Benfica arrive after 3 competitive games


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. MWD @23:54


    Danny Bhoycotting of G53



    My character is much worse than that



    The high ranking police officer you were speaking to was actually the one that required me to resign



    We’re you really into discuss a break in or is that the cover story you were told to use


    Nudge nudge wink wink !!!!!

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    13:28 on


    17 September, 2012



    Astonishingly bleak view of the British political scene and the general disinterest of the population.


    Better,however,than the current Chinese/Japanese rancour.



    Alex Thomson’s latest blog :



    One or two Rangers supporters have been asking in recent weeks why I decided to write the foreword for Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s book on Rangers, Downfall.


    There’s been rather a lot of noise about this so let me stick to some clear facts which illustrate why I endorse the book and why it is telling that – as far as the publisher is aware – not one MSM newspaper in Scotland has reviewed the book as yet.


    Which is odd, since it is currently into a third print-run; it is billed as Scottish Book of the Month in WHSmith and has been high in the Amazon bestseller lists.


    It is also (small detail lost in ear-spitting hysteria) the truth about Rangers.


    I’ve had the usual endearing tsunami of abuse from a small number of Rangers’ fans for endorsing a book most claim not to have read (yes, I know…) But not one single communication taking issue with the facts, substance and truth of Downfall.



    The book is the truth – and no Rangers fan reading it will disagree with that. This is why I endorsed it.



    I have never met Mr Mac Giolla Bhain.


    He was not the source for any of the major stories about Rangers Channel 4 News broke this year.


    He wishes to see Rangers FC obliterated as far as I can discern.


    I wish to see Rangers in the Champions League again.


    Mr Mac Giolla Bhain supports Celtic. I (let me say this just one more time) don’t.


    He writes about Rangers’ downfall with undisguised glee and mirth. I write, saddened for their legions of loyal fans so badly sold out by the suits.



    But as a journalist and an outsider to this cauldron I simply want the facts of Rangers’ implosion in the public domain and those responsible held to account.



    That is why I made this clear in my foreword. And made it clear I do not, could not, share the Celtic-driven motivation of Mr Mac Giolla Bhain and other notable bloggers.


    However, though the author and I may be in very different places, we want the truth about what happened.


    So all those interested should have one simple question in mind – is the book the truth of the Rangers fiasco? That, ultimately is all that matters.


    I believe it is.


    I also believe the bizarre adventures of “Downfall” en route from the printers to the bookshelves prove an important dimension of the book and of my investigations into Rangers.


    Namely, the way in which the MSM in Glasgow have been outflanked by the bloggers and their distaste for handling the truth the bloggers have consistently delivered.


    Time and again the bloggers got the story first, and they mostly got it right. With some notable exceptions, Glasgow’s MSM were left playing catch-up and even now, handed the story on a plate, bizarre things happen.


    The Scottish Sun’s u-turn and refusal to serialise, having done a double-page spread promoting the author and the coming serialisation-that-never-was will long remain a baffling and scarcely explained episode.


    Apparently it was not worries about a boycott. Apparently it was not the result of intimidation.


    But didn’t The Sun publish two pages on the author being threatened by Rangers’ fans in their own pre-serialisation splash?


    Didn’t The Sun approach the publisher asking for serialisation rights and not the other way round?


    Curiouser and curiouser…


    So a man comes along plainly telling the truth about Rangers. Nobody disputes that. The Sun un-serialises and starts apologising. No other paper publishes so much as a review.


    And a review of a book which charts many things and one is – guess what?


    Yup – the strange, historic reluctance of the MSM in Glasgow to handle the truth of what happened at Ibrox.


    Many thought that culture was something of the past, gone with Sir David and Craig, history. Many thought that things are different now in Glasgow. The bizarre conduct of the MSM over Downfall suggests to some that the fear, the deference, is alive and well.


    Others will say Scotland’s newspapers completely ignoring the inside story of the nation’s biggest-ever sporting business catastrophe and near ruination of a gigantic footballing culture, was, well, just coincidence.


    Nothing to see here. No story. Move along please.



    The Bridge


    A man on his Harley was riding along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, God said, ‘because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish..’



    The biker pulled over and said, ‘Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I want.’



    God replied, ‘Your request is materialistic; think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking; the supports required reaching the bottom of the Pacific and the concrete and steel it would take! I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of something that could possibly help man kind.’



    The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said, ‘God, I


    Wish that I, and all men, could understand women; I want to know how she feels inside, what she’s thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing’s wrong, why she snaps and complains when I try to help, and how I can make a woman truly happy.



    God replied: ‘You want two lanes or four on that bridge?

  5. OK all you SE Asia/Oz/NZ/North American Bhoys’n’Ghirls have a go at our CL predictor.


    Below explains all……C’mon its only a bit of fun!



    “TKF Predictor – Champions League!!



    Afternoon Bhoys’n’Ghirls!



    Just a wee note to let you all know that as with Euro 2012, The Kano Foundation are “running” a Champions League Predictor.



    Its free to enter, is just for a bit of fun, allows us to have a Celtic interest and also gives you the chance to get tore into your fellow CQNers (and any others who want to join in of course) for their lack of footie knowledge, whilst proclaiming your brilliance :-)



    To join just click on the following link:






    Pool name: TKF – Champs League Predictor


    Pool code: wifepush



    Ask to join and once approved (you will be…honest!) away you go!



    Hope to see a good response for this.



    BTW for those already registered with the EPL predictor, your points from the CL predictor will be added to your EPL total at the end of the season to determine the winners, so mind and get your predictions in for both comps!



    Cheers and Good Luck







    PS – The Pool Code was randomly generated, probably by some Sevco fan ;-)”






  6. With regard to that trialist Heisenberg, boy he was fast – incredible velocity. And I was so focused on his speed I just couldn’t tell his position.


    MACJAY1 0238



    IMO,Philvis was absolutely correct in his opinion of the current crop of British politicians.



    As I pointed out at the time,it is virtually a worldwide problem.

  8. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    05:46 on


    18 September, 2012



    Depressing scenario.


    Glad to be in Oz.


    It would take real talent to stuff this place up.


    Dig another hole in the ground economy.

  9. Good morning friends from a much more pleasant and dry East Kilbride than of late.



    Compare and contrast. 5th in the SPL and a midweek Champions League tie at home to Benfica or 4th in the 4th tier of Scottish football and a midweek Ramsden’s Cup tie against Queen Of The South.

  10. Jesus wept !



    STV sports news declaring The Gers are in action tonight In the quarter final of the Ramsdens Cup as they go for the 1st silverware of the season

  11. Morning all!



    CL group matches start tonight – and there is a pawnbroker’s cup game on as well I believe.



    Wonder which one I’ll watch?



    Difficult decision that one!




  12. Good morning CQNers



    I despair. I seek shelter from the right wing media in CQN and what do I find, CQNs turned into a Thatcherite appreciation society, God preserve me.



    An aside, I thought it was the left wing dafties who’d nothing better to do with their feckless lives than fritter away their time on unproductive pursuits.


    MACJAY1 0642



    Long been of the opinion that the seriously-talented in this country should make their way to either Australia or Canada.



    Resource-rich and under the protection of the US.



    Agreeable climate,politically-stable,and English-speaking to boot.



    As Gil Scott-Heron once said,controlling your resources will control your world.



    I’m quite happy to stay here,obviously,haha!

  14. Waterloo social club


    St Annes Rd, south shore Blackpool



    If travelling by tram, get off at the Waterloo Rd stop and walk up until the junction of St Annes Rd, look right and the club is on the LEFT hand side.



    Families welcome, Celts only!



  15. .



    Thanks to The Poster who posted Alex Thompsons Blog update..Sorry forgot Who..



    I was going to ask some of the Homebased Bhoys a Question last Night..



    Has Phil’s book ‘Downfall’ been discussed or even mentioned on Clyde or Real Radio ( or did l read that phone in has Stopped )..



    Just Curious..



    Thanks in Advance..




  16. I see the zombies are on BBC Alba this evening. Is this a continuation of the previous BBC single-handed attempt to keep the previous Ibrox-based club alive?




  17. gerry



    07:29 on 18 September, 2012




    That post was for you Gerry, I’ll be part of wee Oscars Green Bucket Army on Sat.



    Give a pound and help save a Childs life CSC





    Sorry,I do not know,but I am willing to hazard a wee guess…..

  19. BMCUW






    Canada is a country that has always fascinated me, and if I were a good bit younger I would seriously consider trying to move there – if they would have me, because I am NOT seriously talented!



    The only thing that would put me off is the decidedly harsh winters – much prefer the heat to the cold!



    It would also have to be in a city with a CSC – there are quite a few I believe.




  20. AKBW1888



    00:12 on 18 September, 2012





    00:07 on


    18 September, 2012




    ‘Who Baroness Thatch The Snatch who try to introduce poll tax back in 1987/88


    in Scotland and was told to sling her hook in actual fact she was using Scotland


    as a testing ground back then’







    It’s a myth that Thatcher used Scotland as a testing ground for the poll tax.



    It was the Scottish Tories who lobbied for the poll tax to be brought in early in Scotland.



    There had been a rating revaluation which had resulted in a lot of pensioners in big houses facing much higher rates bills and the Scottish Tories thought the poll tax would do well for them electorally.

  21. BMCUW



    Do you know of anywhere that is showing the game tomorrow night here in Swindon, my local the Woodlands Edge wont show it due to there being two English teams playing.