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. The pot of eight group winners have won 14 European Cups between them. The runners-up have a collective haul of 19 previous titles.

  2. yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees




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  3. Leftclicktic



    I left it for self correction ;-)






    Man U just so I’ll get to go, Malaga for the other reason!!!



    That ok?? ;-)

  4. Just love it when guys like Wenger and the pundits keep talking about the need to avoid Barca. Our Bhoys beat them.

  5. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on




    they don’t half drag the draw out.. But it’s such fun…



    SPL champions…



    Having a party in the champions league

  6. Kayal33



    10:28 on 20 December, 2012




    I think Mackay Steven is wonderful talented player but – he isny tough enough to play for Celtic just now. imo


    I think of the trreatment both McGeady and Forrest have had to endure in the hoops and, I would fear the worst for him.



    McGowan – I think that the Celtic board will sell Vic 67 in this window and they will do what they always do at this point of the season – be miserly toward the manager and support instead of making a fist of it and showing that there will be a show and we’ll be there but, they somehow get a nosebleed when we get into a good position. imo



    This isn’t something new – they’ve done out throughout our entire history.


    Now is not the time for this but – far too many don’t seem to pick up on the pattern, which is a great shame. Too many goo folk being taken for a ride. That’s not right. imo



    Only saying


    Hail Hail

  7. I have an incredible feeling of pride right now.



    It grows within and can only be inspired by what we know as Celtic Football Club.

  8. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Seems like only yesterday when Celtic lost that meaningless friendly against Ajax – can we get them in the draw?!?!

  9. When I see the big cup I Have mental picture of Broonie holding it aloft :))


    Thank you celtic thank you Neil Francis Lennon

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