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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 – 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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Friendly findings – back to square one?

Given the shambles surrounding domestic competition in Scotland, Europe has become more significant than ever for Celtic. Not just for Neil Lennon, who after two disappointing continental campaigns needs to prove his managerial credentials outwith the SPL, but for the … Continue reading

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Dundee Utd 0 – 4 Celtic: Neilsen red-card undermines Houston’s plans

The 4-0 scoreline is a tad unfair on ten man Dundee Utd, with Robbie Neilsen’s early dismissal for a clumsy elbow on Georgios Samaras proving pivotal. After a stodgy start, Neil Lennon’s tactical intervention also helped swing the tie in … Continue reading

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Celtic 3 – 1 Falkirk: Celtic survive scare to power through

Celtic had to deal with a bright and forward-thinking Falkirk side to progress to the final of the¬†Scottish Communities League Cup. With Gary Hooper already having a goal erroneously chalked off, Scott Brown opened the scoring with a penalty. Falkirk … Continue reading

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Celtic 2 – 1 Aberdeen: Celtic their own worst enemy

Celtic made hard work of beating a stubborn Aberdeen, meekly allowing the Dons to come back into the game before Charlie Mulgrew’s 72nd minute winner. Neil Lennon had spoke at length before the match about his sides poor record returning … Continue reading

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Rennes 1 – 1 Celtic: Silly blunder sullies solid performance

Celtic put in an improved away European performance at Stade Rennais, only for the night to be sullied by yet another defensive blunder. This time Cha Du Ri and Frazer Forster conspired to concede a comical goal, but Neil Lennon … Continue reading

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Rangers Vs Celtic – Match Preview

Celtic travel to Ibrox ¬†to face Rangers in the first Old Firm fixture of the season. As is customary in the buildup to these occasions, the red-tops are busy stirring up as much off-field drama as possible (with this despicable … Continue reading

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