Category Archives: Europe

Spartak Moscow 2 – 3 Celtic: Seminal away win may be Lennon-era milestone

Celtic banished an irksome hoodoo after a magnificent 3-2 victory over Spartak Moscow in the Luzhinki Stadium. Whatever the particulars of the long-term away track-record, Neil Lennon took momentous steps in his side’s development by delivering the kind of knife-edge … Continue reading

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Celtic 0 – 0 Benfica: Sturdy Celtic can’t bring forwards into play

Celtic drew 0-0 with Benfica after a cagey match rooted firmly in a midfield battle. With both sides depleted, neither could create clear-cut chances, with a goal always more likely to be derived from a defensive mistake or a stroke … Continue reading

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Celtic vs Benfica: Tactical Preview – defensive woes for both sides

Two familiar foes go head-to-head on Wednesday night with serious contrasting problems to contend with and no clear indication in the Betfair Champions League betting tips on who will be the likely winner. Celtic’s big issue has been form with … Continue reading

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Celtic 2 – 0 Helsingborg: Direct approach to Champions League group stages

Celtic are back in the biggest football competition in the world, after seeing off Helsingborg in Glasgow. Already 2-0 up on aggregate from the previous leg, the priority on paper was keeping a clean sheet. In reality, Neil Lennon set … Continue reading

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Helsingborg 0 – 2 Celtic: Possession key but goals win matches

A glance at the scoreline might suggest an uncharacteristically comfortable away European performance from Celtic though it was anything but. Despite Neil Lennon’s pledge to keep possession and starting with a numerical advantage in midfield, his side never looked comfortable … Continue reading

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HJK 0 – 2 Celtic: Patience rewarded with big away win

Celtic are through to the Champions League play-off round after a dogged victory over HJK in Finland. Neil Lennon’s side set out to calmly control possession, and save for a few shaky moments in the second half with the score … Continue reading

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Celtic 2 – 1 HJK: Second half improvement enough to take advantage

Celtic made a customary sloppy start to the first competitive match of the season, before improving enough to take advantage in what’s turning out to be a tougher tie than expected. Celtic Lineup The lineup was always going to be … Continue reading

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Udinese 1-1 Celtic: Good performance can’t alleviate past failings

To think that Celtic – who were mauled this season by the unimpressive (albeit fraudulent) FC Sion –  could go on to match a team at the peak of Serie A would once have required some wishful thinking. But with both fixtures against … Continue reading

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Celtic 0 – 1 Atletico Madrid: Respectable show spoiled by unlucky goal

Celtic now must travel to Udine and win after succumbing to a slim defeat to group winners Atletico Madrid. Arda Turan’s ever-so-fortunate first-half strike flew over Beram Kayal’s head, and the unsighted Fraser Forster’s hands weren’t strong enough. Though the … Continue reading

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Celtic Vs Atletico Madrid – Tactical Preview

Group leaders Atletico Madrid have travelled to Glasgow ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League crunch match taking star striker Falcao with them. The €40m striker had missed the last two La Ligua matches through injury and may be fit to play. … Continue reading

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