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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. See that the huns are blaming the pitches for their Fourth Tier away woes.

     

     

    Is there anything left that they haven’t blamed?

  2. Anybody on twitter should read Tomo’s ripostes to the deluded, slap down after slap own, even wee Chris Graham getting his panties in a twist, gently swatted away.

  3. ernie lynch @ 08:08 said:

     

     

    ‘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.’

     

     

    Aye, Ernie … they were a visionary lot, those Scottish Tories.

     

     

    I don’t suppose you could tell us how that test worked out, could you … ?

     

     

    ;-)

  4. chasbhoy

     

    08:27 on

     

    18 September, 2012

     

    See that the huns are blaming the pitches for their Fourth Tier away woes.

     

     

    Is there anything left that they haven’t blamed?

     

     

     

    …………….

     

     

    Yes, the actual problem!

     

     

    The Manager, coaching staff and their players!!!

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TALLYBHOY

     

     

    I don’t think it’s harsh in the winter everywhere,but even so it’s better than drizzle every day. That is one type of weather I just detest,just goes right through ye.

     

     

    But you are probably right to stay in the warm climes of the Med if you like the warmth.

     

     

    See ya mid-October in a wee toon which is first stop off the Atlantic,and even has a row of trees bent back 45 degrees due to the wind,haha!

  6. BobbyMurdoch…

     

     

    Australia = dull, racist, and will be unliveable in 20 years thanks to climate change.

     

     

    Canada = dull.

     

     

    In my humble opinion, obviously!

  7. chasbhoy @ said:

     

     

    ‘See that the huns are blaming the pitches for their Fourth Tier away woes.

     

     

    Is there anything left that they haven’t blamed?’

     

     

    Well, funny you should ask: as ernie lynch could tell you (and Philvis would dispute), it all goes back to the introduction of the Poll Tax in the late 80’s/early 90s..

     

     

    Once it was on the statute books, David Murray (as he then was – and allegedly, so far) had no choice but to resort to an assortment of nefarious tax ‘avoiding’ measures, which – fast forward 20 years – resulted in the latest incarnation of the Foe Malign having to plough their trade on sub-standard 3G pitches.

     

     

    Of course, as soon as the tax was abolished, there was a predictable and massive influx of Poles.

     

     

    Troo …

     

     

    FF

  8. Yes the new synthetic pitch at Annan was full of holes – impossible to play the silky ‘ball on the deck’ football that Fat Sally demands.

     

     

    HH!!

  9. .

     

     

    Charles Kickham..

     

     

    I read about that last night.. Thank You for Posting it..

     

     

    ItaliaBhoy..

     

     

    Australia..Dull..Racist and Unlivable..WTF..

     

     

    I take it You don’t get out Much..

     

     

    It’s a Very Humble Opinion you seem to Have..

     

     

    Summa

  10. Good Morning all

     

    chasbhoy

     

    08:27 on

     

    The Orcs blaming the pitches?

     

    It could have been a lot worst for them if their Ref friends (who have a liking for Goats) did not help them out a few times. This is God’s way of punishing them for their werathapeepil style cheating, I hope he has a lot more to dish out.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  11. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SWINDONBHOY 0812

     

     

    Best bet is The Tap and Barrel,Manchester Rd.

     

     

    A bit cliquey if you’ve not been in it before.

     

     

    Also pretty sure The High Street club will show it.

     

     

    If you go to the former,ask if Davie Lowe is in,the latter ask for Des. In both cases,tell them a fella from Kilwinning gave you the recommendation-they’ll keep an eye out for you.

     

     

    Good luck,bud-we’ll arrange a beer when I get back from Scotland next month. Not been in The Woodland since I got barred five years ago!

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CHASBHOY 0827

     

     

    Are the pitches green? Well,there ye go then,the sevconians are right!

  13. Someone mentioned earlier about the Rangers fans attitude towards the then board after the dreadful disaster which killed 66 fans.

     

     

    I was about 11 when this happened and so I have no clear recollection of the actual events. From what I can gather there was a scandalous lack of adherance to safety at that stadium and in particular stairway 13 where there had been crushing and deaths previously.

     

     

    I also believe that unlike the Hillsborough disaster where the Liverpool football club immediately acknowledged the death of their fans by building a monument at Anfield the Ibrox memorial was not immediate and the club appealed against the compensation given by a judge. That judge to this day has been snubbed by his peers and called judas for daring to do his sworn duty to the crown by upholding the dead fans families right to be compensated.

     

     

    For any sceptics just google fallen masonry and you will get a small insight into the disgraceful actions of the then board at Ibrox.

  14. BMCUW

     

     

    Barred from a pub in Swindon?!

     

     

    You can take the bhoy out of Kilwinning – but you can’t take Kilwinning out of the bhoy!

     

     

    Those trees in the golfin’ toon are a sight to behold indeed – a wonder of the world: they make the Leaning Tower of Pisa look straight!

     

     

    HH!!

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    ITALIABHOY 0840

     

     

     

    I really hivnae an answer to that!

     

     

    Do me a favour-don’t tell everyone how you managed that……

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TALLYBHOY 0858

     

     

    The first time I saw THE LEANING TREES OF……….. I genuinely thought I was blootered.

     

     

    Then I remembered that,actually,I was……………

  17. From ‘The Scotsman.’

     

     

    RANGERS are on Ramsdens Cup duty against Queen of the South tonight – 24 hours before Celtic begin their Champions League campaign against Benfica.

     

     

    Asked if the European ties will provide a stark reminder as to what his side will miss out on for the next few years, Rangers manager Ally McCoist said: “Not at all. I don’t look back, I look forward. We’ve got a massive game on Tuesday night. It doesn’t matter what the competition is at this club, you always have to look to do well in it and look to win the competition. That’s not to say I won’t be watching the Champions League, of course I’ll be watching the Champions League. But there is no use looking back and mumping and moaning. We just have to look forward now. We’re in the Ramsdens Cup and we will do our utmost to win it.”

     

     

    Does that mean that Sally will be watching the CL while his team is playing that massive game in the Pawnbrokers Cup?

     

     

    And Hoops supporters better realise tomorrow night that the massive game of the week has already been played.

     

     

    I don’t think Charlie will have to give him the bullet. I reckon he will self-implode before that.

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Looks like The Record is ensuring that another poor fella is gonna be given “the treatment” by followers of a former club.

     

     

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    Stirling Albion secretary Dick King slammed for branding Rangers fans ‘Huns’ online

     

     

    KING was accused of demonising Rangers fans by supporters of his own club as well as those of the Ibrox side after insisting local police were ready for any trouble.

     

     

     

    A FOOTBALL club chief has fallen foul of his own side’s supporters for calling Rangers “the Huns”.

     

     

    Stirling Albion secretary Dick King used the derogatory term on an internet chatroom.

     

     

    King is hoping to sell thousands of tickets to the Ibrox faithful for the teams’ league clash next month.

     

     

    But his own fans have accused him of “demonising” Rangers fans after he claimed that local police were “manning up” for trouble.

     

     

    Stirling – one of the clubs who voted to demote Gers to the Third Division – are at home to the Ibrox giants on October 6.

     

     

    Some Binos fans on the RedWeb internet forum are unhappy that manager Greig McDonald will miss the game because he’s getting married on the same day.

     

     

    But King, under the name Auld Reekie, hit back: “The wedding was fixed long before the Huns were contemplating entry into League 3.”

     

     

    He added: “Rangers fans scarcely covered themselves in glory when they visited for a friendly last year and what did we get?

     

     

    “Unruly behaviour, flares and unacceptable songs.

     

     

    “The police are only too well aware of what we might see on October 6 and will be manned up accordingly.”

     

     

    The testimonial for Albion chairman Peter McKenzie last year was marred by Rangers fans singing sectarian songs.

     

     

    King’s comments provoked a strong response from other Albion supporters.

     

     

    One, called MacPhail, said: “Can I ask, as you seem to be working for the club in an official capacity, if the club endorses the use of the word Huns to describe Rangers?

     

     

    “I know it’s fashionable to demonise Rangers supporters as swivel-eyed bigots but that’s a lot of b******s, with all due respect.”

     

     

    Another, named Horsey, said: “It’s completely wrong to generalise all supporters of a club as being the same.

     

     

    “There are tens of thousands who support both Old Firm clubs who don’t behave like the scum of the Earth.”

     

     

    A Rangers spokesman said: “These comments coming from a club official are ill-judged and disappointing.”

     

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    Maybe he should call them sevcovians instead-and btw if the papers reported the facts about that lot’s fans behaviour on the road this season,he wouldn’t be getting pilloried.

  19. ‘… a massive game on Tuesday. (Against QOS!!!)!!!

     

     

    Stoap it fatboy – ma sides are splittin’! On second thoughts – keep it up! Your ‘quotes’ get more hilarious with each passing day!

     

     

    HH!!

  20. The third division clubs seem much more relaxed about calling out the Huns for their behaviour. Hopefully the rumour that the Sfl have asked the Sfa to do something about it is true…

  21. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Same paper also has McCall worried that ELEVEN of his better players are out of contract in the summer.

     

     

    Which means that Rangers picked a r-e-a-l-l-y bad year for a transfer embargo.

     

     

    Now,if any of those players should still be free agents come next September,and then sign,I hope that is thoroughly investigated-because I certainly wouldn’t put it past them!

  22. Isn’t it amazing the lengths the laptop loyal will go to in order to get people to state how great Benfica is and apparently how crap we are.

     

     

    Looking forward to a special night tomorrow.

  23. 001:

     

     

    He once had dinner and was told across the table that Australia was a racist country.

     

     

    I don’t think he has ever lived here but in ignorance he is quick to condemn, a hun trait in my most humble opinion.

  24. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

    09:14 on

     

    18 September, 2012

     

    Looks like The Record is ensuring that another poor fella is gonna be given “the treatment” by followers of a former club.

     

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~

     

     

    Stirling Albion secretary Dick King slammed for branding Rangers fans ‘Huns’ online

     

     

    KING was accused of demonising Rangers fans by supporters of his own club as well as those of the Ibrox side after insisting local police were ready for any trouble.

     

     

    A FOOTBALL club chief has fallen foul of his own side’s supporters for calling Rangers “the Huns”.

     

     

    Stirling Albion secretary Dick King used the derogatory term on an internet chatroom.

     

     

    King is hoping to sell thousands of tickets to the Ibrox faithful for the teams’ league clash next month.

     

     

    But his own fans have accused him of “demonising” Rangers fans after he claimed that local police were “manning up” for trouble.

     

     

    Stirling – one of the clubs who voted to demote Gers to the Third Division – are at home to the Ibrox giants on October 6.

     

     

    Some Binos fans on the RedWeb internet forum are unhappy that manager Greig McDonald will miss the game because he’s getting married on the same day.

     

     

    But King, under the name Auld Reekie, hit back: “The wedding was fixed long before the Huns were contemplating entry into League 3.”

     

     

    He added: “Rangers fans scarcely covered themselves in glory when they visited for a friendly last year and what did we get?

     

     

    “Unruly behaviour, flares and unacceptable songs.

     

     

    “The police are only too well aware of what we might see on October 6 and will be manned up accordingly.”

     

     

    The testimonial for Albion chairman Peter McKenzie last year was marred by Rangers fans singing sectarian songs.

     

     

    King’s comments provoked a strong response from other Albion supporters.

     

     

    One, called MacPhail, said: “Can I ask, as you seem to be working for the club in an official capacity, if the club endorses the use of the word Huns to describe Rangers?

     

     

    “I know it’s fashionable to demonise Rangers supporters as swivel-eyed bigots but that’s a lot of b******s, with all due respect.”

     

     

    Another, named Horsey, said: “It’s completely wrong to generalise all supporters of a club as being the same.

     

     

    “There are tens of thousands who support both Old Firm clubs who don’t behave like the scum of the Earth.”

     

     

    A Rangers spokesman said: “These comments coming from a club official are ill-judged and disappointing.”

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~

     

     

    Maybe he should call them sevcovians instead-and btw if the papers reported the facts about that lot’s fans behaviour on the road this season,he wouldn’t be getting pilloried.

     

     

    ………….

     

     

    Emm, why are we getting dragged into a fight between Albions chairman and their fans. btw for the moron Albion fan a wee update the old firm no longer exists as one half of that due no longer exist!

  25. BMCUW,

     

     

    Cheers, will head to the Tap&Barrel, been there before, how did you manage to get barred from the Woody, will defo meet up for a beer and a chin wag when you get back.

  26. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    FRANCISCO SANDAZA last night blasted the Third Division, claiming matches were more like wars than games of football.

     

     

    Annan became the latest side to leave Rangers licking their wounds as they luckily held Ally McCoist’s men to a scoreless draw at the weekend. The Ibrox club have now failed to win any of their three bruising battles away from home in the league this term and this failure is due to the calabre of the league they are playing in.

     

     

    And Spanish striker Sandaza said: “Everybody is expecting us to win 4-0 and 5-0 but the teams are playing the game of their lives and are very aggressive.

     

     

    “The Third Division is not football, at least away from home. It’s more physical, more hard tackles. If you have a race horse you cannot expect it to deliver the beer barrels every morning

     

     

    “It’s more like a war, at least it was on Saturday. We have to win these wars and we must do that. We are Rangers and we must win every game. We must not surrender

     

     

    “I was on the pitch thinking, ‘Bloody hell I am playing cr*p’. It wasn’t football the way it is at Ibrox or in SPL games where everything is more friendly and professional. But we have to realise this is where we are right now, this is our present circumstances. We are staring down the barrel of a gun

     

     

    “Thinking about the future is silly only fools do that, we have to concentrate on where we are today and were yesterday

     

     

    “It’s not easy to settle as quickly and we need to be patient in the matches.

     

     

    “We have to change our minds and become more like the teams we’re playing against. Away games are a war on tight pitches so it is vitally important for me to reach my target weight. I can create so much space by achieving just that.

     

     

    “Obviously if the results are not going well, critics are going to turn on the highly paid new players like me, Ian Black and Dean Shiels but I’m sure we’re doing the right job and working extremely hard for our money under difficult tutelage.

     

     

    “Eventually once the officials understand that we are in fact an SPL side we will start achieving the results away from home that everyone expects from us. People have to remember we’re a new squad disliked by footballs administrators and it will takes time for that to settle. But we will get what we want eventually.”

  27. tractorbhoy

     

     

    08:57 on 18 September, 2012

     

     

    ”Someone mentioned earlier about the Rangers fans attitude towards the then board after the dreadful disaster which killed 66 fans.

     

     

    I was about 11 when this happened and so I have no clear recollection of the actual events. From what I can gather there was a scandalous lack of adherance to safety at that stadium and in particular stairway 13 where there had been crushing and deaths previously.”

     

     

     

     

    #########

     

     

     

     

    The relatives of the dead sued.

     

     

    The club fought tooth and nail to avoid paying compensation.

     

     

    The case was heard at Glasgow Sheriff Court before Irvine Smith. He found in favour of the relatives ie he determined that the deaths were caused as a result of the negligence of the board of directors.

     

     

    The judgement was scathing of the way the club had behaved both in the cavalier way they had treated the safety of the fans that caused the deaths and their subsequent attempts to escape justice by their lying and deceitful behaviour.

     

     

    Irvine Smith devotes a chapter of his autobiography Law, Life and Laughter A Personal Verdict, to this case. A couple of extracts give a flavour of his views.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ”I found the evidence in support of the Rangers version unimpressive in the extreme. Mr Hope, in evidence, vacillated among his being unable to recollect such a meeting, his denying any such meeting, his possibility of having the dates wrong, being mistaken, admitting that he could have forgotten, stating that if he had attended such a meeting he would certainly have recalled it, and so on. There was hardly any variation on the theme of equivocation- and on that theme there are many variations-to which he did not resort. The evidence here is such that it had to be read to be believed.”

     

     

     

    ”If the verbal testimony of the defenders’ witnesses, however, revealed little, their written records, produced in court,revealed even less. And if the extracts from the records produced in this case were what they purported to be, rarely can an organisation of the size and significance of Rangers Football Club have succeeded in conducting their business with records so sparse, so carelessly kept, so inaccurately written up- if indeed ‘inaccuracy’ is not too mild a word to describe one particular minute- and so indifferently stored.”

  28. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    greenjedi

     

    09:23 on

     

    18 September

     

     

    The record reduced to reporting on internet bampottery

     

     

    Excellent.

     

     

    That post has cheered me up no end.

     

     

    Thanks :-)))))

     

     

    Hail Hail

  29. alex thomson ‏@alextomo

     

     

    #c4news I am doorstepping former Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie over his #Hillsborough lies.

  30. I see the touchy Aussies are out in force again. Listen, if I had to live in one country in the southern hemisphere Australia would be my first choice after New Zealand and Brazil.

     

     

    My experience of Oz is admittedly limited- four or five trips there in the last 20 years, to see friends who were rendered there. The Aussies I’ve met over here are great. The ones in Oz sadly I have found boorish, chauvinistic, boring, and wildly racist about Asians. The national attitude to the Aboriginals borders on the criminal.

     

     

    The cities, with the exception of Melbourne, are utterly forgettable and devoid of charm. Small town Australia has very little to recommend it and climate change will soon render huge swathes of it uninhabitable.

     

     

    These are my opinions, no one has to take them seriously of course…