God help Benfica if Celtic are inspired by Estadio Nacional


Years before Celtic Quick News I was at an event with ten of the Lisbon Lions in attendance, before playing football later that evening.  They say you should never meet your heroes but ‘they’ never met the Lions.  Bobby Murdoch asked about my job and spoke about his wife’s job, showing the kind of interest in people, and pride in his own family, which was refreshing from a football legend.

Jinky was Jinky; irrepressible.  He was last to arrive and as he walked into the room looked at his team mates with a cheeky grin, “Am I in trouble again?”  Bertie Auld told me we should have signed Kenny Miller (this was years before we did) but Tommy Gemmell, who knew a thing or two about scoring a great goal, said “Every goal I’ve ever seen was a great goal”.  Tommy was a full back who scored cracking goals in two European Cup finals but his point was simple, when they hit the back of the net, they’re all great goals.  Listening to him talk made you want to go get kick a football.

That night I was absolutely buzzing, I went out and played the best game in my life.  Sharing in the achievements of the Lions had a profound effect, I knew I would play well, even before kick-off.

This morning Neil Lennon took his players to Estadio Nacional, yesterday telling a media conference, “We will train at the stadium again in the morning and let these players have a feel of what is a special piece of history for our club”.

God help Benfica tonight if the spirit of that great old stadium seeps into the pours of the Celtic players today. Let me at them!

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  1. Let the people sing on

    Jungle Jim



    That was my exact argument, how the board can turn down an opportunity to put into place a better structure of communication between them and the life blood of the club smacks of corporate incompetence

  2. Let the people sing on

    My definition of corporate incompetence is an instance where a company


    (as a broad concept) has the option to do the right thing, but chooses


    the wrong one at a greater cost.

  3. Even if we get a reality check tonight, and remember Benfica need it more than we do, so what ? I would have settled for Europa League before the campaign and I still would, Yes we beat Barca, a great memory but football realism still gnaws at my soul, I hope the place and the occaision inspires the team to a once in a life time feat, but I will still be so proud of them if it doesnt, there are more important things happening in the world today, but none more important to me

  4. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Exiled Bhoy



    …Benfica need it more than we do?



    Do they indeed?

  5. q2



    Players with biggest pass completion % for Celtic in this seasons CL..



    Surprised me, but thinking about it, makes sense given 3 hours vs Barca.



    Player PA PC PC %


    Kelvin Wilson 94 66 70%


    Efe Ambrose 65 42 65%


    Victor Wanyama 114. 73 64%



    Izzy as the highest number of completed passes. Again from a game less

  6. Let the people sing on




    I believe when you look up websters dictionary beside corporate incompetence there is an image of a cracked rangers crest

  7. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Bro Duane Allman would have been 66 today, if he had been spared.



    I shall have to look out some choons in preparation for the night’s game.

  8. ” My modest mission is to prevent a situation in which many Israelis will be able to say — we didn’t know ”



    Gideon Levy .



    His –The Punishment of Gaza –is well worth reading

  9. Celtic Mac



    Never really got to meet any of the Lions, but got to share their company many many times over many seasons.






    I was a young pup heading from Glasgow to London for my first ever transatlantic flight with work. early to mid 90s I’d say. In the pub at Glasgow Airport (up the stairs and turn right) in the days before you had to go through security (now it’s a double back, through security, and just past some shops).



    Anyway, since I was on expenses thought I’d have a morning beer (round about 8am). I sat down and looked up a a small round table to my right were sat Jinky and Berie Auld, the table top couldn’t be seen for empty glasses. I approached and asked for autographs, we had a wee chat, they were on their way to Ireland to visit some CSCs.



    We just passed the time and had a few laughs, I’ll never forget that morning. Though I don’t remember where I put the autographs.




  10. Philbhoy,



    Benfica must better our result against them or they are eliminated, they need it more than us…

  11. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Can anyone post a link from earlier this week of the fat ugly hun supporter, alledgedly a wummin please?

  12. Philbhoy



    If you need me to step in at centre mid just say the word!! ;-)






    Yep nerves starting to kick in. I’ve had a lot on so have felt a bit detached from this evening’s impending drama.



    Not now, squeaky bottom time!!! ;-)

  13. So a win for Spartak today and topping the group and easier passage to last 8 is in our hands?



    About as likely as Ogilvie doing the honourable thing, ever.

  14. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    A Celtic and Spartak double and were top……..






    Am so ecxited!

  15. I am not confident about tonight at all! Especially given the refs ;)



    Referee Viktor Kassai (HUN)


    Assistant referees Gyorgy Ring (HUN), Robert Kispal (HUN)


    Additional assistant referees Tamas Bognar (HUN), Mihaly Fabian (HUN)


    Fourth official Gabor Eros (HUN)

  16. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Finishing at 3 today.



    What to do to pass the time before the game starts.



    Decisions, decisions…….mmmmmmmmmm

  17. Celtic Soul Brother- Supporting Kano 1000 on



    14:57 on


    20 November, 2012


    I am not confident about tonight at all! Especially given the refs ;)



    Referee Viktor Kassai (HUN)


    Assistant referees Gyorgy Ring (HUN), Robert Kispal (HUN)


    Additional assistant referees Tamas Bognar (HUN), Mihaly Fabian (HUN)


    Fourth official Gabor Eros (HUN)



    Thought there were no (HUN)s in Europe this season?

  18. On Corals’ coupon a Spartak Celtic double is 41/1. Both games to draw is a more realistic 15/1.



    Not touching either.

  19. Afternoon bhoys!



    Took a couple of days off work to enjoy the build up to the game and hoping for an early birthday present from the team tonight. Scoring draw would be awesome.



    A win???



    Who knows?



    Will be playing this pre-match to get in the mood –







  20. DBBIA@ 14 45



    Duane Allman .?



    Hope you can find these ———



    LP — Hey Jude —–Wilson Pickett


    45 —— Games People Play —– King Curtis

  21. Match facts: Benfica v Celtic


    Published: Saturday 17 November 2012,



    UEFA.COM match preview.









    UEFA Champions League statistics


    • Luisão is available for the first time this group stage. He was banned until 14 November following an incident involving the referee in an August friendly against Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895.



    • Nemanja Matić returns after serving a one-game ban on matchday four; Bruno César will incur a suspension with his next booking.



    • This is Benfica’s third successive group stage campaign, equalling a club record set between 2005 and 2007.



    • Artur, Ezequiel Garay, Jardel, Eduardo Salvio and Melgarejo have played every minute of Benfica’s group campaign.



    International duty


    • Salvio played the first half of Argentina’s 0-0 friendly draw in Saudi Arabia last Wednesday, with Melgarejo making his debut for Paraguay that same evening as they defeated Guatemala 3-1.



    • Rodrigo opened the scoring for Spain Under-21s in their 3-1 friendly victory against Italy on 13 November, a day before Luís Martins captained Portugal U21s to a 3-2 triumph over Scotland.





    • Jorge Jesus’ team beat Moreirense FC – Sporting Clube de Portugal’s conquerors the previous round – 2-0 in the last 32 of the Portuguese Cup on Friday in a game held up for 25 minutes late on after a floodlight failure. Matić struck his first goal since January as Luisão made his first appearance since 2 September after his ban.



    • Pablo Aimar (thigh, out since 2 October), Maxi Pereira (thigh, 7 November), Carlos Martins (thigh, 3 November) and Salvio (foot, 14 November) were ruled out on Friday while Enzo Peréz and Garay were rested due to knocks.



    • Benfica have kept five successive clean sheets and are unbreached in 497 minutes, since Jardel’s own goal against FC Spartak Moskva on 23 October.



    • Luisinho and André Gomes marked their Liga debuts for Benfica with a goal apiece as the Eagles prevailed 3-0 at Gil Vicente FC on 27 October. The former was the first Portuguese player to score in the league for the Lisbon side since Nuno Gomes in a 5-1 win against FC Paços de Ferreira on 21 March 2011.






    UEFA Champions League statistics


    • The 3-2 win at FC Spartak Moskva on matchday two was Celtic’s first in 21 attempts away from home in the UEFA Champions League. They had lost 19 of the previous 20.



    • Fraser Forster has played all 720 minutes of Celtic’s campaign, qualifying included. Kelvin Wilson has featured for all 360 minutes in the group stage.



    • Ten of the side that started on matchday one were making group stage debuts, with Scott Brown the exception.



    • Victor Wanyama’s next yellow card will incur a ban.



    International duty


    • Mikael Lustig featured for 73 minutes as Sweden inaugurated the Friends Arena in Solna on 14 November with a 4-2 friendly success against England, for whom Fraser Forster was an unused substitute. On the same night, Giorgos Samaras captained Greece to a 1-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland.





    • Making his fourth appearance, Lassad Nouioui scored his first goal for Celtic in a 2-0 win at Aberdeen FC on Saturday. Charlie Mulgrew was also on target against his former club on what was his 100th game for Celtic.



    • Tony Watt, having scored in each of Celtic’s previous three games, agreed a new four-year deal on 15 November.



    • Emilio Izaguirre has not played since injuring his hamstring in the 2-2 draw at Dundee United FC on 4 November.



    • Neil Lennon’s team will play Saint Mirren FC in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals at Hampden Park on 27 January.



    • Eight points from their opening five fixtures represented Celtic’s worst start to a league season since 1998/99.

  22. bournesouprecipe 14.16



    Ya monkey ye! That brought stupid tears to my eyes. Thank God I’m in masel’.

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