The Best And Worst Case Scenarios For Celtic In The Champions League

The Best And Worst Case Scenarios For Celtic In The Champions League

A 5-0 first-leg thrashing at Parkhead should have sealed the deal against the Kazakhstan champions but in Tuesday's return leg, nearly 4,000 miles from Glasgow, Brendan Rodgers' side certainly made a meal of qualification.

Tomorrow is the eagerly anticipated Champions League group stage draw, and - need we remind you, ladies and gents; Arsenal supporters - Manchester United are in it.

Sergio Escudero equalised for the hosts in the second half and Wissam Ben Yedder made it 2-1 on the night for the Spanish club with about 15 minutes left in regulation.

"The fans make it tremendous at home and we take a good crowd away from home as well so we are looking forward to all the six games".

"Wherever I play I will try and help the team to win".

"We came back early and the boys don't take a lot of holidays so we have come back fit and had a good and hard pre-season".

Real Madrid won Europe's elite club competition in Cardiff in June, becoming the first team in the Champions League era to win back-to-back titles.

The draw for the eight groups, featuring 32 teams in all, begins live on Eurosport 1 at 5pm BST on Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in the Principality.

"But in the end we had 19 attempts at goal and the domination of possession but I still want us and expect us to be better".

The top two in each group qualify for the Champions League second round, with third place entering the Europa League knockout rounds.

With 69 minutes gone, Celtic were 4-1 down against a rampant Astana and only two late goals from Olivier Ntcham and Leigh Griffiths calmed the nerves and added a degree of respectability to the scoreline.

"It is not just about the football, it is about the nation and what it does economically and commercially, what Champions League football brings to Glasgow".

"We were too loose in our passing and we gave away a poor first goal".

Astana: Eric, Shitov, Anicic, Postnikov, Shomko, Maevski, Kleinheisler (Grahovac, 12 mins), Twumasi, Tomasov (Beysebekov, 46 mins), Muzhikov, Kabanaga.