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. Happy with Juve.



    Good record against the Italians.



    Shaktar vs Dortmund




  2. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Wemberley wemberley


    We’re the famous glasgow Celtic and we’re going to wemberley

  3. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire



    10:41 on 20 December, 2012





    aye yer right


    who do you fancy in the draw and why




    Cheers m8.


    I fancy B.Dortmund.


    I think that they’ll get a false sense of security if they get us.


    Neil can do what MO’N and WGS did when these big guns came to CP and make the players feel – 10 feet tall.


    It’s the CP factor which will swing it our way I think.


    Also…the NFL learning-curve away from home seems to be almost complete now when you look at the performances of his young team in last seasons – Europa Lg and the Spartak Moscow away and of course, the performance in the Nou Camp.


    But, I still think we should look to get it on with ANYONE without fear.


    Only saying.


    Hail Hail

  4. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Good draw……..cannot wait….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Just when we thought we wouldn’t be playing a team with a string of financial irregularities this season……





    We’ve beat them before and we’ll beat them again CSC

  6. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    aye yea know better :oD))))


    who do you fancy in the quareters:o)

  7. Som mes que un club on

    Need to dash, but a very intersesting draw.



    if we get past Juve, it is not unrealistic to beat PSG/Valencia/Arsenal/Shaktar…




  8. setting free the bears



    10:50 on


    20 December, 2012


    Why did AC Milan have to play Barca?



    Why could they not get Man U or PSG?





    Because they weren’t runners up

  9. Call me a dreamer but it could possible that we could be the last team from Britain in the quarter finals if we beat Juventus and Arsenal & Man U get knocked out, which is a real possibility with that draw…Dear Santa..make it so!






    Bring on February

  10. Galatasaray v Schalke



    Celtic v Juventus



    Arsenal v Bayern Munich



    Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund



    AC Milan v Barcelona



    Real Madrid v Manchester United



    Valencia v Paris St Germain



    Porto v Malaga

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