Some Celtic fans react to Champions League draw
Sections of the Celtic supporters have been reacting to the Champions League draw today.
The Hoops were paired with either Maccabi Tel-Aviv or CFR Cluj in the third qualifying round of Europe’s premier club competition. That is, of course, if we manage to surge past Nomme Kalju in the second round.
It’s going to be a tough task as we get closer to the group stages of the competition. It’s also the same stage in which Celtic were knocked out of our qualification campaign last season by AEK Athens.
And it’s fair to say the Celtic supporters are generally positive about the draw too. Reacting to the news on Twitter, here’s a look at what sections of our fanbase had to say.
Cluj or Tel Aviv. Not the worst. 👍
— Timothy Leary (@sharko67) July 22, 2019
Cluj and Tel Aviv are difficult ties IMO but both winnable for #Celtic
— PureFitbaw (@PureFitbaw) July 22, 2019
Cluj or Maccabi tel aviv in round 3 should we get there. Decent draw for the bhoys 🍀
— W.S.N.B.M Podcast (@WSNBM_PODCAST) July 22, 2019
Not many easy draws at the UCL QR3 stage for Celtic but given PAOK or Red Star Belgrade could've been the opposition, Cluj or Maccabi Tel-Aviv are a less unfavourable draw than some.
Depending on them getting past Estonian Champions Kalju of course.
— Inside The SPFL (@AgentScotland) July 22, 2019
Maccabi Tel Aviv won the Israeli Premier League by 31 points and have a better record in Europe in recent seasons. Factor in the travel as well. Definitely wanting Cluj to progress to the third round.
— Aidan (@AMc88_) July 22, 2019
Cluj or Maccabi Tel Aviv!! Not a bad draw. Two decent sides but I’d like to think we have enough to get by. One round to get through first tho. Nothing guaranteed!🍀🍀
— ArmchairCeltic (@CelticArmchair) July 22, 2019
Cluj or Maccabi tel aviv next if we get past this Estonian team, could have been a lot worse glad we dodged PAOK and Red star Belgrade
— steven friel (@stevenfriel91) July 22, 2019
Champions League draw could’ve been better and worse
There’s no denying the best draw we could’ve obtained today was the winners of Valletta and Ferencvaros. Unfortunately, we avoided that scenario, and are instead up against a decent outfit regardless of the outcome.
Celtic have never faced either side in European competition, but have won just one of five visits to Romania and Israel respectively. Tel-Aviv haven’t reached the Champions League group stages since 2015. That was their only visit to the promised land since the 2004-05 season too.
For Cluj, their last season in the Champions League groups came back in 2012-13. They’ve yet to taste group stage competition in either European tournament since then. Last season, they managed to reach the Europa League playoff round before being knocked out by Dudelange.
So both sides will be tough regardless of who we face. As one fan said their Twitter post, however, we shouldn’t expect to be mixing it with the big boys in Europe if we can’t knock out opposition of this level.
It’s a tough task should we get past Nomme Kalju. But nobody at Parkhead will be quaking their boots over it. It provides us with a chance to progress further than last season, and arrest the frustrating demons of the Athens tie.