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. TMWTL



    I know. I call the Celtic shows, I don’t call Clyde or Shortbread. The levels of sense spoken on Clyde range from nonsensical to downright bonkers.

  2. Zbyszek-Paul Mc Bride’s good friend Aamer Anwar is a Human Rights type lawyer,could be worth negotiating between both parties.

  3. Zbyszek – An excellent idea.



    Time for the Green Brigade to lawyer up.



    If half of the stories I’ve heard are true – and I have no reason to believe they aren’t – their rights are being trampled on by the police.



    This is still a free society under the protection of the law. It’s time the Green Brigade availed itself of the protection it is entitled to. (thumbsup)



    Is there any gas fitters out there.My daughter has been told that she needs a part for her gas boiler that may be obsolete.


    Its a Vokera Excell,the part she needs is a Finger Guard,how it is missing I do not know.It means that her system has been declared at risk.I know it’s a long shot,but strange things happen on this site.


    She lives in Livingston,West Lothian HH.

  5. Does one need to be a FANatic to be a Celtic FAN – as opposed to just being a SUPPORTER?




  6. I used to post the link to the Lost Bhoys etc on here, I honestly don’t know why I bothered.



    Posters were still coming on bumping their gums about snyde, I remember one night posting the link about 10 times during 6 and 8, and there must have been about the same on moaning about snyde.



    And this is a site where folk think they are more open minded.



    Sadly there are still many thousands who buy the rags, and listen to the garbage on the radio phone ins.

  7. ROW Z - Let Celtic Flourish by the Cleansing of the 'den! on

    For those who need some more info on the GB issue. GB statement



    ‘Most Celtic fans heard about the unprecedented case of the 17 year old Celtic fan remanded in custody at HM Polmont Young Offenders Institution for an alleged breach of the peace. The fall-out and the protests of other Celtic fans led to that thankfully being overturned before too much damage was done to a young boy. However, there are numerous other cases that haven’t been made public and so the Police have escaped criticism and been allowed to arrest and charge who they want, when they want. These include three of our members arrested by CID (two at home, one at work) after holding a banner reading ‘Huns FC’. Their case lasted the best part of two years before finally a ‘Not proven’ verdict was delivered. The cost of that case will have been astronomical. Clearly unhappy at this, the Police arrested one of the above AGAIN, this time for alleged sectarian singing. This never even made the courtroom, after the CCTV was shown outside the court, showing him clearly singing ‘Up the Celts’ much to the embarrassment of the officers who turned up as Prosecution witnesses.



    After the highly-successful ‘Fans Against Criminalisation’ demo at George Square, Celtic played Hibs in a bore 0-0 draw. The game will be remembered by many though, after the Police unnecessarily waded into 111 looking to make arrests for reasons unknown. On the concourse after the game, they successfully arrested one of our members, accusing him of abusing their officers. Again, this was nothing but a blatant lie and led to another court case with THREE different trial dates. A Not Guilty verdict was returned when the case was finally heard.



    A month or so later, and we had another member in court. This time his alleged crime was for ‘assault and resisting arrest’ at a Semi-final at Hampden. Again though, he was found not guilty. We have some other court cases pending as we speak, but we are confident these will go the same way as every other one so far. However, they are still obviously causing massive inconvenience and are having a huge effect on people’s livelihoods.



    These charges have all led to our members missing matches watching and supporting the team they love. Celtic had banned every one of them while the cases were on-going. Indeed, the club do all they can to facilitate the Police and have offered no help whatsoever to their own support. After the match in Udine in December, Celtic banned a handful of supporters after flares were lit before kick off. One of these fans was a female season book holder in 111 whom, rather bizarrely, was watching the match from the comfort of her own living room! Thankfully, this was overturned eventually after it was pointed out to Celtic security that they had quite clearly made a rather embarrassing yet damaging mistake.



    The level of surveillance applied to section 111 and the Green Brigade specifically verges on the surreal and is an astronomical waste of tax payers’ money. 90 minute surveillance clearly isn’t sufficient though as we learn from being filmed when approaching and leaving stadiums. A small band of Strathclyde Police following our members around Europe attempting to make their trips abroad uncomfortable also now appears to be common practice. Perhaps the hardest one for us to take is being filmed when inside Celtic Park hours early setting up for a display. Further from Celtic officials obviously accommodating such procedures they now believe it to be acceptable to hand over personal details of our members. Private information such as mobile phone numbers, names and addresses have been swapping hands without consent, even in instances where there is no alleged crime to answer for. Sadly, for us at least, this type of behaviour isn’t wholly surprising from Celtic officials – whether it is being sanctioned by Chief Executive Peter Lawwell who privately described our songs as ‘cancerous’ or Head of Security Ronnie Hawthorn who willingly will ban dedicated Celtic supporters offering them no chance of a defence against their alleged breach.



    In recent weeks there has been a noticeable upsurge from Strathclyde Police in targeting the Celtic support. Up until now they have tried and failed to secure convictions for singing Irish Republican songs, attempting to concoct all manner of charges desperate to find one that will stick. Under their new ‘Anti-Football Legislation’ they are now targeting the Roll of Honour with a number of fans being arrested and charged with ‘offensive behaviour’ and even ‘Racial BOTP’ for singing this song. The most recent arrest being one of our members who was arrested while leaving Celtic Park at the Kilmarnock fixture and who has only just been released after being handed a weekend in the cells. Co-coincidentally, or ironically even, the accused just happens to be someone who has already been through the charade of a football charge with all the accompanying delights and he came away victorious. You’d excuse his paranoia for thinking he was being targeted and tested here.



    Perhaps quite unbelievable to some it is not just at or around matches where we get such unwarranted attention. A few months ago one of our members applied for a licence to become a taxi driver. Normally, this would be a straight-forward procedure for a young man with nothing but a minor Breach of the Peace charge from his teenage years. Not quite. He received a letter explaining that his application had been rejected on the grounds that he’s not a ‘fit and proper person’ – an accusation based solely on his connections to the Green Brigade. This had come from the Chief Constable. Thankfully, after appeal, the licence was granted in the end but with no thanks to Strathclyde Police.



    The above is just some of the instances of police harassment in the last 10-12 months. Not only is it causing innocent football fans great stress and hitting them badly in the pocket, it’s also costing the taxpayer a fortune. For too long, we have sat back and let them do as they please but it has to stop, and we hope that the coming weeks and months will eventually see a change in their approach and we can get back to supporting our team without fear of arrest at home or away. We believe we sacrifice an awful lot as individuals and as a group in what we do. We dedicate our time and money for our passion of supporting Celtic in our style and we have always attempted to maintain an amicable working relationship with Celtic employees for the benefit of both parties – even when in dispute over certain issues. However we will not tolerate the level of harassment we continue to face nor Celtic PLC’s compliant attitude.’




  8. TET





    Here’s a thought don’t listen, don’t buy, don’t watch……I am in total agreement with you both….it seems to be an addiction for some on here!

  9. fanadpatriot



    You will need the model name / number etc of the Vokera boiler to give you a better chance of finding the correct part .


    Not a heating engineer mate , just done a quick search on web .


    Hope this helps.

  10. Just as long as we don’t get a tad complacent and think it don’t matter , we”ll do Spartak at Celtic park, you know the script.



    Come on ye CELTS





  11. Inspired by the references to health and safety on here today, I decided to perform a HAZID, HAZOPS and full Risk Assessment on our local woods, where she-who-must-be-obeyed and I take Murphy and Starsky for their walks.



    I concluded that the earth was too soggy, the grass too slippery, the trees in high wind conditions can lead to falling branches, the fallen leaves cover up holes, ditches and the like, and that it is not safe for any person or dog to enter.



    I approached the Forestry Commission with my findings, and requested that they either


    a) Close the forest, or


    b) Remove all the trees, level out as best as possible, concrete over and apply non-slip coating to any remaining slope more than 10 degrees



    I await their response in eager anticipation.




  12. ROW Z – “This never even made the courtroom, after the CCTV was shown outside the court, showing him clearly singing ‘Up the Celts’ much to the embarrassment of the officers who turned up as Prosecution witnesses”



    I say this with sorrow: the police in this country are habitual liars. Hillsborough was not an exception, it was just a particularly egregious example.



    Thankfully most judges are well aware of this. (thumbsup)

  13. !!Bada Bing!!



    18:45 on 19 November, 2012



    ‘Zbyszek-Paul Mc Bride’s good friend Aamer Anwar is a Human Rights type lawyer,could be worth negotiating between both parties.’





    Sometimes the naivety of Celtic fans surprises me.

  14. Best one I saw to-day. A succulent lamb eater said. “their is as much chance of league reconstruction as Michael Mc Intyre being funny.

  15. philvisreturns-Not au fait with AA ‘s ability to be honest,sadly I think it has come to the stage where the GB have to get legal assistance.

  16. ROW Z - Let Celtic Flourish by the Cleansing of the 'den! on

    Think it needs some legal input that takes on the harassment and not the subsequent consequences of harassment. Usually plenty of lawyers on here……….




  17. !!Bada Bing!! – It has, and they need a lawyer with talent, experience, and some stones, not Scotland’s answer to Lionel Hutz. (thumbsup)

  18. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Get a lawyer who knows that Wim Jansen was not around Celtic in 1988.




  19. TET



    I have said many times on here that if people stop tuning in the show will wither and die a la Real Radio’s show



    It is along with the DR, the most pro SevCo outlet in the MSM



    Some people just love to be told lies and then get all outraged about it on here



    Mind boggling stuff

  20. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo – Get a lawyer who knows that Wim Jansen was not around Celtic in 1988.



    He might have been. I’m sure I saw him materialise near the Burns Howff with his big scarf and his TARDIS. (thumbsup)

  21. fanadpatriot



    your lass could try these guys as I have just recently had a vokera system installed and they were the company who installed and will service it.



    Neil A Watson mobile 07826 017 923 or 0800 994 9630


    email n.a.watsonPHR@hotmail.co.uk



    address 2/1 28 Gray Street, Glasgow, G3 7TY.



    Guys who done mine were top class. Hope this helps.




  22. ernie lynch


    17:01 on


    19 November, 2012


    Murdochbhoy, yermanfromMK



    16:58 on 19 November, 2012



    ‘would it not be better for the Green Brigade to organise a seat-swop.’






    3. Tickets (whether season tickets or paper tickets) are issued by the Club for the use of the ticket holder only. Resale or transfer of the ticket is prohibited without the consent of the Club. If there is a breach of this condition, the Club may cancel the ticket and retain any money initially paid for it.






    How many people on here have been at Celtic park using someone else s ticket.


    Have you ever used a mates or a family members ticket.


    Does every CSC have exactly the same make up every game.


    Does MWD (?) take the same bunch of kids through the Kano scheme.




    The point is that some are skeptical about the Boards real feelings about the Green Brigade


    However if they took action over something so trivial like swapping seats then they would be damned by their own actions

  23. I see there is now an all out assault on us wrt league reconstruction, or, as I prefer to call it ” getting sevco into the top flight ASOP.


    The usual suspects were given a bloody nose the last time they tried to bully, cajole and blatantly cheat thems into the SPL.


    Now they’re back, with another plan. The same culprits, having licked their wound are back in our faces. Redoubling their efforts this time.


    They really are desperate. It makes you wonder if they know that sevco can’t survive without the revenue of the SPL for much longer. Doncaster, Regan et al (Ogilvie’s unseen hand) want that mob in the top league for next season. Of that I have no doubt.


    They will ramp up the propaganda to new levels over the next few weeks and even try to bypass the clubs.


    It looks like the fans will have to take up the fight for justice again.

  24. !!Bada Bing!!



    19:05 on 19 November, 2012



    ‘ernie-We will just roll over and die then ? What is your brilliant solution to the problem?’





    A sit down protest.



    At the end of the next home game the crowd refuse to leave. They remain seated. When challenged they should respond that it is FORBIDDEN to stand in seated areas and they are afraid that standing up will result in tickets being revoked, dawn raids by Plod, footballing banning orders and Celtic Park being closed down by the Cooncil.



    If we all sit together as one it could work.



    Sit down for the Green Brigade.

  25. !!Bada Bing!!



    19:08 on 19 November, 2012



    ‘philvisreturns-Not au fait with AA ‘s ability to be honest’





  26. ernie lynch – I fear that plan, while bold and creative, would work out as well as your suggestion some time ago that Celtic should resign from the SPL and petition the Third Division to accept us.



    Far better IMO to hire someone competent to defend their rights in the courts. What’s being done to the Green Brigade is not lawful. (thumbsup)

  27. Anybody who`s followed Celtic for a number of years know that the


    polis have always had an agenda against Celtic, the thing that is


    different in the Green Brigades case is the compliance of the


    PLC to allow this to happen inside Celtic Park.

  28. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo – Withhold income … It is their god



    Who, the State? (thumbsup)

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