CELTIC probably felt they could have fielded Borat last week and still beat Shakhter.
Neil Lennon’s men were given a rude awakening when they discovered that contrary to the madcap reporter Kazakhstan’s not that nice.
Not when you’re chasing a £20million Champions League bounty and find stuffy minnows blocking your path.
Bookies are sure Celtic will win tonight – but not convinced they’ll beat Karagandy by enough to qualify. Lennon’s side need to score at least three to make the group stage although 2-0 will force extra time.
I watched the first leg and after a bright start Celtic were shocking. However, the Kazakhs were no great shakes and there is no doubt this tie can be salvaged.
Celtic need to take their chances and an early goal would get the crowd on side. The Hoops are 23-20 with Ladbrokes to be leading after 30 minutes and for anyone who fancies an earlier strike you can have 11-4 tto be in front inside 15 minutes.
In the last round away to Skenderbeu it was 3-0 to the Albanians on their home soil inside half an hour and that must give Celtic some encouragement.
I can see a 3-0 (13-2, Hills) or even 4-0 (12-1) victory if Celtic are on their game.
You can have 6-4 with Hills they qualify in 90 minutes and 12-1 to do so after extra time and 20-1 on penalties.
Georgios Samaras is likely to lead the line and is 11-2 (Hills) to score first but I’ll be on Kris Commons (11-2). He looked the biggest threat in Astana and of course takes the penalties. Commons is 6-4 with Hills to score in a Celtic win.
Celtic to qualify
Celtic to be leading after 30mins
Commons to score first
(11-2, William Hill)