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Celtic FC: The Bhoys Are Back in Town

Can Celtic better last seasons performance, or will Ronny Deila fail on the European stage again?
Started on 3 August 2015 by Tallery
Latest Reply on 1 September 2015 by Tallery

Pre-Season: Part One

Celtic faced nine games this preseason, including two Champions League qualifiers before the season started.

The preparation took them around Scotland to play teams such as Falkirk, Dunfermline and Fife, as well as Steaua Bucuresti amongst the visitors to Celtic Park.

Friendly One

The Bhoy’s pre-season got off to a stale start, as Romanian champions Steaua Bucuresti held them to a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park. It wasn’t the fact that Celtic played poorly – they controlled the game and boasted 65% possession – but a resilient Steaua defence that couldn’t be breached. Man of the Match Breeveld broke down many Celtic attacks, meaning that the Glaswegian side only managed one shot on target out of 15. Despite this, Deila can take much confidence from the performance, but the need to become more clinical was evident.

Friendly Two

Mexican outfit FC Léon were next to visit Celtic Park, and they were powerless in defeat, crumbling to a 3-0 loss. New signings Pione Sisto and Dimitar Berbatov made their first starts for the club, and excited fans with the results of their link-up play providing fruitful. But it was Berbatov that stole the show, netting two very well taken goals to show why he was bought in by Deila. Griffiths then netted to round of an emphatic victory.

Friendly Three

Celtic then started the tour round Scotland, with Championship side Falkirk first up. Celtic took control, but took to after the half time break to get them in front. But after Armstrong gave them the lead, Falkirk came into the game, and two goals in quick succession – two goals in two minutes to be precise – gave Falkirk complete control. It looked like Celtic might be heading to their first defeat of the season, when Man of the Match Stuart Armstrong netted to draw the game level late on. Deila will be pleased with the character his side showed to come back and grab the draw, but will be disappointed that they ended up in a losing position in the first place.

Friendly Four

A trip to Airdrie to play Raith Rovers was next on the cards for Celtic, and this game was a huge disappointment for Deila and his men. The Hoops made plenty of chances that resulted in 23 shots in total – a mile ahead of Raith’s 3 – and two clear cut chances, but Berbatov and co couldn’t convert this into goals to give Celtic the win, providing a huge disappointment for the Bhoys/

Friendly Five

After the disappointment of the Raith Rovers game, fellow Scottish Premiership side Dunfermline were standing in front of the Bhoys. Celtic started quickly, threatening and showing good signs for things to come. After Griffiths poor half time display, he was replaced at half time with Berbatov. Berbatov was in the mood and stole the show, netting a hattrick, showing the Celtic fans why he had been so successful at clubs with the stature of Manchester United. Deila must have been really pleased with the victory, and with the players returning to near full fitness, it was a sure sign of the season ahead.
3 draws and 2 wins, a good preseason overall. Some nice graphics aswell
Beautiful graphics again <3

Nice update bae, although... you're gonna have to do better than draws against Raith, Falkirk and Steaua or I'll deem you forever unworthy. ;)
Nice easy start into the season.

How long's Rogic out for?
The graphics are some of the best I've ever seen. Keep it up and you could win SOTM
3 draws and 2 wins, not too shabby
@mo_123: Thank you :P
@AlexTHFC: Remember, it was just pre-season ;) and least I haven't lost :P
@Maximus: It wasn't a serious injury, only a few days max.
@TheAlex651: Thanks, that would be nice :P
@Jer: Certainly isn't :P
I <3 this! your graphics are, as always, amazing, and I can't wait to see how you go in Europe....the league should be pretty easy

Pre-Season: Part Two

Celtic faced nine games this preseason, including two Champions League qualifiers before the season started.

The preparation took them around Scotland to play teams such as Falkirk, Dunfermline and Fife, as well as Steaua Bucuresti amongst the visitors to Celtic Park.

Friendly Six

After a dominant display against Dunfermline, Celtic were looking to push on against League Two side East Fife, and oh bhoy, they certainly did. They dominated from start to finish, and new signings Berbatov and Sisto dominated the game, getting four goals (Berbatov netted a hattrick) and three assists between them. The link-up play between the pair was exquisite throughout the game, and this showed that the pair really could be the deciding factor in European games for the Glaswegians.

Champions League Qualifying Round 2 – First Leg

Celtic were looking to make amends in the Champions League this season, after a torrid campaign last year and Lithuanian side Zalgiris were their opponents. Celtic threatened to break the deadlock throughout the first half, but it took till the second for Dimitar Berbatov to give the Bhoys the lead. Since then, Celtic never looked back, and won the game comfortably, while being a constant threat to the opposition’s goal. Ronny Deila would be very pleased with the game, as it is one step closer to the group stages, and one step farther from the memories of last season.

Champions League Qualifying Round 2 – Second Leg

Celtic then played the second leg a week later, and showed no signs in a drop of form. Zalgiris showed a little more of what they are about to the Scottish outfit, but rarely threatened. It was once again Berbatov - who was wearing the captains armband due to the absence of Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew – and Pione Sisto who ran the show, with the Bulgarian striker netting twice and Sisto scoring to give them a 6-1 win on aggregate – a big enough margin to see them in the pot for the 3rd Qualifying Round.

Friendly Seven

Due to Celtic’s progression in the Champions League, this was Celtic’s last friendly before the start of the season. Spartak Moscow came to visit Celtic Park, but the Bhoys were prepared to face the what the Russians threw at them. Celtic took the lead through a fantastic Mulgrew freekick from 25 yards, and then Berbatov increased the scoreline in Celtic’s favour. The Scottish outfit then conceded a penalty just before the half time break, which Spartak capitalised on to bring the deficit to just one. Spartak then equalised mid through the second half through Man of the Match Movsisyan, but substitute Tom Rogic restored some daylight between the two teams late on. Fellow substitute Gary Mackay-Steven then scored a quick-fire brace to put the result in no doubt, but a late goal from Movsisyan made the scoreline slightly more respectable. Ronny Deila would have been very happy with the performance, showing that his side can hold their own against fellow Champions League hopefuls, but at times Celtic’s defending had much to be desired, leaving the Norwegian some thinking to do.
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Better half of Pre Season. Looks promising for the season ahead. Berbatov looks great .
much better second half there man - that game against Moscow looked tough! looking in good shape for the season though!
Great home and away games in the Champions League! Keep that momentum up gaffer!
@mo_123: Certainly is, certainly does :P
@InfraRed: The game against Moscow was actually quite easy, our defenders mucked it up towards the end :P
@Maximus: I certainly will :P
Very good results, that game against Spartak looked very interesting! Good result against one of Russia's best teams!
Berbatov doing the business for you. Very easy on the eye are these graphics so keep them coming :D

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