A Tough Night At Celtic Park As Qarabag Dig In And Prove Worthy Opponents..(1-0)Final Score.!!


Couldnt get to the game tonight and there wasnt any available streams carrying the game live so had to make do with the bbc Scotland website and phone updates for info on the game ,ive posted the text commentary from the internet below and it looks like it was a very tight match with Qarabag slightly edging it even though Celtic got the late goal,this game was never going to be easy and next Wednesdays tie is going to be massive in the quest to reach the group stages….

Our record away from home in Europe has improved and we can take heart from some good away performances in the past ,its refreshing to know that we have goals in other areas of the team and boyata took his goal well ,Gary McKay Stevens continues to impress and given more game time I think he will be a very influential player for the club this season,it’s always good to have goals from other areas of the team and Celtic have guys from back to front capable of being match winners,the game in baku is on tv with Bt sports covering the 2nd leg game ,so lets hope for a positive outcome next Wednesday ………………………………………….Hh

Full time

Full TimeMatch ends, Celtic 1, FK Qarabag 0.

90:00+4:04Full time

Full TimeSecond Half ends, Celtic 1, FK Qarabag 0.

90:00+3:10Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

90:00+3:10Cosqun Diniyev (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00+1:49James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00+1:49Foul by Ansi Agolli (FK Qarabag).


BookingJames Forrest (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00+1:07Foul by James Forrest (Celtic).

90:00+1:07Reynaldo Silva (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


SubstitutionSubstitution, FK Qarabag. Rydell Poepon replaces Alharbi El Jadeyaoui.

86:25Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

85:41Attempt missed. Elvin Mammadov (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

85:00Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

85:00Elvin Mammadov (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:42Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

82:42Elvin Mammadov (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:35Goal scored

Goal!Goal! Celtic 1, FK Qarabag 0. Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kris Commons following a corner.



SubstitutionSubstitution, FK Qarabag. Cosqun Diniyev replaces Dani Quintana.

81:01Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Badavi Huseynov.


SubstitutionSubstitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces Nadir Ciftci.


SubstitutionSubstitution, FK Qarabag. Elvin Mammadov replaces Cavid Tagiyev.

69:53Attempt missed. Reynaldo Silva (FK Qarabag) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.


SubstitutionSubstitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Nir Bitton.

68:29Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

67:27Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

66:48Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:48Foul by Richard Almeida (FK Qarabag).

64:52Foul by Gara Garayev (FK Qarabag).

64:52Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


SubstitutionSubstitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Stuart Armstrong.


BookingAnsi Agolli (FK Qarabag) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:13Foul by Ansi Agolli (FK Qarabag).

61:13Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:42Attempt saved. Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:50Foul by Badavi Huseynov (FK Qarabag).

58:50Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:53Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Stuart Armstrong.

53:24Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

51:45Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

51:11Foul by Richard Almeida (FK Qarabag).

51:11Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:04Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.

49:19Attempt missed. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

47:35Ansi Agolli (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:35Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic).


Second Half begins Celtic 0, FK Qarabag 0.

45:00+2:03Half time


Half TimeFirst Half ends, Celtic 0, FK Qarabag 0.


BookingVirgil van Dijk (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:13Cavid Tagiyev (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:13Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

42:40Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:40Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).

41:36Foul by Ilqar Qurbanov (FK Qarabag).

41:36Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:09Reynaldo Silva (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:09Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

38:00Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:00Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).


BookingEmilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35:30Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:30Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

33:29Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:29Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

32:27Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ilqar Qurbanov.

29:33Attempt missed. Richard Almeida (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

26:16Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:16Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Celtic).

23:20Attempt saved. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

18:23Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:23Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Celtic).

14:41Foul by Cavid Tagiyev (FK Qarabag).

14:41Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:33Foul by Ilqar Qurbanov (FK Qarabag).

11:33Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:29Attempt missed. Cavid Tagiyev (FK Qarabag) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

5:09Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Stefan Johansen.

4:19Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

4:19Richard Almeida (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:46Foul by Ansi Agolli (FK Qarabag).

2:46Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.


First Half begins.





  • 01 Gordon                                                                          
  • 23 Lustig
  • 20 Boyata
  • 05 van Dijk Booked
  • 03 Izaguirre Booked
  • 06 Bitton (Griffiths – 69′ )
  • 08 Brown
  • 14 Armstrong (Forrest – 62′ Booked )
  • 25 Johansen
  • 16 Mackay-Steven
  • 07 Ciftci (Commons – 80′ )                                            


  • 04 Ambrose Emuobo
  • 09 Griffiths
  • 15 Commons
  • 18 Rogic
  • 22 Janko
  • 26 Bailly
  • 49 Forrest

FK Qarabag

  • 13 Sehic
  • 18 Qurbanov
  • 55 Huseynov
  • 14 Sadiqov
  • 25 Agolli Booked
  • 67 El Jadeyaoui (Poepon – 87′ )
  • 20 Almeida de Oliveira
  • 02 Garayev
  • 10 Quintana Sosa (Diniyev – 82′ )
  • 77 Tagiyev (Mammadov – 73′ )
  • 09 dos Santos Silva


  • 01 Valiyev
  • 06 Mustafayev
  • 11 Mammadov
  • 19 Salahli
  • 29 Poepon
  • 32 Yunuszada
  • 91 Diniyev
Ref: Robert Schörgenhofer

Official Match Report 

UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first-leg
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

(Boyata 82)


DEDRYCK Boyata’s late header gave Celtic a priceless 1-0 lead in their UEFA Champions League third round qualifier against a stubborn FK Qarabag.The Belgian headed home with only eight minutes remaining on the clock from Kris Commons’ corner to send Paradise into delirium.Up to then it had been a frustrating night for the Scottish champions, with Nadir Cifti and Virgil van Dijk coming closest to making the breakthrough.

But the defender’s goal means the Bhoys make head to Azerbaijan next week in pole position to progress in the tie, though they know a stiff task awaits them in Baku on the evidence of Qarabag’s disciplined display in Glasgow.Emilio Izaguirre was restored to the starting XI at the expense of Charlie Mulgrew at left-back after the latter picked up an injury in Saturday’s friendly success against Rennes.

And the full-back was immediately involved in a typical forward sortie down the flank as Celtic sprang from the traps, urged on by a fired-up home support.That early surge fizzled out, however, and this was typical of the opening exchanges for the home side. While their endeavour and work-rate couldn’t be faulted, the Hoops couldn’t plot a route through the well-drilled visitors.Piercing runs inside from the wide-men Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong looked the most likely method of carving open Qarabag.

A brilliant first-time pass from Armstrong found Mackay-Steven lurking on the edge of the area in the 13th minute but he was crowded out before he could cause any damage. The same fate befell Armstrong four minutes later after he attempted to seize upon a lofted ball through the middle.The away side, for the most part, were content to defend in depth and break swiftly through their pace of their forwards. And they did give notice of their threat with a free-kick from Reynaldo from 30 yards which was deflected wide, before Boyata and Nir Bitton had to make timely challenges to thwart dangerous attacks.

Pressing relentlessly, Celtic eventually began to make more inroads into their opponents around the midway point of the half. A slick passage of play down the right saw Mackay-Steven collect a first-time return pass from Stefan Johansen and then test Ibrahim Sehic with a low drive from 20 yards.The visitors replied with their best chance of the match as Javid Taghiyev teed-up Richard Almeida inside the box but he couldn’t direct his effort on target, the ball spinning past Craig Gordon’s near post.

With Nadir Cifti manfully working hard in the lone striking role, Celtic continued to search for a way to goal but only several set-pieces were the reward for their efforts.Instead, as half-time approached, it was the Azerbaijan champions who caused a few flutters on the counter. A more precise cross from winger Alharbi El Jadeyaoui, with several of his team-mates well placed in the middle, could have proved costly to the hosts.

On the stroke of half-time, Virgil van Dijk was booked after a tussle with El Jadeyaoui near the byline. Almeida took aim directly from the free-kick but Gordon was right behind it to punch it clear.Setting out with renewed impetus after the break, Ronny Deila’s men looked determined to regain the ascendency. Nir Bitton quickly shot over from distance and then Ciftci was first to a fizzing cross from Izaguirre, his header drifting wide.

This served to encourage the home support, who were offering their traditional tremendous backing. Bitton, becoming more of an influence on proceedings, sent Ciftci scampering clear after some silky footwork but the offside flag halted the Turkish striker’s advances.On the hour-mark the new Bhoy was presented with a golden chance to break the deadlock as Armstrong’s intended pass for Izaguirre fell for him in the box but his first-time effort was straight at Sehic.

Straight up the other end, Taghiyev nearly got a clear run on goal but his control let him down. Searching for greater width, James Forrest was introduced, with Mackay-Steven moving to the left.Within minutes of the switch Mackay-Steven brilliantly won a free-kick on the byline. Johansen’s cross picked out van Dijk and his header looked destined for the net until Sehic pulled off a superb, one-handed save.

The Dutchman came close again moments later as his thunderous drive from distance whizzed inches over the bar.Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons came on to add further firepower in the closing stages, but it was a Qarabag player who almost gave Celtic the advantage as Gara Garayev sliced a clearance onto the roof of his own net.

The goal arrived from the resultant corner as Commons’ inviting cross was met powerfully by Boyata at the near post, with Sehic grasping left grasping thin air. Celtic Park erupted and the celebrations in the stands and on the pitch underlined just how crucial a moment it could be in the quest for the Champions League.Commons put an opportunist effort wide as the clock ticked down but, importantly, the Hoops held firm to ensure the visitors didn’t leave with an away goal ahead of next week’s trip to Baku.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton (Griffiths 69); Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Armstrong (Forrest 62); Ciftci (Commons 80)
Not Used: Bailly, Ambrose, Rogic, Janko

FK QARABAG (4-2-3-1) Sehic; Qurbanov, Huseynov, Sadigov, Agol; Garayev, Almeida;  El Jadeyaoui (Poepon 87), Quintana (Diniyev 82), Taghiyev (Memmedov 73); Reynaldo
Not Used: Veliyev, Mustafayev, Salahli, Yunuszade,


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The Celtic Footsoldiers/UPDATE….Desktop Wallpaper,Twitter Page….

A new addition to the blog this season is the Twitter Page where il be posting the best of twitter il update as often as i can ,as well as the twitter feed on the main page of the blog this page will house informative and popular tweets posted online ,hopefully it will turn into an archive that will prove useful,also ive added 36 new wallpapers to the desktop wallpaper section ,I hope everyone who’s followed the blog will continue to do so and enjoy the content,the blog always has been free to view and will remain so for this season………HH






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First Hurdle Negotiated In Iceland As Hoops Move Forward Qarabag Will Be Tough Test In Next Round….

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Theres so many teams these days playing in europe that every time celtic play these qualifiers we come up against virtually unheard of teams,that’s not to say these aren’t decent opponents ,and the team from Azerbaijan Qarabag will be a very stiff test for Ronnie Deila and Celtic……

Qarabağ FK – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Qarabağ Futbol Klubu, commonly known as Qarabağ, is an Azerbaijani football club from Agdam, but based in Baku since 1993 due to the Nagorno-Karabakh …

In 2014, the club won the Premier League, their first league title for 21 years.[1] Qarabağ have won the Premier league and Azerbaijan Cup three times.[2] In same year, Qarabağ became the second Azerbaijani team to advance to the group stage of a European competition, beating Twente in the play-off round of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.

In 56 European matches theve won 21 drawn 15 and lost 20 so that’s not a bad return in all competitions,even though there not a every day name to us all we have to respect them,coming to parkhead in the first leg next Wednesday 29th July the celtic team will have to produce a display in front of the home crowd to ease a bit of the nerves for the long journey to Azerbaijan,the last thing we want is to be chasing the game in an unknown enviroment ,Celtic got off to a nervy start last night in Iceland and that early scare couldn’t have been pleasant for the hoops on a plastic pitch,but nir bitons headed equalizer settled the bhoys and we went on to win comfortably winning 4-1 on the night and 6-1 on aggregate,stjarnan were a class below us and it showed,however I don’t think we will have that luxury next midweek and the 2 legs look like they will be tough..

It was nice to see Charlie mulgrew score a fine goal and the player is hopefully back to his best,also the return of Mikel lustig is a bonus …and you could see how much the gaffer values him because he subbed him on 52 mins after a decent run out ..nursing him back to full fitness is a must and he’s certainly a player I admire in the hooped jersey,Nir Biton hasnt stopped running since last season and he turned in another fine display with a goal to boot,the kids class just oozes from every pore and its going to be another Midfield masterclass from the Israeli this season …


Qarabag are already raving about the parkhead atmosphere and how it is an honour to be playing their nxt week,all european nights are special no matter the opposition it just seems to ignite when there’s a euro night at the stadium,im sure the  experience will be a pleasant one for our opponents ,but were wanting to win and sentiment will be out the window,id love a 3-0 scoreline to take away as the 2-0 won against stjarnan could have been risky,it’s a tough one to call especially when there unknown to us ,the squad ronnies been building is still taking shape but if were at our best we should get a positive result ..

potentially we could be looking at upwards of 15 games in Europe which will generate good revenue for the club ,negotiating these hurdles to the champions league gives us another 6 games plus the 3 from qualifying,that’s 9,a third place at worst in the group stages sees us into the Europa league which is another 6 games ,the money we can generate will stand us in good stead for seasons to come ,it’s just good to see the season up and running ………….at last the footys back HH

Stjarnan 1-4 Celtic all the goals

Celtic v Rennes
25th July 2015
Kick Off 15:00

Official Match Report

Samsung Stadium
Reykjavik, Iceland
UEFA Champions League second qualifying round

(Finsen 7)

(Bitton 33, Mulgrew 49, Griffiths 88, Johansen 90+3)

CELTIC survived an early scare to cruise to a 4-1 victory over FC Stjarnan in Iceland and book their place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, triumphing 6-1 on aggregate.Olafur Karl Finsen stunned the Hoops by opening the scoring for the home side in the seventh minute. It was a goal that came completely against the run of play, but the Hoops steadied themselves and levelled the match through Nir Bitton’s header.The away side took the lead on the night shortly after the break when Charlie Mulrgew rifled home from Scott Brown’s pass, effectively ending the tie as a contest.And they inflicted further punishment in the closing stages as Leigh Griffiths finished off a flowing move and Stefan Johansen swept home from Gary Mackay-Steven’s cutback.

In the end, it was comprehensive win for Ronny Deila’s side, who will now square up to Qarabag FK from Azerbaijan for a place in the play-offs Mackay-Steven Virgil van Dijk were restored to the Celtic starting XI as the manager made two changes to the team that defeated the Icelandic outfit last week in Glasgow.The winger, who missed the corresponding fixture after picking up an injury in the warm-up, came into the team at the expense of James Forrest, while van Dijk replaced Emilio Izaguirre, with Mulgew moving to left back. In the spartan surroundings of the Samsung Stadium, the Hoops immediately took the initiative against the home side, controlling possession and pushing for the crucial opening goal.

Finding some promising situations down the flanks, the Scottish champions earned several early corners and free-kicks in dangerous positions but failed to test goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen until Mulgrew took aim from a set-piece from 30 yards. His connection was sweet but the Stjarnan shot-stopper was equal to the shot.And with seven minutes on the clock, the hosts shocked Celtic by making the breakthrough. Following a swift breakaway down the left, Jeppe Hansen picked out Finsen, who cut inside and fired calmly beyond Craig Gordon.That goal provided further fuel for the Icelandic side in their defensive duties as the Hoops resumed the offensive with renewed vigour.Bitton fired wide from distance, before Stuart Armstrong lofted a ball in for Nadir Ciftci, who showed good strength to hold off his marker but he couldn’t keep his final effort down.

Celtic were bossing proceedings but were finding it difficult to break through the wall of blue shirts. However, gradually, Stjarnan’s busy backline started to creak.Mulgrew’s free-kick found Johansen in space and his shot entered a ruck of players in the six-yard box. Dedryck Boyata bundled the ball home but his celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.As the crosses continued to fly into the Stjarnan box, the Hoops came close again just before the half-hour mark, when Mulgrew’s low corner was almost forced over the line by Bitton and then Ciftci.Eventually, the home side’s resistance was broken from yet another Celtic corner. Johansen delivered the set-piece from the left and Bitton rose highest to bullet home a header, much to joy and relief of the travelling support.

Ronny Deila’s men went quickly in search of a second goal and they came within inches of achieving that objective as Armstrong’s instinctive shot trundled past the far post after diligent work from Mikael Lustig and Mackay-Steven.Apart from a well-worked free-kick which Daniel Laxdal volleyed wide, it was all Celtic as the interval approached, with Ciftci trying his luck from the edge of the box and Bitton’s clean strike forcing Nielsen into a smart save.Making a purposeful start to the second period, the Scottish champions only took four minutes to complete the turnaround. A slick passing move saw the ball being moved out to the left by Scott Brown. Mulgrew took a touch, steadied himself and then lashed an unstoppable shot into the far corner.

The visitors continued to probe for further reward, with Johansen particularly prominent, frequently finding dangerous pockets of space in front of the Stjarnan back four and attempting to pick out the runs of Ciftci, Armstrong and Mackay-Steven.At the other end, Boyata had to make a timely intervention to deny substitute Veigar Gunnarsson a sight of goal, but the introduction of Leigh Griffiths for the Hoops provided further attacking impetus for the Bhoys.Fresh from scoring a hat-trick against Eibar at the weekend, the striker looked full of verve and he only took a matter of moments to link up with Ciftci and flick a shot wide. He then tested Nielsen after collecting Johansen’s pass and driving towards the box.Bitton thought he had grabbed his second of the evening as he swept home Mulgrew’s free-kick, but the offside flag again came to Stjarnan’s rescue.

Gordon was finally called into meaningful action midway through the second half, saving from Finsen and then reacting quickly to thwart the chance for the rebound.But it was his opposite number who was considerably busier, and Nielsen prevented Mackay-Steven adding a third as he blocked the winger’s powerful drive after he had raced in on goal.The former Motherwell keeper was beaten again, however, as the clock ticked down after the Bhoys cut open the hosts with a wonderfully-worked goal.And there was still time for Johansen to compound Stjarnan’s misery as he applied the finish from Mackay-Steven’s low centre to seal the win and keep Celtic’s quest for the group phase alive.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Lustig (Ambrose 52), Boyata, van Dijk, Mulgrew; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Armstrong (Griffiths 62); Ciftci (Rogic 82)
Not Used: Bailly, Izaguirre, Stokes, Forrest

FC STJARNAN (4-3-3) Nielsen; Aegisson, D. Laxdal, Gudjonsson, Arnason; Runarsson (Gunnarsson 58) Praest, Punyed, Bjorgvinsson, Hansen (Barddal 81) Finsen
Not Used: Johannesson, J. Laxdal, Ottesen Palsson, Knutsson, Bjornsson

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Celtic 2-0 Stjarnan Hoops Halt Icelanders To Make Sure Theres No Whacky Celebrations!!!.

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2-0 tonight is a fair reflexion of the game from what ive read online ,wasnt able to make the game and had to make do with score updates and wee bit of radio commentary and had Leigh Griffiths scored with the penalty it would have been really comfortable next week,but the scoreline kinda makes it edgy for the return game,I don’t see any upsets and were more than capable of seeing out the tie but we shouldnt be complacent ,it was good to see the return of Lustig and Mulgrew who had long-term injuries and the depth in the current squad for season 2015-16 looks good,2 of our new players Ciftci and Boyata featured tonight and it was Boyata who scored goal number 1 on 45 mins with a neat header,going in at the half leading 1-0 celtic would have realised it was going to be one of those nights where they would have to gut it out…………

The visitors started the 2 nd half well and created a few chances but Celtics Johanson took the wind out their sails on 56 mins finishing a neat move with Armstrong the provider who sent an accurate pass into the box for the norwegian to score ,this should have been the cue for the floodgates to open but like euro nights of the past we stuttered a bit ,Griffiths introduction on the hour seen Ronnie Deila switch to a 4.4.2 formation and having Ciftci and Griffiths as the front 2 could have paid off ,the 2 players linked up well and on first showing looks like it could be a goaladen season for both with what many believe will be the teams main strikers,the penalty award on 75 mins could have seen the hoops extend there lead to 3 but the icelandic keeper saved well from the Griffiths penalty kick…..

next week in Iceland we will hope to finish the job the game is being shown live on bt sport 2 ,negotiating this first hurdle will still be tough as the Icelanders did show some danger in the game and on their own pitch at home they will fancy doing a few of there already famous celebrations,if Celtic can keep them on the backfoot I can see them getting a few away goals Ciftci looked so hungry to get that first competitive goal I wouldn’t bet against the new hoops front man bagging something,all in it’s a win tonight and no goals were conceded so we can be optimistic for the 2 nd leg next wed night hh…


SD Eibar v Celtic
18th July 2015
Kick Off 17:00


UEFA Champions League
Second round qualifier 1st leg
Celtic Park
Wednesday, July 15

(Boyata 45, Johansen 56)


CELTIC opened their 2015/16 UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign with a confident 2-0 victory over FC Stjarnan at Paradise.A headed goal just before half-time from debut Bhoy Dedryck Boyata was complimented by a fine finish from Stefan Johansen in the second-half to give Ronny Deila’s side a solid lead going into next week’s second leg of the second round qualifier in Iceland.The Celts missed the opportunity to put the tie out of sight when second-half substitute Leigh Griffith’s penalty was saved by Gunnar Nielsen but the win should be enough to give the champions the belief tthat they can finish the tie on the road next week.

The match saw a double debut for the Celts with new Bhoys Boyata and Nadir Ciftci making their competitive bows in front of the home crowd. Mikael Lustig also took his place in the side at right-back for the first time in a competitive game since February.Charlie Mulgrew started in central defence alongside Boyata in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, who served a one-match ban following his red card against Inter Milan in the UFEA Europa League last season. Ronny Deila was also forced to make one change before kick-off as Gary Mackay-Steven was replaced by James Forrest.
The first real chance came 10 minutes in when sustained pressure from Celtic forced a hurried clearance from the Stjarnan defence, which fell to Stefan Johansen 30 yards out.

The Norwegian controlled well and spotted the run of Ciftci, who gathered the pass in the box and spun his marker but his low shot was saved well by Nielson.High pressing from the Celts then won their first corner after Ciftci had a snap shot from 20 yards out. Johansen swung the set-piece in but Bitton couldn’t make a connection in the six yard box.A string of goal-scoring chances were then passed up by the champions as they continued to weave their way through the Stjarnan back-line. Johansen saw a volley in the area go inches wide before Armstrong took aim with his right from distance on 24 minutes but his shot whistled just over.

A quick throw-out from Craig Gordon then sparked a brilliant Celtic counter attack just before the half hour mark, allowing Johansen to drive at the Icelandic champions’ box and set up Armstrong inside the area but Nielsen got a block on the winger’s effort to keep the scores even. Stjarnan looked like they had done their research and their compact defensive set up continued to frustrate Deila’s men. The Bhoys remained undeterred, however, and the Icelanders’ rearguard was finally penetrated by a well-worked set piece after the Celts won a corner on the rightJohansen varied his approach by playing it short to Lustig and the Swede returned the ball to the attacker who had worked a wider angle for the cross. He then curled a pin-point ball into the six yard box where Boyata towered above his marker to power the ball home.

The breakthrough was well-deserved and came at the perfect time, just on the stroke of half-time.Celtic stormed out of the blocks after the restart to press home the advantage gained before the break but that left gaps at the back for Stjarnan, who displayed more confidence coming forward and created two dangerous chances before the Bhoys doubled their advantage through Player of the Year, Johansen.Mulgrew carried the ball forward on 56 minutes and played it to Armstrong on the left wing. The attacker cut inside and ran parallel to the box before playing an incisive through ball to Johansen 12 yards out who calmly clipped his shot round Nielsen with one touch to put the Celts 2-0 up.Leigh Griffiths was then introduced before the hour mark as Forrest made way and Celtic went 4-4-2.

The fresh approach gave the Bhoys a wealth of talent in the attacking department and it wasn’t long before the Edinburgh hit-man and Ciftci began to link up with clever flicks and interchanging runs. Captain Scott Brown also got in on the action as the Hoops morphed into full attacking flow and the skipper showed brilliant feet in the box to dance around a cluster of defenders but his shot was straight at Nielsen.Armstrong also continued to torment the Stjarnan defence and he clipped a delightful ball in for Johansen just after 70 minutes but the midfielder’s effort went over the bar. Johansen then turned provider as Celtic again tried to get Ciftci a debut goal but the striker couldn’t divert the midfielder’s cross on target.

Attack remained the order of the day, however, as Anthony Stokes replaced the Turkish forward on the 74th minute as the Bhoys chased a third goal.Celtic were then awarded a penalty just minutes later when Johansen was pushed in back as he gathered a flick-on from Brown in the box. Griffiths stepped up to take the kick and fired it to Nielsen’s right with power but the keeper got two strong hands to the effort and pushed it wide.Goal-scorer Boyata then made way for Efe Ambrose as the game approached its conclusion but the Bhoys remained on the front foot and had a chance to make it 3-0 just before the final whistle but Johansen’s powerful drive inside the box went over the bar before the referee called time to give the Celts a solid advantage heading to Iceland next week.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Lustig, Boyata (Ambrose 82), Mulgrew, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven (Forrest, before kick-off; Forrest off for Griffiths 58), Johansen, Armstrong; Ciftci (Stokes 74)

FC STJARNAN (4-2-3-1) Nielsen; Aegisson, Gudjonsson, D Laxdal, Arnason; Praest, A. Johannsson (Runarsson 73) Bjorgvinsson (Ottesen 86), Finsen, H.O. Bjornsson (Gunnarsson 80); Hansen

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Celtics Season Officialy Kicks Of This Wednesday Night 15th July At Home To Stjarnan………


Celtics season officially kicks of this wed night 15th July at home to Stjarnan in a champions league qualifier ,the icelandic minnows are something of a video viral phenomenon with their outlandish celebrations during games after scoring ,anyone with a YouTube account would have seen these videos and agree that the club have brought a bit off fun back to the game…

As much as id like to see them do a few at celtic park midweek ,1st priority is for the hoops to get a good first leg lead to take away in a few weeks time,with new aquisitions..Ciftci,Boyata,Janko,Bailly looking likely to play some part in the games it’s a bit of freshening up the club needed ,getting through these qualifiers is about the money…

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For me personally im happy getting to the group stages and earning some coin,il
take 3rd and Europa league every day of the week because like ive said before it’s a competition we can do well in,the more games in europe we can get the more funds going into the celtic kitty,on the playing front I think this season we will see a continuation of the good work Ronnie Deila and John Collins have done…

Europe of course is the first hurdle to cross and its good to finally be getting excited about the footy again,i think the club has bought well and bought wisely no extravagant spending ,1.5 million for ciftci looks a great piece of business and the big fella will score goals for fun
,Boyata and Janko will shore up the defence after the club lost Denayer and Mathews and the Belgian goalie Bailly will be an able 2nd to Craig Gordon,so were more than well prepared for the  challenge ahead…

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Virgil van dyk is still at the club too so that’s a bonus going into the new season,It’s about now we all start to get a bit edgy knowing competitive matches are just 48 hours away ,my
hope for the season is a decent number of european encounters ,the title of course priority and a cup as a bonus either will do,im not even going to go down the treble road ,we don’t need that pressure..

For me the championship always comes first ,europe second ,then a cup is a bonus not a necessity ,id like to wish the club luck in these first encounters hopefully we will see a big crowd on Wednesday night ,there s been some improvements visually outside paradise and a new entry system will be launched as well ,so lets hope for a hitch free night on and off the park hail hail troops thanks for following and reading the blog season 2015-16 promises to be interesting god bless………….


Celtic v Stjarnan
UEFA Champions League
15th July 2015
Kick Off 19:45

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Champions League Qualifiers-Transfer Targets-As New Season Nears!!!

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It’s that time of the season again when we start to think ahead a few weeks with the new season around the corner , Qualifiers for the champions league have us playing Icelandic side stjarnan mid and late July first at home then away ,what players will come into the club and who will leave out the front door , the clubs been linked with numerous targets and the lure of possible champions league football, will prove to be a good incentive for anyone considering a move…..

Of course we have to qualify , but I feel Ronnie and the bhoys are better equipped this season coming than last year , the gaffer was getting to know the club and not qualifying was disappointing from a financial point of view, I personally have always said were better suited to the Europa league and a few decent campaigns have proved this , with a little luck we could have progressed further in that tournament…..

I’m happy taking 6 champions league games for the money then competing in the Europa league , I’ve had my opinion many times on the champions league I don’t rate it because  its money driven….. the rich clubs will always win it so it’s not a fair representation off a level playing field …..5 teams will always win it we know who…, So what’s the point ? Anyway I don’t want to go on about that competition to be honest ,it serves the purpose of being a good lure for players to come to the club…

We’ve been linked with several from across Europe , I’ve listed them below and given a bit of background on each , it’s always really exciting pre-season awaiting any new arrivals , the kid boyata signed last month and is seen as a replacement for Jason Denayer who went back to Man City after a very successful season , Alexander Tonevs loan has ended as
has John Guidetti s so there’s a few spaces to be filled….

A goalie for backup may need to be found with Lucas Zaluska leaving,Virgil Van Dyks situation is no clearer , and with just Lee Griffiths reliable enough up front a striker may
need to be bought , with pre-season nearly upon us the deals need to be finalised quickly to get the squad settled…for the coming campaign….

We’ve all missed the footy and going for 5 in a row this year is some achievement , who will be our nearest challenger this year last year Aberdeen made a decent fight of it falling away just before the split, we’re all looking forward to a new campaign and the challenges it brings…

Stjarnan s goal celebrations have been doing the rounds on you tube for yrs there class looking forward to celtic playing them …christ id even want them to score just to see what they come up with …

Stjarnan F.C. (English: Star F.C.) is an Icelandic sports club specialising in football, located in Garðabær, which currently plays in Úrvalsdeild, the top league in Iceland. They won the promotion from the 1. deild karla in 2008. Stjarnan won the Úrvalsdeild for the first time in 2014. In the 2014-15 Europa League, they reached the play-off rounds after beating Scottish club Motherwell and Polish team Lech Poznań, before Italian giants Inter Milan denied them a place in the group stages.

The club gained worldwide fame when their elaborate goal celebrations, including highly choreographed depictions of landing a fish, diving, a human toilet, a human bicycle, and a Rambo shooting spree, were published widely across the Internet and football television shows.

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2015/16 UEFA Champions League list of participants

First qualifying round draw
Lincoln FC (GIB) v FC Santa Coloma (AND)
Crusaders FC (NIR) v FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)
FC Pyunik (ARM) v SS Folgore (SMR)
B36 Tórshavn (FRO) v The New Saints FC (WAL)

• Ties will be played on 30 June/1 July and 7/8 July.

Second qualifying round draw
Hibernians FC (MLT) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
APOEL FC (CYP) v FK Vardar (MKD)
Qarabağ FK (AZE) v FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE)
FK Sarajevo (BIH) v KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
NK Maribor (SVN) v FC Astana (KAZ)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v Dundalk FC (IRL)
HJK Helsinki (FIN) v FK Ventspils (LVA)
FC Midtjylland (DEN) v Lincoln FC (GIB)/FC Santa Coloma (AND)
Molde FK (NOR) v FC Pyunik (ARM)/SS Folgore (SMR)
Malmö FF (SWE) v FK Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)
Celtic FC (SCO) v Stjarnan (ISL)
FK AS Trenčín (SVK) v FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU)
FK Partizan (SRB) v FC Dila Gori (GEO)
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v FC Milsami Orhei (MDA)
CS Fola Esch (LUX) v GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
KF Skënderbeu (ALB) v Crusaders FC (NIR)/FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)
B36 Tórshavn (FRO)/ The New Saints FC (WAL) v Videoton FC (HUN)

• Ties will be played on 14/15 and 21/22 July.

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CELTIC will take on Icelandic side, Stjarnan, in the second qualifying round of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League.The Hoops were pairedwith the Icelandic side at the official draw in Nyon, Switzerland, today(Monday), and face a trip to Iceland for the second consecutive season.

Thefirst leg will take place on July 14/15. The second leg will take place the following week on either July 21 or 22. Celtic were drawn out first, so thefirst leg is scheduled to be played at home.



Meanwhile, Hoops target Alireza Jahanbakhsh has turned down a move to Brighton because he wants to play at a higher level.

The Iranian held talks with the Championship side after they had agreed a £1.7m deal with NEC Nijmegen in Holland.Celtic are keen on the 21-year-old, who is interesting Norwich and Anderlecht.His agent Amir Hashemi said: “Alireza wants to develop further and the style of play the Championship has will not help him.”

Alireza Jahanbakhsh is an Iranian professional footballer who plays for Eredivisie side NEC and the Iranian national team as a right and left winger. He represented Iran at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup


According to the Daily Mail, Celtic remain interested in signing Genk utility man Kara Mbodj – if Virgil van Dijk leaves the clubs this summer.

The Bhoys have already snapped up one defender this summer, signing Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata as a replacement for loanee Jason Denayer.


Genk forward Jelle Vossen has said he would be open to a move to Celtic, who are apparently chasing his signature following his recent loan spell at Middlesbrough

Jelle Vossen is a Belgian footballer who plays as a striker for English Championship club Middlesbrough, on loan from KRC Genk, and the Belgium national football team. He is nicknamed The Magician.


Marcel Halstenberg is a German footballer who plays for FC St. Pauli. He signed a three-year contract with FC St. Pauli as a free agent, after his contract had expired with Borussia Dortmund at the end of the 2012–13 Bundesliga campaignThe 23-year-old German has impressed in Bundesliga II, and his club would be prepared to sell now rather than risk losing one of their main assets for nothing next summer.

However, Parkhead manager Ronny Deila faces competition from Hannover, who are looking to re-sign their former player.Halstenberg came through the youth ranks at Hannover before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2011.


Another Celtic target has also opened the door on a move to Glasgow by admitting he wants to join the Parkhead club. 6ft 6in Bosnian striker Milan Djuric has told Cesena that he wants to leave them in order to make a £2million switch to Celtic.

Milan Đurić is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Cesena. Born: May 22, 1990 (age 25), Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

ITS  going to be interesting as we near the start of the new season to see who goes and who stays and who comes to the club,really looking forward to playing the icelanders in the champions league qualifier ….hope everyone is looking forward to the new season HH

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Sat 5th August 1995 Fergus Delivers On A Promise………


Who remembers that summers day at the new paradise …rod stewart ,Newcastle utd ,and the man who had delivered on his promise to rebuild celtic park and make it one of the finest arenas in world football ,fergus mccann we will always be indebted to you ,he came to parkhead as a little known buisnessman and as he stood on the steps of celtic park outlined breifly his plan for the club…………………………….

In the days and months following that eventful evening he never lied he never sold the fans false promises,a 5 yr plan that envolved rebuilding the stadium paying the debt and taking celtic back to the top of scottish football,from day 1 fergus mccann said that after the 5 yr period was up he would leave and pass the club on in good hands to the nxt person,he would also leave the club with 79 million pounds of well earned cash his return for his investment ….

In any other era that would be scorned upon but the celtic faithful knew what the wee guy had just achieved ,the club had been on its knees under the previous board bad managment had led celtic to within the hour of being no more,fan power and a contingincy of celtic minded people saved the club from extinction ,the club has never looked back and there buisness plan and finances are very healthy….

Whenever i think off the events leading up to the takeover and the yrs of mccann in charge im thankful we had someone who had integrity ..and a good buisness mind to sort out a mess that had been coming to a head for many yrs ,brain dempsey and fergus mccann stood on those steps that night celtic men celtic minded ,there only thought was to rebuild a great club ,there was no intension to fleece the fans of there money like a certain club is these days ,there was no intension to hide from there debt and deny it exsisted ..

when the fans arrived at celtic park on saturday the 5th of august to watch celtic play newcastle united in a freindly at the new celtic park ,we were amazed the stadium the pitch the whole arena was a vision realised ,one we had bought into when fergus mccann sold it to us ,the game itself had one john collins as goalscorer in a 1-1 draw on the day …fast forward to today and john is a part of the managment team at the club ….rod stewart entertained the crowd cut the ribbon and opened a whole new era for the club ,celtic football club and its fans thank fergus mcann and his consortium who saved our great club youll never be forgotten hh

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In The Bible it Says Love thy Neighbour Why That Could Never Happen With Sevco5088


In the bible it says love thy neighbour why that could never happen with sevco, firstly let’s look at recent events in Glasgow , only last Saturday 6 th June the loyalists had a gathering in George square called orangefest these are the fanatics associated with the dead club Rangers 1873-2012 and the phoenix club sevco 5088 …..2012-2015 …

The figurehead they follow has changed but the traditions and sectarian hatred remain the same ,this time of yr is one this breed look forward to immensely , more so since 2012 because it’s all there followers have to celebrate now, their football team play in a lower division than Glasgow Celtic and once more like rangers fc there in the shadow of greatness ….

Celtic are so far ahead that they will never see the blue monster in their rear view mirror again, loyalists all over the UK will take to the streets this summer like they always do , the smokescreen they like to use is that it’s their right along their queens highway , but really it’s like a child’s tantrum they can’t have what they want ie football success and a figurehead for there loyalist brand ie dead Rangers..

Sevco are an embarrassment on and of the pitch , so it’s time to take to the streets again this summer to show our petulance, this time of year is when the real face of Scotland and the UK rears its ugly head , sectarian hatred becomes feverish as the loyalist hoarded amass for there annual catholic bashing parades…

organisations like the regimental blues Along with the orange lodge of Scotland have their agenda and it’s simple get out on those streets and wade in some Fenian blood , it’s my belief that that’s exactly what they would do if they could , the hatred is strong you only have to look at sep 13 th 2014 when Scotland had a referendum to have independence the violence in George square And surrounding Glasgow areas by loyalists against Scottish nationalists was disgusting See post….below


these are the same royalists and unionists who followed Rangers and who now follow sevco , since 2012 the football club who rose from the ashes of rangers have bumbled and fumbled their way through the lower leagues of Scottish football finally stopping at the final hurdle the championship where I believe they will remain until the next administration and liquidation event takes place…

So I return to my opening quote … In the bible it says love thy neighbour why that could never happen with sevco …. The old club lied cheated , stole begged borrowed and ultimately payed the price no apology was ever given no admittance   of guilt was ever declared ….

The saying a leopard never changes its spots comes to mind as the new club are following in the footsteps of their big Dead Brother and commiting financial and business suicide, if Mike Ashley decides at any time to call time on his short-term loan , the impending implosion will begin …

Big mick is holding all the trump cards king and co are only one move away from oblivion , can my sides take another hit like 2012 dam right they can hh

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