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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. Auld Leggo used to turn up in the press box with a carnation in his buttonhole and dressed like a 2 bob pimp, laughing and joking with Celtic stewards as if they were his best mates.

     

     

    That was in the days when he had a job and a union card.

     

    Not any more.

     

    A total lampoon of a man.

  2. Big Georges Fan Club on

    praecepta – whit are ye talking about – did ye no get the memo – Wee Billy just got paid in the normal way – nothing to see here.

     

     

    That Juninho is a different matter – very irregular.

     

     

    I mean it wasn’t even a Celtic EBT – they used a Middlesbrough EBT even though Juninho had already left Middlesbrough.

     

     

    Surely if that one was OK, then it was OK to pay Eck and Sooness with a Ranjurs EBT after they left ra Berrrzzzz too? Surely???? Anyone??????

     

     

    BGFC

     

     

    LowestformofwitCSC

  3. Twofold Delusion of present der Hun malaise:

     

     

    1) delusion that there is a persecuting system out there, consisting of taig, tims, paddy’s, micks & jacobites, who are targeting The Rangers.

     

    2) The Rangers are a special group who hold a unique position in Scotland with a mission to uphold the values of Empire etc that makes them heroic.

     

    This is the reason why they believe they have done nothing wrong and also believe they should not be punished- why should heroic figures with special status be subject to the same standards & rules as the rest of us?

  4. AKBW1888

     

     

    There is a substantial number of Catalans resident in Glasgow and further afield in the UK.

     

    Quite possibly enough to fill the entire away end.

  5. goldstar10

     

    20:59 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    Auld Leggo used to turn up in the press box with a carnation in his buttonhole and dressed like a 2 bob pimp, laughing and joking with Celtic stewards as if they were his best mates.

     

     

    That was in the days when he had a job and a union card.

     

    Not any more.

     

    A total lampoon of a man.

     

     

    Your damn tooting goldstar10

     

     

    now he has a blog on the net where he is preaching

     

    to his converted

  6. weegreenman….

     

     

    It has been established for at least twenty years that the First people who settled North America were the Solutreans…

     

     

    An Advanced Stone Age Tribe……

     

     

    Who. Settled the Eastern Seaboard around 26,000 years ago..

     

     

    More than 10,000 years BEFORE any migration across the Bering Straits from Siberia…

     

     

    The Solutreans are the ancestors of the Basques ,and of the Native Population of Our Own Sceptred Isles….

     

     

    Some of whom made their way across the Atlantic to America….m

     

     

    At a time when ‘Our Isles’ were still connected to the European Mainland…

     

     

    But Covered by a kilometre of ice….

     

     

    ‘Birthday Girl’ Maggie McGill (26,031) did not make the trip across with her Great Great Great Great Grandmother……As she was having her tonsils out that weekend…

     

    Sooo….As ye see….Saint Brendan was NOT the first Irishman to set foot on North American Soil..

     

     

     

     

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/new-evidence-suggests-stone-age-hunters-from-europe-discovered-america-7447152.html

  7. TSD

     

     

    Interesting. In the same context though the UN have created more resolutions regarding ‘Oor friend’ Isreal, than any other nation and these are totally ignored.

     

     

    I cannot see the day when sharia law will dictate the lives of the other two thirds of the globe.

     

     

    If anything it is just polarising the argument even more.

     

     

    So who gains from it all?

  8. BIG-CUP-WINNERS

     

    21:03 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    AKBW1888

     

     

    There is a substantial number of Catalans resident in Glasgow and further afield in the UK.

     

    Quite possibly enough to fill the entire away end.

     

     

    That’s right Big-Cup-Winners

     

    & After all they are a world class team.

     

    I heard WGS saying that when we last played them @CP

     

    they made well over 700 passes that night

     

    I just hope we don’t give them the ball too easy or it’s

     

    going to be a long Evening that’s for sure and chasing

     

    shadows still never mind even the best teams have an

     

    off day but that’s wishful thinking on my part

  9. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Praecepta,

     

     

    I had a similar thought regarding Billy Dodds – but I suspect that even in his case (and others who used the EBT for severance), the devil is in the detail as to what was declared to who – and precisely when it was declared in relation to the timeline of a true picture emerging of goings on at Ibrox.

  10. Any CQNers know if Kevin Bridges has any dates after Wednesday, bought tickets for me and the missus before we qualie’d for CL hoping to maybe swap for another day.

     

    The plan is to tape the game, not find oot the score and watch said replay when I come home. Easier said than done whit wae KB bein a tim.

     

     

    RaginwaemaselCSC

  11. TSD

     

     

    The ancestry of the native Americans is not the debate. It was the genocide of the nation I thought we were discussing.

     

    Before Cortes arrived estimated population of the Americas was from conservative , 50,000,000 to 100,000,000. There is only around 800,000 left in the US?

     

     

    How did that happen?

  12. Tim Malone Will Tell

     

     

    I would like to see the comparisons and his protestations getting an airing (on the phone-ins) and in the run-up to the hearings!

  13. Marrakesh Express on

    I dont read the papers but I bet these two pieces of info didnt make them today.

     

    A post match fight in an Annan pub involving 20 huns and some Annan Fans.

     

    Five Sevco fans escorted in handcuffs by Transport police at Central station. Lifted for setting about the train conductor.

  14. captainmoonlight..

     

     

    I’m sure Kevin will be at the match too…

     

    try and get a lift back from the game from him.. o)

  15. captainmoonlight

     

    21:19 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    Any CQNers know if Kevin Bridges has any dates after Wednesday, bought tickets for me and the missus before we qualie’d for CL hoping to maybe swap for another day.

     

    The plan is to tape the game, not find oot the score and watch said replay when I come home. Easier said than done whit wae KB bein a tim.

     

     

    RaginwaemaselCSC

     

     

    Captain Moonlight

     

    Does Kevin Bridges not have his own web-site?

     

    By now, he is a household name in the UK

     

    so surely there must be some info about his

     

    up and coming touring dates just google it

     

    and let us know how you get on

  16. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Precepta,

     

     

    Sadly, I suspect that any such comparison in the MSM will be misrepresented and maligned to implicate the innocents and absolve the guilty…

  17. blantyretim

     

    21:24 on

     

    17 September, 2012

     

    captainmoonlight..

     

     

    I’m sure Kevin will be at the match too…

     

    try and get a lift back from the game from him.. o)

     

     

    Well I hope he enjoys the match and his Team

     

    gets an excellent result.

  18. Big Georges Fan Club on

    captainmoonlight – my wee pal Sanny from Blantyre is in the same boat, but his Mrs is not for budging on the gig, so he’ll be trying to avoid the score too.

     

     

    Must say, chances are slim – the bhould Kev will let rip if Celtic score (unless he’s getting it taped too!).

     

     

    BGFC

  19. Anyone else think the following comment could just be made up pash?

     

     

    At CP picking up my CL tickets today when I came across a a supporter who lets say has a bit of a higher profile than the rest of us however we got talking about Bangura scoring at the weekend and the 2m fee we had paid for him the retort was “aye we’d have got a better return from him if we had stuck him in a trap at shawfield”

     

     

    Made up by a so called Celtic supporter to cause disharmony on CQN or stand an unnamed high profile supporter of our club in bad light hence alluding to the fact that this is a measure of our support in general.

     

     

    If said TROLL is going to recant these stories said TROLL should have the balls to name the high profile supporter affording said supporter the opportunity to defend their comments. I’m sure if a high profile supporter made a statement like that being quoted said high profile supporter would not wish for what appeared a friendly chance meeting and comments to be recanted on an Internet forum.

     

     

    TROLL’s should stay in the dark under their bridges were they belong.

     

     

    They certainly don’t belong in Celtic Park no matter their monetary value to our club.

     

     

    MWD

  20. Marrakesh Express

     

     

    Probably no mention either of the flare thrown on to the pitch which damaged Annan’s synthetic surface.

     

     

    HH!!

  21. BGFC

     

     

    I would expect nothing else from wee Sanny…

     

     

    I will share a beer with him in Barca though… o))

  22. Evening folks.

     

     

    Just caught the tribute to the 96 at the beginning of Everton V Newcastle game. The players lined up at the Centre circle, a young boy and girl, about 5 years holding each others hands, one wearing an Everton strip, one wearing a Liverpool strip.

     

     

    Then a minutes applause starts, with the song over the public address system, from the hollies, “He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother” Camera pans the crowd and to a person they are all applauding. And then it picks up on one a woman in the crowd, a relative of one of the deceased with her Liverpool scarf around her neck.

     

     

    Very touching and true class.

     

     

    Dan

  23. Evening all

     

    Frae Costa Del Sol

     

    Que pasa?

     

     

    Was in conversation with Malaga supporter. Passion is indeed contaigious.

     

    Apparently their shiek benefactor is not pulling back but was unhappy at some existing members misusing his largesse.

     

    A bit of restructuring and its as you were.

     

    What would football do without a sheik up?

  24. Just read Traynor’s article today in the Record.

     

    Possibly the most pathetic,turgid,inept piece of writing since Mark Hateley’s first letter to Santa..

     

    Does anybody look at this p*sh and nod their heads?Aye Jim,spot on..the suffering must stop???

     

    Jim,if you are lurking,and that is quite possible-what with you having a fascination with us internet looneys-i can tell you one thing.

     

    I have a few friends who are Rangers fans.We all do.You and your kind did your bit to add to my friends pain.

     

     

    And they know it..

  25. Tallybhoy

     

     

    I have just came across this old karaoke machine and old audio

     

    tape and I have found this track entitled Annan-Annan where

     

    the f**k is Annan

     

    Although Sevico It’s No Our Fault FC have now darken the

     

    said Area with a new sign put up by their local council

     

    stating ‘Please Don’t Hurry Back’

  26. Big Georges Fan Club on

    BT – saw the wee man in Finbars yesterday – cheery as ever, and proud to be a dad of 8 weeks (wean is probably taller than him).

     

     

    I had hoped get to Barca with some of my extended family, but the £400 trip quickly turned into £1600 when the two weans and my Mrs volunteered to keep me company – too steep I’m afraid.

     

     

    Never mind – going to the game on Wed with my brother-in-law (ex Blantyre, now Ballbriggan north of Dublin) and two of the sisters-in-law. Two of them will be in Barca too, and will doubtless link up with you there (green with jealousy!!!)

     

     

    BGFC

  27. marrakesh express

     

     

    And they had the cheek to moan about being met at Annan train station and made to leave single file while being filmed.

     

     

    Story going about SFL asked to investigate sectarian singing and have passed it to SFA.

  28. MWD @21:28

     

     

    Unlike some name dropping is not a habit I practice but I’m sure if you put a in wee FOI request for the front door tape today you may be able to identify him

     

    Any way talking of tattoos earlier,someone doesn’t necessarily have to have FUD tattooed on their forehead to aid in their identification