Did any of you manage to get tickets for Euro 2020? I applied for a lot but the ticket lottery was massively oversubscribed so I only got one, which isn't a bad one as it's England's opening game v Croatia, although I was at Wembley the last time we played Croatia and beat them 2-1.
I thought getting tickets for Euro 96 was difficult but eventually managed to get tickets for a number of games, as more were released later. It was disappointing to see so many empty seats at the games back then after it had been made almost impossible to buy tickets for some games. I hope this time, they get it right and fill the stadiums.
Even though last season was outstanding, with several ex-Saints featuring in the Champions League Final, this could be the best ever season for ex-Saints playing in the Champions League & Europa League.
The 2019/20 ex-Saints European squad. It's particularly strong in the central defensive area. Lemina is a weak link but he could be replaced by Djenepo next year:
Forster Gazzaniga Chambers Fonte van Dijk Alderweireld Lovren Shaw Lemina Davis Elyounoussi Tadic Oxlade-Chamberlain Mané Bale
Bench: Wanyama Lallana
Manager: Pochettino Coach: Rohl DOF Mitchell
It's going to be difficult to improve on this next season as we don't have enough players of European quality left to sell or loan out any more. But, what our academy and recruitment department have achieved for other clubs in recent years is impressive. Everybody involved must feel very proud.
I never rated him when he was here. He showed a couple of flashes of skill but he looked lightweight and a bit lost. However, his form at Celtic has been nothing short of spectacular. He's scored 7 goals in his last 7 games and Celtic fans see him as a real superstar.
The argument against him is that the Scottish League is a much lower level than the Premier League but he's also been playing in the Champions League, which is a higher level. We signed van Dijk and Wanyama from Celtic and they coped well with the Premier League.
I'm not saying Elyounoussi is going to be our saviour. He may still be as poor as we thought he was. Perhaps he would be worth another chance though? Our squad is not exactly overflowing with goal scoring, attacking midfielders. Do we have any option to bring him back in January? Although, he's probably not going to like coming back here after playing for Celtic in the Champions League in front of big crowds who love him.
Former Scotland striker Billy Dodds on Sportsound
"Elyounoussi is a classy player.
He always hits the box, always gets himself into dangerous positions. He could have a hat-trick and you can see why he's been brought to Celtic.
He's going to be a big player for them in their defence of the title."