Treat Benfica as though they were Barca


After two highly productive performances against Barcelona confidence will be high, but it is worth remembering that Benfica earned a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park on Champions League match day one, and will have no fears for Tuesday.

After that game in September Celtic were favourites to finish bottom of the group.  Barca managed a slim 3-2 at home to Spartak after a late surge, placing them top of the group while the Russians were rightly encouraged.  Benfica earned a valuable away point without being greatly troubled by Celtic.  Indeed, the half time video analysis from the Uefa technicians looped repeatedly on one incident, a Benfica penalty claim.

That scenario has changed.  Celtic sit second top but a win would see Benfica match them on points and go second on the head-to-head.   Make no mistake, despite Celtic’s heroics against Barcelona, Benfica expect to be second in the group on Tuesday evening.  They are rightly favourites.

We are now tantalisingly close to the knock out stages of the Champions League but two of the most difficult games of the season lie ahead.  The best thing Celtic can do is show Benfica as much respect as they showed Barcelona.  Benfica are not quite as dangerous as the Catalans but they are more than capable of exploiting any gaps in the Celtic defence.  Treat them as Barcelona-lite and we might even collect our second win in this tournament away from home.

The Andrea Kearney Fund have a signed Celtic jersey available for auction on eBay. The fund, in memory of Andrea, assists families of women who are diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. Since Andrea died, aged 41, four years ago, over 50 families have been helped.

You can keep an eye on the auction here.

The CQN Annual will be available next week, both online and at one or two selected retail outlets. There’s a cracking image on the cover of a goal celebration from a recent goal….

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    The Raven



    “Western media should publish these and maybe the


    public war mongers mibee think twice bout the futility of it”



    Nothing will stop man’s barbarity to each other. Sad but true,

  2. This has been bugging me for a wee while…did the stadium tour the day after being at the Barca game. When in the board room, the tour guide started to tell the story of the Jinky faberge egg. Anyway to cut a long story short she said that the egg had been bought at auction by a prominent Glasgow business man and was ‘gifted’ to the club so that it could be put on display. She also stated that said prominent business did this despite being renowned as a R*ngers supporter. My memory is not what it used to be (hit the big 4-0 last week), but I seem to recall that Willie Haughey (sp?) was involved? Now I could have sworn he was a big tim, but can anyone shed any light.

  3. £20m for Vic but only if the board were going to. (a). invest in a quality playmaker in the midfield that can open up the 11 behind the ball merchants and (b) reduce season ticket prices to help us all out of this financial mare and fill the ground every week

  4. KK



    And you alone are the defender of all that is good. And the rest of us don’t get it.




  5. Ernie,


    There’s a world of difference. The creation of Israel was approved by a UN resolution. As soon as the new state declared its existence, it was attacked by its Arab neighbours (i.e. the Arab States – there was no Palestinian State) whose aim was to destroy Israel, tho’ not necessarily to exterminate the Jews. They over-rated their military prowess & under-rated Israel’s, so the latter survived. Any war of conquest went in the opposite direction to what was intended, but if I’m not mistaken, Israel emerged with much the same territory as awarded to it by the UN.

  6. prestonpans bhoys on

    Off to Lisbon on Monday, anybody who has been there before, know how to get to the stadium where the big cup was won??

  7. EDB,



    You did not answer my rebuttal of your argument.


    You did not address the issue.


    Please, either do so or leave me to handle what I see as a problem in my own way.

  8. Interesting All This Focus On Phosphorus Flares By Our Self-Appointed Military Experts….



    Who Know It All Because They Read The ‘Victor’….



    Back In The Day….



    And Didnae Just Look At The Pictures….



    Phosphorus Flares Have Been Used For Decades…..



    By All Armies In The World….



    To Illuminate The Terrain….



    Whilst Missiles Launched By The So-Called ‘Palestinians’ Are Indiscriminate Weapons Of Mass Destruction….



    The Intention Being To Inflict Maximal Civilian Casualties….



    Just Like The Nazi’s V1 And V2 Rockets…



    Rather Being Directed At Military Targets,And Enemy Combatants….



    Much Like Those Vile Cowardly B*stards



    Who Tried To Massacre A Whole Bunch Of My Relatives…..



    At Glasgow Airport,Just The Other Day….



    But There’s Nane So BLIND As ‘Plastic Paddies’……












    I Wish Poor Health And Misfortune On Abu Qatada….



    My Bad…?

  9. Prestonpans



    It’s not far from the railway



    I got a taxi there and followed the tims to the train …took me back not town




    I think the Lisbon taxi drivers are used to Tims wanting to go there :-))

  10. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Just watched Barca game again………wonderful, wonderful, wonderful….!!!

  11. nvercelt



    21:15 on 15 November, 2012




    ”There’s a world of difference. The creation of Israel was approved by a UN resolution.”







    It doesn’t matter if you’re kicked out your home by an invading army or by a UN resolution. The end result is the same.

  12. big-cup-winners



    The pictures, shocking as they are, should stay.



    Why is a Palestinian baby any different from yours or mine??



    Because it is happening miles away, that’s alright then??




  13. prestonpans bhoys on



    21:21 on


    15 November, 2012



    Thanks, if it’s a reasonable taxi fare I’m sure I can get a few more bhoys to join the two of us. I’m in hotel around 1pm …thinking of tasks to keep me out the pub till tea time :)

  14. Starry



    Sounds a plan:)



    Will be in Glasgow for the day of the game, leaving on the overnight train…



    Have you got your mitts on a ticket?

  15. Stevie-Bhoy


    WH is a Tim, of that I’m sure.


    There were two types of eggs made.


    Nineteen of the really expensive ones. One for every medal JJ won.


    Forty-four cheaper versions. 1944 being the year JJ was born.


    G.Best had the same eggs done for him by Faberge’s daughter as well.




  16. Starry well said, I wish everyone would watch that link.



    I’m off out, look forward to meeting up hopefully, or if not, on Mixcloud.



    How does some righteous poetry and Palestinian oud sound for starters?







  17. Row Z,


    I am aware of the origins of “Gulag”, thank you.


    You list the hardships suffered by the Palestinians: I won’t deny any of them. For the benefit of anyone who’s read my posts superficially, I’m not defending Israel but trying to defend the truth so far as I can see it. Israel is treating the Palestinians harshly, but it has NOT confined them in a concentration camp, prison, or gulag: if anyone thinks that it has, please let them show just how.

  18. Oor Zbysek Has Spoken In Quite An Informed Fashion About The ‘Palestine Issue’….



    And He Had Knowledge Of The Large Historical Christian And Jewish Communities Who Lived In The Holy Land



    Especially Concentrated In Centres Like Bethlehem And Jerusalem….



    Even In Recent Centres…..



    We Could Do With His Most Erudite Input…



    From The Land Of The Black Madonna…



    Where The Folk Are PROPER CATHOLICS 24/7….



    An’ No JIST When It’s Convenient…..





    Mair Power To Your Elbow…..Ed ]

  19. Willie Haughey is a died in the wool Tim.



    He has actually been awarded the position as an Ambassador of Glasgow Celtic FC.



    A Gorbals Glaswegian ,who is Celtic daft.



    He has built a magnificent business along with his wife.







    21:23 on


    15 November, 2012





    The pictures, shocking as they are, should stay.



    Look if you think they should stay for someone to stumble on then that’s up to you.



    But don’t invent something ie “Why is a Palestinian baby any different from yours or mine??



    Because it is happening miles away, that’s alright then??”

  21. I can`t think beyond Celtic playing Aberdeen at the moment. Although I did check the TV guide for next week and saw that the TV game is Juventus v Chelsea.

  22. Barca stars praise Celtic atmosphere


    Barcelona’s Tito Vilanova and Xavi Hernandez were full of praise for the atmosphere inside Celtic Park after the Catalans were defeated 2-1 in Wednesday evening’s Champions League Group G clash.



    A capacity 60,000 crowd at Celtic Park cheered the home side throughout, on an occasion packed with meaning and emotion as the Scottish club marked its 125th anniversary.



    Although both disappointed to have lost the game, despite dominating in terms of chances and possession, the Catalan coach and player were full of praise for atmosphere inside the stadium and the support given by Celtic’s supporters to their players.



    “The stadium was spectacular,” Vilanova told Canal Plus. “I have been lucky in my career to have been to many grounds, but I have never seen anything like it. This was their 125th birthday and I wish them many more years.”



    Xavi, who played in a similar atmosphere when Barca exited the UEFA Cup at Celtic Park in 2004, was also generous in his praise for Celtic’s fans.



    “(The stadium) is a marvel, the fans, the people, how they support their team,” he added. “It is an example for every team.”



    The praise from Barca’s stars was in keeping with the close links between the two clubs, which developed further in the build-up to the game. Barcelona published a photo on their website on Wednesday morning showing Xavi, along with teammates Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, posing with Celtic’s 125-year anniversary kit, while a Barca delegation attended a commemorative religious ceremony organised by the Scottish team on Tuesday.



    On the day of the game Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi led a conference at Glasgow University’s Randolph Hall which was headlined: ‘Barça: sports, culture and education’. This was followed by a concert given by Catalan folk-pop outfit Els Amics de les Arts.



    Celtic also showed their appreciation of the visitors’ cultural history – and possibly political future – by flying a Catalan flag on the stadium roof during the game.





  23. Prestonpans bhoy



    My recollection is that the taxi fare was reasonable …



    We had a great night down the quayside …it was a new development a few years ago ..plenty of bars, restaurants …a great setting underneath the spectacular bridge …there was an Irish pub there too…had all the tunes on ..it was great craic

  24. Pittodrie,Estadio Nacional,Estadio De Luz.



    Not a bad week ahead for the Tims on Tour.




  25. Invercelt,



    In a July 27 2010 speech in the Turkish capital Ankara, David Cameron said that humanitarian goods must be allowed in and out of Gaza, and it could not remain “a prison camp.”



    David Cameron for F*** sake.



    Not Mother Teresa.



    How would YOU describe the situation imposed on the Palestinians ?

  26. I see Chris Graham denies ‘outing’ RTC and now feels he is being threatened on the back of this

  27. theweegreenman



    But surely that is essentially what one poster is heavily hinting to the other?



    Why not just scroll on by, indeed?



    A CQNer feels he is honour-bound to respond to the Over-Capitalised polemics of ole Lost Vagueness on moral grounds…but had earlier described the same poster as ‘an attention-seeker’…?



    You know the old saying about trolls.




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