Etims Spotter – 20 Things we noticed last night

  1. The noise generated during the champions league theme was incredible. Is Celtic Park truly the loudest atmosphere of any ground in Europe?
  2. Why do so called big clubs (Benfica) have small away supports in Europe. Are they not really a big club?
  3. Why don’t our players move at throw ins? Do they not practice this in training?
  4. Why do our players play so far apart? Good teams play with several players within 10 yards of each other playing in triangles and diamonds all over the pitch. We don’t. Why not?
  5. YNWA in support of the Hillsborough 96 was another magical moment. Never take it for granted. Celtic Park and the support can be special at times.
  6. Never doubt again the importance of Scott Brown again. He is our leader and main man.
  7. John Collins really does buck the trend and is genuinely complimentary about Celtic
  8. Davie Provan is the opposite of John Collins
  9. David Tanner can put on a pretend happy face for Celtic, it convinces no one
  10. Is it just us or does Miku look like the bastard love child of Bobby Petta and Lurch from Addams Family?
  11. How many of the Benfica side looked like Daniel Laruso from Karate Kid?
  12. How can Benfica players no laugh everytime they have to call out ‘Jesus!’ in front of their coach?
  13. Why did Neil Lennon have to hide his lips with his hand when he whispered something to Johan Mjallby? Was it about a Ramsden Cup bet?
  14. What’s happened to Kelvin Wilson, when did he become a defender?
  15. Who bought Charlie Mulgrew the “101 Gary Caldwell Punts “DVD for his birthday?
  16. Who’s got the biggest set on them, Kris Commons or Kate Middleton?
  17.  James Forrest, does he look so much like a ball boy that other players ignore him?
  18. All this technology and they still can’t get you Sky Go on a plane from England…whats that all about!
  19. Was that really Statto in the crowd sitting next to Big Sammi?
  20. If Spartak still owe us money from the McGeady transfer, will Lawwell allow Lennys team to score let alone win in our next game in Moscow?

So did you notice anything or find yourself thnking ‘Haud oan a minute…’

Please share it with us in the Comments section below.


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Matt Flaherty

1. James Forrest can knock a ball by an ordinary SPL defender and beat him at pace all day, but can’t get away with it at this level and it took him until the 80th minute to figure that out. 2. “Thing I said that I never thought I would say”: (midway through the second half) “We could really use big Sammi right about now…” 3. Despite ‘dropping’ 2 points at home and Spartak poking the hornet’s nest a bit, Celtic have every bit a realistic claim to second place in this group. They must be made aware of that… Read more »


matt, forrest had 2 men on him most of the game and is still only 21. forrest seems to be the new fall guy for so many now sammi has upped his game….terrible!

Matt Flaherty

no i understand – i think benfica really targeted him as the lynchpin for celtic’s more mature attack and put extra cover as a result. im not pinning ‘blame’ on forrest at all, but i think he gained valuable experience, figured it out during the course of the match, and in the last ten minutes when celtic were most dangerous, he was the key man. i didn’t intend to be overly harsh with criticism of forrest so i apologize if it came off that way. just something i noticed during teh course of the match, is all

Run Sammy Run

21. Lenny needs to tell Vic to stop playing quite so well at this level. There’s too many teams with lots of money that can see him.

22. Will somebody else please admit that we miss Big Sammy in games like this. Am I the only one?


Is there anyone who isn’t afraid of Big Vic?


Celtic are the worst team in Britain at taking throw ins and keeping possession thereafter. Also we are the worst team in Britain defending throw ins. The players look mystified, like “When did this gig start? Throwing the ball into play, that’s weird.” Yup, need to get some coaching on that failing. Towards the end of last season and several times already this season we have used set plays at free kicks and corners to great effect. Last night the overworked Chris Commons fired reasonably good balls into crowded box which were easily dealt with by a good defence. No… Read more »

First, why get your boxers in a knockout over media bias? It is now over 400 years since the Scottish medja bribed Caxton to print the first anti Celtic comments on his new printing machine. Time to move on and only pay attention to bampots. Sorry Jebus but many a 21 year old is raising a family and working to pay a mortgage. How long do we make age an excuse for James’ under-achievements? How long do we excuse Victor for acting like a hatchet and placing the rest of the team in danger of having to play? When will… Read more »


21. It seemed like benfica boys had been told about the atmosphere to expect. You could see them soak it up in the pre match faces up on big screen bit 22. We are rotten at throw ins. Kept glancing away as ball went out for our throw and when I looked back Benfica had the ball. 23. We could ve played all night and not scored. We were competetive though and can still get some good results in this group. 24. I can run fsster than kris commons. And I m getting kn for forty with bad ankles. He… Read more »

Lenny Bruce

25. Izzy was the weakest link.

Gerry Kelly

The BBC sport website, in particular Ali Lamont was very negative about Cetlic’s performance. Not only was the match report negative, he followed up with another article on Thursday, his ‘rational’ per twitter.


1. the atmosphere was dire & depressed me no end. lets stop whistling in the graveyard with talk about the CP noise as if it’s still 2002, those days are long gone. As helsinborg sang at us mockingly after a disjointed, out of time attempt at Wille Malley – ‘you’re not famous any more’.

2. I thought we played very poorly, but we still matched benfica ball for ball. So I think we’re on our wa to becoming a pretty handy team under Lennon

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