DUNDEE 0 CELTIC 3 SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP 31/08/2014
Celtic drew 1-1 with Premiership new boys Dundee at Dens Park today. Leigh Griffiths equalised early in the second-half after James McPake had put the home side in front in only 50 seconds.
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW 29/08/2014
Celtic have drawn FC Salzburg (Austria), GNK Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) and FC Astra Giurgiu (Romania) for the group stage of the Europa League. The group contains three domestic champions from 2013/14: Salzburg, Celtic and Dinamo, Astra Giurgiu are the only group stage debutants.
Celtic's first match will take place on 18 September. Of the three other teams in their group Celtic have played only Dinamo Zagreb before. Zagreb knocked Josef Venglos' Celtic out of the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round, winning 3-1 on aggregate. Darren Jackson scored in a 1-0 victory at Celtic Park but Celtic couldn't score in the away leg against a Zagreb team that included Marko Viduka.
The group matches have been set for the following dates:
Matchday one: FC Salzburg, away, 18/09/14
Matchday two: Dinamo Zagreb, home, 02/10/14
Matchday three: FC Astra, home, 23/10/14
Matchday four: FC Astra, away, 06/11/14
Matchday five: FC Salzburg, home, 27/11/14
Matchday six: Dinamo Zagreb, away, 11/12/14
The bad news is that if by any remote chance Celtic were to reach the final of the Europa League, the fans will need to go back to Warsaw - a 'warm' welcome awaits.
INVERNESS CT 1 CELTIC 0 SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP 23/08/2014
Celtic lost by 1-0 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in today's Premiership match in the Highlands, young Eoghan O'Connell unfortunately scoring an own goal for John Hughes' side. Match programme, ticket and game stats.
CAS REJECTS LEGIA APPEAL 18/08/2014
As expected, the Court of Arbritation for Sport (CAS) has denied the first part of Legia Warszawa's appeal against UEFA's decision to award Celtic a 3-0 'walkover' for Legia playing a suspended player in the Champions League qualifier at Murrayfield earlier this month.The 3-0 win resulted in a 4-4 aggregate score, celtic through on away goals and Legia dropped into the Europa League.A failed appeal with UEFA on 14 August and the Polish champions then filed an appeal against this decision to the CAS the very next day together with an urgent application for provisional measures requesting that it be provisionally admitted to participate in UEFA Champions League matches until the CAS renders its final arbitral award.
Their appeal was heard today and afterwards CAS made the following staement on their Website - "The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has denied the urgent request for provisional measures filed by the Legia Warszawa SA in the course of its appeal against the UEFA Appeals Body decision of 13 August 2014." Accordingly, Celtic FC remains qualified to participate in the UEFA Champion’s League 2014/2015 and will play its next match against NK Maribor on 20 August 2014. Arbitration will continue and a panel of arbitrators will be constituted to examine the case within the next weeks.
CELTIC 6 DUNDEE UNITED 1 SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP 16/08/2014
It was a return to Paradise for Celtic today and Fergus McCann came back to the stadium that he built 20 years ago to unfurl the league flag before the league match with Dundee United. The great man and saviour of Celtic in 1994 said a few words to the faithfull and was rewarded by the loudest cheer of the day as he released the league flag, even though Celtic thumped Jackie McNamara's Arabs by six goals to one.
The first of the six Celtic goals came from loan signing and debutant Jason Denayer when the Manchester City ace thumped a shot past Cierzniak in the United goal from close range in the only the fourth minute. That set the tone for the match with Kris Commons and Stefan Johansen making it 3-0 before half-time. Things changed little after the break. Anthony Stokes soon made it 4-0 and Jo Inge Berget added his first and second goal for Celtic either side of United's consolation from Rankin. Match programme, ticket, official teamsheet and match stats.
LEGIA WARSAW CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 06/08/2014
Celtic are out of the Champions League after a 1-6 aggregate defeat and a football lesson at the hands of Legia Warsaw. They now drop into the UEFA Europa League where they must win a play off round to reach the group stage. The draw for the play-off matches will take place on Friday 8 August at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, starting at 1pm CET. Match programme, ticket and stats.
KR REYKJAVIK CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 22/07/2014
Celtic will play St Patrick's Athletic or Legia Warsaw in the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League after a 4-0 win (agg 5-0) over KR Reykjavic at Murrayfield Stadium tonight. Man-of-the-match Virgil van Dijk scored the first two followed by a another double from Teemu Pukki. Match programme, ticket and game stats.
KR REYKJAVIK CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 15/07/2014
Celtic struggled to defeat Reykjavic in their Champions League qualifier match in Iceland tonight. It took a fantastic effort from the young debutant Calum McGregor to break the icelandic defence for a 1-0 win. An official match programme was issued at the games. Match stats . . .
Celtic's next match is friendly against Dynamo Dresden in Germany in four days time. The draw for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League will take place on Friday 18 July 2014. The pairings for this stage of the competition will be made during ceremonies to be held at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, starting at 12.00CET.
DUKLA PRAGUE AUSTRIA FRIENDLIES SERIES 11/07/2014
Celtic ended their Austria series of friendlies with a 0-0 draw against Dukla Prague and remained undefeated on the tour. Match stats . . .
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.