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. Steinreignedsupreme on




    Snake Plissken11:55 on 17 September, 2012



    The Legless cup was overflowing with craziness this morning.



    But all kidding aside there is some method in his madness – and unsurprisingly this is manifested in a poisonous way.



    I still clearly remember the day of the second Ibrox Disaster and the aftermath of the event. Everyone was stunned by what happened, and given the design of Ibrox Park with the deep imposing stairways, the tragedy could have struck at the other end of the ground just as easily. That was one of the multitude of reasons Celtic supporters were so sympathetic towards our one-time rivals. Although the blindingly-obvious human compassion was well ahead of all other emotions.



    To cut to the chase though – and I’ve had this conversation with many Celtic supporters over the years – it bothers people like Leggat that Celtic supporters refuse to plumb the depths of the sewers and mock the Ibrox Disaster. (And by people like Leggat I mean the deniers and the filth who find fun in Famine and a Boys Club scandal, while perpetually venting their hatred towards the Irish and people of the Catholic Faith.) It really does irk them that we will not go down that route and debase the tragedy. Over the years we’ve had accusations about Aberdeen fans singing disrespectful songs, Irvine Walsh using sardonic references, ‘orchestrated coughing’ claims, a video showing a statue walking and now references to Daleks in increasingly twisted attempts to create conflict over the death of 66 people.



    But the stark truth of the matter is -NO ONE CARES. That might seem harsh but it is a fact.



    I would also like to take this opportunity to point out that Rangers and their entire support were so concerned about the dead of the Ibrox disasters that it was 30 years after the second tragedy in 1971 before a visible memorial was constructed. That is how much they care about those who perished in their ground. It speaks volumes abut them.



    Had it not been for Hillsborough I doubt they would even have bothered to do it. The contrasting approach of Liverpool Football Club towards the 96 fans killed at Hillsborough shamed Rangers into action.



    But predictably they now want to question the attitude of everyone else towards the dead.

  2. Incidentally I used to have weird nightmares of Ian Paisley as a Dalek when I was a kid: instead of “Exterminate”- “Exterminate” I used to hear the Daleks screech out in Ian Paisleys voice: “No Surrender!” “No Surrender!”

  3. Tallybhoy @ 13 12 .



    Your description of the typical Italian politician seems rather generous .





    Only my second genuine LOL moment of the day on here.



    First one-and you were beaten to it-was from AWE NAW. Cheers mate!



    HT-It seems to be official,you are now a man of few words……..

  5. The Battered Bunnet on




    I hear he disnae like Wanda Jackson, in any language. Another reason to be concerned…

  6. It is interesting that the old media are now fully into a campaign to drag Celtic into Old Ranger’s dual contracts mire. Its clear that this is a concerted campaign aimed at making the Juninho EBT a cause celebre for the huns.



    Celtic must respond to this nonesense now and threaten to take some legal action against both Sevco and some media outlets who are effectively accussing Celtic of breaking the rules.



    Now that would send a very powerful message to these numpties.





    Sorry,I should have been more clear.



    When I said they did,I meant that Rapid have reported rfc to Uefa.



    I BELIEVE that is true,canny find it online,but sure I saw it last week.



    Ironic,innit-one buncha cheating sods doing down another one……

  8. wonkyradar


    13:03 on


    17 September, 2012


    As Lee “Scratch” Perry would say: “Down wif dem Eagles man.”





    Seen him live with the uppseters at a wee club in istanbul 3 years ago. They were great, really enjoyed that night.

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS – Milliband is awe-inspiringly uninspiring as leader of the only possible alternative,and when the main challengers to the incumbents are Boris and Ed Balls,we are staring at a political vacuum.



    It’s astonishing, isn’t it?



    Politics has always been showbusiness for ugly people, but the political leaders of the past at least tended to be serious people who articulated ideas.



    They might have been stupid and destructive ideas, like nationalising industries or invading the Suez, or what-have-you, but at least one felt that the adults were in charge. Furthermore, we lived in a democracy: high voter turnout (compared to today) and high levels of membership of political parties evidenced that people felt connected to the institutions and process by which they were governed. Like it or no, what the British state did was ultimately an expression of what the voters wanted or were at least willing to tolerate.



    Today we have people who would struggle to get elected to lead a student union holding major political office. They neither understand nor care about the plebs whose taxes fund their existence. In fact they sneer at the average man or woman in the street as a “bigot”, as Nick Clegg did when he let slip his views on people who don’t support gay marriage, or as Gordon Brown did when a working class lifelong Labour voter expressed mild concern at his government’s policy of filling Britain up with millions of immigrants. (British jobs for British workers, ho ho ho)



    The public senses this, senses that you couldn’t put a fag paper between the major parties on any issue of substance, senses that the system is rigged against the ordinary men and women of this country, so they have responded by increasingly refusing to give a fiddler’s fart about politics.



    So our rulers exist in a social, economic, and cultural bubble of their own, increasingly adrift from the masses whose consent and participation democracy requires. Our institutions are increasingly dumbed down and corrupted, and the country is broke.



    There may be trouble ahead. (thumbsup)

  10. istanbulcelt


    13:26 on


    17 September, 2012




    13:03 on


    17 September, 2012


    As Lee “Scratch” Perry would say: “Down wif dem Eagles man.”





    Seen him live with the uppseters at a wee club in istanbul 3 years ago. They were great, really enjoyed that night.




    A LEGEND- still going strong.

  11. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    It´s Raining Pies (The Heavy Weather Girls)



    Hi (Hi!) We’re your Weathered Tims (Ah-huh)


    And have we got news for you (You better listen!)


    Get ready, all you lonely Huns


    and leave the buckfast at home. (all right!)



    Humidity is rising (mm huns) – Barometer’s getting low (how low-ho)


    According to all sources, (what sources now)


    Barlinnies the place you´ll go (you better hurry up)


    Cause September the 12th for the first time


    Just about half past ten


    For the first time in history


    It’s gonna start raining Pies.



    It’s Raining Pies! Hallelujah! – It’s Raining Pies! Amen!


    I’m gonna go out to run and let myself get


    Absolutely soaking wet!


    It’s Raining Pies! Hallelujah!


    It’s Raining Pies! Every Specimen!


    Big, fatty, burned and lean


    Rough and tough and strong and dead



    God bless Greigs the Baker, Allys a single woman too


    She took off to Sevco and she did what she had to do


    She taught every bellend to rearrange the sky deal


    So that each and every hunn could find their perfect pie


    It’s Raining Pies! Hallelujah!


    It’s Raining Pies! Amen!


    It’s Raining Pies! Hallelujah!


    It’s Raining Pies! Ame – – nnnn!



    I feel stormy Weathered Huns Moving in about to begin


    Hear the thunder Don’t you lose your head


    Rip off the roof and stay in bed


    Rip off the roof and stay in bed





    God bless Griegs the Baker,


    Allys’s a single woman too


    She took off to Sevco


    and she did what she had to do


    She taught every bellend


    she rearranged the sky deal


    So that each and every hun


    could find their perfect pie


    It’s Raining Pies! Yeah!



    Humidity is rising


    Humidity is rising


    Barometer’s getting low


    According to all sources,


    According to all sources,


    According to all sources,


    Barlinnies the place you’ll go


    Cause September 12th for the first time


    Just about half-past ten


    For the first time in history


    It’s gonna start raining Pies.



    It’s Raining Pies! Hallelujah!


    It’s Raining Pies! Amen!


    It’s Raining Pies! Hallelujah!


    It’s Raining Pies! Amen!


    It’s Raining Pies! Hallelujah!


    It’s Raining Pies!




    oh oh whoa whoa whoa whoa


    Raining Pies


    kiss me


    it’s Raining Pies


    Big, fatty, burned and lean


    right away


    Rough and tough and strong and dead


    come on




    judgement time


    It’s Raining Pies


    I got more


    Raining Pies




    and I’m gonna see you


    She taught every bellend


    running near


    I rearranged the sky deal


    fall on me




    drop the perfect guy


    It’s Raining Pies


    Greigs the Baker

  12. NegAnon2 – The SPL have responded, what more can Celtic add? You can’t make people understand when they simply don’t want to.



    A Celtic statement would just be cause for another round of newspaper headlines, where the suggested shared guilt is revisited.



    Let them report a vacuum, see how many articles they can write on that.




    as a result of our superiors’ master plan for NWO?!


    if it wasn’t for the internet we would all be slaves already.


    they are almost creating an alternative realit (even look at our own MSM)

  14. South of Tunis @ 1321



    Yes I did rather understate the non-reedeming qualities of the average Italian politician.



    I also failed to mention Silvio.




  15. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo



    13:31 on 17 September, 2012



    Does anybody else want just want one line posts ?



    Hail Hail












  16. saltires en sevilla



    very senior American person contacted me a couple of weeks ago.


    we need to send posters for a confidential helpline to every office in the world, and we need your help to tell us all the offices in Europe.



    sure no problem, here is the list of addresses.



    very senior person : ah but we need to send them 2 posters, 1 in English and 1 in local language, we had problems before with Brazil , we sent Spanish not Portugese, so can you help keep us right on some of the tricky ones,



    yes sure, it happens, i know its confusing for Belgium and Switzerland and a few others, let me know which ones, and I can confirm the language.



    ok – email sent



    please confirm the local language for the posters in the following countries :









    etc etc etc

  17. Tip toe….tip toe….is it okay if I still post on here? Am I welcome?


    Hard to tell, after some of the posts on here last night.





    Enjoy the luxury of an essentially unfettered internet while you can. Soak up as much info as possible during these days of uncensored access.



    It isn’t going to last,if the powers-that-be have anything to do with it,I fear.

  19. philvisreturns



    13:28 on 17 September, 2012




    The problem is that modern politicians lack what Denis Healey called a hinterland.



    Thatcher was probably the first. No interests outside of politics. Done nothing prior to being a politician.





    You’re always welcome.



    Anyone says different,tell them to head down to Swindon.



    Not that I would be able to do anything about it,of course-I’m neither hardman nor cyber hardman-but the threat of visiting Swindon should be enough to shut them up (trust me)

  21. Groupon deal for Barcalona bhoys-£179 per person for arrivals between 1 and 28 October 2012 (Up to 44% off)


    Price including flights from Stansted,Luton,and Gatwick and 2 nights in Expo Hotel.Can be bought in the next 7 days.Always worth checking the small print.

  22. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    firstly I would never do anything untoward ever.



    Secondly never to you.



    I tried to access my profile over the weekend to change my name to



    Awe Naw No A Nil Nil Wi Annan Anaw Noo.



    and I could not access my profile to do so.



    I would ask Paul67 or Kevinjohn



    Hail HAil




    Too true.


    Given recent events such as uncovering a decades old police cover up I cant help but think it will be in our lifetime.


    If this environment were ever to uncover wrongdoing or a larger scale; lets say by a North American government manipulating the masses by to introduce unconstitutional new laws …. I think we would be staring at a very different public internet

  24. The Battered Bunnet ——–



    I very excitedly attended a Wanda Jackson gig in a real dive of a club in Oakland .[ 1972 ]



    I thought I would hear the greats like Fujiyama Mama and Tears Will Be The Chaser For Your Wine ——but —



    Unbeknown to me , the early 70s Wanda had found God and did a set that the Salvation Army would have approved of –



    One of the biggest disappointments of my life .

  25. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    I don’t kno whether to laugh or cry but according to the BBC the ‘most pirated artist’ for my postcode is………..Bon Jovi.



    And here was me hopin’ it would be Pete Brown and his Battered Ornaments.

  26. HT



    click on your name at top of page



    enter password



    that will take you into your profile



    but I don’t think you can change your usename

  27. The Battered Bunnet on




    Bummer! I had the same experience with Tony Bennett in Edinburgh a few years ago.



    Having expected a swinging, jumping, jiving old time, we were treated to 2 hours of Tony with the Ralph Sharon Quartet. You know the type of gig – the quiet applause, the respectful silence for the performing artist.



    To make matters worse, it was outdoors, and damned cold. We could even tap out toes in time to keep warm.



    Taught me to read the small print….

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