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Note of caution on potential European opponents

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If it’s a choice between a trip to Macedonia or Azerbaijan, Celtic would doubtlessly prefer the former. Baku, where Azerbaijani club Qarabag reside, is not as far west as Astana, where Celtic played two years ago, but it’s east of Iraq and it’s not a city which appears in many tourist lists.

Rudar Pljevlja returned from Baku midweek with a 0-0 draw.  In days gone by that was regarded as a great away European result, but the lack of away goal will much of the second leg is played on a knife-edge.

One large note of caution, Qarabag went out of Europe last season by a one goal aggregate margin to Red Bull Salzburg, who lost in Baku, but won in Glasgow a few months later.  They have twice eliminated Polish opposition in the last five years.

My hunch is that Celtic are better than each potential opponent, but if we’re short of fitness or preparation, we’ll have more trouble than we want.

The good news is that neither club plays summer football, so they should be no better prepared that Celtic.  Rudar finished competitively in May, Qarabag a week later, while both played their first competitive games of the season on Wednesday.  From what I can tell, both also play on grass, so we’ll avoid the Scandinavian bounce.

Before concerning ourselves too much with the 3rd Champions League qualifying round we need to use today’s game against La Liga side Eibar to sharpen fitness, and take care of business in Iceland on Wednesday.

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  1. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    THE EXILED TIM

     

    02:12 on

     

    19 July, 2015

     

    Macjay

     

     

    A question

     

     

    Do you agree with the Reclaim Australia thing that is on going presently in your part of the world ?

     

     

    HH

     

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    Yes,I do.

     

    I agree with the right of peaceful protest,however much I might disagree with the purpose of the protest.

     

     

    Strangely,you don`t mention the counter protest.Socialist coalition something or other.

     

     

    Not surprisingly,violence ensued.

     

     

    And is currently occurring in Sydney,as we speak.

     

    Boring cliche csc

  2. mickbhoy1888 on

    the exiled tim

     

     

    02:08 on 19 July, 2015

     

    Dearie Me

     

     

     

    Anyway considering what I pay for a pseudo mince pie at Celtic Park the money I forked out tonight was tremendous value for a meal

     

     

    Ps the missus had one of the bottles of wine so you will forgive me if I don’t indulge you a little bit longer as I can hear her calling

     

    £88.50 for my Nat king or £mega for dragging g her all the way to Madrid for it I know what option I prefer

  3. mickbhoy1888 on

    huddle

     

     

    02:29 on 19 July, 2015

     

     

    Was in their pub in Boston a couple of weeks ago……McGreevys……..a baseball pub to the core

  4. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    the_huddle

     

    02:34 on

     

    19 July, 2015

     

     

    I`ve never heard a better live singer (and solo singer) than Gerry when he was Humblebumming.

  5. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    t-h

     

    3.28

     

     

    Good song.About to share it with my distant sprog.

  6. Just wanted to add my support to the McClean laddie.

     

     

    Stuff the royals. He wasn’t commenting on anything anti-English.

     

     

    The “Windsors” (Saxe-Coburgs) are about as English as a bratwurst, if you get my meaning…

     

     

    They are a construct of the Rothschilds false economics.

     

     

    And you can take that to the bank. Their bank, of course.

  7. How many God’s are there?

     

     

    Some folk believe in ‘that’ God.

     

     

    Some folk believe in ‘that’ God over there.

     

     

    Some folk believe in ‘that’ God roon there.

     

     

    Some folk believe in ‘that’ God up there.

     

     

    Efff me mhan….who’s the ‘real’ God?

     

     

    Some folk saying to me…”Don’t worry Kev…whatever happens…God’ll make sure yer ok.”

     

     

    …..aye well…..

     

     

    Awe confused…joost hurry up and get the new Jungle built and and, we’ll soon see if there are any ‘new’ Gods on the go….

     

     

    …..oot. YNWA.

  8. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    San Diego Bhoy

     

    03:56 on

     

    19 July, 2015

     

    Just wanted to add my support to the McClean laddie.

     

     

    Stuff the royals. He wasn’t commenting on anything anti-English.

     

     

    The “Windsors” (Saxe-Coburgs) are about as English as a bratwurst, if you get my meaning…

     

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    Royals born in England,but not English ?

     

     

    Ergo, Mexicans born in U.S. are as American as mole verde? If you get my meaning.

     

     

    Try that one with your vecinos.

  9. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    KevJungle

     

    04:13 on

     

    19 July, 2015

     

     

    Faith. In whatever God you fancy.

     

    It helps.

     

    It really does.

     

    Doubts are normal and natural.

     

    All I have to do is to remember the people for whom I have respect who have Faith.

     

    Many of them faithful and departed.

     

    In the meantime………Follow the Celtic………Lots of deities have and do.:-)

  10. macjay1 for neil lennon

     

     

    04:53 on 19 July, 2015

     

    San Diego Bhoy

     

    03:56 on

     

    19 July, 2015

     

    Just wanted to add my support to the McClean laddie.

     

     

    Stuff the royals. He wasn’t commenting on anything anti-English.

     

     

    The “Windsors” (Saxe-Coburgs) are about as English as a bratwurst, if you get my meaning…

     

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    Royals born in England,but not English ?

     

     

    Ergo, Mexicans born in U.S. are as American as mole verde? If you get my meaning.

     

     

    Try that one with your vecinos

     

     

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    Okay, I will.

     

     

    Why was is there a picture currently on the Sun redtop’s website with king edward VIII and his missus showing Lizzie and Maggie how to correctly execute a nazi salute in 1933?

     

     

    And why did the artificially transplanted decadent and largely useless Saxe-Coburgs change their name to Windsor just before the start of 1914?

     

     

    And explain to me how Lizzie could, if she chose, with her money, end world poverty ten times over with the snap of her fingers and still come out on the other side a multi-billionaire?

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Edward V111 in`37,not in `33.

     

    Not his missus. She was a gringa.

     

     

    Good man.

     

    You`ve chosen to ignore the Royals nationality issue which was the reason for my post,but I can understand why.

     

     

    1933………Hitler had just achieved power with a small minority.His criminal “agenda” was largely hidden.He was initially seen in the U.K. as a figure of fun.One to be lampooned.

     

     

    Now,I have no understanding as to why the Royal children and their Scottish auntie would make the hideous salute,but what I do understand is that it provides today an agenda for anti-Brits.

     

    That`s about the size of it.

     

    Incidentally,six years later his majesties forces faced up to the fascist criminals.

     

    So,don`t give us lectures about anti-fascism

     

    Britain fought it.Ireland didn`t.

     

    What was the contribution of the anti-Brits?

     

    Neutrality.

     

    Shouldn`t they be ashamed of that stance?

     

    Well,shouldn`t they?

     

     

    Incidentally,who co-operated with the fascists during W.W.11.?

     

    The I.R.A.

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    San Diego says:

     

    And explain to me how Lizzie could, if she chose, with her money, end world poverty ten times over with the snap of her fingers and still come out on the other side a multi-billionaire?

     

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    You need an accountant or a calculator.

     

    Or both.

  13. Your responses reflect a pop culture sensibility.

     

     

    You don’t think the unelected, hereditary royals knew exactly what they were doing, as reflected in the picture in 1933? You say they were lampooning the fascists in the photograph? Okay then…

     

     

    As for fascism/imperialism that has ruined nations for hundreds of years, look no further than British Imperialism.

     

     

    The windsors wealth is well documented, no calculator needed.

     

     

    Also, no lecture need about how the British stood up to Hitler, I lost one grandfather and two great uncles in the war in three different theaters of the war.

     

     

    Also, where did you see my support anywhere of the IRA? I was merely supporting McCleans stance of turning away from “God Save the greedy, welfare robbing granny”.

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    San Diego Bhoy

     

    06:35 on

     

    19 July, 2015

     

    Your responses reflect a pop culture sensibility.

     

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    That`s a pathetic attempt to shoot the messenger with a nonsensical pop gun.

     

     

    And now that you don`t have a leg to stand on about the Queen being English, let`s change the subject again.

     

     

    British imperialism???????

     

    You do mean British and Irish imperialism.Don`t you.

     

    Ireland bailed out,perfectly understandably in `21,was it?

     

    After the British and Irish Empire was created .India having been brought to heel by an Irishman.

     

     

    And another thing,if you have genuine imperialist concerns,why are you living on land stolen from Mexico?

     

    San Diego? Who was Diego? Aye,there`s the rub.

     

     

    I also supported the right of McClean to make his protest.

     

    All I objected to was your suggestion that the Royals weren`t English.

     

    That`s all.

     

     

    The Royals.

     

    imho The British people love them and support them.

     

    What business is that of yours?

     

    You`ve taken the Obama shilling.

  15. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Watched the game yesterday in Kennedys Irish Pub in Munich. Thought We played absolutely excellent away to a team who only just got relegated from the Spanish La Liga due to other results however they might still be in my it due to other teams cheating. Passing was great!!!!!!! 4-1 away to any Spanish team is a great result and our Icelandic opponents will be sitting up in their Fjords going “Aw flip”. Now we are heading off for our last leg of the holiday with a trip to Garmisch Park. Great result!!!!!!! Win away to Stjarnan!!!!!!! Get to the Group Stage of the Champions League (After way to many qualifying rounds for the Champions of a League as apposed to 3rd place in the Premier League gets straight theough to the Champions League)!!!!!!! Played great!!!!!!! Pumped a Spanish team 4-1 away!!!!!!! Dad is Awesome!!!!!!! Life rocks!!!!!!!

     

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  16. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    I also thought that the team played some outstanding football.

     

     

    The people of that region are great friends of Ireland, hence the hospitality.

     

     

    You need that connection, like it or not – remove it and all that you are left with is another Partick Thistle – no disrespect to them or anybody else.

     

     

    Slainte.

     

     

    HH.

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    WBGFC

     

     

    First sensible post in about 3 pages

     

     

    Obviously due to the fact I hadn’t posted on those pages

     

    Keep up your great support wee man

     

    Hope to see you and your dad either home or away this season

     

    KTF

  18. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

     

     

    ScooterCSC.

     

     

    KTF.

  19. Ireland was declared neutral unless attacked, there is no shame in that. There were many other countries who declared themselves neutral, you never, ever seem to mention them. You can easily google a list. Even America was neutral.

     

     

    And don’t forget, many, many, Irishmen did fight and the Irish government did assist the Allies not the Nazi’s and please for my education only, please tell me what co-operation the IRA gave to nazi Germany. I think you’ll find there were many British nazi sympathisers in Britain, not sure how you could quantify it but I am of the opinion there were more Brits who empathised with the fascists than Irish folks.

  20. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    The floodlights were switched on at Celtic Park to help guide the German bombing crews, this despite the fact that the floodlights were introduced in 1959.

     

     

    Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

     

     

    HH.

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    16 roads – Celtic über alles…

     

    08:06 on

     

    19 July, 2015

     

    The floodlights were switched on at Celtic Park to help guide the German bombing crews, this despite the fact that the floodlights were introduced in 1959.

     

     

    Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

     

     

    HH.

     

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    Rubbish,of course.

     

    However,it probably got legs from the fact that Dublin was the only European capital which did not have a blackout .It is claimed that this was used by the Luftwaffe to target Belfast.

     

    You`ll probably be aware that the Luftwaffe bombed Dublin.

     

    By mistake,apparently.

  22. Gerryfaethebrig on

    16 roads – celtic über alles…

     

     

    07:42 on 19 July, 2015

     

     

    ScooterCSC made me laugh, took me back to my Saltcoats Metro days of the 90s

     

    WITS, Pag won 3-2 so got my dbls & tbls up with Celtic & Lyon both teams scoring & win, that mob Porto (2-0) done me for a decent wee lift

     

    WeeBigGeorge tell your dad he is doing a fine job

     

    Hail Hail

  23. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    kitalba

     

    07:55 on

     

    19 July, 2015

     

     

    Mate.

     

    We know where we stand on these subjects.

     

     

    British supporters on Nazism?

     

    Yes.Including socialist Moseley`s Blackshirts.

     

     

    The “fascist supporting Royal family” bit.

     

    Now I resent that.

     

    Diego suggests that someone born in England is not English.

     

    ??????

     

    I didn`t raise the subject.He did.