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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    You l-o-v-e it.



    It’s been really quiet on the nightshift of late,and IMO detracts from the site.



    Anyone waking up,dreading work,hating the thought of it,just has to flick back and see what could happen to them if they also burned the midnight oil.



    And count their blessings.



    On top of that,I just miss the petty bickering…………..



    PS-Did you get a diz at the D the other night from FFM,or did his missus finally let him out?

  2. philvisreturns



    15:05 on


    17 September, 2012





    As long as the waste water is treated and treated properly, I agree with that Philvis

  3. Ernie,



    I have also had an American ask me where I learned English because I “spoke it pretty good”(“in school” I said).



    Mind you, he also asked me which part of Scandinavia Scotland was in.

  4. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    FFM is not real, he’s a mythological creature, if he ever turns up, I’ll captiure him and restrain him till he leads me to his pot of gold.

  5. Fat Sally must be in a dark place right now if he considers this ‘Good News’.



    “David has obviously got a very sore one,” said McCoist. “The good news is that it’s not broken.



    “He has been for an X-ray but there is massive swelling and there looks to be a good bit of damage to the ligaments unfortunately.



    “We are waiting on the swelling going down and then David will get a scan in the next few days.



    “I couldn’t put a timescale on the return from injury unfortunately but it’s not great.”





    The only language they seem to understand from me involves a lot of effs.



    Then they’re like maiden aunts.



    The thing they don’t understand-apart from my accent,obviously-is that mine is the posh educated version.



    A couple of weeks back home and I son’t really understand myself half the time.

  7. On the subject of languages I am occassionally asked by Italians – ‘What language do they speak in Scotland?’



    I sometimes answer – ‘Depends where in Scotland you are – it’s a form of English.’



    However, the vast majority of Italians actually seem to know that English is the official language. That’s usually because they have relatives there, or have been on holiday.



    Italians are, and have been, bloody everywhere!




  8. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    Now their private healthcare has been cut


    it must be murder wating in outpatients these days :o)





    They have found a method of obtaining gas from shale. It involves pumping H-U-G-E amounts of chemically-treated water into the water table,around a third of which cannot be recovered.



    The treatment is full of heavy metals and other serious pollutants,honest.



    We have not yet got the technology to remove this resource safely,and it should be left alone until then.




  10. Chuck Green now thinking of another potential £1 Million competition to be run from a Troon warehouse…



    Armadillo unveiled as mascot of 2014 World Cup.


    FIFA said Brazilians will have until mid-November to choose the mascot’s name from three choices — Amijubi, Fuleco and Zuzeco. The mascot’s announcement was made Sunday on a television show with the participation of former Brazil star Ronaldo.



    “I’m delighted to welcome such an important member to the 2014 team,” Ronaldo said. “The mascot will play a key ambassadorial role in the next two years. I’m sure he will inspire many young football fans in Brazil and all over the world with the great passion which he has for the sport and for his country.”



    The three-banded armadillo, which is in danger of extinction, rolls up into the shape of a ball when threatened and is commonly found in northeastern Brazil.



    The mascot carries the colors of the Brazilian flag. It is yellow, with green shorts and a blue shell and tail. It is dressed in a white shirt with the words “Brazil 2014” written on it.

  11. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire – I read surprisingly widely.



    Now, I’m not a scientist, but I am pretty good at spotting tendentiousness. The anti-fracking crowd invokes fear and guilt and crudely implausible doomsday scenarios on its side, e.g. turning Blackpool into an earthquake zone.



    Shale gas is one of the most positive discoveries of recent times, it will help lift millions of people out of fuel poverty and could drastically reduce our dependency on dodgy foreign regimes. No sane and rational person of the Left or Right should be looking to thwart exploitation of this resource. (thumbsup)




    South Of Tunis – You will be upgraded !



    Can I get Siri? (thumbsup)

  12. I once had an Amazonian redheaded waitress from Texas say to me ,” Hunny, ah could listen to you talk aaaall naaaht. ”


    I said, ” That could be arranged.”


    I never saw her again. But I left her a big tip.


    I guess she just wasn’t au fait with Glaswegian humour.

  13. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire



    They left him on the doorstep of the Cat & Dog home, then proceeded to ring the doorbell and run away.

  14. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    13:19 on


    17 September, 2012



    Profound post ……. Haven’t read back but, just wondering what Leggat has said, insinuated ………just to support you, meantime….. I recall prayers were offered up at our mass for the Ibrox Disaster victims…..

  15. BMCW



    The chemicals in the water are calcium chloride or brine and sand. Not really dangerous. The heavy metals you talking about ate usually already there.



    The biggest problem with the process was the disposal of the waste which was feeding into rivers rather than being disposed of safely.

  16. saint stivs



    14:45 on


    17 September, 2012





    Was with the pupils at their bag pack event on Sunday giving out leaflets and passing on Wristbands from Bundoran Bhoy . ( my sons at John Paul ) .


    They were a credit to themselves and the school.

  17. Miki 67 & South of Tunis



    Just love Savannah – relatively untouched since they surrendered in the Civil War rather than have the city torched, like Charleston. It is a very attractive city too but a bit disneyesqe due to rebuilding after the CW. Savannah to me is the real heart and soul of the south.



    Watched a cup final about a dozen years ago in Charlotte, NC, in the local Celtic Supporters Bar; we were made very welcome.



    I do like the States but can’t get Mrs Huck to go back after 9/11.

  18. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    If the three banded armadillo is ‘in danger of extinction’ how come it’s ‘commonly found’ in northeastern Brazil?



    Is it just the one armadillo who happens to be a very good runner?

  19. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    this may seem strange,,,but does any of you know anyone who is selling female kittens in the Glasgow area???



    Our wee cat got killed on the main road about 5 months ago,,my 2 wee lassies are lost without her!!



    Would appreciate any help in trying to find a wee female kitten for sale or looking for a new home?







  20. Neil canamalar…



    I know they’re everywhere – I blame the Romans.



    They started the craze for foreign travel.




  21. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS – We have not yet got the technology to remove this resource safely,and it should be left alone until then.



    I prefer the Obama spirit:



    Yes we can!



    While no industry is without risk, pumping 99% water and 1% or so soap into some rocks is far less inherently dangerous than the alternatives, like coal mining (kills tens of thousands of people a year globally), traditional oil and gas exploitation (kills hundreds a year globally), wind farms (kills about 3 people a year in the UK so far with thousands of injuries in the last 5 years), and nuclear (zero fatalities from radiation in the past few decades in the UK, US, and France but does create potentially hazardous waste).



    If there was even a hint of fracking being dangerous, it wouldn’t be happening in the lawyer-infested US. Companies don’t want multi-billion dollar lawsuits and the Feds coming after them, especially after that Deepwater Horizon fiasco, trust me.



    (Incidentally, the Deepwater Horizon spill didn’t turn out to be the environmental holocaust that the eco-loons predicted, did it? Did they ever apologise to BP? Did they heck.)



    The US government and the individual states have also done their own studies on the safety of shale gas exploitation, none of them have backed up the ridiculous scare stories of Greenpeace.



    So relax, and cross this one off your list of things to worry about. Good times, for a change. (thumbsup)

  22. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I recently watch one of those tedious docu on NatGeo, it was investigating the complaints of residents, a local had taken a sample of the water and sent it to a university for testing, the university were not told of the origin of the sample, they were commissioned only to identify the ingredients.


    The sample was returned and labelled highly toxic.


    A sample was taken to a fracking convention set up to educate locals for a new site.


    The locals were informed that all the chemicals used in the process were neutral and non toxic claiming it was even fot for human consumption, during the question and answer session, the people investigating offered the expert a sample from a fracking site to drink, the convention was quickly halted no more questions would be entertaind.

  23. Anyone pick up on the story about the player in Portugal that banjoed the ref?



    Might have picked it up wrong but I thought it was the Benfica captain (Luisao?) – been banned domestically but moves afoot to ban him from UEFA & FIFA competition.





    I agree that shale gas is a massive boost for countries such as ours-and the USA,China,etc in order to reduce our reliance on Middle-East and Russian imports.



    That much is obvious.



    A safe means of extracting it,IMO,isn’t.



    I’m not particularly bothered about scare stories about earthquakes,burning water coming from taps,etc.



    But heavy metals………… whoah.



    Not good and not clever,and particularly not if injected into the water table.



    But happy to leave it at that,I’m certainly not on a mission,and I know there will be posters on here who know more about it than I do.

  25. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Just in case …..




    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.



    You can follow Alex on Twitter @alextomo



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  26. Inverness Caledonian Thistle won’t appeal a red card shown to Owain Tudur Jones.



    The reason I mention it is, the tackle was on the half way line and ref pulled a red card right away. When you watch it, the only difference between it and the tackle on Commons is the Aberdeen player decides to do a somersault.

  27. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on



    15:36 on


    17 September, 2012


    ibleedgreenandwhite1 – Always best if you can to rescue an unwanted animal from a shelter rather than put money in the pockets of animal breeders.



    I recommend these guys:






    Cheers mate,,i will have a look!!!




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