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Benfica arrive after 3 competitive games

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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. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    philvis..,

     

    while I think wind farms have a place, I have always believed the greatest source of renewable energy is geothermal, and the lack of investment, for me confirms that, energy companies really dont want renewables to succeed.

  2. There should be a law against someone whose 1st language is not English – and has only a rudimentary knowledge of the language – translating a text, from his/her native language, into English.

     

     

    Mind you – it usually leads to much hilarity. Certainly in this case:

     

     

    – in the catacombs of the fourth division;

     

     

    – convicted for his debt;

     

     

    – his fall into hell.

     

     

    Brilliant!

     

     

    HH!!

  3. ibleedgreenandwhite

     

    If you would like a cat,you can come to my house,and take the one who does it business in my garden every day.It is close to getting strung up.You would be doing it a favour.HH

  4. hebcelt

     

     

    Very well thanks.

     

     

    Just waiting on the wee bhoy growing up so he can come over to some games with me.

     

     

    Mort

  5. Was hearing that we were going to have a look at Thomas Hitzlsperger the other day.

     

    I believe he is still a free agent.

     

     

    Could the mystery trialist be him?

     

     

    HH

     

    /Bishop B

  6. Len Brennan

     

     

    If so, it would be 12 years since his last trial with Celtic. I’d assume this would be some sort of record in terms of times between trials.

     

     

    Mort

  7. Was wondering with all the nostalgia last night about previous posters, could paul67 not send an email asking them to consider returning to use the site or reasons why they no longer use it, invaluable market research? Edward Urasus was driven away by some members for his views but the forum is a lot poorer for his absence.

     

     

    In terms of posters who have made valuable contributions but are no longer with us , maybe a memorial wall with their cqn name to remember them by and a tribute to them being celtic fans all their lives, might be a nice touch what do you think?

     

     

    Finally a Questionnaire/survey option – I think this would be an interesting addition to garnish fans thoughts on all things celtic related.

  8. johann murdoch – If Philvis was a cat, he’d be one of those kitties with thumbs from the milk adverts. (thumbsup)

  9. I am hearing unconfirmed reports that the mystery trialist is in fact Alessandro Del Piero!

     

     

    His triumphal arrival in Sydney the other day was nothing more than a smokescreen, and Sydney FC are NOT the only team he ever wanted to play for!

     

     

    HH!!

  10. philvisreturns

     

     

    have you seen the film Gasland?

     

     

    When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

  11. DBBIA

     

     

    They generally are to be honest – a complete waste of time.

     

     

    A machine can not translate – might be able to in the future.

     

     

    HH!!

  12. canamalar – while I think wind farms have a place, I have always believed the greatest source of renewable energy is geothermal, and the lack of investment, for me confirms that, energy companies really dont want renewables to succeed.

     

     

    I’m not an engineer, only an interested amateur, but from what I can tell, while the Earth emits huge amounts of energy in the form of heat, the problem is converting that heat energy into a form that we can exploit, and that will be cheap and reliable enough to be more compelling than the alternatives.

     

     

    Unless one lives near naturally occurring geysers or hot springs, there is no obvious way to harness the power of the Earth’s own heat. Nor can it be easily stored or transported, the way hydrocarbons can.

     

     

    This isn’t news to any of us who have sat through a high school physics lecture on thermodynamics. While energy can never be created or destroyed, it does tend to dissipate from warm regions/areas of high concentration to the opposite, i.e. entropy.

     

     

    It’s pretty hard to believe businesses don’t want to make money, or that governments don’t (in general) want secure cheap energy, which is the upshot of what you’re saying. (thumbsup)

  13. Some justified posts today about poor calibre of our elected, yes elected politicians.

     

    What does it say about calibre of electorate?

     

    Have long advocated positive abstension option on ballot paper.

  14. bournesouprecipe

     

     

    17:01 on 17 September, 2012

     

     

    “cadizzy

     

     

    Yes, defence splitting pass.”

     

     

    …and a side splitting finish

  15. falkirkbhoy – have you seen the film Gasland?

     

     

    I was thinking of Gasland when I noted the absurd lies about water taps going on fire.

     

     

    This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

     

     

    And chock full of dishonestly presented footage interspersed with downright lies.

     

     

    Take the fiery taps of doom. This is a naturally occurring phenomenon caused by people drawing their water from wells dug through coal beds. It’s been known about for many decades and has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with fracking.

     

     

    Presenting it as a consequence of fracking is about as honest as showing a picture of a sick child and then claiming that the Apollo 11 Moon landing caused it.

     

     

    Unfortunately, the new breed of activist documentary maker, perhaps inspired by the piles of money that professional big fat liar Michael Moore has raked in by appealing to his audience’s worst prejudices since Bowling for Columbine, doesn’t give a damn about truth.

     

     

    When Fox was questioned about the flaming taps by an Irish documentary filmmaker, Phelim McAleer, he more or less admitted he doesn’t care about telling the truth. He then tried to get footage of his admission removed from Youtube.

     

     

    McAleer was inspired to make his own movie about the shale gas industry, FrackNation:

     

     

    http://fracknation.com/ (thumbsup)

  16. Non-football related question.

     

    At the recent NextGen series match at Firhill v Sporting Lisbon, I was waiting for the turnstiles to open when around the corner came a Rolls Royce which was duly parked and the driver went into the game.

     

    Not something you see everyday in Maryhill, but the other day I saw the exact one going down Sauchiehall St.

     

    The reason I know it was the same was because of the distinctive numberplate, 1 LUV.

     

    Out of curiousity, does anyone know who owns it?

     

     

    SPF

  17. ScotPatsFan – The reason I know it was the same was because of the distinctive numberplate, 1 LUV.

     

     

    Bob Marley didn’t die. (thumbsup)

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