Celtic Diary Saturday July 6: Tierney and Other Tales….

You’d have thought that someone, somewhere would have put in a serious bid for Keiran Tierney by now.

So far, only Arsenal have registered an interest, it’s been nowhere near the valuation put on the player by Celtic.

Napoli are rumoured to be interested, other clubs are “watching ” the situation, and Celtic have even gone so far as to bring in a replacement.

The Daily Star reported that the player was apparently on a plane to London the other day.

He wasn’t. He spent the day in Motherwell,  with a hat on to avoid being noticed.

One of our elite army of pish stained drunks noticed him, however, and took the opportunity to ask him if he wouldn’t mind not going to Arsenal.

He said it didn’t look like he was…. or did that mean it didn’t look like he was going anywhere ?

Or was he just placating an anxious fan, who probably had him in a headlock at this point ?

He also said that it was out of his hands about a move,  but thats clearly a stock answer to avoid being bundled into a car and held at a safe house until the window shuts.

Could tierney, still only 22, have had second thoughts about a move , at least until the ten, or have other clubs, aware of his recent injury issues, decided to wait a while yet …?

As far as the player goes, sure he has asked for a move, but is he having second thoughts, and if he is, why not share them with the manager ?

We’ll find other ways of financing the push for ten in a row…

 

 

Someone a little more certain about moving is Olivier Ntcham, who told the French media..

Celtic brought me a lot, it’s the best solution for my development. Games came one after another but with the respect I have for my opponents, if the level isn’t high, you don’t progress. I was disappointed, I didn’t go to Porto last summer”

No wonder the team seemed a little lollygaggy last term, Brendan seems to have talked an awful lot of players who didn’t want to stay into staying, which never works out.

So far, thats cost the club about £24m in transfers. Although that figure will fall when he’s sold, Ntcham won’t fetch as much as was offered last time around..

Anyone else want out ?

If they do, they’re too scared to mention it.

On the way in we have another from the Dudu Duhan book of Duds, Hatem Abd Elhamed.

He plays for  Hapoel Be’er Sheva, and is expected to cost £1.6m, and according to the Daily Express the deal is more or less done.

We did hear that another new name was expected to be added by Thursday, so this could be the one they were on about. He can play right back, but when a player is described as “versatile ” it usually means he’s not good enough in any particular position, but is useful if no one else is fit.

Anyway, it’s the Daily Express.

Just saying.

One potential addition is young Ecuadorian Jose Cifuentes, who made heads turn when he scored the goal of the tournament in the recent under 20 world cup, as his country shocked everyone and made it to the semi final.

He made heads turn even further -presumably right back to facing front-when he said;

“I don’t know which club I’ll sign for yet. Either Manchester City or Celtic. 

“But my aim is to play in Europe. It’s where I have to be and my mentality is I am going to be in Europe for a long time.” 

If he rings Daniel Arzani, I’m sure the young Aussie will tell him how these things work…which means we can more or less ignore the other names bandied about.

 

 

And so to the qualifiers, which begin on Tuesday, in Sarajevo. From the Sun..

SARAJEVO star Dusan Hodzic has revealed they have spotted weaknesses in Celtic and insists they can exploit them next week.

“Our preparations for the Champions League qualifier have been good. We had an excellent camp in Slovenia and now we are back in Sarajevo.

“We are still slightly rusty, which is understandable at this time of year, but we will be ready for Celtic.

“I think we have a better squad than last season. We have added some players and have some real quality in the squad. 

We have analysed Celtic a lot since we returned to training.

“They don’t have a lot of weak points, but they have a few and we are aiming to take advantage of them.

“Celtic are the hardest opponent we could have got in the draw, but that also means it’s a great challenge for the players. 

I think it will be a tough, physical battle and we are confident we can get the right result.

“I’d love it if we can get a full stadium for this encounter. I promise the fans we will do everything to get a good result against the Scots.” 

Thats more optimism than confidence.

You’ll note paper chose to headline the fact he said there are a few weaknesses, and not what he said about Celtic being the hardest opponent they could have got.

 

While the papers do their cheerleading bit for the national champions,  the squad list has been passed to UEFA, and can anyone spot what has given me the collywobbles ?

As usual on matters Europe, we defer to Moravcik 67. 

They have four friendlies in July, none of which are on the season book, and all of which are pay at the gate, hinting at a cash shortfall already..

 

Merchandising is another, quality goods at affordable prices in easy to access outlets…

Aye, hordes of knuckle draggers descending on tourists out with their families being “invited ” to St Enochs Square. That would be a winner.

I would have thought they would have had enough of eagle eyed guys by now…

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Although I suppose they could sit outside the shop, on a rota basis, with perhaps an effigy of a “rangers ” player, and ask for donations..

Like this Alan MacGregor mock up

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It’s getting close to tipping point for the second version of their culture, with Hummell and 32 Red both in a bit of a tizz over exactly what they should be getting for their money, which doesn;t appear to match what they were told they would be.

Thankfully, Dave Kings considerable courtroom experience may be enough to fend them off for now, but once agin, the darkness is closing in on the darker side of society, and with their European campaign about to begin, qualification is more than important, it is necessary.

So is a little geography lesson, it seems…

Rangers (assuming we get past St Joseph’s of course) will play the winners of Cork City v Progres Niedercorn!.. 🎶 if we go to Dublin we will follow on🎶

Looks like the accountant at the old club is in charge of travel at the new one.

Away from all that, and we’d like to wish a very happy retirement to John Keane, who stood up when others hesitated and was an integral part of saving Celtic when the banks thought they could feast on our remains.

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From the Celtic Wiki, there are some fine words..

Back in the dark days of the early 90s the club was stuck in the mire, in the self destructive days of The Celtic Takeover. There were a number of unheralded heroes during this period, and one of those was John Keane. 

He may not have had the much lauded position from retrospectives of the period such has been given to luminaries like Brian Dempsey, but John Keane  played a card which few others would. A life long Celtic fan, it was he who stumped up hard cash from his own funds to finance the club to avoid the ignominy of administration. 

He went on to support Fergus McCann when certain former allies chose not to, and in time it was to be a brave and successful move for all. One that Fergus McCann will surely be very thankful of. 

He was bestowed the honorary chairmanship of Celtic in 2013 as a reflection of the respect the club has for him, a title which surely he will treasure. Actually despite his personal success he is a modest man, but he was a perfect fit for this crown. 

As a further measure of the gratitude of the club this unsung hero was rewarded with the honour of raising the league title flag in 2013,at Celtic’s 2-1 victory over Ross County which allowed the general support to show their appreciation. 

It was a truly fitting tribute, and one man whom deserves more than just a footnote in the retrospectives of the club during that turbulent time in the early 90s.

  A man of true humility and dignity, and a lifelong Celtic supporter, John played a hugely significant role in preserving the Club’s history, success and, above all, continuity. John played a pivotal role in saving Celtic for us all. 

We wish you all the best, and thank you for doing what you did when you had to do it.

There was no diary yesterday, so we go back to Thusrday for this image..

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Pat Butcher couldnt hide her eastenders past. 

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D'Fhinnein Mick

Four CQNers worshipping the profit.

Bognorbhoy

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As the walking season gets underway , stewards are instructed how to react to “misdemeanors ” by the walkers .

Whitearra

Join the 12th of July sleepover.

alzyerpal

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Mike A

Caption: Hard at work building the new runway for America’s revolutionary heroes.

Patrick O Hara

Have you heard the word on the street..?

Honest hoops

Caption;the financial solution exposed on how ipox are going to get through the 1st half of the new season…

caption,right lads ,still no sign of them coming?

BJF

Caption: “Next time if Mr King drops 50 p he can look
for it himself.”
I don’t want to wish KT away, he has made a massive contribution to the titles winning but Boli isn’t lacking in confidence. Typical Dutch player I thought, albeit one born in Belgium. I just can’t fathom why signing a right back is so difficult, not sure Stephen O Donnell does it got me but if the coaching staff rate him then I really like the look of the players who have come in, the squad definitely needed freshening up.

Monti

” other clubs are watching “?

Everton? Cough

Monti

I see Ntcham is shouting his mouth off again about moving?
Lenny, gather the squad, line them up & ask all those not up for the fight to take two steps back.
Celtic is & always be bigger than any man.

HH

Una

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Lads can you hear “the rangers” sing?

Nawh we cannae hear a fukin thing

Puggy67

Caption: Easy mistake to make lads but it’s actually a bingo hall that’s had the power cut

The orange order have given up the Drumcree walk
🙂 🙂 🙂

The orange order have given up the Drumcree walk
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Monti

🙂

Rob O'Keeffe

Ralph? Knowing what we know,would you be keen to sign KT?
C’mon St.Josephs,sort of,because I will certainly be in the O’Keeffe Homeland if the Sooside Sekkktarians end up playing the lovely Cork City……Rhebel Songs will be belted out….I might even throw a Buckie bottle at Morehairloss…..Unfinished Revolution…..then I’ll tell the guards I support Cliftonville….

Monti

🙂

Rob… If you mention cliftonville you’ll be barred… Iron barred…

Cortes

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BroxburnBhoy

Nitcham says that the standard of football and opponent is not good enough Inn scotland. Hmmm I fail to remember him being head and shoulders better than everyone else on a regular basis? Seems like time to move on for him

jimmybee

Great piece by the excellent Celtic by numbers and the injuries under Rodgers not just us but at Liverpool also. Shocking stats to be honest.
Maybe the training regime was too much just can’t be all bad luck.
Let’s see how we go this season under Lenny

Gav

Caption Last 4 candidates on “Pope: Do you have what it takes?” attempt the ceremonial kissing of the ground challenge

Carljunglebhoy

Caption: Lynn revisits her chance meeting with KT to her class in algebraic form?

Carljunglebhoy

(belated entry for previous caption competition)

charlie

ffs talk aboot wantin a free run if weer havin a belated entries championship am gon fur right whose geme enough tae hit hur oan the back ae the heid wae a bitta chalk he he

Monti

F.F.F. OFF NTCHAM!

OUT!

Steve Naive

Abu Elhamed is a dud then… based on what ?
This after you mention Moravcik

jimmybee

Ntcham comments are very poor if true.
Thing is he hasn’t shown a superior standard to the players getting a starting place before him.
He has been very poor and chucked it I think.
So there should be no way he should be involved in the first team he will be a bad influence.
Time to let him go even for a reduced amount.
He should have shown why he was a better standard to get his dream move but hasn’t and the games have passed him bye.
Good luck and cheerio.

Get anyone who dont want 2be at Celtic Park out the fkn gate as soon as possible.
We dont need anymore wasters who dont wsnt to be here.. Besides that who cares what the knucledraggers think they are irrelevant.

jimmybee

Agreed m8. Let’s have the players who want to be remembered as the team that gave us 9 and 10 in a row. The rest on yer bike.

Level 5 plant

Why can’t 10iar be funded with the millions in the bank? Why does KT have to fund it? Lawwell is gonna stitch us all up, his holiday home in Spain needs a heated driveway.

Cartvale88

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The loyal wait to be screwed again by the King

Ntcham a star in his own mind, not Celtic quality.

Uralius

It seems the latest player to be linked with Celtic by his agent is Romaine Sawyers. I’ve watched a video of him playing and he reminds me a bit of Rogic less of a dribbler, but he seems to have everything else.

Cortes

Lettuce see if Romaine is the real deal. Does he have heart or will he wilt?

Tommybhoy
Uralius

As far as Hatem Abd Elhamed is concerned. I am in agreement. I just watched a few videos on him and checked out transfermarkt . com . After watching the videos I disagree with transfermarkt, I think he is a natural, aggressive, marauding right wing-back. While at Ashod he was predominately used as a very exciting overlapping RB. Many of the videos have him playing for Bucharest and it’s difficult to tell where he was most comfortable playing. It seems to me either he was used as a Defensive Midfielder or a Center Back who was always a little too… Read more »

Uralius

Tried posting 4 times on here and failure every time. FFF

Monti

Uralius,
If your posts make any sense, they will naturally be held for checks….
Best talk pish like some others on here….

Hub cap sir?

Uralius

oh that’s what it is! It did make sense. Shouldn’t we go and sign all of the Kilmarnock and St Johnstone back 4s. you know just so they can’t park the bus against us next season. 🙂

Oh error establishing a database connection…. that’s new.

Monti

Less than a week to go & we still don’t have a right back at the club????
( head in hands )

Nurse

Uralius

Monti go search for Hatem Abd Elhamed, there is a lot of videos of him playing in Romania which aren’t interesting, but there is one video of his time at Ashod where he played mostly as a RB. Looks to be a good player.

Monti

I see Southampton have said to big lurch he is free to find a new club.
Fraser Forster is only 31, great age for a keeper.

Lenny?

The Cha

Think I recall something about him being done due to injuries.

Only explanation as to why he’s gone from top keeper in England to the scrapheap so quickly.

Uralius

Why would Shilton be urging him to leave Southampton then?

Monti

It doesn’t matter what he did or didn’t do at Southampton, IF he is fit & passes a stringent medical, fucking sign him!

Honest hoops

A bit harsh on ntcham..I mean he did stand out on the bench last season..cough cough..

Uralius

He’s inconsistent, has no bottle for big games and clearly is lacking class and professionalism. Reserve squad with him, maybe there the youngsters can learn how not to act.

Part of Ntchams problem is that he is French. They seem to have a certain sense of entitlement.
The majority of the French that I have to deal with, as part of my employment, are the most awkward nationality of all. Everything turns into a problem and their arses have to be kissed to keep them happy… Mon Dieu les merds

C S… 🙂

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Magdalena’s Chestnut Gelding

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Portrush sons of Ulster’s fore!

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R.St.Parsley

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Monti

KT must not be sold!

Monti

Aye they don’t make many Guisseppe Bergomi’s or Pietro Vierchowod these days.

Monti

IF KT does NOT want to go, then we should NOT be selling at all!

Monti

It would be respectful to the support if KT came out & publicly stated if he wants to stay or go.

Monti

If Kieran wants to stay with Celtic then we will know what is going on & if Celtic are ‘ encouraging ‘ bids for him then it’s time to remove this board.

jimmybee

Who gives a fuck what the Sunday post or any other rag says KT is our bhoy give him a pay rise he will be happy for 2 seasons anyway. The ball is in our court pay him a decent amount ge can get his big transfer when he has 10 in a row

Uralius

I say we keep him for 10IAR legend.

jimmybee

Pish fuck the Sunday post the mail and every other rag who want all our best players sold.
Let’s see Peter reward our best players for 2 years and keep them at the club. Would save us a fortune trying to replace players.
Fuck Italy Arsenal and the rest
Celtic first Celtic last Celtic overall.

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