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. Ray Singh-Carr on



    there is no real reason to change it as we are not going to be travelling midweek. I will still be coming up from Devon with one of my sons regardless, but it makes the hotel bookings a bit easier if the dates are firmed up.


    Can’t wait……first trip up since we gubbed Hertz 5-0 last day of the season. Have almost got my voice back!!




  2. ESPN commentator announced Motherwell behind 1-0 and “As it stands, Celtic our only club left in Europe.”



    Craig Burley: “Well it is Celtic, so that’s no real comfort.”



    Bitter, bitter man

  3. Russell’s contract is up in the summer, he is aware of our interest, why waste £2m now, surely some chat between him and his agent has taken place to ensure a pre contract in January, £2m for 4 months don’t think so. He is a belter by the way and fits into lenny’s young player profile.

  4. Embramike


    Cheers for that.


    Can I sleep on the floor of your room for £10?




  5. With an average age of 23 if it were me in there I would want them to be influenced by the best in the world. Not just as a player but as a person and a professional. Quote when relegated ” I will be staying, the Agnelli family deserves it ”


    His presence would present no threat to the place or development of anyone it would be the biggest enhancement to their development NL could give


    I think NL is proving to be one of the best young managers in the uk and Alex del piero’s presence will only help


    Please please please please

  6. Ray


    that is the ole September weekend,


    although don’t think it is a big deal anymore…

  7. kikinthenakas




    21:31 on 30 August, 2012




    Russell’s contract has 2 more years to run. Summer 2014

  8. celt for life



    Disagree, he’s very left sided and we don’t at the minute have a ‘striking player’ who hits with his left peg, and for that reason alone he’d enhance the squad which is suddenly very bare, with injury and loanee’s.



    Generally you could say he’s recognised as ‘thee’ best rising talent in the SPL, the season just got a whole lot longer with many more games, we do need a ‘big squad’



    *Oh, and did I mention he’s a left footer*




  9. Jist received this under the table……



    A dairy farmer goes out to his field one winter’s morning and discovers all of his cows frozen solid. As far as the eye can see there are cows, motionless as statues. It had been a very cold night, but he was amazed that anything like this could happen.



    The realisation of the situation then dawned on him. With his entire livestock gone, how could he make ends meet? How could he feed his wife and kids? How could he pay the mortgage? He sat with his head in his hands, trying to come to terms with impending poverty. Just then, an elderly woman walked by.



    “What’s up, chuck?” asked the old lady, in a broad Yorkshire accent. The farmer gestured toward the frozen cows and explained his predicament. The old woman smiled knowingly, walked over to the nearest cow and placed her hand on its nose. After a few seconds the cow began to twitch and was soon back to normal, chewing the cud and going moo, like cows do. One by one the old woman defrosted the cows until the whole field was full of healthy animals. The farmer was delighted, and asked the woman what she wanted as a repayment for her deed. She thanked him, but his declined his


    offer and walked off across the field.



    A passer-by who had witnessed the whole thing approached the farmer. “You know who that was don’t you?” He asked.



    “No” said the farmer. “Who?”












    “That was Thora Hird.




    Hail Hail




  10. Kayal33





    Read on line it was up in the summer, if it’s the case £1.5m would get him, think he would fit in well, a young commons!

  11. Lennybhoy…Supporting Neil Lennon and CFC until I die



    his name has been linked over last few weeks, Fletcher signing for Sunderland, MON signing another 3 or 4 players tomorrow………… a guess

  12. Dundee United striker Johnny Russell has signed a contract extension to keep him at Tannadice until May 2014.



    The 20-year-old made his debut in May 2007 but has only become a regular for United during this campaign.



    “He has made a big impression since breaking into the first team,” said United boss Peter Houston.



    “I am now looking for him to continue the hard work to ensure he adds consistency to his game and continues to improve.”



    Since breaking through at United as a teenager, Russell has honed his skills during loan spells at Forfar and Raith Rovers.

  13. Posted earlier about half a dozen of us in the pub after game and when it came to signings WE WANT A NAME!!



    Del Piero is still a MASSIVE name in world football.

  14. Connor Wickham is 19 what’s the difference between him and young Tony Watt??



    Tony Watt for me seems pointless bringing another youngster to the club!

  15. CultsBhoy loves being 1st forever & ever on

    Brilliant draw – we were always going to get 1 unbeatable team – so it may as well be Barca glamour tie. The other 2 are beatable.



    Should help any signing talks – ‘so you want to play at the highest level? – sign here!’

  16. pauloantony



    21:33 on


    30 August, 2012


    Here’s a question…


    Would you be disappointed to see Stephen McManus back?



    Would be almost heartbroken lol no offence intended 2 the big man rite enough but no 4 me, have u heard summit?

  17. Tom McLaughlin



    Tallybhoy here not stevebhoy.



    The sorry state of affairs I was refering to is the fact that 2 clubs who play in the EPL -namely Swansea and QPR – between them have a lower combined average attendance than Celtic; but, because of the TV money available to them, they are able to pursue players and offer them contracts that we are NOT able to do.



    The money we are getting for Ki is a pittance compared to the sums that EPL clubs are prepared to pay for certain players already playing in that league – Jordan Henderson £18 million (?!) being just one example.



    Both these clubs and countless others can only dream about having the history and trophies that we have won, but because of the obscene amounts of money they receive from TV deals they can outbid us for any player we may be interested in.



    Yes we are in the CL this season, and we will make money from it, but we still play in a ‘diddy league’: imo, the sooner we get out of it the better.



    CFC is a global brand -QPR and Swansea are NOT.




  18. West Wales Celt on

    I’m not keen on Del Bhoy.


    The experience of Ljundberg and Wright were enough to put me off. Likeable though he was can’t really recall Dublin doing a great deal. Lubo is the only oldie I can think of who did well in recent years…

  19. Tom McLaughlin


    I despise Burley, so I rewound the game to hear him say that.


    He didn’t say what you posted earlier.


    ‘Well, what a group they’ve pulled out, Celtic, doesn’t get much tougher’




  20. SPF



    We haven’t been introduced … ! (sure there’s a rule about this on CQN??)



    I’m staying Mon/Fri. More single rooms available last time I looked. Let me know how you get on.

  21. Not entirely convinced re young Derek Piero as a player can give us a great deal, except…



    …the absolute racing certainty that he can thread a pass through a parked bus windae fae 30 yards and also the fact that unless he has truly lost it and the SPL pick up on it quickly, he’ll pull two players regularly from Wee Jamesie or Kris.



    Added to this the fact he played at the very highest level in his mid to late 30s, then his mere presence, a quick word here, a bit of advice there, some technical tips and a bit of that ole Italian nous for them there tactics thingmys might just work wonders for some of our sprogs.

  22. Snake Plissken on




    And I stand by that. A lot of folk will be angry if no one comes in after being patient and accepting the strategy of wait until we qualify.



    Not saying we won’t but……….



    We’ve been here before.

  23. MickMacPaddyWhack on

    Long time lurker and first time poster, obviously a Hun.For all the good feelings we rightly have about a young team that could be better than decent, no money worries and no Huns to annoy us,I must take this chance on the occasion of my first post, to praise the Green Brigade( I sit above them and when they 1st started I did want to boot the drummer right enough) They have transformed Celtic Park.I wish I was thirty years younger I would be in about them, they will roar us to 2 victories in the Group Stage.