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Benfica will arrive in Glasgow tomorrow without having played a competitive game since 2 September, when they thumped Nacional 3-0 in Lisbon.  They arranged a friendly against Real Betis on Wednesday in an attempt to prepare them for this week’s Champions League challenge but the lack of meaningful football is less than ideal, especially at a time when clubs are looking to build sharpness.

Celtic were idle for two weeks before Saturday but have played nine competitive games this season compared to Benfica’s three.  They also have the benefit of not having to sacrifice a day’s preparation to travel.

Fitness late in the game, perhaps accentuated by the use of substitutes, could be crucial.  Celtic’s best chance of winning this one will come in the second half. Run the lungs out of them, Celtic.

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  1. JinkyvJohnGreig-saysitall on

    Son of Gabriel

     

    12:24 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    by god philvis

     

     

     

    don’t refer to philvis as god

  2. leftclicktic

     

     

     

    12:25 on 17 September, 2012

     

     

     

    Snake Plissken

     

    Im 51 years of age and had never heard of the “dalek” reference to the Orcs, till that cracker leggat brought it up.

     

    and i have heard thousands :))).

     

    HAIL HAIL

  3. snake plissken

     

     

    11:55 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    JEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZ OH

     

     

    As a Doctor Who fan of many many years I am offended beyond belief at the lunacy of Leggat today.

     

     

    Leggat is really upset because Sylvester McCoy is one of the Bhoys.

     

    He went to Blairs College Seminary for a couple of years.

  4. The Pantaloon Duck on

    Paul67: “Celtic were idle for two weeks before Saturday”

     

     

    Me: “Celtic have been idle for two and a half weeks including Saturday”

  5. JinkyvsJohnGreig-saysitall 12:26

     

     

    Yeah I realised thats a risky statement after I posted.

     

    Credit where its due though.

  6. I honestly beleive I have heard every derogative term for the followers of the dark side and have used most of them myself at one time or another…….but dalek…………nope never heard it until Leggat coined it himself.

  7. Then again Helsingborg and Helsinki were halfway through their seasons, look how that worked for them.

     

     

    Will still be a hard hard game Wednesday night, hopefully the Bhoys can rise to the occasion.

  8. T B B ——-

     

     

    Why pick on poor ole Wanda ?.

     

     

    Elvis did it . The Collins Twins did it. Dr Feelgood did it .

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PHILVISRETURNS

     

     

    From a post of mine a couple of hours ago-

     

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    No,no. I might envy other posters their wit and wisdom,but their intellectual copyright is their own

     

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    We are not worthy of your crown,podium master…………

  10. Origins of Alex Thompson’s dalek “jibe”

     

     

    Mr Thompson tweeted about having not seen any wasps recently and asked where had they all gone.

     

     

    This was his first tweet, back on 2 September:

     

     

    @alextomo

     

    Just btw – what’s happened to our wasps? Sept and not seen one.

     

     

    He got a number of replies about where people had sighted some wasps. He also got some replies about Wasps being “White Anglo Saxon Protestants” and people linking them to Rangers but apart from one comment about not taking people long to link wasps with Rangers, he didn’t speak about them again.

     

     

    Following some of these replies this is what Mr Thompson tweeted:

     

     

    @alextomo

     

    BREAKING – apparently there are 3 wasps in Liverpool. No names released yet. Sightings in swindon too.

     

     

    He got a response which said:

     

     

    @JohnFitzsimmon1

     

    @alextomo loads in Oban. Quite riled about something as well.

     

     

    His response to this was:

     

     

    @alextomo

     

    @JohnFitzsimmon1 yeah – they’re always angry aren’t they – like Daleks in that respect. If they cd speak they’d talk Dalek. Discuss.

     

     

    And so the conspiracy theorists decided that he was talking about Rangers fans and thus using this (unknown to me and many others I reckon) slur on Rangers supporters by calling them daleks.

     

     

    Quite an imaginitive jump if you ask me.

     

     

    Mort

  11. Saint Stivs

     

    12:32 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    Awe Naw Arrans No Annan Anan Awe No

     

     

    is that wee story true ?

     

    did some bears bus go to the wrong place ?

     

     

    tell me its true, tell me

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS – Dave’s downfall is being widely predicted,even in Tory-friendly papers

     

     

    Yes, he’s toast. I can’t see any way back for him now. What’s more, good riddance. A fake Conservative government is more dangerous than a Labour one. Ted Heath was worse for this country than Jim Callaghan, and Cameron isn’t half the man Ted Heath was.

     

     

    The problem is Dave was never a Tory in the first place, merely an opportunist. In fact, while he seems to have no political convictions of any sort, when pressed his basic assumptions are that of a typical wealthy metropolitan leftie, as his positions on gay marriage and climate change scam show.

     

     

    Dave is fundamentally incapable of understanding or empathising with the majority of his countrymen, as Mrs Thatcher and Tony Blair did to brilliant effect.

     

     

    Ed Milliband is another out of touch useless plonker as well, of course, but at least he promises more comedy value as Prime Minister. I’m hoping he’s played by Stephen Mangan in the film.

     

     

    Thankfully the next election will also rid us of the Liberal Democrats and their Boy of Tears.

     

     

    It’s gonna be a rollercoaster ride for the next decade at least. (thumbsup)

  13. Mmmm —–

     

     

    My mate Zooney [ RIP ] used to claim that Minty Moonbeams would grow up to look like Davros.

  14. Celtic were idle for two weeks before Saturday but have played nine competitive games this season compared to Benfica’s three. They also have the benefit of not having to sacrifice a day’s preparation to travel.

     

     

     

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    I know a lot of players were away with their various countries , at all age levels. And I know in general we want to avoid injuries.

     

    But for the new comers, and the rest of the squad is there any merit in playing a couple of “friendly” games during these breaks.

     

     

    I just get the feeling that there becomes a kind of downtime with the stay at home rest of the squad.

     

     

    Just a thought.

  15. I thought we had a tough schedule coming up with our couple of CL matches and a game against Raith being played mid-week.

     

     

    Nothing compared the the huns ‘demanding and crucial spell’

     

     

    ‘McCoist could be left with a decidedly threadbare-looking squad ahead of what is a demanding and crucial spell of matches for Rangers.

     

     

    They take on First Division Queen of the South in the Ramsdens Cup quarter-final at Ibrox tomorrow evening.

     

     

    On Sunday they return to league duty with a game against Montrose at home that will be screened live by ESPN.

     

     

    On Wednesday week they play Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Motherwell in the Scottish Communities League Cup.

     

     

    Three days after that Rangers open their account in the William Hill Scottish Cup with a match at Highland League rivals Forres Mechanics.’

  16. Snake Plissken

     

     

    I don’t know whether to laugh or be deeply disturbed at such a piece of rambling nonsense from Leggat. Scary wee country we live in, if you are of a particulat religion or ethnic background.

  17. Best quote of the day “…one of my many friends who support Celtic.” Leggo.

     

     

    Truly hilarious from the p*sh-stained one.

     

     

    Sorry Paul67 it even beats yours – “Run the lungs out of them (Benfica), Celtic.”

     

     

    HH!!

  18. Saint Stivs

     

    12:34 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

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    ahem…….. don’t go there St Stivs, D C once took the CSC to the wrang country for an away Euro game :¬)

     

    You could write a book of his Celtic adventures.

     

    HH

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Text from an Evertonian friend

     

     

    Being Liverpool,new doco on C5 on Friday about LFC. Shows Dalglish being summoned to Boston to be given the boot. Classy.

     

     

    My reply-is it a comedy,because I’ll be laughing,and so will Roy Hodgson.

  20. Beyond the Waves‏@BTWCelticShow

     

     

    Just had a flurry of activity on the auction for a signed copy of Downfall by @Pmacgiollabhain, proceeds go to @wee_oscar. Bid up to $152.50

  21. Vmhan

     

    12:42 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    Saint Stivs

     

    12:34 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    ********************

     

    ahem…….. don’t go there St Stivs, D C once took the CSC to the wrang country for an away Euro game :¬)

     

    You could write a book of his Celtic adventures.

     

    HH

     

     

     

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    you got to share that one, go on spill

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