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Nervy night in Kazakhstan not in the end celtic lose 4-3 against Astana but go through 8-4 was I worried em not !!

Ok I did not expect the game I just seen celtic always make it hard but we prevailed and are through to the big draw on Thursday.,

Astana were holding a 14 game unbeaten run at home in Europe so coming into the game 5/0 down from the first leg in Glasgow I wasent expecting to be biting the old nails after 65 mins ..



But 2 quick goals early in the second half had me wondering if I was going to be sitting on my hands for the entire second half ..



We don’t do things easy but in the end 2 goals from ntcham and griffiths made it 4-3 on the night and the nervous settled into thoughts of the draw on Thursday night ..



We can’t defend like this in the group stages.

Yeah it’s a defeat but we made the score respectable in the end it’s 90 mins and to be honest taking chances it could have been a draw ..

It shows how important the first leg was 2 things stood out for me tonight , ntcham is a class player and Sinclair has 5 goals in Europe already ..

Brendan Rodgers has a 30 million pound budget to add to our squad , a defender and a striker a must as injuries have depleted our squad already this season ..



We look for a favourable draw on Thursday alough theirs no easy games we can’t go away from the saftey of parkhead like tonight and concede goals like we did.



We’re in the big draw that’s what’s important celtic will represent scotland again this year after Aberdeen st johnstone and sevco let the co-efficient down again ..



I’m happy we’re through for the second year in a row , a decent draw and 6 big games will enhance the celtic product worldwide.



God dont let us draw Barcelona alough meeting our old foes always makes for a great night in paradise.



On to the draw can’t wait


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Young Players Shine For Celtic ,As Celtic Academy Deserves 5 Stars For Producing Great Talent….Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic 19 th August 2017

What a good solid performance today by celtic a very youthful team with 5 members of our academy involved won at rugby park against Kilmarnock,it may have only been 1-0 from a Forrest finish but it was a polished and professional performance that showed the depth Brendan Rodgers has at his disposal….

It’s almost like having 2 full squads as the less experienced guys have been proving themselves worthy of inclusion on a regular basis with solid game time in recent games.


Calvin Miller and Anthony Ralston are the 2 new kids on the block from the academy and with a handful of games between them are beginning to show their worth in the squad …



When you add them to Regular starters Keiran Teirney,Calum Mcgregor,and James Forrest it shows the good jobs the coaches at the club are doing ….

Also with the news of the return of Patrick Roberts who has confirmed a new 1 year loan and the 2 year deal for Stuart Armstrong things are pretty healthy for the club…

With a almost formality of a game on Tuesday to qualify for the group stages proper of the champions league Brendan Rodgers chose to leave big game players Ntcham,Griffiths and Biton on the bench …

He started with the same team that disposed of Kilmarnock 5-0 in the cup a week ago , the passing was neat and tidy on the plastic pitch and celtic dominated possession throughout the match ..



My man of the match for the day Rogic set up James Forrest late in the first half with a neat cutback which the young scot finished with the side foot ,Forrest again filling in as the figurehead of the attack …

1-0 is never a easy score line to sit on and their was a few edgy moments for the Scottish champions before Calum Mcgregor finished the scoring for the day ,That man Rogic again started the move with a lovely run from midfield before a slide rule pass to Mcgregor to make it 2-0…



With sevco again dropping points after their mauling by Hibernian 3-2 last week, it was the turn of Hearts to take points from the pretenders with a 0-0 draw later in the day celtic hold a 5 point lead already over the tribute act and were only 3 games into the season ….


Scottish Premiership
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock

Saturday, August 19, 2017


(Forrest 39, McGregor 87)
GOALS from James Forrest and Callum McGregor ensured Celtic extended their undefeated domestic run to 52 games away to Kilmarnock after two moments of magic from Tom Rogic created golden opportunities for the pair to score.

Forrest, who was again tasked with leading the Hoops attack, converted from close range in the 39th minute after Rogic’s quick footwork inside the box saw him weave through the Kilmarnock defence and cut the ball back for him to score.

Celtic had to overcome a stubborn Kilmarnock defence at Rugby Park, but the Hoops dominated possession and Rogic’s creative flair came to light again when he set McGregor up in the 83rd minute for the second of the afternoon and to seal another three points for the Scottish treble-winners.

Brendan Rodgers made six changes to the side that dominated Astana 5-0 in the UEFA Champions League play-off first-leg in midweek with Forrest taking over the striking duties from Leigh Griffiths.

The manager fielded the same back four that defeated Kilmarnock in the League Cup 5-0 last week, and they were rarely challenged by a Killie side that had little possession and failed to present an attacking challenge for Celtic.

The Hoops produced some impressive play in attack, particularly from the lively Calvin Miller, who caused trouble for Stephen O’Donnell all afternoon. The 19-year-old made some darting runs down the left and delivered numerous dangerous crosses into the box.

And he came close to scoring himself in the second half after a neat one-two with Forrest inside the box allowed him to get a shot away However, his effort was saved by Jamie MacDonald.

Miller’s inclusion meant Kieran Tierney moved into centre-back to rekindle his defence partnership with KristofferAjer. The pair were solid in defence and looked vastly more experienced than their years would suggest.

James Forrest had his first shot of the game five minutes in when he cut inside on the edge of the box and tried to curl his effort into the bottom left corner, however his attempt went wide off the far post.

Rogic’s creativity began to seriously trouble Kilmarnock towards the later end of the first half. In the 29th minute the Australian fired a long ball to Miller out on the right who then laid off Armstrong, whose attempted cut-back from the by-line was blocked for a corner.

In the 37th minute Miller delivered a great ball into the back post which Anthony Ralston controlled well before knocking it back across goal, but the opportunity was cleared away by the Kilmarnock defence.

Then, six minutes before half-time, Yogic produced one of his trademark moments of magic to help open the scoring.
The midfielder ran at the Kilmarnock defence inside the left-hand side of the box, beating Greg Taylor and taking the ball to the by-line before cutting it back across goal for Forrest to arrive and drive a low shot past a helpless MacDonald.

Celtic came close to doubling the lead three minutes later when Benyu’s pass to Miller on the left saw the 19 year-old fire a dangerous pass across the six-yard box, but no-one was there to convert.

The momentum from the first-half continued into the second when Ralston’s pass in the 47th minute found Forrest inside the box. After dancing past the Kilmarnock defence, Forrest found enough room to get a rocket of a shot off, but it went narrowly wide of the top right corner.

Midway through the second-half Kieran Tierney found himself in a similar position to the one where he scored a spectacular goal against Kilmarnock in the League Cup.
The 20-year-old pushed up from central defence and let off a powerful shot from distance which, thankfully for MacDonald, was directed straight at him.One minute later Miller linked up well with Forrest inside the box with a quick one-two, allowing him to get a shot in, but pressure from the Kilmarnock defence allowed MacDonald to get down to the shot and prevent another goal.

But another goal seemed inevitable, given pressure which Celtic continued to pile on and Rogic helped put the game beyond any doubt with just three minutes left.


He picked up the ball 40 yards from goal and began dribbling towards goal before slipping a perfectly weighted through ball to McGregor inside the box who then calmly placed it past the keeper and into the bottom left.


CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ralston, Ajer, Tierney (Bitton 69), Miller; Brown, Armstrong; McGregor, Rogic, Benyu (Lustig 78); Forrest (Griffiths 69).

Not Used: De Vries, Bitton, Lustig, Henderson

KILMARNOCK (5-5-1) MacDonald; Taylor, Smith (Brophy 59), O’Donnell, McKenzie, Thomas (Burke 74), Jones, Boyd, Greer, Wilson; Frizzell.

Subs: Bell, Waters, Power, Boyd, Burke, Spencer, Brophy


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Celtic 5-0 Astana….A Job Well Done 16 th August 2017

I said last night prior to the game we needed a lot of goals and the team came up with the goods, on a night when Astana could have stifled celtic the hoops literally blew their opponents away and the group stages now look like a formality a 5-0 win sets the celts up nicely for the 2 nd leg in Kazakhstan nxt Tuesday afternoon ….

Celtic passed the ball well last night with ntcham a standout once again ,our big game players all turned up with Sinclair 2 Rogic Griffiths and Forrest all chipping in with goals see vids below ….

A excellent outing and a great result get through the game on Tuesday and we can hopefully get a decent draw in the champions league aka avoiding our old pals Barcelona etc …




UEFA Champions League play-off first-leg

Celtic Park, Glasgow

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

(Postnikov o.g. 32, Sinclair 42, 60, Forrest 79, Griffiths 88)


CELTIC produced one of the greatest European performances ever seen in Paradise as they completely outclassed FC Astana in a stunning 5-0 victory to leave them within touching distance of the UEFA Champions League group stages.

It was the perfect European display from Brendan Rodgers’ side as they balanced attacking verve alongside defensive diligence, controlled aggression and composure in possession – and a jubilant Celtic Park lapped it up as the Hoops took complete command of the play-off tie.

After Tom Rogic’s wonderful run, Evgeni Postnikov’s own goal gave the Hoops a 1-0 lead and Scott Sinclair’s cool finish put the Scottish treble-winners in charge at the break.

Sinclair bagged his brace and made it 3-0 on the hour mark, before James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths inflicted further punishment on the beleaguered visitors in the closing stages, leaving the Celts with an emphatic advantage ahead of next Tuesday’s second-leg in Kazkahstan.

Having come on for the final 30 minutes of Celtic’s 1-0 win over Partick Thistle last Friday night, Griffiths had recovered from a calf problem to lead the line for the Celts.

The inclusion of the Scotland internationalist was one of two changes to the team that saw off the Jags in last week’s Glasgow derby, with Rogic also coming into the starting XI. Callum McGregor and Jonny Hayes were the players to make way.

A huge crowd had turned out to back the Bhoys in Paradise, generating the usual incredible atmosphere on these special European occasions, and they were soon on their feet as Brendan Rodgers’ side fashioned two decent early opportunities The first stemmed from Griffiths’ deadly dead-ball delivery.

Following a foul on James Forrest on the right, the striker swung the set-piece into the mix and Sinclair was first to the loose ball but was unable to steer it on target.



Forrest had started brightly and, after Rogic had fed him on the right, he whipped in an early cross.
Griffiths met it perfectly but his header flashed inches wide, with goalkeeper Aleksandr Mokin rooted to his line.



After that initial flurry of chances, the Hoops remained in control, probing for openings, while the visitors attempted to maintain compact.

It took them until the 22nd minute for them to test Craig Gordon, but the Celtic No.1 was equal to Serikzhan Muzhikov’s dipping drive from distance.

Celtic’s patience was finally rewarded just beyond the half-hour mark thanks to a moment of magic from Rogic. In almost a replica of his last-gasp winning goal in the Scottish Cup final, the Australian internationalist weaved his way into the box past several defenders, before lofting the ball over Mokin from an acute angle.



The ball was drifting towards the far post but defender Evgeni Postnikov’s outstretched boot got the last touch as it spun into the net. Cue bedlam.



Postnikov had an immediate chance to make amends as Astana immediately won a corner down the other end, but the big centre-half headed wide at the near post.



Instead, it was the Hoops who doubled their lead as half-time approached. Rogic’s pass deflected into the path of Sinclair, who beat the offside trap and retained his composure to find the far corner, despite Mokin’s best efforts.



As the second half got underway, Stanimir Stoilov’s side now had a greater onus to push forward in search of an away goal, which left greater gaps for Celtic to exploit on the counter, and Griffiths was narrowly flagged offside after being played in by Sinclair.

In the 60th minute, they found another way through. Bitton’s lofted pass was flicked on by Rogic for Griffiths. He slipped a pass through for Sinclair, who had timed his run perfectly, and the winger, once again, made no mistake.

Rogic had suffered a nasty clash of heads with Yuri Logvinenko in the build-up to the goal, which forced both players to leave the fray after several minutes of treatment, and the Celtic midfielder received a well-deserved rapturous reception as he departed after another crucial contribution on the big occasion, playing a part in all three goals. He was replaced by Callum McGregor.



It could have been even better moments later for the Bhoys as Griffiths found himself through on goal from Tierney’s long ball over the top, but the hit-man was unable to control his finish, slicing wide amid torrential conditions.



For all of Astana’s hustle and bustle, Celtic remained the more dangerous outfit, and the away side’s frustrations started to grow, with Tierney and Sinclair, in particular on the end of some reckless tackles.



Their anguish continued with 11 minutes left on the clock as Brendan Rodgers’ clinically added to their tally. Griffiths superbly controlled a long ball and cleverly supplied the overlapping Forrest, who finished with aplomb from a narrow angle.



Paradise was absolutely rocking, with Astana visibly deflated, and the noise levels were cranked up even more as Griffiths, incredibly, added number five in the closing stages, the 26-year-old slotting home via a deflection from the edge of the box, just reward for a magnificent performance in the lone striking role.



The final whistle sparked more celebrations as Brendan Rodgers and his players took a well-earned bow after a truly outstanding showing on the biggest stage.



CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest (Armstrong 82), Rogic (McGregor 63) Sinclair; Griffiths

Not Used: De Vries, Benyu, Ajer, Ralston, Miller

FC ASTANA (4-4-1-1) Mokin; Shitov, Postnikov, Logvinenko (Beysebekov 65), Shomko; Twumasi, Maevski, Kleinheisler, Tomasov (Murtazayev 77); Muzhikov (Grahovac 82), Kabanaga

Not Used: Eric, Anicic, Tagybergen, Maliy.

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