LASK LINZ AUSTRIA FRIENDLIES SERIES 08/07/2014
SK RAPID WIEN AUSTRIA FRIENDLIES SERIES 06/07/2014
Teemu Pukki scored for Celtic in a 1-1 draw with Rapid Vienna in the second match of their series of pre-season friendlies in Austria today. Virgil van Dijk scored an o.g. that gave the Austrians a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute when he glanced a header past Lukasz Zaluska in the Celtic goal. Why Celtic agreed to play this lot is a mystery to us. Unless we are forced to play them again by being drawn against them in European competiton we shouldn't acknowledge that they even exist. If anyone wants to argue that point then you should point to how they conned us out of Europe in 1984. Match programme and match stats here.
FK KRASNODA AUSTRIA FRIENDLIES SERIES 03/07/2014
Celtic beat FK Krasnoda 3-1 today with Anthony Stokes getting the first goal of Ronny Delia era in only two mintures. A match programme was issued. Match stats.
REYKJAVIC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DATES CONFIRMED - 27/06/2014
The fine details for the Champions League matches against KR Reykjavic have been finalised. The first leg will take place in KR's KR-völlur stadium on Tuesday 15th of July with a 7:15pm kick-off and the return match is set for Tuesday 22nd July with a 7:45pm kick-off at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. KR are reporting that, because of the Commonwealth Games, they have been unable to arranged flights and accomodation in Scotland for their players and staff so far and their fans are finding it difficult as well.
CELTIC DRAW ICELANDIC CHAMPIONS KR REYKJAVIC - 21/06/2014
Celtic have been drawn against Icelandic champions KR Reykjavic (Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur) for their Champions League 2nd qualifying round matches. Celtic should have been at 'home' for the first leg but have asked KR if they could switch it to Reykjavic's 2,700 capacity KR-völlur stadium instead. It looks like that request has been granted as the KR's official website is already stating that the first leg will be in Iceland instead of Scotland. If that is confirmed, the first leg will take place in Reykjavic on the 15th or 16th of July with the second leg at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh one week later. Home clubs fix the kick-off time for matches of the qualifying phase and the play-offs. Exact dates will be agreed on by both clubs.
Speaking to the UEFA's official website, Ronnie Delia said "I will try and watch KR before we play them. We have a good chance to go through but have to be prepared. They are a good team and we have to treat them with respect, but I am excited about the draw" and KR's head coach Rúnar Kristinsson said that his team "will try to enjoy these games and of course we aim to get good results. Either you want a team you could beat, or a team like Real Madrid. Celtic will be an adventure for everyone but this will be very difficult." Older Celtic supporters will remember Reykjavic as the birth place of Icelandic international Jóhannes "Shuggie" Edvaldsson signed in 1975 from Danish club Holbæk B&I. KR are the most successfull Icelandic team ever having won the championship a record 26 times.