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Spartak Moscow will have considered Celtic’s history away from home in the Champions League and this afternoon will look each other in the eye and warn against complacency.  There is nothing in 20 games in this competition proper to alarm them, but there is nothing in that 11 year history which will prepare them to meet this Celtic team.

Not since Martin O’Neill took his side to Turin in 2001 have we approached a Champions League away match with such enthusiasm.  Celtic will approach this game knowing they have nothing to lose and everything to gain from imposing the team and personal development achieved over the last 18 months on Spartak.

The game also comes at a convenient window in our permanent injury crisis but with Spartak robbed of key players throughout the team.

At home against Benfica two weeks ago concentration was the important sentiment but tonight is a different game.  The foreign environs will ensure Celtic players are always acutely of their surroundings but they also provide a platform, and a playing surface, for them to express themselves.

Although Celtic’s away record in this tournament has been poor the better performances have come against the bigger challenges: a draw in the Camp Nou, 0-0 after 90 minutes before losing in extra time in the San Siro, and it took ridiculous penalty decisions at the Stadio Dello Alpi and Old Trafford to deny us a point, so don’t be confused by the stats.

This one is there for us.

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  1. Cathedral View on

    Lennon n Mc….Mjallby

     

     

    It would appear the scope of the present investigation was specifically chosen to avoid threatening one of the major tenets of their superiority myth.

     

     

    There is certainly enough evidence in the public domain to justify a look at their behaviour during the 90’s.

     

     

    What did Paul call it……….

     

     

    Prima facie?

     

     

     

    cv

  2. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning!

     

    13:53 on

     

    2 October, 2012

     

    Pete the Down Beat

     

     

    Oh ye of little faith.

     

     

     

     

    I iwish I didn’t feel like this – cautiously pessimistic :-(

  3. Thank you for all the support today,I know this means a lot to our fans. These are heady days for us all. Neil Lennon

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MIKI67 1349

     

     

    Not trying to be smart-been trying to figure out the time for this track for nearly a decade!

     

     

    It’s the drums which throw it,they seem to be on 6/8,while the rest of the track is on a simple 4/4.

     

     

    Suggestions?

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8X-AAh3Ils

  5. Just_a_Bhoys_game on

    A fired up Kris commons is likely to score tonight. I would jus ‘luv it’ if he did.

     

     

     

    GIRUYLeveinCFC

  6. Rioskorrie

     

    14:04 on

     

    2 October, 2012

     

    Bom dia,

     

     

    Apologies if this has been discussed to death before, but can somebody edu-ma-kate me about the in’s and out’s of this Naka image rights farrago the foe malign are burbling on about………

     

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    Unlike the mountains of evidence we have read on here and other sites on their abuse of EBT’s, I don’t think there is a shred of viable evidence that anyone, including them, has somehow gained unfair advantage by manipulating image rights payments.

  7. The Fergie thing, Just think his reaction was OTT. Why not just say this is not the time or place and move on to next question, instead of the bright red face and going off his nut routine.

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    RIOSKORRIE

     

     

    Image rights have been used and abused for about 20 years,by clubs,players and agents.

     

     

    The money gained from them is paid into the player’s own company,rather than as salary.

     

     

    It is taxed accordingly. With full knowledge and agreement of HMRC.

     

     

    It is not regarded as a footballing contract as it refers to off-the-field activities.

     

     

    Jabba is grasping at straws,and he’s too fat for a straw to do him any good………

  9. A moscovite colleague of mine and I are watching the game together, the will be bedecked in the red and white of Myaso – (the meat – s called at they were owned by a food company in the 1920’s)

     

     

    He is a lifelong follower and all round good guy, reckons that it is a great opportunity for Celtic tonight, they have lots of injuries and thinks they will be overly attacking.

     

     

    He loves wee Aidan.

     

     

    Vulnerable from set pieces.

     

     

    I will be wearing the hoops, him in his spartak kit. Shpould be a nice evening.

     

     

    The Duke

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

    I’m with Fergie.

     

     

    I wish Neil Lennon would deflect stupid questions about the huns or anyone else when he is doing a CELTIC pre match interview.

     

     

    It makes sense tae me.

  11. Good luck to neil and the bhoys tonight.

     

    After the good results in rennes and udinese lenny has shown his team can be comfortable away from home in europe and get a result.

     

    0.2…COYBIG

  12. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Bobby

     

     

    The song sounds as if its a straight 4/4 and the drummer.is just playing triplets to each of the 4 beats in the bar?

     

     

    If a song has 4 beats in a bar the rhythm section wouldnt play two different time signatures it would make no sense for the drummer who is keeping the time for everybody to play 6 beats in every bar even if its 8th notes,it could be seen as 3/4 time but is still a fundamentally different time signature to 4 crotchets in a bar.

     

     

    I may be wrong though……

  13. gillian i scream on

    Optimistic prediction for tonight ,CQN to crash at about 17.30 could only mean good things :-)

  14. South Of Tunis on

    Richie ———-

     

     

    Does UK tax law prevent a player registering himself as a Company . ?

     

     

    If not -then the player could do so and then only pay Corporation tax rather than Income tax on any money he earned from his ‘ image’. That would mean he would end up paying a lot less tax.

  15. Guys, don’t bet Zenit. Players play against the club since they bought those two guys for 100 million euros. Some who were longer at Zenit wanted higher wages. Couple of them relegated to Zenit II. Few days back Russian police found bomb at Zenit training centre with card – NO HULK.

     

    PS. Isn’t good solution for Rangers sell two players to Zenit? Somebody must tell them.

  16. Pre-match interviews should be about the match in question.

     

     

    We all know that there will be churnalists there asking questions which have no bearing on, or relevance to, the game whatsoever.

     

     

    The manager/coach/player should just smile and say – “I’m here to answer questions about tomorrow’s match – next please!”

     

     

    HH!!

  17. South Of Tunis

     

    14:45 on

     

    2 October, 2012

     

    Richie ———-

     

     

    Does UK tax law prevent a player registering himself as a Company . ?

     

     

    If not -then the player could do so and then only pay Corporation tax rather than Income tax on any money he earned from his ‘ image’. That would mean he would end up paying a lot less tax.

     

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    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

    14:41 on

     

    2 October, 2012

     

    RIOSKORRIE

     

     

    Image rights have been used and abused for about 20 years,by clubs,players and agents.

     

     

    The money gained from them is paid into the player’s own company,rather than as salary.

     

     

    It is taxed accordingly. With full knowledge and agreement of HMRC.

     

     

    It is not regarded as a footballing contract as it refers to off-the-field activities.

     

     

    Jabba is grasping at straws,and he’s too fat for a straw to do him any good………

  18. South Of Tunis on

    starry plough –

     

     

    I haven’t seen it .

     

     

    I really liked The Velvet Underground but Lou Reed ‘solo’ did zilch for me

  19. starry plough, 14:23

     

    Who knows what tomorrow brings

     

    In a world, few Huns survive…

     

     

    The road is long

     

    There are mountains in our way

     

    But we climb steps every day

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    LENNON & McMJALLBY

     

     

    It’s a really strange rhythm on it,quite disconcerting when I first heard it.

     

     

    It should mean conflict,but melds well,and then the drummer retreats to a 4/4 for a bit,then ,I think,back to 6/8 it just confuses the bejaizus out of me!

     

     

    It’s from one of the few albums I’ve loved on first hearing and always,can’t say fairer than that.

  21. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Bobby

     

     

    Defo 4/4,the drummer.is either playing 4 semi quavers (1/4 notes) to each of the 4 beats,it goes-

     

     

    pic-a-li-li,pi-ca-li-li,pi-ca-li,pi-ca-li-li.

     

     

    Or

     

     

    Tri-ple-it,tri-ple-it,tri-ple-it,tri-ple-it.

     

     

    and hes probably mixing it up-

     

     

    pi-ca-li-li,tea,co-ffee,tri-ple-it.

     

     

     

    mothtotheflamecsc

  22. Spain have vowed to use all legal means available to block Gibraltar’s bid to join UEFA, after European football’s governing body granted provisional entry for the contested British territory.

     

     

    “We are going to exhaust all legal means,” Spanish culture and sports minister Jose Ignacio Wert said on Telemadrid television. “We are reasonably optimistic that this provisional membership will not become definitive.”

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SOUTH OF TUNIS

     

     

    Lou Reed v Velvet Underground?

     

     

    Snap.

     

     

    Makes you wonder who was the creative part of the band,and who got lucky.

  24. South Of Tunis

     

     

    Yeah I’m not a massive fan of his but he wrote some great songs after the film I dug out Street Hassle, great record, there’s something about his lyrics that I really like, it’s kinda hard to write like he does even tho’ many have tried following in his wake, it’s like Tom Waits I don’t like all of his stuff but the stuff I like I really really like, proper Americans!!

  25. saltires en sevilla on

    Paul67

     

     

    Good stuff!

     

     

    Before Helsingborgs and Helsinki, the locals were genuinely very confident their teams were going to progress at expense of Celtic – general view: Celtic play high-power long ball game,not technical, lack finesse, league is weak and players lack discipline…that was a consistent theme from what seemed to be reasonable guys, not being boorish or smartasses…

     

     

    I hope Muscovites are offering the bhoys and ghirls in Red Square similar views this afternoon…what are the chances Spartak players have that view too…highish?

     

     

    Expectinga fairly quiet night tonite….from Aiden :-)

     

     

    My money on 0-2 with Kris top pop one in

     

     

    HH

  26. Barcabhoy@14:03

     

     

    Do not forget also Ronaldo’s kick off the ball at Scott Brown in the 1-1 game at CP in 2008 for which he should have received a red card. He didn’t even get booked for the incident. UEFA failed to take any retrospective action either

     

     

    It was Ronaldo who set up MU’s equaliser with 5 mins left

  27. ASonOfDan

     

     

    15:06 on 2 October, 2012

     

     

    there is a fella with a house atop a rock.

     

     

    What Gib wants they will have the means to get.

  28. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘Makes you wonder who was the creative part of the band,and who got lucky’

     

     

    – a sore point with David Byrne, after ole Dick threw him out the Embrocation, sayin’ no one wanted to hear a song about a Psycho Killer, not even in 4/4.

     

     

    ole Dick said enough psycho killers in the audience at the ooooooolllllllle Burns Howff, without singin’ about them, and I expeck he had a point.

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