Slavia coach and players delighted at prospect of facing Celtic


Slavia Prague manager and players were delighted with yesterday’s Champions League qualifier draw.  Boss Jindrich Trpisovsky, said:

“If Celtic advance [against Cluj], which I hope they do, I will be very satisfied.

“Of the four likely teams we could face, I really wanted Celtic.  From a sporting perspective, Copenhagen was the most acceptable draw, but I had Celtic in first place, because it is Scotland, a great atmosphere.”

Captain, Milan Skoda, added: “I am happy with the lottery for the first time in my life.  I’m glad to get Celtic or Cluj.  I know these will be tough matches, whether we get one or the other, but in the third qualifier double header, I believe in Celtic.

“I don’t know if it is better for the first leg to be away from home but it paid off to start at home a few times in the past.”

Right back, Vladimir Coufal, said: “The draw was fantastic for me, a lot of us wanted Celtic.

“We would play in the UK again.  Unfortunately, I missed the game against Chelsea [last season].  If Celtic progress, it would be fantastic.

“There will be something unbelievable in Celtic Park, one of the best atmosphere in the world.  That would be a holiday for all.  So we will definitely be cheering for Celtic. I believe in them more than Cluj, even though I don’t know what to expect from Cluj.”

“We will try to get good result in the away leg and afterwards we will have a full stadium at home. If we advance to the Champions League, it will be something fantastic to celebrate with our fans. I think we definitely have a chance to advance, like Ajax.”

This is all very respectful, but you can be sure that having disposed of Sevilla, Bordeaux and Belgian league winners, Genk, Slavia will fancy their chances.  There is work to do.

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  1. traditionalist88 on

    Are they happy because they think they can beat us or happy to possibly be coming to CP, or playing early mind games?




  2. You can be sure Prague want Cluj to progress. Anderlecht, Apoel and Dinamo Kiev have put an end to Prague in the CL qualifiers in the last three years. It’s over ten since they were last in the group stage. We should not think of ourselves as underdogs against them. It’s a good draw for us.

  3. Can we stop talking about the next round, beginners to sound like English Commentators!


    Get the job done against Cluj then worry about who comes next.

  4. AN DUN




    Such pre-draw, pre-game PR puffery statements are not especially prague matic.


    If we keep the eye in and professionally dispose of Cluj, we should aim to be more cohesive and even more ready to give Slavia an experience of Celtic Park they’ll never want to remember.

  5. traditionalist88 on

    AN DUN on 6TH AUGUST 2019 12:16 PM



    Tend to agree – if we were offered this route before the start of qualifiers we’d probably have taken it. Sarajevo a bit better than you’d often expect to meet in Q1 but apart from that nothing that puts the fear into you. That of course is no guarantee of progress of course but we can be confident without being dismissive, continuing with Cluj tomorrow.




  6. So it is not only Paul67 who is looking beyond this round, the Slavia Prague manager is more or less doing the same thing. And more than a few on here. Last time I looked Romania were ranked 27 by FIFA and Scotland at 48, and yet somehow we are favourites to go through. That is the narrative on here. That’s the story ory.

  7. Paul 67



    Club away


    Murder away


    Club home



    To think of and work thro before Prague.


    Work to be done Paul.


    One game at a time.Respect to Club first and foremost.







  8. While I agree that we should concentrate on tie v Cluj we must prepare for the next game should we progress. Another thing struck me regarding these comments is that how highly these players regard our stadium and support therefore it should be a bit easier to sign players from these countries to come and play in the stadium in front of this support.





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  9. What is the Stars on

    Its all just noise from Slavia…completely ignore



    We have only one tie to concentrate on ..Cluj…it could be our last champions league qualifyer

  10. traditionalist88 on

    CELTIC MAC on 6TH AUGUST 2019 12:32 PM



    Last time I looked Romania were ranked 27 by FIFA and Scotland at 48, and yet somehow we are favourites to go through





    48 is higher than 27 last time I checked. Therefore we should win no bother mate.




  11. prestonpans bhoys on

    Celtic mac @12:32



    Scotland is not playing Romania, its Celtic (31.00) v Cluj (3.5).



    Hint the brackets contain the coefficients😉

  12. Can’t understand why we shouldn’t look at the next opponents after Cluj.



    I’m wondering which end of the Atatürk Olympic Stadium well get on the 30th May.



    I see that there’s no cover at either end,


    best to bring your jacket .


    : )



    The Onlooker

  13. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hi folks – Postie has been…..



    Delighted to report that Wee BGFC got straight A’s for all five of his Highers :-))))



    Tough year for the wee man – but what a comeback … very proud dad, mum and big sister.






  14. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Best of luck for all of the other young people who get their results today.






  15. presatonpans bhoys



    That might be something to do with the fact that Celtic have been champions for eight seasons in a row, and er Cluj haven’t. No? Well maybe not. Other than than keep up the good work.

  16. Wee BGFC



    Great work.well done


    That’s impressive.


    Whit now? ( do to play rb per chance:-)


    We learn we get a wee bit better




  17. Paul 67



    There is work to be done. It’s called Cluj.



    Wee BGFC. Not surprised, but totally delighted. You will once again, have made your parents and all your Fhriends on here, very proud.



    You’re appreciated twice over on cqn – for considerably lowering the average age and considerably increasing the average IQ! 😉



    HH jg

  18. Wee BGFC



    brilliant results – deserves a suitable present I’d say



    Hail Hail

  19. Pog



    Enjoy the game and time over with family


    Celtic win would be great




  20. glendalystonsils on

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard or read so much bluster and bad mouthing of us from any opponent leading up to a Euro tie . Our own SMSM have been lapping it up of course. Excellent. What more motivation do we need to firstly get past Cluj and then put our own dear media and Slavia in their place.

  21. Congratulations to WEEBGFC and all others whose sleep was ruined by stress worrying about results.


    I really feel for those who perhaps haven’t done as well as they had expected ( or hoped)



    Love Frankie Boyles “inspirational” quote which may offer some solace…



    “If you didn’t get the exam results you wanted, it’s worth remembering that life on Earth will soon be over”

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