It’s a crucial game in the Europa League this afternoon for Celtic, with the visit of Ferencvaros to Celtic Park for an unusual 3.30pm kick off for a midweek game.
Celtic go into the game on the back of a good performance away to Motherwell, a 2-0 win with goals from Jota and Turnbull sealing a second away win in a row.
Ferencvaros lost 2-1 at home at the weekend to Zalaegerszegi. Its a must win for both Celtic and Ferencvaros as both teams have been beaten in the opening two games to Betis and Leverkusen. The Hungarians travelled to Germany for their opener and went down 2-1 and followed that up by a 3-1 home defeat to Betis. Ferencvaros sit second in the Hungarian NB1 league a point behind Kisvarda on 18 points with 6 wins and 2 defeats.
Ferencvaros ran away with the league title last season, winning by a 20 point difference. They also made the Champions League Group stage but only picked up a point with a draw with Dynamo Kiev, they were in a tough group with Juventus and Barcelona making up the group. This season they made the Champions League play off, losing out to Young Boys 6-4 on aggregate. They had dispatched Prishtina, Zalgiris and Slavia Prague.
They signed former German international, Marko Marin in September and signed former Everton player Mohamed Besic in September also.
Celtic appear to be going into the game in confident mood after successive away wins and players returning from injury. It will be strange watching a European match kick off so early at Celtic Park, we will have to wait and see if that will affect the attendance and atmosphere.
Don’t forget our Pre-Match Event Celtic AM finally makes a return after Covid 19 at a new venue Murphy’s Irish Bar in the Merchant City. It’s unusual for us to be getting together on a Tuesday Lunchtime before Celtic kick off at 3:30pm in the afternoon in a European tie! A tie Celtic need to win and get the first points on the board after defeats against Bayer at home and Betis away.
The game falls on the 40th Anniversary of Celtic Daft Johnny Doyle’s untimely death and we will host a special Celtic AM show to remember Johnny and we will be joined by his former team mate Frank McGarvey, his daughter Joanna Doyle and Paul McQuade author of Celtic Daft the Johnny Doyle Story and Glasgow Poet Erin Boyle will be along to kick us off.
Doors open and 11 and we will kick off the show at 12 with the final whistle at 2 to give us plenty of time to make our way to Celtic Park for the big game. Really looking forward to getting back to hosting the show and seeing all the regulars again and hopefully some new faces in the crowd.
Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.
He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.