Football in Scotland is just simply not as big in England and it’s easy to understand why, for a start Scottish teams are from Scotland and so why would English people support them. Secondly and probably most importantly the teams are not up to the same standards as the English Premier League and teams like Chelsea and Man Utd. This however does not stop Scottish people from enjoying their local teams battle it out each week in order to take victory and move up the table.
The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that there is every possibility that he could strengthen the team in order to perform well in the European stages. Celtic are guaranteed European football this season, while they also have the possibility to go one step further by playing in the group stages of the Champions League.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that he is extremely happy with the first leg score in the Champions League qualifier match against HJK Helsinki.
This second-round match will see the replay played at the home of HJK Helsinki, and Neil Lennon has dismissed any suggestions that he will be fielding a negative side for this match. Celtic come into the match after having won the first leg encounter in Glasgow 2-1. Even though the lead is only slender come and there have been suggestions that Celtic might play for a draw in this away match.
Former Celtic player Tom Boyd has said that the club needs to progress into the latter stages of the Champions League in order to compensate for the lack of playing against archrivals Rangers in the Scottish Premier league.
The financially stricken club Rangers were recently relegated from the Scottish Premier league after falling into administration. It has been revealed that the famed old firm derby, the matches between Rangers and Celtic, will not take place for another three seasons. Of course, it may take longer if Rangers failed to get back to the Scottish Premier league.
Portugal qualified for the semi-finals of Euro 2012 in a narrow but quite comfortable win over Czech Republic.
It was a game dominated from start to finish by the Portuguese, but one in which they were consistently frustrated by the well-supported Czechs and then the woodwork. Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post for the fourth time in the last two matches and cut an increasingly restless figure until he popped up to grab the 78th minute winner.
Celtic, that great European side. They are one of the select few to have won the European Cup, admittedly it was in 1967 and other clubs to have won the trophy on a single occasion include Aston Villa, Steau Bucharest, Hamburg and PSV Eindhoven.
In fact that says it all. They are no bigger on the European stage than any of those clubs. Yet they insist that because they were the first British side to win the trophy they ought to be spoken of alongside three times champions Manchester United and five times winners Liverpool.
It's always good to watch a penalty miss from anyone in a Celtic shirt, but its particularly satisfying when its Anthony Stokes, and it happens in the Scottish Cup Semi Final!
You would have thought he'd have time to practice hitting the ball anywhere apart from at the goalkeeper (what does he do all day?!) but by the looks of it he doesn't!
Shame they still went on to win :(