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  1. Yeah that would make sense. Hopefully Basel don't qualify anyway because it would guarantee one of the four teams from the Champions Path in the group stage would have a lower coefficient than Celtic meaning we don't have to rely on Leicester qualifying to get into that pot 3.
  2. Well that's made me look stupid. I've been checking the Swiss League every weekend to make sure Basel don't win the league but it won't actually matter haha. If Ajax (and all other top ranked champions for that qualification round) are bumped up to the next round that will create an odd number of teams in the first qualifying round. Or will that just result in a bye for one of the first qualifying round teams?
  3. Celtic will be seeded for all rounds of qualifying unless Basel win the Swiss League, in which case we would be unseeded for the playoffs and would face Ajax, RB Salzburg Olympiacos or Basel in the final qualification round. Thankfully Basel sit 3rd behind Young Boys and St Gallen for now. If Celtic do get to the group stages they will probably be in pot 4 unless Leicester and Lokomotiv Moscow qualify for the Champions League. And we'd also need to hope Inter and Atalanta get knocked when the unfinished UEFA competitions resume. And to make it more confusing, we have to hope that either the Champions League or Europa League winner is not a domestic champion (although this is more than likely).
  4. We won't have to play Sarajevo in the first round sorry, it will be the Armenian champions instead. Unless Kükesi can make an unlikely comeback and win the Albanian Sarajevo will be seeded like us. Now that Alashkert can't win the league, any of the 3 potential Armenian champions will be unseeded.
  5. Less than 2 months until the Champions League first qualifying round kicks off. All qualifying rounds are to be played over one leg this year until the playoffs. Celtic's potential first round opponents are: North Macedonia - Sileks (Abd-2nd) Armenia - Ararat Armenia (1st) * Luxembourg - Fola Esch (Abd-1st) Georgia - Dinamo Tbilisi (1st) Sweden - Djurgårdens IF (1st) Montenegro - Buducnost Podgorica (1st)* Estonia - Flora (1st) Belarus - Dynamo Brest (1st) Latvia - Riga (1st) Wales - Connah's Quay Nomads (Abd-1st) Faroe Islands - KÍ Klaksvík (1st) Gibraltar - Europa (Abd-1st) Finland - KuPS (1st) Iceland - KR (1st) Albania - KF Tirana (1st)* Malta - Floriana (Abd-1st) Prelim round winner (Linfield) Obviously we'd be hoping to avoid Djurgårdens and Dinamo Brest.
  6. Given we haven't won a game away at Livi or Hibs since their promotions to the top flight, that isn't ideal. Think we need a point off Rangers before we can say the league is finished. Can't see us getting anything there but given the form we will be favourites.
  7. How will they decide our 2 away games after the split? Assuming the top 6 stays the same, we will have played all other 5 clubs away from home twice already. We will play Rangers at home obviously, but I'm hoping we don't have to play away at Hibs and Livi again, but that might be the case as they're the 2 lowest ranked teams.
  8. Cup winners/2nd place will qualify for the second qualifying round instead of the first. That could be offset by no one getting papped out of part timers this time.
  9. I'm not an expert but surely there are other factors that contribute to the cycles more than just having more teams or less qualifiers. The low from 2013-18 coincides with Rangers in the lower divisions. In the mid 2000s Celtic and Rangers were getting to European finals. If the graph shows the same trend for all midranking European countries then fair enough but I don't think there's any reason for us to be falling below 20th again. We are 6th in the coefficient ranking for this season alone. Maintain that sort of performance and dividing by 4 teams or 5 teams won't be enough to drop us down too far below 15th. Not denying, of course that it's harder to get as many points when you have more teams and less qualifiers but I don't think that is the sole factor or actually the main factor for the graph. Plotting another line on that graph showing our performance based on what round our teams reach would prove your point. If the line is steady, despite our points going up and down then its obviously to do with how many teams and qualifiers we have. But I imagine the line would more or less follow the points trend, and our coefficient points more or less follow with how far our teams can go.
  10. I was raised as a protestant so probably unlikely I'd be a bigot, if you're talking about religion. No condemnation of the Jimmy Saville chants I notice.
  11. Victims? No i thought the referee had a decent game. Just think it's funny how all referees can support both Celtic and Rangers according to some Aberdeen fans.
  12. Yeah Dallas' dad was a season ticket holder at Celtic Park wasn't he. Aberdeen are turning into conspiracy fc.
  13. Assuming Inverness win on Sunday, the final will probably be Perth. What sort of crowd would Raith Rovers take? I was thinking about 3 or 4,000.
  14. Again, there's no problem, just checking how it works. I posted this when Rangers still had things in their own hands with 2 derbies left. It just makes things a slight bit tougher, with our 3 toughest away games in the league statistically.
  15. Al Ahly have been more successful than Rangers for years. The only reason they used to say that was because they won a lot of League Cups. UEFA posted an article about the most successful clubs, and they went mad because it put Celtic above Rangers as it didn't include League Cups, because most countries don't have a second cup. The only thing they had was the most titles, and it looks like Linfield are going to overtake that season as well.
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