only four games since last season, Union played twice as many.  The contrasting fitness was clear as the game concluded with Union creating openings that could have put the tie to bed.  This short Newco preseason looked like a potential mistake beforehand, four games is not enough to get a squad fully fit.

As it stands, Newco retain a fighting chance of qualifying for the play-off round.  If they get there, they earn a €5m bonus, plus gate money.  Failure against Union, and they go straight to the Europa League, no bonus payment and not even a play-off round to generate gate money.  If Celtic are the only Scottish team to reach the CL Group Stage, they retain the entire Scottish TV pot, which would be worth an extra €3m to Celtic.

Make no mistake, we have a real and active interest in the Champions League qualifiers.  These figures are huge factors in determining competitive outcomes in Scotland.  There is a spreadsheet somewhere in Govan that no one will open today.

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    Big Jimmy @ 5:24pm.







    Interesting article about offside pilot. Cheers







    Which media outlet published this?







    Can’t tell from the article if Celtic are dining at European football’s top table for the first time in five years ?







    Barely mentions this irrelevant fact …




    Sadly it was from the Daily Ranger.



  2. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    From a wild windy Melbourne, so much so it’s blew down some


    of our high fencing back of goals at our footy parks.


    Another task added to aul Micks routines 🥵





    As usual a late reply to your question last night, it’s wonderful


    having Celtic supporters worldwide, but difficult to answer people


    right away due to time difference, think that’s why some bhoys


    think their posts are being ignored.


    In answer to your question, no it wasn’t Plantation Yorkhill but


    the Kinning Park one where a team of mainly Tim’s held their





    Your blog name brought back many memories from over at your


    neck of the woods, some good, some sad, and some sublime.


    I served some time in the U.S Naval Yard just outside Boston on


    a huge salvage ship called the Smit Lloyd in 1999.


    We had a beautiful sail down towards the Saragossa sea past all


    the little islands with bridges to the mainland headed to a plane


    site crash next to Nantucket Island.


    The ship was full of all the government agencies and naval personnel


    as they suspected terrorism, but they were a good bunch and most


    of them had never seen an ocean before never mind sail one 😂


    The job itself with our crew working the winches and crane made us all


    very sad at the carnage a plane crash causes, but as I said there were


    good moments and one in particular always makes me smile.



    Another rough sea today, hope the government people have all taken


    their sea sickness tablets, 5-30 am better get out on deck get the gear


    rigged up ready for dredging.


    I tended to whistle a happy tune as I strolled the massive deck, up and


    down ,shackles here, winch lines rolled out there, when I heard a loud


    shout from up at the accomodation area, recognised the high heid yin


    of the FBI Boston lot “ Mick get up here “


    Thought “ I was making some noise there at this time in the morning


    I’m going to get my jotters “


    Approached him tentatively standing their with his special agent cap on


    “ Mick hear you whistling that song every morning and you know that


    was my dads favourite song come in and have a coffee “


    Now some of the oldies will remember I told that story many moons


    ago on here and I’ll let them tell what it was, if they can remember lol.


    H.H. Mick


    P.S best of luck to RON BACARDI with your treatment

  3. Re whistling


    In the film lady and the tramp the Irish policeman at the park gates is whistling – anyone know the tune.


    Back later

  4. ” EILISH ” Meaning…


    What does Eilish mean in English?


    Pledged to God


    Meaning Pledged to God. Eilish is a feminine name with Irish and Hebrew origins. A Gaelic form of the Hebrew name Elizabeth, Eilish means “pledged to God,” and makes for a unique way to share your faith with baby.

  5. GENE on 4TH AUGUST 2022 7:34 AM


    Re whistling





    In the film lady and the tramp the Irish policeman at the park gates is whistling – anyone know the tune.




    Sorry GENE Mate, but I can NOT make out the tune the Policeman is humming/whistling ?





  6. Monaco are currently 11th in La Ligue and PSV are currently 12th in the Eredivisie.



    After no games played.

  7. Philbhoy


    At 4.30 on Sunday we were bottom of the league and at 6.00 we were top – some jump 🤭

  8. Good news Ron, keep on keeping on.



    Interesting that you don’t get side effects, I thought I was quite lucky with it only being bad for a few days each cycle.



    We all seem to have something unusual happen, after radiotherapy my beard in the area has grown in with it’s natural colour and not the grey it’s been for 20 years 😀

  9. Doris Day sang a great song called ” Its Magic” in a Movie…..


    However, I preferred the version by ” BUGS BUNN”….


    ” BUGS Sang…” ” Carrots really are fine…


    You get a dozen for a DIME”..


    Its Magic”





  10. From last night



    AIPPLE on 3RD AUGUST 2022 7:45 PM




    You might enjoy using this then CONEYBHOY.


    We select weird phrases to fit into meetings.






    Aipple -Stealing that – superb!!





    JACKIEMAC on 3RD AUGUST 2022 7:33 PM


    ‘Deep dive’ is our current most mentioned horseshipe coneybhoy





    Jackiemac – as a process improvement guy, I get asked to ‘deep dive’ a lot. It’s usually a ‘belly flop’ with fancy pictures!

  11. Published in the Herald today:


    Peter Boyle


    BOYLE – Peter Peacefully, at home, on Saturday 23rd July 2022. Peter, aged 71, beloved husband of Helena (née McNicol), dear father of Helen, Kathleen, and Eileen, father-in-law of Guillaume and Xavier, and much loved Grandad of Sophia, Gabriel, and Pierre. Funeral Mass and burial have taken place in Dardilly, France.




    Thanks for posting Peter Boyles obituary in Herald



    BYM rip




  13. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    From Joe McHugh on VideoCelts



    I actually laughed out loud literally at this one



    The capitalisation below is mine, not his.



    “Five out of seven Radio Clyde EXPERTS are tipping Celtic to lose the SPFL Premiership title this season”




    I think it’s healthy for a language to evolve but if that evolution moves too fast people like me sometimes can’t keep up.



    Clearly I’ve missed the memo redefining the meaning of the word “expert”.



    Joe – respectfully ….



    Write about something else that relates to Celtic.



    You and your website are better than this.

  14. HT


    On the local front my son’s team are having a poor season having won the league last time out – will probably be mid table.


    Too much on the telly even for me – Blast followed by The hundred etc


    Football now taking precedence

  15. HS



    Cheers mate I hope you’re keeping well.






    Not good but aye it’s a blessing to have Celtic to look forward to!