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Benfica, Celtic and a world record

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I doubt there has ever been a series of home games in our history as concentrated as what lies ahead for Celtic. We have three in the next eight days, kicking off a series of nine at home in the next 12 league fixtures.

I know what you’re thinking, the fact that we’ve played nine away and only five at home explains our poor start to the league campaign, but all that should now correct itself….. Form this season is comparable only to season 2003-04, when after drawing a blank in the opening game away to Dunfermline, Celtic won 25 consecutive league games.

That run came to an end when Henrik Larsson was rested for the start of the visit of Motherwell. We had just beaten Barcelona and were on our way to a 0-0 draw in the return game. At the time the draw didn’t matter much but it left Celtic four games short of the world record, achieved by Eusabio’s Benfica. Since then Dinamo Zagreb eclipsed the Celtic record but fell one short of Benfica’s.

World records are not easy to break, Celtic would need to win every game between now and the split in April simply to match Benfica’s 29 game winning run (would be an appropriate reward for those who’d travelled to Dingwall for the game).

If we win all 12 of the coming fixtures dominated by home games, Celtic will be third and fourth in the world record consecutive league game winning list.  Impossible. Right?

Let’s worry about Hamilton Accies tomorrow and see what the players can achieve thereafter.

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  1. TONYDONNELLY67 on 12TH DECEMBER 2016 12:04 PM

     

    Not a lot of people know this!

     

     

     

    Kieran tierney is just turned 19 and he’s played more European football than joey barton. Fact #level

  2. TURKEYBHOY on 12TH DECEMBER 2016 12:06 PM

     

    With the MP for Cathcart now raising the questions about the roofs at I brox,is it not a bit surprising that not a jot has been heard from our intrepid SMSM?.I mean the last great story of substance,Res 12,was swept under the carpet,never to be mentioned,so I am thinking that there could be really something of a “Keep your mouths shut”ultimatum already issued to the hacks on this matter.

     

     

    Much too serious a matter to be left to Masons to cover up.We all know what happened the last time they knew about danger at their stadium.

     

    TURKEYBHOY on 12TH DECEMBER 2016 12:08 PM

     

    VFR,

     

     

     

    I asked you to raise the question of safety at Ibrox in the previous Q and A with JP.Did you,and did he give any assurances?.

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    ANGELGABRIEL

     

     

    I’m joooost jealous now!

     

     

    Hope all is well at your end,mate. Seen much of yon reprobate TALLYBHOY since his return?

  4. BMCUW @ 11.34

     

     

     

    Andy Smilie runs a scaffolding company off Duke St (near Louden / Bristol pubs).

     

     

    Used to see him punting in Duke St bookies, when I worked that area years ago. Die hard fan of Govan mob.

  5. wtf did my post go…..unbeaten in the league…2 dropped points…..CL improvement…..an (unmentionable) treble to play for….it’s tough being a Celtic supporter…..;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    Stop wi the triumphalism please. You sound like my mate fae Paisley who always tells me my horse has scooshed it,just as it fades/falls in the run-in.

     

     

    I’m delighted at the turnaround this season. Obviously The Brendan Factor has been huge. And the fact that it has continued despite the loss of Scott Sinclair,and the temporary levelling off of form from Kolo and Dembele makes it all the more impressive.

     

     

    Brendan has turned last year’s marshmallows into rocks.

     

     

    However,that in itself raises a question about their attitude last season.

     

     

    Still,onwards and upwards!

  7. CALL ME GERRY on 12TH DECEMBER 2016 12:20 PM

     

    BMCUW @ 11.34

     

     

     

     

    Andy Smilie runs a scaffolding company off Duke St (near Louden / Bristol pubs).

     

     

     

    Used to see him punting in Duke St bookies, when I worked that area years ago. Die hard fan of Govan mob.

     

     

    As I said earlier,if he IS mouthing off what he has supposed to have,it could not come from a better source.

     

    One of their own,with knowledge of the roofs.

  8. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    TURKEYBHOY on 12th December 2016 12:12 pm

     

     

    See questions and responses below:

     

     

    It has been widely rumoured that the stand Celtic will be occupying in the scheduled game against The Rangers at Ibrox in December has structural issues; a Request for Tender for installation of “debris netting” has been issued. Can Celtic confirm that:

     

    a. They have, or will contact The Rangers for confirmation that the area allocated to Celtic fans is safe?

     

    b. If there are any doubts or concerns about safety that an independent structural assessment will be requested and the results of that assessment will be made available to fan groups?

     

    The Club won’t deal in speculation or rumour. However, prior to every match the Club play in the SPFL (and other competitions) is subject to its own specific safety checks. All host clubs MUST provide a valid safety certificate at the pre-match safety meetings. This match will be no different and on the basis that all checks are satisfied there will be no need to take action.

     

     

    The facilities for Celtic fans entering away grounds are often limited and the searches onerous. This often leads to queuing and frustration; can Celtic approach the SPFL, Police Scotland and other clubs to ensure that when Celtic visit with a large travelling support that home clubs ensure that facilities for a quicker and easier entry to the stadiums are in place?

     

    Ahead of all SPFL matches the Club attends a pre-match meeting where all relevant issues are discussed. The host club is responsible for ensuring all necessary safety precautions are taken. As a Club, Celtic work with all other clubs to try and minimise delays for the fans. It was made clear that not all clubs have the same level of resources available as Celtic. Subsequently they are not always able to provide the same level of service. Fans are reminded that they should get to the away ground as early as possible to minimise delays. Celtic are continually working to try and improve the away experience and do recognise that there were delays for some fans at Inverness and Aberdeen. However, after the problems encountered at the last away game at Tynecastle last season where 22 fans were locked out the Supporters Liaison Officer proposed changes to the location of the “ticket cordon”. This was moved up to the Prison Club and resulted in no fans without a ticket reaching the gates. This resulted in all fans with tickets getting into the ground for kick-off.

     

     

    KTF

  9. A nice wee jolly .

     

     

     

    Elderly Inter man from down the valley phones to suggest a wee trip to Napoli in February to see his sister and go to Napoli v Real Madrid . I thought about it and thought why not . Cue him waxing nostalgically re a 1964 train trip to The European Cup Final in Vienna and Inter 3-Real Madrid 1 . Won’t be the last time I’ll hear the story. !!!!!!

  10. BMCUW.

     

    Not caught up with Tallybhoy recently. Hopefully rectify that if he’s home for the festive.

     

    On the subject of your da and sis. Campaigning , in the refreshments variety , obviously runs in the genes ;-)))

     

    Aff oot as someone says. Be nice fholks.HH

  11. Tomorrow night’s game against Accies is the most important game for me this season.

     

     

    My 12 year old bhoy, who has absolutely no interest in football, asked me to take him cos at high school all the boys talk Celtic and he’s getting interested!!!

     

    So Celtic, I know the season has been brilliant so far but please can you make tomorrow night extra special?!

     

    We need excitement!!!

     

    :-)

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TURKEYBHOY

     

    CALLMEGERRY

     

     

    That’s why I mentioned it. Most unlike JJ to name names in this respect.

     

     

    Maybe he’s decided that oblique references allow his credentials to be called into question and has had enough of it.

     

     

    Can’t blame him.

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    BMCUWP, CALL ME GERRY – I hope to have this confirmed or denied at source by the end of the day.

     

     

     

    KTF

  14. Some fantastic match ups in the CL .A dodgy draw for Beer Sheva in the Europa against Besiktas.If I were them I would be looking for a venue change.

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    ANGELGABRIEL

     

     

    Well,I certainly didnae get it off my Mum!

     

     

    Well,mibbe from her legendary Dad…

  16. Paul67

     

     

    ” Form this season is comparable only to season 2003-04, when after drawing a blank in the opening game away to Dunfermline, Celtic won 25 consecutive league games”.

     

     

    *****

     

     

    Martin O’Neill’s great side had won their last 6 league games of the previous season, so a run of 31 wins and 1 draw in the league, amidst all the cheating.

  17. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    That draw between Dortmund and RM worked out conveniently for both, didn’t it?

     

    Meant Real couldn’t get Bayern and Dortmund couldn’t get Barcelona or Atletico.

     

    Not saying it was fixed btw!

  18. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    CELTIC40ME on 12th December 2016 12:31 pm

     

     

     

    Thanks Callum Mcgregor for doing me out of a trip to beautiful Florence.

     

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    Poor comment IMHO.

     

     

    KTF

  19. VFR,

     

     

    Many thanks mate.

     

    Still not wholly convinced.The whole matter is that a certificate WAS given,with promises that work would be carried out,but not until after our visit.

     

    We have seen in the past 4 years what leeway will be given to these monkeys from fellow Masons.

  20. A.S Scaffolding is one of those firms that tims need not apply.

     

    I’m sure Sipsini could word that more appropriately.

  21. VFR800 IS NOW A MONSTER 821 on 12TH DECEMBER 2016 12:34 PM

     

    CELTIC40ME on 12th December 2016 12:31 pm

     

     

     

     

    Thanks Callum Mcgregor for doing me out of a trip to beautiful Florence.

     

     

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    Poor comment IMHO.

     

     

     

    What might have been though,eh.I would have strongly fancied us to go through in this tie come February with a full squad and maybe reinforcements.

     

    Oh well,next season,I hope.

  22. Is the safety certificate issued for a specific time period ?

     

     

    Does it coincide with the football year ?

     

     

    A certicate issued in July but the stadium needs work or closure before the season ends.

     

     

     

    Its a scandal.

     

     

    Any day something could go wrong.

  23. BORGO67 on 12TH DECEMBER 2016 12:40 PM

     

    A.S Scaffolding is one of those firms that tims need not apply.

     

     

    I’m sure Sipsini could word that more appropriately.

     

     

     

    Yep,full name of the company is A.Soles,apparently.

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