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Victory is there for Celtic

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Spartak Moscow will have considered Celtic’s history away from home in the Champions League and this afternoon will look each other in the eye and warn against complacency.  There is nothing in 20 games in this competition proper to alarm them, but there is nothing in that 11 year history which will prepare them to meet this Celtic team.

Not since Martin O’Neill took his side to Turin in 2001 have we approached a Champions League away match with such enthusiasm.  Celtic will approach this game knowing they have nothing to lose and everything to gain from imposing the team and personal development achieved over the last 18 months on Spartak.

The game also comes at a convenient window in our permanent injury crisis but with Spartak robbed of key players throughout the team.

At home against Benfica two weeks ago concentration was the important sentiment but tonight is a different game.  The foreign environs will ensure Celtic players are always acutely of their surroundings but they also provide a platform, and a playing surface, for them to express themselves.

Although Celtic’s away record in this tournament has been poor the better performances have come against the bigger challenges: a draw in the Camp Nou, 0-0 after 90 minutes before losing in extra time in the San Siro, and it took ridiculous penalty decisions at the Stadio Dello Alpi and Old Trafford to deny us a point, so don’t be confused by the stats.

This one is there for us.

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  1. Afternoon Bhoys! Due to the power of the firewall in my work I cannot tell the name of the song and the timing we are discussing – can you name it please?

     

     

    Hail Hail!

  2. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Four at the back, five in midfield, includin’ Cha Mul Grew and the #9 Enigma, Hooper upfront.

     

     

    A draw will be a very good result.

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    STARRY PLOUGH,THE SPIRIT OF ARTHUR LEE et al.

     

     

    Just refighting the glam rock wars of the early 70s.

     

     

    I didn’t rate DB then,still don’t.

     

     

    There’s a lot of people who think my taste in music sucks too-stick around the odd Friday,and you will see what they mean.

     

     

    It’s an each to their own thing.

     

     

    So that means I’m right-and so are you!

     

     

    By the way,my mate with whom I share the house is a big fan of girly singers/groups.

     

     

    I think the world of him,but I wish he would go deaf…….

  4. bsr

     

     

    They must be Tims in the laundrette – decided to close today rather than close early, in case they got a late rush of zombies bringing in their flea-infested duvets to be fumigated, and therefore miss the kick-off.

     

     

    HH!!

  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    LLLOOOLLL ….. on a conference call there…..bhun colleague comes up with………

     

     

    “Expect a text tonight when you lot get humped, and forget replying…..”you need to be in it, to get noked oot” ……… I fully concurred ” right enough, just like the Ramsden Cup” …….. Silence, then I said …….. ” cat goat yur tongue ” ? …….. Silly bhun

     

     

    Any word of the team yet …?

  6. Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc

     

    #Celtic XI: Forster; Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Commons, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew; Samaras & Hooper (TH)

     

    Retweeted by Grant Russell

     

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  7. tomtheleedstim on

    Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc

     

    #Celtic XI: Forster; Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Commons, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew; Samaras & Hooper (TH)

     

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  8. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Rocket Man- it’s in fact the last track on side 1 of the’Honky Chateau’ album by wee Elton John.

  9. tomtheleedstim on

    Think it’ll be Charlie at CH instead of Ambrose although it looks the way the team reads out.

  10. One hour and 17 minutes away from a CL Group Stage game and David Bowie and Laughing Gnome are being discussed? Good God in Govan!

     

    The team Greenjedi posted the other day looked the business for me.

     

    Think it was:

     

    Forster,

     

    Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Mulgrew.

     

    Brown,, Wanyama, Ledley, Commons, Samaras.

     

    Hooper.

     

     

    NL, though, might decide on the pace of Izzi to combat McGeady.

     

     

    I simply cannot see us losing tonight. I fancy a draw but don`t see a win as outwith our reach. Neil Francis Lennon ,whilst having had to put up with more than any manager in British Football,has quite quickly put together an impressive young side with a never say die attitude. 0-0 or 0-1 for me.

     

     

     

    JJ

  11. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    dontbrattbakkinanger

     

     

    15:43 on

     

    2 October, 2012

     

     

    Whither the optimists today…..?? …….. We will win tonight…!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. tomtheleedstim on

    Strong bench…..

     

    weets

     

    4m Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc

     

    #Celtic subs: Zaluska, Miku, Ledley, Watt, Rogne, Kayal & Forrest (TH)

     

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  13. Forster; Lustig, Wilson,

     

    Ambrose, Izaguirre; Commons,

     

    Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew;

     

    Samaras & Hooper

  14. Confirmed line-up

     

     

    CELTC (4-4-2) Forster; Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Commons, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew; Samaras, Hooper

     

    Subs: Zaluska, Miku, Ledley, Watt, Rogne, Kayal, Forrest

  15. Previous performance is no guarantee of future performance.

     

     

    Martin O’Neill had better teams than this current Celtic side.

     

     

    Results in CL qualifiers are against poorer opposition.

     

     

    Tonight’s match is a step up in quality from the likes of Helsingborgs.

     

     

    Celtic will have to improve to get anything from this match.

     

    Our keeper will need to have another great match.

     

    We will have to improve our goals to chances ratio considerably.

     

     

    We can do all of these thing’s , but the likelyhood is that another away defeat is in the offing.

     

     

    I will be ecstatic if we can get a draw against opposition who have invested vastly greater sum’s in building their team.

     

    In my book Celtic are a longshot for a win.

     

    Just the way I like it.

     

    C’mon the Hoops.

     

    A67

  16. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    A Bangles and Bananarama fhan myself

     

     

    1 hour 6 minutes to go

     

     

    From Russia with LOVE

  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Great bench……..I’ll get my coat ….. Getting too excited………

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    A man’s music taste is to be respected whether you like it or not, those who ridicule the music of others are well misguided…

     

     

    To quote the great man : ” All music if it’s played well is good, if it’s not played well it’s not so good”

     

     

    Hx2

  19. That’s as strong a team as we have had in a long time.

     

     

    The added bonus of Efe will give us enough to prevail!

     

     

    1-2

  20. Big Pierres 2 front teeth on

    Andrew67

     

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    Why the constant mention of “Celtic” in your Declan like post there instead of us or we?!? I think I smell a hun!

  21. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Bhoys some things are just more important than a football match the wee girl who was abducted by the person in the van I fear the worst for her.They say the power of prayer can move mountains so I ask everyone on CQN to pray for her safety its a forlorn hope, but only the good Lord can help the wee soul.Enjoy the game.H.H.

  22. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    andrew67

     

     

    15:53 on 2 October, 2012

     

     

    KTF …….. We will win tonight …….. I have a dream…..Neil has a dream team….

     

     

    ……whooooooooooooooosh

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