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. ernie lynch – Mrs Thatcher, of course, held down a real job as a research chemist before becoming an MP.



    But you make an excellent point.



    Most politicians at all levels these days have no real experience of making or selling or fixing things for a living, or indeed of providing any other form of useful service to their fellow human beings before going into politics.



    Westminster has been captured by the professional political class, geeks and weirdos who moved from student politics to being political researchers / special advisers to holding public office without bothering themselves much with real jobs in between.



    Unlike people who build things or sell things or teach people or heal people or cut hair or empty bins for a living, professional politicians have no direct experience of being held accountable for their actions, having to work in teams, having to graft, dealing with budgets where there are swift and brutal consequences if you overrun them. They inhabit a Twilight Zone where backstabbing and bullshine are rewarded and honesty is punished.



    The Scottish Parliament is even worse than Westminster, because of the lower level of education of its average member and the shallower talent pool from which it fishes. (Indeed a talent pool so shallow it’s a wonder they’ve evolved to breathe on land).



    I’ve mentioned my favourite MSP before, wee Hunza Yousaf, who was elected an MSP while still a boy of 25. His only experience of life outside school and politics was a 6 month stint in a call centre and sadly he’s typical of the latest generation of MSP.



    I’m sure it’s very nice for young Hunza to sit in meetings and make little speeches and nod sagely for the cameras when Alex Salmond says something, but in a healthy society our hero and those like him would be expected to actually work for a living and get significantly past puberty before presuming to run for public office.



    We should ban people from running for Parliament before the age of 40. That’d put the wind up them. (thumbsup)

  2. South of Tunis @ 1347



    Had a similar experience with the legendary (Rev) Al Green – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – early/mid 90s.



    I knew that he had found God some 20 years previously, but expected to hear (some of) his classic 70s hits.



    He did perform a few of them – but the majority of his set resembled a sevice at his Memphis church.



    Still listen to him ‘though – mostly the 70s stuff.




  3. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Tony Bennett Unplugged! with ole Dick Byrne, after ole Dick had refused to pay the electric.



    That was an unforgettable night!

  4. Tallybhoy ———



    How could you forget Silvio ?



    Heard him on the radio this morning ——- justifying part of his empire publishing photos of Kate Middleton in France last week and the soon come 26 pages of topless Kate Middleton photos in one of his Italian smut and gossip mags .



    The irony of him spending a fortune trying to keep info relating to his private life ,private , whilst earning cash from breaching the privacy of others was wasted on the wee plastic headed soul ——–

  5. saltires en sevilla on

    Saint Stivs


    13:35 on


    17 September, 2012






    Yep there are some belters….



    in 2009 I had a 03:00 call from US security –



    ” sir we need you to drive to locale to check and report any names of colleagues injured in the earthquake…..”



    my god where was the earthquake?




    ” ah……… in Italy, EMEA ”



    I am in London



    “you are the nearest on the map sir ”



    Does Milan and Rome …or Paris appear on the map you are using ?



    “eh……..yes… do you think I should call offices there sir”



    It might be quicker….


    Just received an e-mail from a mate with Katie babe’s interesting bits.



    The rest of her must be gey dull.



    I’m expecting to see moobs better than them on the 6th. Though not in the flesh,as it would put me off my pint……





    You won’t be interested in my Mahalia Jackson LPs then…….

  8. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Tallybhoy @ 13 12


    The big difference between Italy and the UK is that anyone with the attributes you describe are fast tracked into the UK banking sector.

  9. Worked for a German Company and get following fax request (good few years ago).



    “When you’re next up in the Aberdeen area – could you drive past Sullom Voe and drop in a couple of manuals to Shell?”




  10. saltires en sevilla on



    14:09 on


    17 September, 2012


    Worked for a German Company and get following fax request (good few years ago).



    “When you’re next up in the Aberdeen area – could you drive past Sullom Voe and drop in a couple of manuals to Shell?”








    magic :-)

  11. hamiltontim


    13:56 on


    17 September, 2012


    Apologies for boring the rest of you to tears with this.




    This is the most interesting you have been,keep up the good work.

  12. A Celtic XI are playing a bounce game against Blackpool at Lennoxtown this afternoon.



    CELTIC XI (4-4-2) Kamenar; Fisher, Fraser, Barrowman, Waters; Slane, Herron, Lindsay, McMillan; Ibrahim, Lassad

  13. American couple on Euro tour visit Runnymede : guide says, ” This is where The Magna Carta was signed, 1215.”


    Yank turns to his wife and says, ” Gee, honey…we just missed it. ”



    Jaicket ➡ Gone.

  14. South of Tunis



    Silvio – eh?



    Quite the old rascal.



    Likes to keep his own private life private, while digging the dirt on others. Of course he likes to tell everyone that he is whiter than the driven snow.



    He’s a legend in his own mind – and he wants to make a comeback!



    His football club are also very average – wish Celtic were in their group.




  15. Pete Brown and The Battered Ornaments ?



    Aaargh ——-



    Remember been dragged to see them at the ole Club Morpheus [ the Maryland’s Underground nite ]



    Fortunately , I was saved by the appearance of good ole Sergeant Brown[ armed with a megaphone ] and his sidekick Brenda [ plus a wee mob of uniformed plod ].



    ” Please remain where you are . We know there are drugs on the premises . You will be systematically searched ”



    Cue lots of pound deals hitting the floor . Cue me persuading her that waiting for the gig to restart would be a waste of her our time..



    Many thanks , Sergeant Brown

  16. canamalar – I’d love to be in this banking sector people describe, it sounds like a slightly less scrupulous version of Omni Consumer Products from Robocop.



    I’d buy that for a dollar! (thumbsup)

  17. HI



    Can anyone tell me is the match on Wednesday on Free TV ie ITV , RTE etc in Ireland.




  18. I see we’re now on offer @ 14/5 for the Hoops to win on Wednesday …



    Better still: 6/1 for Celtic/Celtic HT/FT


    or 15/2 for Draw/Celtic.



    V. Tempting …




  19. Bada



    I’ve now changed password and username. I seem to be able to post separate lines but I’m limited ton the number of letter characters I can use. Very frustrating.





    You just couldnae help yersel’,could ye?






    Poor fella has had a helluvatime-it’s the weans that canny understand why Sir is grumpy that I feel for most,of course.



    Now he’ll be all sweetness and light just before knocking off time!

  21. Tallybhoy ——–



    Yes ——- Milan seem to be on the slide .Watched them yesterday -they were dire. Couldn’t happen to a nicer person

  22. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    bounce game is it? excellent CQNer Canalamar in goal?



    Maks sense tae me, and it maks sense tae Mo.


    DBBIA 1359



    Post of the day-and there was some serious competition!

  24. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Anyone seen or heard from Hamiltontim?



    He used to posts long interesting posts on here so he did.



    Hope he’s awright!

  25. In case anyone thinks I am anti-Yank : I love American music,of all sorts. I’ve met congenial US citizens. Once upon a time I visited some great parts of the States on a regular basis.


    Their various governments have taken them down a hellacious road in the last 3 decades and their foreign policies are naive, dangerous.


    Nowadays, they wouldn’t even let me in to their giant prison nation, even though I’d like to show my wife San Francisco and Savannah before I shrug off this mortal coil.


    They are both fantastic places.


    But the thing that struck me about SanFranciscans was that they called themselves San Franciscans first, Californians second, and Americans last of all.

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