Recent good history against Champions League opponents


Celtic will play three familiar opponents in the Champions League group stage: Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow.  We have a mixed recent record against Barcelona, eliminating them from the Uefa Cup in 2004, but finishing behind them in the Champions League group stage in the autumn of that year.  Barca also knocked Celtic out of the Champions League in the round of 16 in 2008.  The Camp Nou is the only ground Celtic have managed to avoid defeat on away Champions League duty.

Gordon Strachan’s Celtic eliminated Benfica from the Champions League group stage in 2007 and again in 2008.  They also got the better of Aiden McGeady’s current team, Spartak Moscow , in the Champions League play-off round in 2007.

It is a difficult group for Celtic but each of their opponents will be wary of the Celtic.

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  1. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    If Ally and Charlie were properly hammered then it is even more bad publicity. It also calls into question their competence putting prospective hun ST buyers off.




  2. I know Tempelton’s grandfather who is a fine Celtic gentleman, the wee man is a Celtic supporter and I think he has ambitions beyond them. Would be a poor move for him on many fronts.



    Ole Green just trampling all over transfer protocol.

  3. Patrick27



    19:37 on 30 August, 2012



    Quick vote please guys!



    Player of the month for August, choice of five…



    A) Kris Commons


    B) Victor Wanyama


    C) Georgios Samaras


    D) Fraser Forster


    E) Charlie Mulgrew






    Sammi, despite him looking like Charlie Manson for most of the month.

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

    £84 CL Package for SB holders…..very well done, Board. …!! …… Anyone heard what the Investor Club SB holders is …..???

  5. craggy island gaa on

    Happy with the draw,



    My reasoning before was to draw sides we haven’t faced before, but we know about all these teams so maybe familiarity will be a blessing in disguise for us.



    Besides, they will face a very different Celtic since our last appearance 4 years ago. Wanyama or Jarosik*, Forrest or Donati*? I know which I prefer…



    Also I think we, alongside Dortmund, are the Pot 4 team that others wanted avoid. Let’s not be afraid, we’re there on merit.



    4 from 6 against Benfica/Spartak and anything against Barça should see us through.






    *might have played 4 or 5 years ago in CL, no time to look it up, so one for the statisticians ;-)

  6. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    Kris Commons ….just ahead of Sammi…..

  7. Re Green’s definition of bigotry…


    Embdy know the French for ‘tapping up’? ;)




  8. BMCUW



    I knew it – didn’t I say so?!



    Away to Barca when I’m over in October!



    2nd in the group is a distinct possibility imo!




  9. ITV has a Hun tweeting for it I take it. Idiot just motivated our team better than Neil ever could.

  10. Sorry, but I refuse to believe for one second that any CL club wanted to avoid us, which is more to do with where we play our football rather than who we are.



    Let’s not kid ourselves . . . any Scottish club is regarded as an easy option in European competition.



    Sad but true.

  11. Don’t think I’ve been to an occasion as good as last night and the atmosphere was superb, a real feeling of homecoming.



    After Celtic scored, and well into the second half, the players were playing under instruction not to chase goals, as the tie was won, and Celtic showed Neil Lennon’s tactical awareness.



    Superiority of player fitness and physique over Helsingborgs merely brought the second goal when we pushed on again in the final quarter of the game.



    Looking forward to transfer deadline day and two good signings at least, as the draw has been very unforgiving, but the smart ticket pricing, should sell out the ground for the games.



    Centre back is priority number one, and a striker to rival Hooper and Watt.



    Hail Hail

  12. Awe_Naw



    See if Paul67 could get colours and pictures on this site I might find it easier.



    Yes – agreed. I am getting sick of the fact that I let them wind me up – especially on such a great day when we’re in the CL draw. Maybe that’s their plan – it doesn’t matter what we do, how well we play, they’re still pulling strings.




  13. UEFA Champions League ticket prices


    By: Newsroom Staff on 30 Aug, 2012 19:20


    THE Bhoys are back in the UEFA Champions League after landing a mouth-watering draw, with the likes of Messi, McGeady and Luisão set to grace the turf at Paradise.



    Our old friends Barcelona, Eusebio’s Benfica and Spartak Moscow, who gave us a night of great drama in our 2008 qualifier, will provide the opposition for Neil Lennon’s young charges.



    Celtic’s three home games are Benfica (September 19), Barcelona (November 7) and Spartak Moscow (December 5)



    UEFA Champions League group-stage fixtures HERE



    The big nights are back at Paradise and hopefully Celtic Park will be bursting at the seams. As a thank-you to season ticket holders for their backing this season, Celtic are delighted to announce that adult prices for the three-match packages will be just £84, with concessions costing £60.



    This represents a significant reduction on our 2008/09 prices of £93 and £72 respectively.



    Non-season ticket holders will be able to buy similar packages at £105 and £75 for adult and concession respectively, again reflecting a drop from the 2008/09 prices of £114 and £99.



    Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders from 9.30am on Saturday, assuming all match dates have been agreed. Sale dates for non-season ticket holders will be announced in due course. Watch the official Celtic website for further updates.



    It’s not too late to guarantee your seat at Paradise for the entire campaign by buying your season ticket now.

  14. P27



    Sammi for me ,as usual.


    Barcelona and Benfica ,two legendary teams,can’t believe some fholks


    are bored playing them.


    Can’t believe BT said something complimentary aboot oor board :O)



    Bring it on

  15. Big Cup Winners





    Matchday Three – Tuesday 23 Oct 2012


    FC Nordsjælland – Juventus


    FC Shakhtar Donetsk – Chelsea FC


    FC BATE Borisov – Valencia CF


    LOSC Lille – FC Bayern München


    FC Spartak Moskva – SL Benfica


    FC Barcelona – Celtic FC


    Galatasaray A.S. – CFR 1907 Cluj


    Manchester United FC – SC Braga

  16. Getting Barca is very handy for me, I didn’t live here when they played them before.



    Anyone idea when the away tickets will go on sale? Even though I am in Barcelona I take I still buy them from Celtic?

  17. tom mclaughlin…



    Leave that stuff to Jabba, at least he gets paid for all the Armageddon pash.



    Let’s see who looks forward to getting us in next year’s CL!




  18. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    What about the poor wee huns?



    Can just picture their wee hateful contorted coupons now i can.



    The rage,the ire and the fury.

  19. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on

    See Chris McLaughlin at Lennoxtown on BBC news tonight had his green and white striped tie on.

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