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Killie knocked out. Shocking, Kille manager already under pressure?
Doubt it, Scottish teams have exited Europe to teams from Malta and Armenia in recent years, it's not surprising. The teams with lower budgets seem to throw their games to concentrate on the league, St Johnstone are another one.

I watched Killie's away game last week. Connah's Quay looked to be around English step 3 standard, but Killie just dithered all game and only got out of first gear once the Nomads scored.

Fair play to Rangers and Aberdeen who at least appear to take it somewhat seriously, but Scottish football can't afford tinpot outfits like St Johnstone and Killie messing up the coefficient.
 

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All that hard work last season wasted...

And it won't help Celtic and Rangers in terms of the Scottish co-fed seeing Kille going out so early.
Bad news in Europa League terms as they only need to move up one spot for 2nd place/Cup winners to enter a round later, but they're 11 spots off getting their second CL spot back and I can't see that happening until at least the 2030s, quite frankly.
 

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Doubt it, Scottish teams have exited Europe to teams from Malta and Armenia in recent years, it's not surprising. The teams with lower budgets seem to throw their games to concentrate on the league, St Johnstone are another one.

I watched Killie's away game last week. Connah's Quay looked to be around English step 3 standard, but Killie just dithered all game and only got out of first gear once the Nomads scored.

Fair play to Rangers and Aberdeen who at least appear to take it somewhat seriously, but Scottish football can't afford tinpot outfits like St Johnstone and Killie messing up the coefficient.
That’s about right, maybe top of Step 3/bottom of Step 2, but Kille are IMO League 1-2 standard and should have easily dispatched Connahs Quay.
 

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A decent run out against Marseilles last Sunday with another 4 goals to boost the confidence then on to the 2nd leg against St Josephs at Ibrox where we won 6-0....another confidence booster I'd imagine. I haven't seen the game but from all accounts it was a better 2nd half than first with Morelos getting a hattrick. Anyway, start of the domestic season isn't far away & I'm feeling confident that we can push Celtic closer this season. Daniel Candeias is being touted with a move to Turkey which he would accept apparently as Gerrard cannot guarantee him a start every week and paper talk this morning is that Eintracht Frankfurt are ready to bid for Morelos......as I said....paper talk, need to wait and see.
 

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Okay, after successfully negotiating the first two Europa league qualifiers it's back to league business today. Gers start their campaign at Rugby Park which was a bit of a bogey last season so I'm hoping that a much better showing will be the order of the day. I'm feeling 'reasonably' confident that we can push Celtic even closer this season and not drop silly points to teams that should really be beaten but's football....take nowt for granted. Anyway, I'm liking the look of the squad especially with Ojo and Aribo arriving. After Celtic destroying St Johnstone yesterday a win against Kilmarnock would be just fine.
 

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I was certainly looking for a far better performance than that....by God it was hard going and harder watching. An early goal by Scotty Arfield so there's me thinking...Right pile it on but no, for some reason it was monotonous possession football which I detest. This team are far better than that so why that play was the order of the day beats me. Anyway Killie equalised 2nd half and it took a last gasp winner from a Goldson header to secure the three points. A wins a win but the team will have to show more. The sooner they plastic shite pitches are banned the better!
 

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Felt like a rerun of a Rangers game from last season, lacking creativity and imagination in the final third, struggling to break down weaker opposition, especially considering this Kilmarnock side isn't the same as last season. Be interesting to see how they get on against the Danes on Thursday night, definitely a tie they can slip up in.
 

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Felt like a rerun of a Rangers game from last season, lacking creativity and imagination in the final third, struggling to break down weaker opposition, especially considering this Kilmarnock side isn't the same as last season. Be interesting to see how they get on against the Danes on Thursday night, definitely a tie they can slip up in.
As I said in my previous post Liam, I was looking for more and that the team are far better than what happened on Sunday and that was proved last night over in Denmark. From what I've read and part I heard on radio last night that display was more like it apart from a 6 minute dip of concentration allowing the Danes to nick a couple but thankfully Scott Arfield scored a fourth to give us a huge advantage going into the 2nd leg next week. Home game against Hibs on Sunday and hoping for more of the same....apart from defensive blips!
 

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Watched the full game, Rangers were class but got sloppy for a few minutes at 3-0 and it could have cost them. Morelos was immense up top, Aribo looks like an unreal signing, Jack and Jones had good games too. Midtylland need a 3 goal win at Ibrox next week and that's never going to happen, one of the best results Rangers have had in years the Danes are no mugs. Aberdeen lost to Rijeka though, not really a surprise they've just not got the quality once it gets to the 3rd round stage and the opposition improves.
 

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Brilliant performance yesterday. That was more like it. A positive attitude again, forcing the game, great goals and a helluva lot of other chances and believe it or not apart from one blip that led to Rangers 1st goal the Hibs goalie Marciano had a fine game with some wonderful saves. Wee Defoe still manages to defy Father Time and bagged a hattrick, Morelos, when he came on got a couple and new lad Ojo got one. Hopefully this kind of attitude & performance will be kept up. A special word for a couple of players....Jordan Jones....brilliant and once again Ryan Jack in midfield was outstanding....if Tavernier ever leaves then Jack is captain material imo! Having given a bit extra praise for these Jones & Jack the entire team was fantastic.
 

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Giving away 4 at home isn't going to get you far
Celtic's central defence is weak albeit they splashed out a few bob for a couple of new boys who play that position. I watched their game at Motherwell last weekend and they were unbelievably slack especially at both goals they lost....so tbh I'm not surprised at them losing goals (didn't think it would be four mind you)....Thing is neither Jullien (spelling) and Bollingoli the new guys were starters on Tuesday. I honestly believe Celtic took the cheap option in re-signing Neil Lennon to replace Brendan Rogers instead of going for a class signing.
 

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By all accounts and reports I have read that was a fine performance and victory last night....3-1. Now we're into the play off to go into the group stage. Legia Warsaw....first leg in Warsawland. No league game this weekend as it is the League Cup ties.
 

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Celtic have regressed, poor result the other night and they'll probably find it tough in the Europa League play off, Rangers also have a tough game but have momentum behind them, think both will qualify and both will struggle to make it through the group.
 

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