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Behind All This Champions League “Concern” Is A Prayer: “Don’t Let Celtic Make It.”

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The news, this week, that Bayern Munich had been knocked out of the Champions League by Villarreal brought forth another dumb round of “Scotland’s clubs are still facing the nightmare scenario …”

In fact, what the press means is that Celtic are.

The possibility that the champions of Scotland would not go straight into next year’s groups was current when this season kicked off. It was live. It was a thing. But it was such a remote prospect that hardly anybody paid it any heed.

When the Ibrox club was winning games and people were talking crap about us maybe finishing fourth, nobody cared.

These stories have gained prominence for one reason only; the team marching towards the title is us instead of them.

The writers of this dreck go out of their way to include the Ibrox club in their dark scenario, but nobody really believes it will be them on the final day. The stories have but one purpose; to scare Celtic fans, and that’s all it is.

Barry Ferguson is the latest to push this line, going on an online radio show to lament “Scotland’s luck” but this too is fooling nobody.

Underneath every single one of these stories, all coached in terms of how dreadful this would be, you can sense the undercurrent of “please, don’t let Celtic make it.”

The reason this story will not die isn’t that there’s a real chance of it – Villarreal have as much chance of winning the Champions League as the Ibrox club has of winning the Europa – but because the media so desperately wants it to happen, so desperately wants us to robbed of the prize.

What their pet club here at home couldn’t do, they are hoping someone else in Europe will do for them.

And I think it’s absolutely pathetic, and I cannot imagine what they will do when this straw, like several others in the course of this season, is snatched away.

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14 comments

  • Paul says:

    It doesn’t matter if villarreal win the champions league, I hope they do.
    If they do, what happens is the bottom ranked league out of the big 5 leagues, which is the French league, lose a spot. So next season France would only have 3 teams straight into the groups .
    So that fact they are still pushing this false story in the media can only mean 2 thing. They don’t know what they are talking about

    • Benjamin says:

      Paul, that’s not correct. If Villlareal win the CL, that will affect Celtic. The CL either the CL winners or the champions or the Champions of Scotland will get automatic group stage. If the CL winner has already qualified through domestic competition, Scotland gets the spot.

      What you’re referring to is the Europa League winner – which also gets automatic CL qualification. If the EL winner has already qualified for CL through domestic qualification, the 4th place club from France takes that place instead.

  • Tony B says:

    Russian teams won’t be allowed so it doesn’t matter who wins the C.L., the Scottish league winners go straight in to the Group stages.

    BTW, Anyone who listens to the imbecile Barry Ferguson and his ilk deserves nothing but ridicule: here’s a moron let’s pay attention to what he says.

    FFS.

  • Finbar muldoon says:

    Couldn’t give a monkey’s who wins CL. As long as Celts lord it in scotland. We might have to play a qualifier. And the also-rans will have to play MORE qualifiers. HH

  • Bob (original) says:

    The real concern is if sevco does actually win the EL.
    They do have a reasonable chance.

    But if they do win the thing…
    My God, it will be awful.
    24/7 SMSM coverage of all things Ibrox and how great it is, etc…

    …and CFC / Ange achievements will be totally ignored.

    • DominicHannah says:

      Same old same old,,, always an agenda around this,,and the record pushing for worse case scenario now,,if the Rangers International were three points clear or six, would they even mention this,,??? So what if we don’t go straight in,, we’ll still qualify for the group stages anyway with only one qualifier to do,,,and fresh after a treble too,,

  • Bigchunkylardass says:

    Heres the thing, last year, sevco won the league in the most anticlimactic way possibe, our early implosion meant that it was a feeling that grew,from the turn of the year, so by the time it was actually won, it had been won in their heads for a couple of months. Also, no fans in the ground robbed them of the usual stadium party of winning the league. Honestly, if i had the power to pick how they were to ever win a league, it would be in the circumstances of last year.

    All this is just them trying to rob us of our joy when it comes, tightish league, fans in the stadium means party party party.

    HH

  • SSMPM says:

    They won’t win the EL cup so don’t let the reality fade because of british propaganda outlets.

    We’ve won the League Cup, in the bag already. We’ll win the league by 10 maybe 12 points. The bragging rights are tripled when we win the Scottish Cup.

    Success again, we bring back our fourth trophy – The Sydney Cup

  • Dora says:

    If sevco somehow win the EL—I’ll eat my underpants~~~never gonna happen..Fking no chance!!!
    Still can’t believe that roofe fella got a pen, Fking cheating fkwit, just like the old firm footy klub I suppose..!

  • Martin says:

    We write the chances of Villareal and Sevco off at our peril. They’re both in semi finals. It is not inconceivable they have a couple of good/lucky games and win the cups. How are we, claiming they have no chance, any different to the media in your article? We don’t really mean they have no chance, we mean “please don’t”

  • Henry says:

    This article needs re-writing. I have no idea what it means.

  • Jack says:

    Sevco have had the luck of the devil in Europe. Good teams have had the tendency to under estimate them. Good teams have also been taken in by the trick they have of playing for penalties and red cards. I think what happened in Dortmund will be their undoing. Leipzig will surely not make the same mistakes.

    • Martin says:

      Why not? It’s worked up til now. I’m sorry, as much as I know there are better teams in the EL than sevco and they should be found out, we’re now at the point where chance can make a difference. I’m not buying into the “I won’t countenance them winning” crap because they might. It’s unlikely but they only need to get by 1 team (with 2 draws if need be) and get lucky against another in the final. Anyone saying they absolutely cannot win it knows nothing about football or mathematics.

  • DominicHannah says:

    Same old same old,,, always an agenda around this,,and the record pushing for worse case scenario now,,if the Rangers International were three points clear or six, would they even mention this,,??? So what if we don’t go straight in,, we’ll still qualify for the group stages anyway with only one qualifier to do,,,and fresh after a treble too,,

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