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Benfica arrive after 3 competitive games

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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. “Saturday was one of the worst Celtic performances in a lot of years.”

     

     

    Usual insight and accuracy from Murdo.

  2. bournesouprecipe

     

     

    Thanks mate , I try to avoid the Scottish news .

     

    You just know they are going to mention the now dead club in a favourable manner , to keep up this masonic charade that everything is alright at Asbestos Dome.

  3. MWD

     

     

    Yep same on the HTC but now using laptop and the H in Hamilton is capitalised. Not sure I like it :-)

  4. moonbeams wd. kano 1000 \o/ supporting neil lennon 100%. champions. c’mon wee oscar.

     

     

    How do you alter your profile on iPhone for CQN , if you wished to do so .

     

    Thanks

  5. BSR

     

     

    It wasn’t wasn’t communal by no means but the individuals concerned could be heard by those who may want to exploit the situation

  6. ROW Z - Let Celtic Flourish by the Cleansing of the 'den! on

    Hamiltontim

     

     

    Are you:

     

     

    The Hamiltontim

     

     

    Hamiltontim 2012

     

     

    Hamiltontimco

     

     

    Hamiltonzombietim

     

     

    Hamilton Timcovians

     

     

    We demand to know

     

     

    Show us yer title deeds!

     

     

    HH

  7. mickbhoy1888

     

    18:49 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    BSR

     

     

    It wasn’t wasn’t communal by no means but the individuals concerned could be heard by those who may want to exploit the situation

     

     

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    You mean like Celtic ‘supporters’ who would use it as a stick to beat our support with?

  8. saltires en sevilla on

    the Boss and Elvis Costello on sky arts 1 :

     

     

    I can’t stand up for falling down

     

     

    Now!

  9. Row z

     

     

    Trust me I’ve been all of the above today!!!

     

     

    Heard on Clyde this morning that 2 huns went to Arran at the weekend instead of Annan.

     

     

    Oh I hope it’s true :-)

  10. moonbeams wd. kano 1000 \o/ supporting neil lennon 100%. champions. c’mon wee oscar.

     

     

    Just go back to ignoring my posts , I’m used to it at work , in the house , everywhere.

     

    I just live in my own wee world and talk to myself , I usually bore myself to sleep.

     

    :-)))

  11. bsr

     

     

    Terrible result, yes. Performance?

     

     

    From last year alone:

     

     

    St Johnstone (H) 0-1, Kilmarnock (A) 3-3, Hibs (H) 0-0, Aberdeen A (1-1) – all a heck of a lot worse than Saturday. (In my opinion, of course.)

     

     

    Also, Murdo annoys me. I want that recorded.

     

     

    I haven’t heard a decent pundit on that show for a lot ae months.

  12. ROW Z - Let Celtic Flourish by the Cleansing of the 'den! on

    Investigation into betting irregularities on SPL game at the weekend

     

     

    Apparently a £1m bet was placed online on St Johnstone to win 2:1 with Commons as first scorer placed at 100/1.

     

     

    The ispn has been traced back to Celtic Park and the computer of one P Lawell has been confiscated.

     

     

    HH

  13. mickbhoy1888

     

    18:56 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    HT

     

     

    Typical response

     

     

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    To a typically negative post.

  14. an update on wee Marco bhoys..

     

     

    going back into Yorkhill Wednesday for another op..

     

     

    Still hasn’t walked since the initial op last year… We hope he has a better outcome this week….

  15. Len Brennan

     

     

    16:52 on 17 September, 2012

     

     

    Was hearing that we were going to have a look at Thomas Hitzlsperger the other day.

     

    I believe he is still a free agent.

     

     

    Could the mystery trialist be him?

     

     

    =====================

     

     

    That would be interesting.

     

     

    He has, as the great commentator Partridge put it, ‘a foot like a traction engine’.

  16. Happy Birthday to ………eh FourGreenFields bhoy!!!!

     

     

    (seeing as his daft faither didn’t see fit to give him a name :-)))))))

  17. BT

     

     

    Will keep the wee man in my prayers this week.

     

     

    Can you ask him to mail or text me please, he has some stuff that he’s prepared to donate for the quiz night mate.

     

     

    Muchos…..

  18. The Bhoy from the Village on

    I rarely post however I couldn’t let the appointment of Mr Collum to referee a champions league match pass without comment. This appointment confirms the influence of Hugh Dallas is still alive and well Collum is an acolyte of Dallas and is being rewarded for his “loyalty” from within the corridors at Nyon

     

     

    Collum is without doubt one of the worst referee’s I have ever seen and never strays from ensuring he is “on message” from the SFA blazers

     

     

    I wonder if the UEFA Delegate will judge Collums performance with his back to the action

     

     

    Milan should be afraid as they will never have encountered such impending incompetance ……..

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