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Take Spartak on the left, Green has us all on the run

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We’ve never known an easy Champions League game.  Ever.  Teams with low resources who have pitched up at Celtic Park have always caused us problems.  Even our biggest win (3-0, Benfica) was a tense affair with little between the teams territorially.

Five years ago we returned home with a point from Spartak Moscow, expecting a victory at Celtic Park but we had to endure an incredibly tense evening before prevailing on penalties.  Celtic will need to be on top form if they are to win tonight, and a win is what we need to target.  Barcelona will be professional but they will also exercise their right to rest players.  It’s worthwhile remembering that Barca required late winners at home against both Celtic and Spartak; nothing is assured from them tonight.

Spartak have injury worries which will probably see Kirill Kombarov (not to be confused with his twin Dmitir) play at right back.  Kirill is a real weakness and should struggle against Celtic, who have several strong options on the left.  They will play with two holding midfielders in front of a back four with one striker and three across the middle.  Aiden will be a valuable out-ball for them.

This game will take patience, from us as well as the players.  Remember how many games teams have taken and lost a lead in this group.  Scoring or losing a goal is no indication of the result.  It will also be a game where substitutions are likely to be key.  Fresh legs in the last 20 minutes could turn the game.

Take care tonight and have another great European experience. 

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 Dundee United will be devastated by the blow delivered by The Rangers, who have declined tickets for their Scottish Cup tie.  The game is, however, 9 weeks away, which is a long time for a fledgling new club to survive.  The Rangers board cite Dundee United’s behaviour towards their predecessor club, Rangers, who went into liquidation owing United money for the Scottish Cup tie in January this year.  I strongly recommend you don’t try to figure out the logic here, you’re just not clever enough.

After the demise of Rangers was confirmed, The Rangers asked to be admitted to the Scottish Premier League, however, no such facility existed for a new club, so a vote to change the rules was held and 10 clubs, including United, voted to keep the status quo.

Celtic also voted against changing the rules, and if Dundee United are to be punished by a boycott from The Rangers fans, we surely cannot expect them to turn up at Celtic Park as though nothing happened.  In fact, Celtic were firmer than any other club on this matter.  It seems only fair that we are punished, not by one boycott, but by many.  The firmness of Celtic’s refusal to change the rules is surely worth boycotting 100 games at Celtic Park, which would really teach us a lesson.

The pain we would experience facing The Rangers without their legnedary fans would be close to intolerable.  I really hope they don’t embark on an extensive 100 game boycott of Celtic Park.  Please, please, forgive us for voting against a rule change.

Surely we’ve suffered enough by not facing you in league competition during this Armageddon season?  If only we knew how much we would miss ‘Rangers’ when we encouraged the club to vote against the rule change last season.  Screw the rules, we just didn’t know what we were doing!

Celtic should be just as worried about this prospect as the Dundee United, who apart from Celtic, are the only Scottish club to receive an award From Uefa for the good behaviour of their fans.  Think about that for a moment, a football ground filled with nothing but award winning fans!  What is our game coming to?

Charles Green has got Scottish football on the run now.

Epilepsy Scotland have a Celtic ball with certificate of authenticity, signed by 12 Celtic players on the day of the Barcelona game which is available for auction by email.  The competition closes tomorrow (Thursday) at 20:00.  To win this fantastic piece of Celtic memorabilia email your bid to trusts@epilepsyscotland.org.uk.  The prize if for collection only, any postage required would need to be paid separately.  All funds raised will go towards Epilepsy Scotland.

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  1. channelislandcelt on

    Nerves jangling for tonight , but at least we have safety net of Europa if not all goes to plan.

     

     

    earlydartfromworkcsc

  2. Comedy gold on Shortbread News,huns share issue will make them worth. £50 mil “remarkable”says Jonathan Sutherland.

  3. Gene's a Bhoys name on

    Evening from a cold North Staffs – will be watching on Sky tonight – wrap up warm all you lucky ticket holders – we cannot control what Barca do so concentrate on a win – 10 pts would be a wonderful achievement no matter what else happens.

     

    Out for tea and the obligatory carry-out.

     

    Getting a bit nervous

     

     

    God bless Celtic

     

     

    COYBIG

  4. Tonight belongs to Celtic!

     

     

    Let’s forget about that deid club and the tribute act who have taken their place!

     

     

    At least until the game has finished!

     

     

    HH!!

  5. Haven’t scrolled back, so don’t know if its already been mentioned. Paddy Power are giving double the odds on the first goalscorer tonight if he gets another one in the game.

     

     

    Fancy us to win 2-0 and Benfica to get a draw.

     

    Marti

  6. Did Ay evah tellya.. the Time .. that

     

     

    Ah visited.. Redd Foxx at his Hoose..in Vegas??

     

     

    Years ago..

     

     

    It was a Hot day, that day…

     

     

    In those Days.. Redd, wus Playin’ at the .. Hacienda.. and Ah wus…

     

    at Ma usual Place..

     

     

    Like Ah said ..it wuz a Hoat day, that Day, Vegas. and.. Redd’s Air Conditionin’ wiz ..in no Condition.. tae ..well… Condition!

     

     

    In fact .. it wuz… No Working,at awe.

     

     

    Howevahhhhh.. the Buzz whit we wur experiencin’ … efter Killing the Best Part o’

     

    Two Six Packs o’ Schlitz…

     

     

    Wiz Workin’ .. Just Fine.. Fur the Baith o’ us..

     

     

    and.. we Wur… Feelin’ No Pain..or.. Feelin’ Nae Heat.. Eethur.

     

     

    The Door-Bell, Rang..

     

     

    “That’s Odd..” said Fred..

     

     

    “Whit’s Odd? ” says Ah..

     

     

    “That Bell “.. Says He..

     

     

    ” Oh?.. why’s Ye say That?”

     

     

    “Ah Don’t hiv a Door-Bell.” says Fred.. (That’s Redd’s ..Real Name.. of course.)

     

     

    “Ye sure? there it Goes Again!” Ah exclaimed..

     

     

    “Ah’m Sure” says Fred.. Getting up …and walkn’ towards the Door..

     

     

    To Be continued…

     

     

     

    Kojo..

     

     

    Gotta Go..

     

     

    Ma Door Bell ..jist wrang..and ..

     

     

    That’s Odd…

     

     

    Ya Guessed it!

     

     

    Ah don’t hiv a Door Bell.. Eethur!

     

     

    Hmmmmmmmmm..

     

     

    Seeya, Fellahs..

     

     

    Celtic 3 The Russians 0

     

     

    Seeya Latah..

     

     

    Still Laughin’

  7. I’ll be happy with whatever happens tonight as long as the team tries hard.

     

     

    Neil Lennon has steered the Hoops well in Europe.

     

     

    Hats off to him.

  8. The positive about Celtic going into tonight’s match is that the team has produced the goods and risen to the occasion in all the big games this season, Benfica away being the only blip. This will not be an easy game but Celtic will put relentless pressure on Spartak and will work eventually against a team with nothing to play for. A bit concerned about the game in the Nou Camp though with Barca resting five of it’s players. Come on the HOOPS.

  9. harryhoodsdugbitme on

    Heading for the Park with my youngest……I feel far too nervous but a goal in the first twenty minutes should help….PLEASE. Let’s do it Celts. COYBIG..HH.

  10. Afternoon all

     

     

    Just having a wee glass of Vino to calm the nerves. I am trying to forget that when the draw was made this was the one game I thought we’d win and trying to rhink that I also thought it would be great if we didn’t finish last in this group.

     

     

    For what it’s worth I’d be tempted to go with Ambrose in midfield and Charlie. In defence – I hope I’m wrong but Beram Kayal is nowhere near the player I thought he was 2

     

    years ago. We may mis Big Vic big style.

     

     

    Anyway we can but hope that the real Celtic turns up tonight.

     

     

    H x 2

  11. Gary Lineker ‏@GaryLineker

     

    Really hope Celtic make it through tonight. Convinced a draw will do it for them

  12. Seems everyone has the prematch nerves.

     

     

    And me no different.

     

     

    Beers must now get scoffed, begone ye butterflies.

     

     

    Mon them Hoops.

  13. South Of Tunis on

    Redd Foxx ?

     

     

    ” Starred ” in an American version of Steptoe and Son

     

     

    Famously reluctant to pay his taxes ..

     

     

    Died owing the IRS the best part of 4 million $.

  14. TBB

     

     

    Hearing that the B side could be ‘A fairytale of New York’ with Subo.

     

     

    HH!!

  15. Tallybhoy.

     

     

    Thank you for that behind the scenes info, great for all of us that do not live anywhere near Scotland.

     

    Here’s to a win of anykind. HH

  16. Tourtenay

     

     

    Nae problemo!

     

     

    I too am currently 1200 miles from CP – but will be there in spirit!

     

     

    … and a few feet from a TV screen in a couple of hours!

     

     

    Cmon the hoops!

     

     

    HH!!

  17. Greenwells Glory on

    Hi Ghuys, Salve salve:-

     

    If we have Players, Board and fans united, then as we have so often proven in the past, remarkable things can be achieved. Play without fear bhoys.

     

    Greenwells

     

    Ab ovo usque ad mala

  18. Gary Lineker ‏@GaryLineker

     

    Extraordinary how much hatred you can generate by wishing a side well. Never ceases to amaze me.

  19. channelislandcelt on

    nothebus

     

    Gary Lineker becomes another of the growing masses to realise what the dark side are all about

     

     

    HH .

  20. Twickets ‏@Twickets

     

    RT @hammyfaecamby: Got a spare ticket for the Celtic game tonight call 07807219475 if your interested need to log off this please RT…

     

    Retweeted by Jaz™

  21. The Battered Bunnet on

    Tallybhoy – Subo an old slut on junk? Rod could only dream.

     

     

    Bourne, trusting you’ve got a kettle of the old soup recipe ready for the gazebo tonight.

  22. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    I’ve got a new favourite article, it’s almost as if it was written for me, pure quality :oD)))))))

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