Astana Test is here Concede none score Many !!


Champions League Qualifier
Celtic v Astana ko 19:45. Team: Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair; Griffiths. Subs: De Vries, Armstrong, Benyu, Ajer, McGregor, Ralston, Miller

 

 

Listen make no mistake this game is going to be tough as hell its 5.49 on a wet Wednesday night a few hours to kick off ….

 
These two teams have previous so that makes the tie interesting last time we had the away leg first gaining a draw in the province of Kazakhstan and brought it back to parkhead at 1-1 …

 

 

 

The game at paradise was tight and a late Dembelle goal seen us through the tie , so anyone thinking this game is a gimmie is a fool ..

 

 

 

It depends on several factors one being the players available to Brendan Rodgers the squad has been hit with a few injuries to key players,the second I’d say is not having one of those sketchy nervy European nights we’ve encountered in the past …

 
I’d say we need a 2-0 or a 3-0 tonight if we concede it could be tragic for our hopes of the champions league Astana may not be a huge scalp but they know how to stifle opponents and their objectives tonight are clear ….get 1 goal ..

 
Defence has been a issue this campaign with both Sviatchenko and boyata injured and Izaguirre leaving for pastures new so biton has been filling in at the back , it’s not ideal but we shall see come kick off if the big Israeli will Again Line up with Šimunović…

 
Celtic have to approach this game as a second leg knock out and go for broke on home soil , I never like having the 1 st leg at home it’s edgy and nervous for the club but if we perform to the standard of last season tonight we could take a decent lead to Kazakhstan …

 
Up front we have a issue as well with both our main strikers griffiths and Dembelle , not always fit at the same time or having niggling injuries that keep them out of games both have been brilliant for the club and it remains to be seen if griffiths makes the game with Dembelle out till September at least …

 
I think Brendan Rodgers knows that we have guys from midfield who can fill in up front but having a regular target man is a no brainier, with what’s on offer in terms of finance this tie is a must win the group stages are a nice bonus…

 
Europa league is a consolation if we fail but the finance involved is night and day and six games in the champions league would give the gaffer a nice budget to finalise some deals for big game players ..

 

 

 

The Patrick Roberts deal hasent gone away and it’s still possible he could sign for celtic as I write , if theirs one player I’d love to see back at parkhead it’s the Manchester City winger in his 18 month loan spell he lit up the old stadium..

 
Another factor tonight is the return of the Green Brigade the atmosphere on European nights with them in full voice has galvanised the team and got the stadium rocking ,here’s hoping they will behave after their 2 match ban …

 

 

 

It’s now 18.30 the rain has went off it’s still humid and the game is ever approaching my fingers are tightly crossed that tonight we get the result that could see us progress , I’m never entirely comfortable watching these games and the whole of Scottish football will be praying at least one team can progress..

 
Celtic are the flag bearers again for our nation with sevco st johnstone and Aberdeen failing to move on in European competition, it falls on scotland champions of the last 6 years to carry the torch ..

 
I know we have the support of all non sevco related clubs in scotland and most will wish us well so it’s on to Buisness hail hail celtic you’ll never walk alone !!

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THE CELTIC FOOTSOLDIERS MACLAD1888 The blog was setup over 6 years ago its mainly about celtic football club and the great fans ,but olso the wider footballing issues in scotland like Rangers fc deceased 1873-2012-and there piriah club Sevco .... its always developing and its not the finished article theres pages at the top which are works in progress..the core off the blog is fully operational and theres more than enough for people to get through,im always adding stuff.so enjoy it and share...this club off ours is very special its like no other and the celtic family is worldwide hh and god bless YNWA
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