Liverpool and Celtic are both in some sticky situations in the closing stages of the 07-08 season, and things are looking grim for both clubs.
Liverpool, though still in the Champions League, gave up a shocking own goal and finished with a 1-1 draw against English rivals Chelsea in the Champions League Semifinal.
John Arne Riise, who came on early for the injuried Fabio Aurelio, accidentally headed in Chelsea's Salomon Kalou's cross into the goal in the 94th minute. Chelsea now hold an away goals advantage and Liverpool will have a mountain to climb next Wednesday in the 2nd leg at Stamford Bridge.
Though it may not seem bad, Liverpool have struggled at Stamford Bridge, failing to score in their last 8 games there, a streak reaching back to October 2004.
Meanwhile, in the English Premier Liverpool seem to be out of contention from 1st place Manchester United, who are is a dismal fourth place, 12 points behind Man U. However, some good can be seen from Liverpool's season, even if they are elimated from the Champions League next week. Liverpool have almost secured 4th place in the EPL, which is significant because it earns you a trip to the Champions League, which Liverpool and its fans desperately want.
Liverpool are positve that their scoring drought at Stamford Bridge will end next week, saving the Reds from further frustration
Celtic have a huge mountain to climb in Scotland. They've been eliminated from the Champions League and Scottish Cup and are currently hanging on my a thread to first place of the Scottish Premier. Celtic are in fact two points ahead of Rangers, but have played 3 games more than their Old Firm rivals.
At the same time, many fans have been calling for manager Gordon Strachan's firing from his position, saying that a trophyless season is unacceptable and if the Celts lose the Premier League Gordon should be fired. Somehow though, the Bhoys keep hanging on and just might be able to run away with the SPL crown if they can beat Rangers this Sunday at Celtic Park.
The last Old Firm meeting of the season is a neccesary win for the Celts and could turn out to be the most crucial game of the year. If Celtic win they'll jump to five points ahead of Rangers, but if they lose Rangers would practically have the SPL trophy in their grasps. Celtic need to win every remaining game this year, so focus is neccesary and they're determined to win, if not for themselves and for their fans then for their manager.
Gordon Strachan and the Bhoys face a steep uphill battle for the Scottish Premier League title.