Paris in the springtime


A quick glance at the eight Champions League groups indicate that three were won by German clubs, indicating the strength of the Bundesliga at the moment, but although Shalke topped their group ahead of Arsenal, they are toiling in seventh place domestically and sacked manager, Hubb Stevens, this week.  Bayern Munich are nine points clear at the top with Borussia Dortmund third.

Shalke would be an excellent draw.

Paris Saint-Germain were flooded with cash this year and despite a slow start are no top of Ligue 1.  We met their manager, Carlo Ancelotti at the same stage of the tournament six years ago when Gordon Strachan took Milan to extra time.  We came close to progressing and perhaps would have had the referee awarded Celtic a late penalty for handball.  Milan got the breaks against Celtic and went on to win the tournament.

Ancelotti knows he would face a stiff test if drawn against Celtic.

Juventus are Italian champions and sei seven points clear at the top of Serie A.  They eliminated the tournament holders in the last round and are a formidable opponent.

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Malaga are fourth in La Liga behind Barca, Atletico and Real Madrid.  They are clearly not in the class of Barcelona but any team within five points of Real in that league are clearly formidable.  Malaga breezed their Champions League group but a draw against un-fancied Celtic might present them with a few interesting challenges.

Manchester United are top of the English league and hot favourites to retain the title.  Games against English opposition tend to be hyped by the UK media but for fans lack the sophistication of a ‘foreign’ opponent.  They would present a difficult challenge without the sense of adventure others would provide.

Shalke or Malaga would be ideal but Paris in the springtime would be nice.

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  1. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Whither the cash strapped scrofulous hillbilies, and their scrofulous cash strapped cuzz, the day?

  2. February 12/13/19/20, 2013 2nd round Champions League, 1st leg


    March 5/6/12/13, 2013 2nd round Champions League, 2nd leg

  3. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Call me ole fashioned but a tough draw will suit; we have shown we can rise to the occasion this campaign.



    Is Charlize there?

  4. Gene's a Bhoys name on

    Who’d have thunk that when the draw was made for the group stage, or even the prelims we would be here debating who we’d get in the last 16



    I love Celtic




  5. ASonOfDan


    10:14 on


    20 December, 2012


    Hearts raise £1m plus from share issue



    Puts into perspective how pathetic the response from ‘the peepul’ really was…






    If you use the “Chuckulator” that means the minis have around 100 million supporters

  6. Steinreignedsupreme on

    I’ll eat my hat if it’s not Man Utd. The way the draw is arranged in this round means we have a very good chance of playing them.



    I don’t fear Man Utd. I just don’t want to play them. I would rather we got Schalke – a trip to Germany is always great and they are the best option of those teams. Still tough right enough.

  7. Ten Men Won The League



    10:20 on 20 December, 2012




    I would like to see us making a move for – McGowan and Novikovas.



    McGowan because he can play in several positions just like – Jackie Macnamara and he can also get stuck in.



    Novikovas because he puts a good ball into the box. You only have to looka t the dearth of chances created since Forrest got injured. imo



  8. Remember folks we were seconds away from a draw in the Camp Nou and minutes away from a 2 leg victory over Barca when Messi snatched his consolation goal amid the thunder. Let everyone else worry about getting Celtic in the draw today.

  9. To be in the draw is absolutely fantastic, think the home leg


    being first is to our advantage and we have proved we can


    play away against the best.



    Onwards and upwards.



    Hail Hail

  10. mucker you can watch it on uefa.com



    i am very excited and singing” this is the chammmmpppiooooooonnnnnsssssss”

  11. My daughter is praying for PSG as she will be in Paris at the time of the return leg at Disney.


    I would be happy for her BUT I want Malaga as I am already in disney land the now.




  12. KevJungle – MURDO’s 30 yds Title Winning Boots 1979


    10:26 on 20 December, 2012



    Mackay Steven is the only SPL winger we should be considering.


    Don’t need McGowan.

  13. GoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooD










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