Celtic get both Real Madrid glamour and realistic chance to progress in Champions League draw

Celtic have been drawn against Champions League holders Real Madrid for the first time in Europe’s premier club competition for the first time since the quarter final draw back in 1980 when Celtic recorded a brilliant 2-0 home win only to lose 3-0 in controversial circumstances at the Bernabéu.

The pot two side in Celtic’s group (F) are German side RB Leipzig who Celtic have beaten in recent years in the Europa League and and the third tier side is Shakhtar Donetsk who are set to play their home games in Warsaw due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

This looks like a brilliant draw for Celtic with the three teams outside of Real Madrid – who are supplying the real glamour in Group F – all in with a shout of securing either a second place finish to progress to the knock-out rounds or third place to drop into the Europa League the other side of Christmas.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 31: Callum McGregor of Celtic celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

And Real Madrid is the pot one team that Celtic captain Callum McGregor has been dreaming of so it’s great that he’s got his wish. We’ll not know the fixtures until Saturday but we do know that due to the World Cup in Qatar later this year this year’s group stage matches in the Champions League will all take place between 6 September and 2 November.

Meanwhile theRangers have been drawn in Group A and will play Ajax, Liverpool and Napoli.

Here are the Tuesday and Wednesday dates:

Matchday 1: 6/7 September 2022
Matchday 2: 13/14 September 2022
Matchday 3: 4/5 October 2022
Matchday 4: 11/12 October 2022
Matchday 5: 25/26 October 2022
Matchday 6: 1/2 November 2022

Then progressing from there, and hopefully Celtic can, the knock-out stages look like this:

Round of 16: 14/15/21/22 February & 7/8/14/15 March 2023

Quarter-finals: 11/12 & 18/19 April 2023

Semi-finals: 9/10 & 16/17 May 2023

Final: 10 June 2023


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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

1 Comment

  1. Its a tough group, they all are, but we have to be happy with this draw.

    Madrid are obviously the main attraction and will be a real test for how far along we’ve come as a team.

    Leipzig & Shahktar are in the group on merit and the last thing we should do is underestimate them, but we’re a strong team too and have to think we have a chance of progression here!