Pot 4, decline of the Spanish empire


A cursory look at our fellow pot 4 Champions League teams shows the extent of the challenge.  Six of the eight teams lost: Steaua Bucharest (3-0), Austrian Vienna (0-1), Celtic (2-0), Real Sociedad (0-2), Plzen (0-3), Anderlecht (2-0).

Copenhagen got one of the better results of the night, a 1-1 draw at home to Italian champions, Juventus, while Napoli, who split Juve and Milan in the Italian league last season, but are still a pot 4 team, recorded the only bottom tier win, a 2-1 victory over last season’s finalists, Borussia Dortmund.

Napoli are in a different category than the rest but Celtic are in with a decent chance of out-performing others from pot 4.

Sociedad’s home reversal to Shakhter Donetsk, who are going through a rebuilding process was a shock, but Valencia’s 0-3 Europa League defeat to Swansea indicates a worrying scenario for Spanish football below the uber-indebted Barca and Real Madrid.  As a general rule, anything which undermines one of the economically powerful football nations should be welcomed by those disenfranchised by the size of their TV market (that’s us).

Shakhtar Karagandy put in a credible performance before going down 2-1 in Greece, a far better showing than Elfsborg’s 4-0 collapse in Salzburg.  Best of luck to the Kazaks.

I’ve been going to the football long enough to remember black players being booed whenever they touched the ball.  The phenomenon seemed to arrive here in the late 70s and faded around a decade later, although such is human nature I don’t think complacency is appropriate.  Homophobia is a different matter.

‘Out’ gay footballers are so rare I don’t know what the reaction would be at a match but the crowd-bullying phenomenon which can exist in the game makes any minority vulnerable.  The first step is to explain to the hard-of-thinking what they are doing, and the error of their ways.

Can rainbow coloured laces change the world?  Stonewall have distributed rainbow coloured laces to every player in the UK, asking them to wear them this weekend.  We’ll not see the WAGs acronym become WAGSABAH overnight but it feels like an appropriate, colourful, first step.

Keep reaching for that rainbow, Celtic.

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The first thing you need to do is sign up for the Great Scottish Run, or here for one of the family events.

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  1. Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc 14s



    #Celtic team: Forster; Matthews, Ambrose, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; Commons, Brown, Mulgrew, Boerrigter; Stokes, Pukki

  2. CELTIC (4-4-2) Forster; Matthews, Van Dijk, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Commons, Brown, Mulgrew, Boerrigter; Stokes, Pukki


    Subs: Zaluska, Biton, Samaras, Balde, Rogic, Atajic, McGeouch

  3. Hooper coming on for Norwich.



    Hope he does well, but I hope Lambert goes away with the points.



    A better Celt

  4. If it’s picking up the hospital signal you should be able to pick it, then it will ask for a password.

  5. kevinlasvegas Supporting Wee Oscar Knox on

    Petition sign for St. Joe’s. very strange indeed, Scotland has never wanted us and never will we must always be vigilante of their underhand tactics.





  6. Cowiebhoy in support of Fearless Oscar & Family on

    Morrisey, where are you at Celtic park for resolution ? Got 8 from the bannockburn csc, but need another 5 forms



    Hail hail

  7. setting free the bears supports Celtic’s best fighter- Wee Oscar Knox



    12:38 on 21 September, 2013



    It’s because they are just being niggardly

  8. A bit disappointing that Biton does not start,we know what Mulgrew gives us so what is the point of playing him.Home game is a great opportunity to bed in new players.

  9. fanadpatriot



    Even more disappointing for Mulgrew if he got dropped after a reasonably good performance ?

  10. I think Neil is not wanting to have too many changes. Pukki and Derk start in place of Lustig and Sammi. Later changes can be made from the bench.