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Celtic Diary Friday January 31: Transfer Deadline Day Blues

Ah, that old bob Dylan classic.

By midnight tonight we’ll know whether or not Celtic have the ambition to sign the defenders we need to push for glory come May, or the boss has told the manager that he’ll have to make do and mend.

There’s little doubt Celtic have the best players in Scotland, but there is considerable unease about the managers ability to turn them into the best team. At times, such as the first half against St johnstone, they can be unstoppable, and at other times there is a fear and uncertainty about them that breeds fear and uncertainty amongst those of us watching.

Yet there is an argument that bringing in someone new and untested could upset the fragile balance already in there. For whatever reason, there is a feeling of disharmony eminating from the dressing room, with the managers management skills being called into question.

Swearing at Mikey Johnston, who aggravated a minor injury into possibly a season ending one by remainng on the park on Wednesday was not a good move, even if arguably the player needed to be told. then again, asking the player if he felt he could play on was a little naive, and if Lennon had doubts, he should have taken him off regardless of what the player thought.

It’s his responsibility, not the players.

 

Remember Efe Ambrose ? He told Lennon he was good to go after a night of partying and a flight back from the African Nations Cup, only to have a nightmare as Juventus got in some much needed shooting practice.

 

 

Can we expect any incomings ?

there’s certainly room for some. In central defence we have Julien, two midfielders and the hopelessly unreliable Jozo Simunovic. Not exactly the way to go if Lennon wants to play three at the back, and with Scott Brown playing a sort of centre half role at Perth in the second half, one wonders if Lennon intends to use him rather than bring in a proper defender, although the only one who might join is Scott McKenna, as dud duhan hasn’t got any centre halfs at the moment.

If he had, you can be sure he’d already have signed.

We do have three left backs, which would make you think we are kind of spoiled for choice, but one of them is a winger, one of them is now out of the squad, and the other one apparently Lennon hadn;t noticed could cross a ball.

The latter, Greg Taylor clearly wasn’t scouted by the manager, and so it’s again worrying just who is picking the players, and more importantly, who will cary the can if it goes wrong.

There’s millions of pounds at stake here, not to mention nine in a row.

Celtic need someone with the foresight and ability of Etims very own Hector Bandido, who was way ahead of the curve a few years ago…

I’d just like Steven Gerrard to know what a great player Kenny miller remains to this day.

 

 

As for Bolingoli Boli, he may have to wait for the half season books to go on sale before he gets near to the pitch again, quite what has happened there is uncertain, but Lennon says he isn;t in the squad because he needs to go away and find top form again. When that sort of declaration is made public, you can be sure there’s a problem.

 

Maybe it’s a man management problem, or maybe we will see Boli exit today…

 

On the right, we have El Hamed, who will be back soon, Frimpong, who might be back soon, and Bauer who will be back in Stoke soon.

Hardly encouraging,

Craig Gordon wants away today, he needs game time with the possibility of Euro 2020 ahead of him.

Fraser forster isn;t actually ours and seems to have crawled into his shell, and Scott Bain is not one to inspire faith. Then again, dropping him after a couple of mistakes won’t have done his confidence any good, so maybe again a wee bit of man management is needed.

We do seem rather thin on the ground, and granted a lot of that is temporary, as its down to injuries, but shouldn’t someone be asking why so many players are injured ?

And why it seems to take them such a long time to come back ?

 

We’re okay in midfield, personnel wise, but the manager doesn’t seem to know his best formation.

Brown and MacGregor are first picks, which leaves Rogic, Christie, Soro and Ntcham fighting for one place, although the injuries to our wide players mean there could be room for two.

Wide players.

Take out James Forrest and we definitely need to start worrying, The others are either injured, unsettled or just no bloody good.

 

At least we have Griffiths back, he sems to have put his troubles behnd him, and maybe he can form a lethal partnership with Oddsone Edoaurd for a few months.

 

On an optimistic note, we do have players who can score goals, and therefore we are still in with a shot at glory, so to speak.

 

In summary, if we are to lose anyone it will be a Rogic or a Ntcham.

Thats unless someone puts in a daft bid for Edouard, who is being watched and has expressed dissatisfaction at the way things are at Lennoxtown.

Then again, those stories are doing the rounds about nearly everyone, so it might be wise not to pay them too much attention.

And there is also the possibility that deals have been agreed for Elyanoussi and Forster, so the money needs to be saved until the summer.

If that’s right, then we will have two new players in that have already earned their spurs, and that would throw any argument about poor planning out of the water.

But there remains that feeling of doubt, which will hopefully have gone by midnight, for now at least.

 

Wee bit of gossip, though I cannot vouch for it’s veracity.

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They are in trouble, this we know.

They won’t talk about it, which we also know, and they have been desperately trying to sell Morelos, so in that context, what is above may well have substance.

 

Which would no doubt cheer us all up.

Especially as they have moved to borrow a player from Hibernian for a few months…

Rangers are locked in talks with Hibs over a loan deal for striker Florian Kamberi.

Steven Gerrard has moved quickly to strengthen his options in attacking areas after Jermain Defoe was stretchered off during their 2-0 win over Ross County.

Rangers have made their interest in 24-year-old Kamberi known and want to sign the striker, who has netted eight times for the Easter Road outfit this season, until the end of the season. 

Hibernian, we hear, have turned the move down as although there is an option to buy, they don’t think “rangers ” will have the money to buy him at the end of the loan.

It’s all very strange.

 

Then there’s the rumour that one of our players has a secret Royalty fetish, and likes to dress up as the Queen..

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Image result for scott brown

 

Mind you, they at least have found the guy who tried to kill alfredo morelos by tampering with his brakes.

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Friday means it’s usually Knob of the Week time, but let’s wait until tomorrow as we might well change our minds depending on events today…

 

I reckon we’ll lose one and bring on some more projects.

After all, football used to be a results business , now it’s just a business…

 

Yesterday, we had this…

 

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The Bahia Emerald
CAPTION: “The Wedding Breakfast” Larkhall town Hall”

 

Today..

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By the way, can anyone verify the story about Martin O’Neill locking the tem in the dressing room and asking the players why they lost the league title on his arrival that summer ?

Asking for a friend…

 

 

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3 years ago

Derry Girls : School Reunion

Paddybhoy67
3 years ago

Why so many players injured? And why does it take so long for them to come back? I remember asking the same questions in 2013-14 season.

Cartvale88
3 years ago

Caption

Rankers Wags wait to celebrate 55 in a row

There is no plan, no organisation in relation to forward planning at Parkhead. Lenny at times seems like a lost boy, look at the second half against the Saints, what a, shambles, the Mikey incident is Lenny again.
Again another transfer window, bringing inprojects

Help ma boab

BJF
3 years ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

Lenny should have kept his exchange with Mikey between them, mature and professional not the instant gratification heart on a sleeve nonsense. If we hold on to Eddy, that’s the bottom line for me, Patrick is presumably his successor when he goes in the Summer. Julien and Ajer are my first choice centre backs, Jozo is a back up, if El Hamed could steer clear of injury then no problems.
I suppose Lenny has a history of players with injuries, does he demand too much. I agree with the points he not the player should make the decision. It was Ronnie and his team who got to the bottom of Jamesies injuries.

3 years ago
Reply to  BJF

Hopefully the Johnstone/Lennon thing was just a heat of the battle situ and certainly post-match interview didn’t highlight different.

Luckily Mikey didn’t hang around to argue the toss, can you imagine if that had of been Aiden!?

wrt Jamsey your perception isn’t match by the reality. Deila talked a lot about how he was “curing” his problems but it wasn’t until Rodgers came in that he really caught fire (groan).

Una
3 years ago

Caption

Look ladies i know from experience, this is the only way to listen to Monti

Puggy67
3 years ago

Caption: After turning professional Sevco Woman’s Football Club have a ‘how to prepare for an international match’ seminar from Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor

Mike
3 years ago

I was looking back at Mr. Nice and EBT’r guy Campbell Ogilvie and his track record, of being a “Rangers” director and Hearts shareholder by his wife’s proxy. I thought what a cabal of sleekitness there is at the SFA. Ogilvie- McRae- Petrie, you must have a degree in sleekitness to come away with that continuation of slime. Whoever next? I think of Auldheid as being like the curtain lifter as slowly he rises the curtain, exposing more and more a web of lies, deceit and complicity. Nearly eight years to expose the 5 Ways circulation to and including our own board, despite their denial. Whatever next as our very own Inspector Clouseau exposes the “Dark Underbelly” of the governing bodies. He’s posted on “A Shareholders Tale” it would be good to see it on here.

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

BTW. Hagi- From Genk and Kouassi to Genk, I might be paranoid but..

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

“There IS something stinking in the heart of Denmark” a quotation that reflects suspicion and mistrust. So who is it? what is it that we distrust and are suspicious off? Well our history tells us to be suspicious of the SFA-SPFL, because the sense of suspicion and distrust has been confirmed by those who sit in their “Ivory Tower” in Hampden. Suspicions confirmed by all their lack of honesty. Suspicious too of the Celtic board caught out in their blanking Res.12 and 5 Way involvement. Their hands are dirty so that is why we are suspicious. We loan a midfielder to Genk, only weeks later a young midfielder is loaned to the Huns. Our antenna’s are sensitive to added collusion, we aren’t paranoid enough.

Rebus67
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike,

I do not see the advantage to Celtic of facilitating Hagi’s move to Sevco. Why make them stronger and risk losing the league?

Are you saying the club wants Sevco to win it?

Rebus

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Rebus,

I am saying that I am suspicious about a Celtic midfielder going to Genk and a midfielder leaving Genk and going to Ibrox. There is no advantage to Celtic, quite the reverse. After P.L. and E.R. are outed at being involved in the 5 Way agreement and guilty of stringing the Resolutioners down a cul-de-sac on Res.12 knowing that it would have to go to CAS anyway. This transfer could also be viewed as suspicious. Maybe I’m just paranoid but…

Rebus67
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Tx, Mike.

Actually, I think a blind man could have seen what PL was doing with the resolutioners but they had to play out their hand.

What should have happened is that PL should have sat down with the group and indicated the club’s position a d the rationale for not pursuing Res 12. Then both should have agreed on a way forward to force better governance.

Of course, easy to be the Monday morning QB!

Rebus

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

I said that I was suspicious, we do not need Kouassi at Celtic, they DO need an attacking midfielder. The collusion of the board in not taking Res.12 forward despite it costing the club millions of pounds and now receiving copies of the 5 Way agreement, something that ensures the Huns get to keep all 13 titles and trophies and we cannot get the justice that we deserve from the SFA. Would you not be suspicious?

Uralius
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Genk: We’d love to take him, but we really can’t afford his wages.
Celtic: We’ll pretend we’re interested in one of your available for loan players and get our bloggers to big him up.
Genk: How will that help?
Celtic: “rangers” will no doubt come in for him thinking they will get a transfer victory over us.
Genk: Sounds good, if you can convince them we’ll take your player.
Celtic: With any luck they will be bust by May so be sure and get some money up front.

Una
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

What about?

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Una

9 inches

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

I see Monti has got imperial and metric mixed up again.
That’s why they call him Wee Man …..lol

Una
3 years ago

Lol

Monti
3 years ago

Oh alright then 😉

Uralius
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Doesn’t matter how long a snow marker (pole) is if there’s 6ft of snow it still looks tiny.

Puggy67
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

I’m no sure i’d want ‘curtain lifter’ in my obituary

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Puggy67

HAHAHA No Puggy your obituary will read,

Alas poor Puggy has passed away,
But his humour will always linger,
No more wordplay, holiday or foreplay,
So we salute our own Puggy,
By giving him the finger. V. 😉

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Puggy67

Puggy,

You are awful, it could have been worser, shirts can get lifted too. 😉

alzyerpal
3 years ago

Caption: Teacher admits to soliciting sex with vulnerable students.

Uralius
3 years ago

Caption: Is that Gazza leaving and getting into his car?

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

The New Newco wives enjoying the hospitality suite after the up and coming admin/liquidation event….

P.S.Cheer up Ralph,tonight is a massive step towards the process leading to Our Ireland United…

Uralius
3 years ago

I’m assuming if ‘rangers’ go bust there will likely be a loss of revenue and as a result wages for Skint Peter. If “rangers” do go bust they will be docked points, so why waste millions?

Bognorbhoy
3 years ago

Caption
Ladies who lunch are told there’s a 45 minute wait for food ,so go liquid instead…

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Bognorbhoy

Caption- ” So ladies, i’ll go over that one more time.
You put the wax strip above the top lip, leave for an hour to set, then peel off with a swift tug, hey presto, no more moustache “.

Bognorbhoy
3 years ago

Caption 2
Tory ladies wait for Big Ben to strike ,and hope they get enough down their necks before Boris turns up to the party ?

The Bahia Emerald
3 years ago

CAPTION:
Sevco Wags point out to Seethin’ Gerrard that, unlike their husbands, they have plenty of bottle.

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

so leicester have signed wolves CB Ryan Bennet on loan for the rest of the season. So basically Benkovic isn’t rated , and he is sure to go out on loan. But peter wont let lenny get him.
Sack the board.

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

Wanyama and Benkovic in before the deadline ?
Don’t hold your breath

BJF
3 years ago

Never certain whether coming back is a good look but Victor was once a hell of a a player and if he still has it,wow. Cha the story I heard about Forrest’s injury is that one of Ronnie’s physios linked with a physio from the West of Scotland rugby club and she was the one who made the break through. I don’t know if that is right. Never heard, until your post, that it was down to Rodgers, Forrest was free of injury from season 2015/6 , 33 appearances which was pre Rodgers. However the important thing is does Lenny have a blind spot as far as injuries are concerned, hope not.

3 years ago
Reply to  BJF

I’ve got no inside knowledge but looking at his stats on

wikipedia (dot) org/wiki/James_Forrest_(footballer)#Club

He played no more in Deila’s time than before and when Rodgers came in, he was an almost an ever present.

Having said that he missed 10 league games in the Invincible season but not sure if he had 1 or 2 major injury absences.

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  BJF

BJF
In response I would add I believe we should Only bring in loanees that we are considering to buy. To deprive a squad place for a short term loanee we have no chance of buying is not what Celtic should be doing.
And with our current squad I would only be looking at a defender , and not a midfielder at the present time.Also since Leicester have just acquired a loanee CB then if Benkovic was anywhere in our plans we should be buying him not arranging a loan.
In an ideal world.
Where the SFA are fit for purpose.
Your club chairman doesn’t pick the players.
The whole of the uk doesn’t have a majority population of thick/racist plebs.
You see where im going……

Rebus67
3 years ago

SFA,
how do you know Peter is blocking it? Could it be that the manager does not want him because of his injury record? could it be that Benkovic does not want to come back?

If you have evidence that Peter or the “board” are blocking a loan, let’s see it.

For the record, I’d like to see Benk back. If fit, he would be superb with his long diagonals to the wide players.

Rebus

Rebus67
3 years ago
Reply to  Rebus67

By the way, unless we cancel one of our loans, we can only sign one more loan. So, if Benk is only possible on a loan and we wish to bring in another player on loan, there is a judgement call to be made……nothing to do with Peter or the Board blocking transactions.

Your original premise may be correct but without evidence, it is misleading to state it as a fact.

There is enough fake news around without adding to it.

Rebus

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Who said it was a fact ?

Your inserting your own words there , not mine. I gave an opinion , my opinion. And as we all know all our transfer business goes through Lawell. To say anything different is bollox.Your whole tone there was out of order Rebus.

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

Also to say maybe the manager doesn’t want a player because of previous injuries .Firstly I don’t think lenny has any real input on signings , he takes what peter provides.Secondly have you looked at our signings over the last few years. We sign at least 2 crocks per year , every year.

rebus67
3 years ago

SFA,

Regrets in not replying sooner. I had a doc’s appointment. Firstly, if my post upset you, that was not the intent. I shall pay more attention to that in the future. I know that blogs are all about opinions and the majority of what gets posted on them is…just that, opinions.

However, in your original post you said,

“But peter wont let lenny get him.”

Now to me that reads like a fact not an opinion. If you said “I think that…” or “possibly peter….” etc etc. These would convey an opinion.

You may think I am pedantic but you have just indicated that you did not like the “tone” of my post so how we express our selves is important. No?

In my post, I went on to indicate that there many others reasons that would explain Benkovic not coming…unless you are in the know, any of them is just as likely as Peter screwing it up.

I hope we can let this be water under the bridge. I have so it’s over to you.

Rebus

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  rebus67

No probs.

I do think that Lawell is judge , jury and executioner in all signings at Celtic.
Until someone can provide evidence to the contrary .

rebus67
3 years ago

SFA,

Over his tenure he has kept a sound financial house, but I think he has not struck a good balance between the finances and the footballing side.

Rebus

San Miguel
3 years ago

Ralph,
I visit this site all the time and yet, recently, I have noticed that you are becoming more fickle and almost bi-polar in your opinions.

One day Lennon is a tactical genius, the next he has lost the dressing room.
Mikey J is a professional footballer , albeit a young one, who will have undoubtedly learnt his lesson and will think of the team first instead of himself. He is very injury prone, and needs to bulk a bit too.

Lennon telling him F – off is nothing more than annoyance and probably would have evoked the same reaction from Alex Ferguson.

I get you (or is it that more than person writes the diary) have your sources but FFS you (or you all) moan about negativity towards Celtic . Go back and read todays diary, then go and phone the Samaritans !
Top of the League, 1 trophy in the bag, I get the frustration but , what can we do stop Sevco improving as they undoubtedly have , other than not being so meek and getting turned over at CP on the 29th ?
I believe we have dropped 8 points all season , Wednesday’s first 30 minutes was as good as I’ve seen all season.
Try and be a bit more positive and who knows we even might sign a few more today ?

HH

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

San Miguel,
Did you used to post on ‘ random thoughts ‘?
If it is you, hope you are well comrade!

San Miguel
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti,
I haven’t posted on here for quite a while but do enjoy you and Charlie Saiz “banter” back and forth.

Always look forward to your comments !

Pish !!! and Lawell Out !!

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

hail hail san miguel get tore right intae um

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

San Miguel,

If the board had looked after Celtics best interests in 2011-2, then there would not be any form of Sevco. around.

San Miguel
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike, that is true , I can’t disagree with that, but, we are where we are ….unfortunately .

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

” Social unrest “

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

What about the 60 minutes of pish on Wednesday ?
Ralph is right to get into this.
I think your getting mixed up with positive and sticking your head in the sand

charlie
3 years ago

celtic won 3 nuthin on wednesday so wit ye cryin aboot

San Miguel
3 years ago

60 minutes of pish ?
Simunovic went off injured , and Bauer came on . Other than not playing a 4-4-2 straight away and possibly not taking Eddy of first what would you have done ?

We are not going win every game 7-0 .

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

We had a whole second half where the tactics changed and so did the formation. And it was Another one of those changes that did not work at all. So if the 2nd half was about finding a formation and personell that don’t work , then we had a successful 2nd half.

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

CS
Whats your honest opinion of the formation change. we put Bauer at right back, we put Ajer on the Left Wing… and we put brown to Centre back.
Take of your cheer leader outfit before you answer. lol
Is it any wonder St johnstone played better.
Surely with ‘ the game done after 26 mins’ we should then , if possible protect our top guys(or guys coming back from injury) and also try out a shape or formation that may be useful and utilised in other games.We did none of that .

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

Rose tinted. As the podcast stated , have we put in a good 90 minute performance since Lazio ?

Uralius
3 years ago

Don’t have to. 30 minutes playing 60 minutes training game.

Uralius
3 years ago

Whine, whine, whine. Maybe Lennon knew the game was won and made it a training exercise in the second half…

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  Uralius

And again any training exercise should mean we have more positives on top of winning a game. the only positive here is we found a formation and personnel that is terrible. 3 points great.

Uralius
3 years ago

We kept a clean sheet.

3 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

If you want unremitting positive news, I can suggest Celtic Quisling News, as a news source that won’t disappoint.

In my experience, dominating teams tend to lose their domination, not due to any great improvements in their rivals but due to their complacency.

Rebus67
3 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

San Miguel,

Are you located down by the mission, musically?

Rebus

Navarro
3 years ago

We definitely need starters for defence, the rest of the article is an excerpt from a harbinger of doom (distressing reading)

mcklintop
3 years ago

It’s a good job I don’t come here for the positivity. I had to check the league table for as second. We’ve just come off arguably our best 45 mins of football this season. Slippy G is down to one fit striker, and is trying to loan Kamberi, Kamberi? Ffs!!! And to loan not outright buy Kamberi. They’ll ship out anybody if anyone offers them a fee.
Excuse me if I don’t panic. What do we need the smsm for, with our support whispering about discontent in the camp.
It’s almost like we want it to be true.
Mon the Hoops, fuck the huns.

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  mcklintop

hail hail mcklintop

3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

charlie… I concur

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  mcklintop

I know we all have different ways of looking at things.
But I would much rather visit a site that does question/investigate issues rather than ignore them.
Sticking your head in the sand to real issues is what they specialise in down sevco way.

Fair praise where it is due , but all is far from rosy at Celtic and only some fans seem to care.

Oh , in my opinion.
Factual disclaimer not included.

San Miguel
3 years ago

SFA ,
How much rosier do you want things to be ?

In the last 32 of the CL ?
16 points in front of Sevco instead of 5 ?
Rodgers team of last year were diabolical to watch at times as we passed from left to right and back again , then back again etc.

I am all for continuous improvement and I hope NL is looking at all aspects of his job and trying to develop himself and the team, but that goes the same for players too.
We lost a good modern thinking manager who duped us all into thinking he was here because he was somehow fulfilling a lifetime ambition. Maybe he was, until his ego got the better of him and let’s see where Leicester end up at the end of this season.

I care about Celtic too, Sat 29th Dec was one of the most insipid, weak , lacklustre and gutless performances I have seen against a technically inferior Sevco team.

NL is not totally to blame nor is he blameless.
I don’t want to read Celtic Cheerleader type articles, isn’t that what CQN is for ? , but we are nowhere near the Kelly /White years although the Desmond ?Lawell years are no to my taste either.

HH

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  San Miguel

So whats your point caller ? lol

San Miguel
3 years ago

My point is whilst it’s not perfect we are far from the dark days of the 90s .We have only dropped 8 league points all season and topped a EL group that I thought we could have finished bottom of.
We won’t win every trophy forever.

rebus67
3 years ago
Reply to  mcklintop

mcklintop,

Which Celtic blogs are positive? Even CQN has negative themes from time to time.

However, I agree the negativity does get to you.

Here is another negative view…the current transfer strategy is really risking the league this season!

Rebus

PS hope we make a late significant signing!

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

Ki Sung-yueng has left Newcastle by mutual consent , and will be free to sign for a club when the window closes. Only 4 appearances this season. And he’s 31.
That’s all Fact. lol

Monti
3 years ago

Lol

Rebus67
3 years ago

Oh, dear!

Rebus

Gerald Downey
3 years ago

You’re certainly giving Neil Francis a very hard time. Top of the league, the first domestic trophy in the bag, qualified “early doors” from the EUFA league. Give the man a break please.

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  Gerald Downey

Gerald he’s starting to make questionable decisions. Fans have a right to get answers. But they won’t. Just the usual leap of faith. If you could bottle that first thirty minutes against st Johnstone then you’d be pedestaling Lenny no end. He seems to catastrophise without logical reason

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Anyway enjoy brexit and the half wits that voted for it. Enjoy Farages racist intent and boris’s populism and wee Nicolas exasperation’s of getting Indy ref 2 happening. Meanwhile back at the football. Tumbleweed is blowing around transfer activity. Benkovic goes to the mighty Bristol city. A town full of yokels and scrumpy. He will be off back to Yugoslavia soon with ptsd

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

It’s funny it was ted heath who pushed for eu and the Labour Party who vehemently opposed it. We were living on beans and toast in a cultural wasteland. Strikes from clenny men and power cuts where the poorest were zoned for darkness mid winter. You had to queue up for bread. Lived through that as a kid our only escape was watching a world class football team with a world class manager.

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Certainly not a Tory lover or a fan of thatcher. Tbh I was out of there on her arrival thank god. You’re only qualifying what a Tory manifesto means. Just stating a level of ignorance by the left at the time Different eras. Typical opposition tactics against the ruling party. Heaths decision was right the eu made Britain a better place regardless of thatcher. Free passage and the introduction of exotic nutrition. I’d never seen garlic or avocados as a kid. People were stunted and underfed. I’m not condoning Tory tactics , they’re awful and callous.

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Charlie saiz I respect your experiences but pro Europeans got rid of thatcher. Thatcher had her own agenda. A narcissistic sociopath who stopped kids milk. Power does funny things to people even the grocers daughter

3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Iancelt67… It’s nice to know all those scenarios will be returning any time soon…

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Well it’s Northern Ireland who will be asking the questions. The sooner independence hits scotland and a United ireland the better. Leave the English to deal with their unqualified entitlement. Maybe another war of the roses

3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Iancelt67… The end of Irelands partition is on the agenda. Scottish independence
.. I’m not so sure about. But anything that kills the Act of Union has to be a good thing

Beidh ar la linn

3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

C S… Its a tad more complex than brexit voters, although they helped 🙂

Erin go Bragh

3 years ago
Reply to  Weered

C S… The different demeanour of Arlene et al is a wonderment. Trying to regain friends and some type of middle ground. Also trying to find a surgeon to remove bullets from both feet they collectively shot themselves in. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Uralius
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Swap Thatcher for Lawell…

Uralius
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Training exercise…..

TicToc
3 years ago

Have we signed a proper, ready to go pro yet, or is it just Lawwell’s typical project shite?
Fuck off Lawwell, but bear in mind your time’s coming regardless. You capitalist, tory cunt.
FC not PLC
HH

Did ye aye?
3 years ago

Aye right.

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

Just listened to the podcast. Great content as usual.
In a fast show style , tonight I will mostly be agreeing with…
We are not moaning just for the sake of it
Our 2nd half shape on Wednesday ?
Why is Christie straight back after surgery ?
Signing policy what signing policy
Just doin enough,,,sick of it.
And looking forward to the silver bullets.

3 years ago

It was imperative to sign an experienced center half.

In Lawwell we trust. Nuff said.

SteveNaive
3 years ago

Celts miss out on… insert name.
Lawwell given up on the EL now.
We knew it would be like this.
Atsu ffs

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

It’s a fucking joke…..nice disco lights tho.

Lawwell out!

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Celtic should have a poundland shop near the ground

3 years ago

Are we getting softened up for half and half scarves?

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  portpower

Port Coopers pale ale to take away the disappointment

Mike
3 years ago

I believe I can lie,
I believe I can touch the sky,
I believe I can fly.

Its not the sheer underwhelming feeling as every transfer windy shuts, its the pure mince spoken before it, like: I would like to bring in four new players.
I would like new players brought in before we leave for Dubai. I would like experienced players brought in, ready to go and then the usual p!sh like, we just missed out on him, etc. So stick your transfer windy up your Ole.

highseastim
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Its getting more obvious by the day that more and more Celtic fans are just spoilt brats, two 3-0 wins on the bounce, spent more money than the rest of the SPL together in the transfer window, but all you see in Celtic forums is moan, moan, moan, some folk need to get a life!!

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  highseastim

It’ll all come out in the wash, whether the right decisions were/are made.
Venting frustration is par for the course so is mindless agreeableness. Think we all want the same thing though

Uralius
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

To win the league 2 more times. That is all!

BroxburnBhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  highseastim

Well if not a life a sense of perspective. My prediction is we will win the treble again and as part of that the league by 10-12 points. We have the squad and the ability and the others are short of that. Good times please enjoy as one day things will change they always do

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  highseastim

Spoiled Brats ?
My season tickets through the 80’s and 90’sand early 2000 saw me witness good Celtic sides winning mostly nothing. between the MIB and the cheating going on at ipox.
Now we have a chance to achieve 10 in a row. something that will probably never be equalled or beaten.
And the custodians of our club seem to throw a lifeline to govan at every opportunity.I fear we will only get the change needed at Celtic after we throw the 10.The current board will be hounded out and we will be back to 30-40000 season tickets.
But you go ahead and stick yer head in the sand. At least then you cant spout yer pish.

highseastim
3 years ago

I was also a Celtic park and away grounds regular in the 80’s and 90’s and there was certainly a lot worse situations in that time then there is now, so in fact it’s yourself that’s spouting pish, regularly dropping points to Dundee United, Aberdeen,etc, getting knocked out of cups from Motherwell and such like!!

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  highseastim

yeah regularly dropping points to other Scottish teams that were competing in Europe.
Now we celebrate because we have more points than this time last year ???
The rest of the Scottish premiership are absolute pish and not close to the standard of the 80s.
I don’t think back then our board were colluding with the huns.
Cant say that now.
PISH

Uralius
3 years ago

Seriously? I grew up a Celtic supporter in these decades and one thing stood out. Sure we had the odd brilliant player or 2, but other sides had whole teams where the sum of their parts meant at times we struggled. Then Rangers had 8 players better than 3/4 of our team. Sometimes it was just enough, but 9 times out of 10 it wasn’t. Stop letting fear rule your life, that’s how they keep us in line….

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  highseastim

Fk off ya fanny

SteveNaive
3 years ago

Can anyone, Ralph, Monti, BgBhoy, anyone, enlighten me about the situation with ‘ he’s performing really well in training’
Shved ?

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Steve,
Shambles m8, Lawwell out!

Doc
3 years ago

Another window closed and another one that seems underwhelming –

Klimala, 7 goals in seventeen games for a mid table team in a league that is significantly weaker than ours, not even his clubs top scorer (a centre mid has 11 goals), barely featured for Poland U21/U20 teams and not even in the squad for the Euro U21 last summer.

Soro – This guy is an enigma, hard to find good info on him,, nowhere near an international squad so who knows how he qualifies for a work permit. Won the Israeli Cup last season, this season, played in all four of his clubs UEFA cup qualifiers, a 4-3 win over Baku and a 4-0 defeat to Malmo.

This season, we have spent ~£20m and taken in £25m so that is more money doing nothing in the bank except going towards one mans bonus. The money we made was not derived from one these projects we almost always seem to sign. With another negative net spend, it is becoming clear that we are going round in ever decreasing circles. We will finish another season with a mishmash of loans and guys about to be out of contract.

I said when Lennon was given the job that he was a lightning rod in place to deflect blame for any failure. I think, in a few months, there could be a turnaround in public opinion towards Lawwell.

World Class in everything we do, really? We are beyond world class when it comes to CEO remuneration, penny-pinching in almost every other area.

Caption: morelos charity work about to be laid bare.

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  Doc

Caption.
We’ve got vodka. You’ve got viagra. Think we won this one

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Doc

I think that the manager has to be cautious when he pontificates (love that word) on how many and where he wants to strengthen the team. If he is sending a message to Lawwell then there are other more direct ways to do it. The Celtic manager must know that the support hang on his every word, to raise the supports expectations is wrong, wrong, wrong.

Cole Burns
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Celtic spent the window monitoring players, were ready to swoop for some, were watching others, were considering a move for, were looking at, were just beaten for, were linked with, were seriously watching, etc., etc.

They finish up spending over £5m on two players with a combined market value of less than half that amount.

Meanwhile Hearts sign a player, a Celtic fan, who might not be world class but had the courage, a thing lacking on 29/12/2019, to take Sevco on at their own game and gave Celtic a lifeline they so badly needed.

The next sevco game will be the one that answers most of the questions being asked at present.

Regarding all the “projects” of the past, say, ten years: where are they all now?

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Cole Burns

Like Nick Hammond they are living in the “Judean Peoples Front”.

Ambrose- Scepovic-Gershon-Kayal- Abd-Elhamed- Bitton-Soro.
Because that’s where DuDu Dohan lives, you know, Lawwell’s go to agent. He, Lawwell is the problem, it doesn’t matter how much money sits in the biscuit tin, 40-50 million perhaps. Out of the above players, who were successful? Kayal and Elhamed perhaps, possibly even Bitton at a push. The Lawwell scattergun approach, bonus’s must be protected approach. EPL/ wages for the SPFL. absolutely ridiculous.

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  Cole Burns

wit prospects dembele or armstrong wanyama we will run away wae the league noo we wur only kidden yon zombies on ffs

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

am no wan fur sayin a telt yees so BUTA telt yees so ha ha ha ha aint the nostradamus ae e tims grand

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

afore mike the fermer sais it ma nostradamus stuff disnae work when am bettin oan boxin he he

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

The Sun will collide with the Moon, if Brigton Charlie ever predicts the correct result in any boxing match…

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Only kidden mate,
Cos if I ruled the world,
every day would be the first day of spring,
I would give the bookies a ring, to make certain every bet on every horse and every boxing match paid out to you.
Why? cos your worth It. 😉

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

thanks mikey but yon patter wulnae stoap me fae stealin ter livestock ha ha ha ha aint hungry rustlers grand

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

mikey a think its awe the blows tae the heed ha ha aint the wans ye dodged the best wans ha ha

TicToc
3 years ago

We might JUST get the nine this year and that’s all I really care about but Lawwell would scupper that in a heart-beat if he thought it would save the new huns. There’s a huge conflict of interest between what we, the supporters want and what that grabbin’, tory, scumbag-leech wants. AND, even if we manage the NINE, where’s the planning for CL qualifiers. We could lose Forster, Elyanoussi, Eddie, Ollie, Tom Rogic and more and suffer even more injuries. Is any of that a thought for that piece of shit Lawwell? Naw, thought not. FC not PLC
HH

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

In the lead up to and through any transfer window you would imagine a club would have a clear plan for what they want to achieve.
I think its clear that our plan was simply to cut the wage bill.
Job done Peter.

highseastim
3 years ago

sfa unfit for purpose :- you must be so dissapointed with Sevco dropping another two points after their deadline day “super swoops”!! LOL

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  highseastim

I hope that’s tongue in cheek , and not you talking Pish.
I am only concerned with Celtic , not anyone over at sevco.
But , at the moment we are leading because of other teams results against them being better than Our results against them.
Is that where we should be ?

highseastim
3 years ago

As long as we’re top at the end of the season that’ll do me, start games like we did on wed9and it’ll be a formality!!
P. S. Yes it was tongue in cheek!!

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

I am sick of the corrupt officials in the Scottish game. How on earth did Sevco not get a penalty against Aberdeen.
The MIB have cost me again…..

charlie
3 years ago

dry yer eyes zombie

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Zombie ?

You need to open your eyes Charlie.
A blind man could see i’m no zombie.

charlie
3 years ago

well stop talkin like wan

Devoy45
3 years ago

Sevco, puir wee lambs against The Sheep!
We now need to go to Hamilton and get some goals!
Forster
Ajer/Jullien/Taylor
Forrest/Brown/McGregor/Christie/Rogic
Edouard/Griffiths
Klimala/Bayo/Soro to figure.
We must keep our momentum. Of the three artificial pitches, how do they rank? I would say Hamilton is better than Livvie, not as ‘good’ as Killie. However, we don’t need any further injuries. Do we have any artificial pitch specialists? Ajer and Taylor should be more used to them because of time spent at Killie. The Bhoys need a good win tomorrow against stubborn opponents. How’s about 4-0 to the Bhoys?

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago
Reply to  Devoy45

I wonder if the 2 new boys will have played on a surface quite like Hamiltons before .

charlie
3 years ago

he he yur gonny need mer than that zombie

SteveNaive
3 years ago

Mike… it’s the People’s Front of Judea… splitter.
C’mon Celts.

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Hair splitter.

Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Steve, Stevie, Steven ah ken that, ken. 😉

henkesdreadlocks
3 years ago

I hear there has been a terrible accident on Edmiston drive. A double decker has seemingly run over 14 blokes in blue shirts, white shorts and still wearing fitba boots. Initial reports saying a guy with a scouse accent was last seen ‘slipping’ away into the darkness.

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

Quality.

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

Alongside a shady guy with a ben eye….

charlie
3 years ago

he he henke aint double deckers grand

TicToc
3 years ago

FFS, another comment gone awol!
Good on the Sheep today, another nail in the new huns’ coffin. Fuck Lawwell!
FC not PLC
HH

TicToc
3 years ago

Our father of Lourdes, lead them into false hope,
Let the Jambos and Sheep shaft them,
And lead them away from the Title, Amen.

Come On You Bhoys In Green
FC not PLC
HH

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  TicToc

Stupid, stupid Huns!

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

LAWWELL OUT!

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

lawwell aint gon naewer monti and celtic ar lookin at a quadruple quadruple think aboot that COYBIG

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

monti the laptop loyal are crawlin all over celtic blogs praying for negativity to put in thur chip shop wrappers fuck em cause oor day is noo

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

We’ll see my friend

charlie
3 years ago

ffs saiz dae you ever read back yer posts and think ye sound like a know all cause if you did yood realise yoo ar fulla shit

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

A penis?

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Albeit a rather small one…..

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

Well said

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charlie
3 years ago

any tim oot ther hoo aint backin lenny shood be ashamed karma will catch yees ya buncha kiddon tims

charlie
3 years ago

iff we dont back lenny weer fuck all

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