'Hoping we get Spurs' – Celtic fans react to CL 'group of death' as Liverpool score three
By Harry Sykes
After Celtic stuttered their way through to the group stage of the Champions League last night, losing 4-3 to Astana, fans were looking for other results to go their way.
Getting upgraded to Pot 3 in the draw could have meant avoiding the sort of group of death that they ended up in last year, with Barcelona, Man City and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Celtic fans don’t need reminding that they didn’t win a group game last campaign and were hoping one of Sevilla, Liverpool, Olympiakos or Napoli would do them a favour by failing to progress.
That doesn’t look like happening. Sevilla, Olympiakos or Napoli have all booked their place in Thursday’s draw and Liverpool look like following suit.
2-1 up from the first leg in Germany, Liverpool were winning 3-1 at half-time and 5-2 on aggregate.
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That means Celtic stay in Pot 4 and could possibly face a mouth-watering/scary group consisting of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham. Or possibly Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Liverpool.
Celtic fans weren’t phased though and plenty were relishing the prospect of an incredible showdown with Liverpool.
And, as one fan said, if the worst they have to worry about is which pot they’re in for the Champions League draw, life isn’t bad.
Here is a selection of their reactions on Twitter:
— darren joyce (@dj27legend) August 23, 2017
Pot 4 for Celtic it is…… Here's hoping we get Spurs or Liverpool or Chelsea…. To give us chance of third in CL Group stage…. ???? ???? ????
— Danny McCafferty (@dmccafferty49) August 23, 2017
Welp…so much for Hoffenheim doing something to help Celtic out today…get ready for pot 4 tomorrow Bhoys and Ghirls.
— The Celtic Bhoys (@CelticBhoysFS) August 23, 2017
Pot 4 confirmed, cool, will still win the group. #Celtic
— Graham A (@graham1A) August 23, 2017
With Liverpool winning Celtic end up in Pot 4. I really hope we get Seville, that'd be awesome!!
— Conaghan (@iDomConaghan) August 23, 2017
Hopefully @celticfc will get them in the group stages ???? would love to go to Celtic v Liverpool in Champions League as well
— Lee Denny (@Lee_Denny2000) August 23, 2017
Pots, who do you want……….
Who gives a flying, it's the Champions League and we're there!#Celtic ????
— Alex Reid (@ATR8802) August 23, 2017
I'd absolutely love Celtic to draw Liverpool in the Champions' League group stages… #YNWA
— HarrytheShadow (@Harrytheshadow) August 23, 2017
Wouldn't Celtic v Liverpool be good on a Champions League night! ???????? #YNWA
— Keith Galloway (@kgalloway85) August 23, 2017
I think Celtic vs Liverpool would be a right decent game of Soccer Ball
— Vito Simeone (@no1bhoy1) August 23, 2017
Let's be honest, pot 3 or 4, it's going to be tough for Celtic either way ???? Embrace the challenge
— Captain Mediocre (@KiNGGeexD) August 23, 2017
The Champions League draw takes place on Thursday afternoon around 5pm.
In other Celtic news, Barcelona legend Xavi has made a bold claim about the Bhoys’ chances of European success.