Arsenal faces a tough task at Celtic


On Tuesday night Arsenal travel north of the border to Scotland in their crucial Champions League qualifying match to face 42-time Scottish league winners and former European champions Celtic. The Gunners may well fancy their chances after their 6-1 hammering of Everton over the weekend, however, as history shows, many an English side has misjudged the Scottish giants in the past:

Celtic at home to English sides in Europe

Season Opponent Competition Round For Against Result
2008/09 Man Utd Champions League 1 1 1 D
2006/07 Man Utd Champions League 1 1 0 W
2002/03 Liverpool UEFA Cup QF 1 1 D
2002/03 Blackburn UEFA Cup 2 1 0 W
1997/98 Liverpool UEFA Cup 1 2 2 D
1983/84 Nottingham Forest UEFA Cup 3 1 2 L
1969/70 Leeds United European Cup SF 2 1 W
1965/66 Liverpool Cup Winners’ Cup SF 1 0 W

Overall Record

Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Win Percentage
8 4 1 3 10 7 50%

The Bhoys have hosted English opposition eight times in major European competitions and have been defeated just once. In the Champions League and European Cup alone their record is rock solid, winning twice and drawing the other – against Manchester United last season, the side who went on to reach the final. One feature of these meetings is how tight they have been in the past – three have ended in draws and none have ever been decided by a margin of more than one goal.

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