Celtic should to plan to score in Lisbon


Benfica enjoyed a 0-2 away win on Friday evening to remain joint-top of the Portuguese league with Porto.  They will have enjoyed a day off while Celtic played on Saturday and will two days training before tomorrow’s game.  By contrast, Celtic player will have rested yesterday and will get no more than a run out inside Estadio da Luz tonight.  With games coming thick and fast at the moment, hopefully rest is the most important requirement for the players.

Benfica shredded Spartak for most of the second half in Moscow but contrived to miss what chances they created, allowing the Russians their only win of the group so far.  The return game in Lisbon was a comfortable win for the home team.

Neil Lennon has some major tactical decisions to make.  He will surely acknowledge the danger Benfica pose but has to find a way of scoring an away goal or two.  Match day one between Celtic and Benfica brought a 0-0 draw, ostensibly a good result for the visitors, but the group has matured since then.  Both teams played that game as though it was an away game; Benfica were happy to defend and Celtic, in their first Champions League game since 2008, were keen to feel their way back into the tournament.

This time Benfica will attack with speed and hope that Celtic open up a little more than they did against Barcelona.  It’s important also to acknowledge that while Benfica are no Barcelona, they will also be less predictable than the Catalans, we will not have it all our own way in the air.

It’s going to be a game tiring 90 minutes where the use of fresh legs could be crucial but an early Celtic goal would allow Neil Lennon to set his stall out clearly.

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  1. playfusbal4dguilders on

    lateral movement when I’m goin for a pie


    lateral movement when I’m goin for a pie


    lateral movement when I’m goin for a pie








  2. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Henrik Larsson is the all-time top goalscorer in the UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup,with a total of 40 goals scored in 56 appearances,including 27 goals scored whilst playing for Celtic in the competition.

  3. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    My point as you well know is that it’s not happened since last season, I like your sporadic drivel, it was never sporadic, they done it as often as they could, every game.


    It stopped when it was made clear that I could get the club in trouble under authority licensing conditions, has not been seen since.


    Maybe next Sunday your friend can come up with something better to tell you what to think.

  4. The notorious b.i.g. has been made aware of the gb’s predicament and has vowed to desist from washing his famously large underpants in st peters launderette until they receive justice

  5. Lateral movement isn’t FORBIDDEN.



    It isn’t even forbidden.



    It’s standing in seating areas that’s forbidden, not just forbidden, but FORBIDDEN.

  6. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Tim Malone- Snoopy the Snuddle Snound?




    ‘On July 31, 2012, Snoop introduced a new stage name, Snoop Lion. He told reporters that he was rechristened Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica’



    -clearly the choice of ‘lion’ is co-incidence, and nothing to do wih event sone sunny afternoon in Lisbon; the VHS of which game Snoop wore out while growin’ up in Long Beach

  7. ” 13 Standing is FORBIDDEN in seated viewing areas “.



    Presumably you are required to crawl to and from your seat whilst tugging your forelock.



    Yes Sir No Sir 3 Bags Full Sir.

  8. If you go to Lisbon, we`ll go once again,



    In Zaire you`ll find us there calling out your name,



    when you need supporting, you will always know,



    we`ll be right there with you, every where you go.

  9. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    You both obviously have already written to the authorities and requested the information and the responses have left no doubt in yourmind all the conspiracy theorists are wrong AGIAN.

  10. The fans who marched from the Fans Against Criminalisation rally at George Square got full on video and a mounted police escort with helicopter over-fly.



    FFS the EDL or BNP don’t even get that sort of attention never mind the OO or Derry Boys and they are seriously violent.



    Perhaps the police chief ordered a close, fan-friendly escort, and it got mis-transcribed as man-handling escort!



    This is possible as even the title to this thread is a cock-up and do you realise who does the typing at Pitt Street?



    Evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fb_8NyQOJ4

  11. canamalar



    It doesn’t happen? Funny I just exchanged messages with a Green Brigader who tells me that in fact it happens this year as a direct response to the intimidation. I have watched it several times and you are simply wrong in asserting it has not happened.



    I know it’s difficult to get along to Celtic Park, cost and geography but you’ve been mislead.

  12. Maybe we could rotate the GB for every home game, 400 new members every other week. Polis would run out of camera film and have to pull triple shifts to find out who we all were!



    This kind of heavy handed policing is reminiscent of the good old SUS laws of the 70’s, immortalised in song by the Ruts. Maybe it could be the GB’s new song:



    Standing in 111 waiting for my cus (best I could do lol)


    This cop comes up, their giving me the SUS


    They said ‘Hey sonny, I think you’re in our file.


    Well, you better come with us for a while’



    We got you on SUS


    You look to obvious


    You better come with us


    And don’t make no fuss



    We got you on SUS



    So they shake me down


    Try to make me look like a clown


    I just stare at the ground



    You better come with us


    (We got you on SUS)


    You look too obvious


    (You better come with us)


    And don’t make no fuss


    (Too obvious)


    You better come with us


    (Don’t make no fuss)


    We got you well,


    We got you on SUS

  13. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I have not missed a home game this season, obviously others here will back up your claim

  14. Wu Tang ?



    Been a while since I heard any but I recently saw the excellent Ghost Dog movie [ takes a long time for things to be shown on tele in Montalbano land ] Excellent movie / excellent sound track from RZA . He makes fabulously appropriate use of that killah choon from Willie Williams –Armagideon Time

  15. SSN from outside Hampden, SPL clubs agree (for the first time ever?) to go with the 2 x 12 team league proposal.

  16. South of Tunis


    I read that piece earlier today, Irvine Welsh had posted a link. It would make you weep.










    by Gilad Sharon



    Anyone who thinks Hamas is going to beg for a cease-fire, that Operation Pillar of Defense will draw to a close and quiet will reign in the South because we hit targets in the Gaza Strip, needs to think again.



    With the elimination of a murderous terrorist and the destruction of Hamas’s long-range missile stockpile, the operation was off to an auspicious start, but what now? This must not be allowed to end as did Operation Cast Lead: We bomb them, they fire missiles at us, and then a cease-fire, followed by “showers” – namely sporadic missile fire and isolated incidents along the fence. Life under such a rain of death is no life at all, and we cannot allow ourselves to become resigned to it.



    A strong opening isn’t enough, you also have to know how to finish – and finish decisively. If it isn’t clear whether the ball crossed the goal-line or not, the goal isn’t decisive. The ball needs to hit the net, visible to all. What does a decisive victory sound like? A Tarzan-like cry that lets the entire jungle know in no uncertain terms just who won, and just who was defeated.



    To accomplish this, you need to achieve what the other side can’t bear, can’t live with, and our initial bombing campaign isn’t it.



    THE DESIRE to prevent harm to innocent civilians in Gaza will ultimately lead to harming the truly innocent: the residents of southern Israel. The residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas. The Gazans aren’t hostages; they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences.



    The Gaza Strip functions as a state – it has a government and conducts foreign relations, there are schools, medical facilities, there are armed forces and all the other trappings of statehood. We have no territorial conflict with “Gaza State,” and it is not under Israeli siege – it shares a border with Egypt. Despite this, it fires on our citizens without restraint.



    Why do our citizens have to live with rocket fire from Gaza while we fight with our hands tied? Why are the citizens of Gaza immune? If the Syrians were to open fire on our towns, would we not attack Damascus? If the Cubans were to fire at Miami, wouldn’t Havana suffer the consequences? That’s what’s called “deterrence” – if you shoot at me, I’ll shoot at you. There is no justification for the State of Gaza being able to shoot at our towns with impunity. We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.



    There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire.



    Were this to happen, the images from Gaza might be unpleasant – but victory would be swift, and the lives of our soldiers and civilians spared.



    IF THE government isn’t prepared to go all the way on this, it will mean reoccupying the entire Gaza Strip. Not a few neighborhoods in the suburbs, as with Cast Lead, but the entire Strip, like in Defensive Shield, so that rockets can no longer be fired.



    There is no middle path here – either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip. Otherwise there will be no decisive victory. And we’re running out of time – we must achieve victory quickly. The Netanyahu government is on a short international leash. Soon the pressure will start – and a million civilians can’t live under fire for long. This needs to end quickly – with a bang, not a whimper.



    * * *



    If you got through that shameful justification of mass murder and land theft without throwing up this useful article may shed some background light on what is really happening in Gaza:

  17. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    did you remind your friend, the police have already stated they will destroy the GB ?

  18. Tim Malone Will Tell on




    you know, for all the times I have seen the Manchester Snoop picture – this is the first time that I noticed he had a wee pal who was content to just watch rather than get tore right in.



    You just can’t get the personnel these days…

  19. Snoop Dogg might be PL’s way of controlling the GB.


    “Sit down before I bust a cap in yo’ ass”




  20. Not condoning or condemning it in any way but I saw lateral movement at the last home game to the tune of “Lateral Movement in the Champions League”.



    It made me and several around me smile.



    In other news, great to see again or indeed, meet for the first time, a number of CQNers at the fabulous Wee Oscar race night. A huge thank you to all who worked so hard to organise and stage a fantastic event.



    Hail! Hail!

  21. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Anyone remember the lateral movement this season ?


    I genuinely don’t and would appreciate being corrected


    67HEAVEN 1408



    “ABSOLUTELY …….. none supports the GB more than I do, but let’s deal in FACTS…”



    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~






    As said in a classic Monty Python sketch-ni-one likes a joke more than me.



    Except maybe the wife….. and her mother…..and,well,actually everyone likes a joke more than me.



    Don’t tell us you support them,mate-prove it.

  23. canamalar



    Blantyrkev had a point.



    The GB do jump around, pushing and shoving each other, they do move laterally, in unison, one row left the other right, most every game.


    They are all having a great time doing no harm to anyone.


    But a jobs worth type Health and Safety could have a field day with it.


    I see this every game, I think a standing area may well be the answer to this part of the problem.

  24. Talk about deflecting the issue!



    Lateral movement? Did the polis go through peoples doors for lateral movement?


    Did the boy who had the bottle of water drink it in a lateral fashion?


    Did the two Celtic fans in Liverpool who had their houses raided get charged with lateral movement?


    Did the statement from the Govan Emerald have anything about lateral movement?



    Or did most of these events take place after the police got the info from Celtic?

  25. ” Not condoning or condemning it in any way but I saw lateral movement at the last home game to the tune of “Lateral Movement in the Champions League”.”




    I certainly heard that smb.



    But if I’m honest I didn’t turn to look to see if any lm was happening.

  26. ” How many fans who are watching this harassment are contacting their MSP’s, Strathclyde Police and the Scottish Government to get justification for this heavy-handed approach?”



    I asked similar the other night and I was told that suggesting letters should be written was ‘immature’.

  27. I’ve long suspected sooside lurkers will be reading this site (and others) to be informed of issues not readily available in the MSM.



    I found this comment on the Scotsmans parody of our Chuckles in which the author was responding to a derogatory remark from one of his fellow bears:





    4:38 PM on 18/11/2012




    Naefear:- it’s just easier to attack an opposing view rather than see any merit in it. as rangers fans we have sat in silence while our club was driven into the ground on the back of the ego of one man, and left in such a weakened state as to allow another to suck the life out of it. now when the man who picked over the bones of what was left has been consistent in only his contradiction, here you are making sectarian slurrs instead of making sure the previous disasters are not repeated. we need the opposong opinions, and i’m in no way saying tom english is biased in his opinion, even if they are biased or motivated by dislike. was it not a “yes man” culture that allowed one man to rack up a mountain of debt and get away with a number of other questionable pratices unchecked? i continue to read all views, opinions and articles that don’t concur with my own ie: Phil Mac Giolla Bhain whose clear glee at the downfall of rangers and bitterness shines through in his writing, purely because it is uncomfortable for me to read and just because i don’t agree with his outlook does not mean there is no truth or merit in what he says. charles green has a lot of questions to answer and we cannot settle for the same old pr spin. we need the media to be asking the crtical, difficult questions as well as asking them of ourselves. old rangers died but new rangers can be great. we, as purely rangers fans, must get up off the sidelines and begin to fight for our club. this rangers fan for one, is sick and tired of the celtic fans being able to claim the moral high ground. push out racism, sectariansim and bigotry.in appreciation of a good article Tom a warm thank you from one of a still silent majority.

  28. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I have not seen the lateral show this season, the show that brought the threat fron the council licensing authorities.


    I have seen them jump about but not that show.

  29. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire


    13:41 on


    19 November, 2012



    Not getting involved any further than to advise against Barca the song;



    “Lateral movement in the Champions League” was sung with the accompanying movement.







  30. celtic *o* lennon


    14:29 on


    19 November, 2012



    A great Ruts song that..



    How about, your first line:



    Sitting in the stand just waiting for the Celts


    This cop comes up, their giving me the SUS


    They said ‘Hey sonny, I think you’re in our file.


    Well, you better come with us for a while’



    Doesn’t have to rhyme, I think cadence is the key.

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