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UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round,
Kairat Almaty (KAZ) or Artmedia (SVK) v Celtic

Gordon Strachan's Celtic face a difficult trip to either Kasakhstan or Slovakia in the Champions League second qualifying round after the club was drawn against the winner of the Kairat Almaty v Artmedia Bratislava first round tie.

The prospect of an eight-hour flight to Kasakhstan - albeit against a side with the lowest coefficient in the draw - will be particularly unappealing to the new Hoops boss, who would doubtless have been hoping for a tie closer to home against the likes of Glentoran, Shelbourne or Total Network Solutions, who have instead been paired with Liverpool.

Instead, Strachan and his players face a journey into the unknown before returning to Celtic Park for the second leg - hopefully to finish a job that nonetheless looks likely to be anything but routine.

The ties will be played on July 26/27 and August 2/3....
Camara signs two-year Celtic deal

Mohammed Camara has signed for Celtic after agreeing a two-year deal.
The former Burnley left-back, a Guinea international, became new boss Gordon Strachan's first signing for Celtic after undergoing a medical on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, who joined Burnley from Wolverhampton Wanderers, rejected a new two-year deal at Turf Moor.

He had a chance to remain in English football with Ipswich Town, but they fell out of the running after failing to win promotion to the Premiership.

Camara's arrival in Glasgow coincided with that of Poland striker Maciej Zurawski, who is hoping to seal a £2.2m move from Wisla Krakow.

Free agent Camara, who turns 30 on Saturday, had been lined up by previous Celtic manager Martin O'Neill, who stood down last month to spend more time with seriously ill wife Geraldine.


From BBC Sport
Gordon Strachan has made his first official move in the transfer market with a £2million bid for Maciej Zurawski of Wisla Krakow.

The Polish striker is in top form and has already stated in the media he would love to move to the Scottish giants.

And Wisla President Janusz Basalaj said earlier today: "We have just received an official offer from the Scottish club.

"Celtic has presented their proposal and we have launched negotiations."

Strachan has had Zurawski watched and is hopeful of getting the player on board quickly.

But Celtic fans will be concerned that this might mean a move for Welshman Craig Bellamy is becoming more and more unlikely.

Newcastle want at least £5million for the unsettled striker although Celtic aren't prepared to match that valuation.

Meanwhile, defender Joos Valgaeran has signed for FC Brugge on a free after his contract expired.

The Belgian will be returning to his homeland after Martin O'Neill brought him to Glasgow 5 years ago....
Celtic could re-sign Craig Bellamy on loan for another season in a £1.5million deal with Newcastle Utd.

New boss Gordon Strachan is keen to get Bellamy back on board at Celtic Park as he looks to the new season.

But the Celtic board are reluctant to release the £6million Newcastle want for the Welshman and the prospect of another loan looks more and more likely.

Everton though could kill Celtic's hopes of taking Bellamy back if they pay the full amount Newcastle are after. Aston Villa are also in the frame for Bellamy's signature with Birmingham out of the frame after signing Mikael Forsell.
Celtic 1-0 Dundee United

Celtic ensured manager Martin O'Neill bowed out with a seventh trophy to his name as his side beat Dundee United in the Scottish Cup final.
Alan Thompson's 11th minute goal was the difference between the teams.

The midfielder drilled a free-kick low towards goal and it came off United defender Garry Kenneth on its way in.

Chris Sutton missed a late penalty to make sure of the win and Alan Archibald almost scored an injury-time equaliser, but his long-range drive hit the bar.

The game's early exchanges were cagey, with both sides enjoying possession in their own half, without offering any attacking incision.

But Celtic's first opportunity brought about the opening goal.

Craig Bellamy won a free kick on the right, a couple of yards outside the penalty area.

Thompson drove the ball towards the front post and as Bobo Balde allowed it to run through his legs, it came off Kenneth's heel before crossing the line.