Which probably explains the plethora of names being linked with Celtic and yet another spending spree in the January sales.
Briadly speaking, the names fall into two categories.
Anyone who has played in Japan, and anyone who is at Shamrock Rovers.
The local knowledge acquired by Ange Postecoglou during his time in Japan provides an easy bit of rumour mongering for hacks, and already we’ve seen a few names who are more or less certain to join Celtic. Of course, if they don’t, no one will remember their names, and an extra bonus is that no one will talk about them because no one can pronounce them.
The Daily Mail, and in fairness Stephen McGowan has been the hack of choice for leaks of late, reckons that Aaron Mooy is the number one target for Ange, as he looks to add more experience and fitness to the midfield, where James McCarthy has failed to make an impact and Ismael Soro impacts on opposition players too much for the boss’s liking.
With Nir Biton dragged out of retirement to fill in, it’s true that more depth is needed, and the veteran could be useful to aid players like David Turnbull and , er, actually just David Turnbull in improving his game and making a first team spot his own.
You get the feeling that only he and Calum MacGregor are here for the long haul.
There’s a Brazilian mentioned as well, at least according to a Brazilian paper….
Alvo de clubes europeus, Fernando Henrique completa dois meses sem jogar no Grêmio
Jovem de 20 anos foi recentemente procurado pelo Celtic, da Escócia. Ele não recebeu chances ainda com Mancini
A target for European clubs, Fernando Henrique completes two months without playing for
Grêmio A 20-year-old was recently sought out by Celtic from Scotland.
He hasn’t received chances yet with Mancini
This , if true, means that the scouting network is actually doing some scouting beyond Dudu Duhans client list, which can only be a positive.
Derby county defender Lee Buchanan is also claimed to be on the radar, although he hasn;t performed very well since that was revealed. Largely because he probably found out that it’s actually another Derby defender who has been watched….. we’ve already mentioned him, and if you weren’t listening it’s your own bloody fault.
Daizen Maeda , a prolific Japanese striker has been cited as being at various stages of a move to Celtic, including claims that the deal has already been done. If true, that would give Celtic another highly rated striker which fits in with Ange’s philosophy if not the clubs wage bill.
The Record has said that Danny Mandriou of Shamrock Rovers, a creative midfieder is the subject of interest from the hoops, and with Dermot Desmond having a significant say in matters with the Dubliners, then it’s possible.
Then again, given the papers track record for lazy journalism, it’s also possible that it’s just lazy journalism.
What’s perhaps more interesting, and surprising, is that the board appear ready to continue to back the rebuild, and with the sale of a few fringe players on the horizon, then it’s possible the net spend won’t cause any of them to leap out of the window in panic.
Though I suppose hope does spring eternally.
The pivotal point of the season is now upon us, with the semi final of the League Cup this weekend.
Celtic face holders St Johnstone, who proved to be a difficult opponent recently, but the wide open spaces of Hampden mean that the hoops will be able to create a bit more space simply becuase there’s more space available.
The Perth side will be without Stevie May, who is a bit of a local hero, and although it’s been described as a blow to their plans, I don’t remember them using a forward in their last tactical approach to a game with Celtic.
And with their plan almost certainly to be to play for penalties after extra time, I would have thought it wouldn’t make much difference.
Which reminds me, Celtic aren’t great shakes in that department, and it might be a good idea to get a wee bit of practice in over the next day or two.
Following that, there’s the return game against Real Betis, who are a single point ahead of Celtic in the Europa League group. Whilst their qualification isn’t certain, Celtic’s isn’t easy either.
Should Celtic beat Betis, a head to head would, if all else is equal, have seen Celtic progress, but thats now virutually impossible given the draw that Betis got with Leverkusen.
A win would put the hoops ahead on points, meaning that should Betis , as expected, beat Ferencvaros, a draw in Leverkusen would send the hoops through.
So not virtually impossible, but maybe unlikely.
Then again, come the day of the game…..at least it won’t be dull.
With Steven Gerrard having left Ibrox after a supposedly whirlwind two days….
…things at Ibrox seem to be in a little bot of confusion.
The gullibillies have blamed Gerrard for running out on them, and not seemed to notice that the board at ibrox did very little to persuade him to stay.
Maybe it was the promise of compensation, a sum of around £2-3m depending on who you believe, that actually mades Gerrard their most valuable asset.
No player has ever left “rangers ” for as much as Villa forked out for the manager, and whilst one has to question their wisdom, it’;s just behind the couch loose change for them.
At Ibrox, it’s a significant windfall that could see the club survive a few extra weeks.
And it’s four less wages to pay…..which may well explain why he was allowed to take everyoine with him without a fuss. Things are bad on the other side of the river, and christmas may well be cancelled…as might a few other things..
At least until January when Gerrard transfers the money in Villa’s account into the one at whichever shady offshore institution holds the “rangers ” monies….and receives as many from Morelos , Kent, Paterson and Hagi in return as he can get away with before the Birmingham Mail runs with the
Stop Taking The Piss you Slippery Scouse Git
With Gerrard away, and the Ibrox board looking for a replacement that isn’t Barry Ferguson, several names have been mentioned, but none of them have hung around long after looking at the financial affairs of the club.
For the moment, the team will be managed and coached by four gallant pioneers, who have stepped into the breach to hold the fort.
One of them is Colin Stewart, a reserve coach, who bizarrely went on a Twitter blocking spree of any Celtic fan he could find.
For the life of me, I can’t think why.
It seems the campaign to remove bigotry, racism and hatred from the stands is working after all.
They’ve moved it into the dressing room.
And so to our caption competition…. last time we had this….
We would normally have a basket for yer heid but Charlie Green took it to keep the Sevco assets in.
Caption: Right, the first one of youse to start playing the Billy Boys is getting it.
as for chaos at Sevco. We’ve heard this every year since 2012, FFS I’ll need to get more ice cream in.
Well, at least you’re not gushing over excitedly about Celtic winning the Treble this year like some premature pages.
Caption: The Goons’ sound effects team waits for Colin Stewart’s next Twitter offering.
Caption: the BBC sounds department get ready for Morelos next foray into the opposition penalty box
CAPTIN.4 lads had a dream
Caption – All togeather now Tims – ‘I’m Turning Japanese, I think I’m Turning Japanese, I Really Think So!’ HH!
Everyone around me is a total stranger
Everyone around me is a cyclone Ranger
Well, if Colin really is as thick a twat as Gazza, could be another Treble and we go again for the 10! HH!
The Enoch Powell loyal practicing “the guns of brixton”
Ibrokes hope to raise a few quid in this year’s Eurovision song contest.
The Sevco museum unveils it’s first artefact, the mobile disco used by the Onion Bears at George Square in 2021.
Replete with guy w@nking!
Caption: Alec Baldwin’s grandfather kills a pigeon.
What a picture, what a picture, stick it in your family, Al Bum.
Caption: Guy wi’ the drumstick to guy in middle “You, put that bloody lid back on the potatoes, the kitchen is getting all steamed up, and so too is Beryl.”
Caption: once the lightning strikes we can bring the 3rd club to life
Except it’ll still be ‘the first club’ …
The next one that says McInnes is on his way gets it
Caption: The Tribute Act Sound Effects tune up at Hampden prior to their semi-final against Hibs, ready to drown out The Billy Boys and/or The Famine Song being sung by a minority (+/-30,000) from TV coverage. The gun will also be used to add extra authenticity to Kent or Morelos falling anywhere near the penalty area
Oops! I see Michael A got there before me!
In passing. Anybody interested in a ticket for Leverkusen in section F4, give me a shout (@CarlJungleBhoy on Twitter)
“Celtic Da’s form Lonnie Donegan skiffle group tribute act.”
It’s a different Colin guys!
@RFC_Colin in the coach guy. Though his twitter feed isn’t much better!
Sevco try to replicate the sound of a War-chest heist for the, “Influencers” next door, who had paid 25 grand for a sit-doon with Slippy Gee.
The Celtic board of Directors practice a deflection tactic for questions regarding Rangers dodgy Euro license in 2011.
Nick Walsh tells the lads at the ludge ahead of the Celtic semi-final that he’s goat it covered, I never take a knife to a gunfight.
Caption -” Yo Dre, I got summin to say “
Say it, well.
Caption:- Grandfather Pistorius ( with gun ) kicks off in the bathroom section at B & Q.
You’re like a broken record, Monti.
These three memes are stuck in your head now you can’t get past them.
Caption: Backstage at the new Sevco manager’s first presser and this time when he mentions his daughter’s fist name they are ready.
Is it Bruiser?
Caption “Lambeg drum, now! FFS has Gerrard taken our drummer as well?”
We’re playing Leverkusen next week and Betis have their Joker game against Ferencvaros.
It looks like we need at least a point in Germany to have any chance of pipping Betis to 2nd.
A tall order given the pasting they gave us in Glasgow but even if we don’t make it, a good result against Betis in December will probably help us with seeding for the Euro Conf League Play-Off(s).
That didn’t work out too bad for Scotland last night!
Buy yer lederhosen?
I assume you’re classifying Rogic as a forward rather than writing him off as a midfielder.
I’m not sure about Mooy, 31yo and currently plying (or not) his trade in China, usually a retirement home for players wanting to rest money in their accounts.
If we’re writing McCarthy off already, I’m not sure this is much improvement, although TBF not got a clue on his recent injury/playing record.
Deep in the bowels of ibrox Charles green tries to recreate the champions league tune
The armed sevconian cappella Corp. fundraising for a downpipe.
They couldn’t hit it sideways
Union bears pre ebt
If ye know yer history …
Brigton’s untold story in the forming of Glasgow Celtic.
https ://the-shamrock.net/2016/09/18/ glengarry/
This will interest, and maybe even cheer up, Auldheid, him being a Brigton Bhoy tae.
Well the h*ns have no money
They let slippy go
They’re always aye ready
No go Sevco
But don’t you step on my brown brogue shoes
You can do anything but lay off of my brown brogue shoes…..
Caption: Adolf motivates Sevco board to hit new highs in accounts swansong
Chins has asked Ralph if he could pick-up Giovanni in his white van.
‘Rangers will be getting a proven winner if they choose Van Bronckhorst as Steve Gerrard’s successor, says the Dutchman’s compatriot and former Ibrox team-mate Arthur Numan.‘
Apart from the fact he finished 11th in China.
The Ibrox boom and bust blues band – outa tune – outa luck – & soon to be outed
They’ll never be outed.
The fix is in.
It’s been wonderful to see and to read all the tributes to Bertie Auld. To watch him in his prime was to know that although he was hard as nails, he certainly could play football. As supporters you like to read about how hard he tackled but you tend to forget how good a player he was. Born on March 23rd, 1938, he was a man of his time, my favourite story of Bertie was when he first signed for Celtic as a young man how he ran back home to Maryhill to his mum with his £20.00 signing on fee, his Mother took it off him and in return gave him a jeely piece, that resonated with me, because when I got my first part time job at 9, on the local milk round, I alway’s had to hand over my tiny wages to my mum, to add to the family pot. I remember Bertie scoring twice in the 1965 Scottish Cup final, it was said that after that game confidence oozed from every pore in the Celtic team, they might never ‘walk alone’ but they certainly never looked back. It is said that, when the going gets tough, the tough get going and that summed up Bertie to me, a great player, but he epitomised the heart of the Lions. In his later years his infectious nature and his love of the ‘Tic shone brightly, yes Bertie, you will never walk alone. RIP.
It was berties and big tams role to protect jimmy Johnstone. Also, on go radio tonight Jim Craig spoke about the prejudices against Celtic players in the national team. The whole thing was to appease the rangers fans. Oh how things have changed they all support England now
Great comment Mike about a truly GREAT Mhan.
My favourite story of Bertie is the Bhoy who got sent off, but didnae GO off, vs Racing Club scum in the 3rd game of the World Club Championship in ’67. The dirtiest shower ever to play professional football.
On you tube, Celtic v Racing – The Battle of Montivideo. (it’s in 3 parts, the Bertie Auld ‘sending off’ in part 3.I also remember John (Luggy) Clarke wi’ his fists up (part 3) and I’ve just watched parts 2 and 3 when (part 3 again) big Tommy Gemmell kicked the Argy in the goolies. It just shows it’s not only in Scotland Celtic have been cheated. Well worth a watch at about 3 x 10 minute parts.
Mike, I replied but it’s been hooked into the moderator’s. You’ll maybe get it in the next month!
Check out, on youtube, Celtic v Racing – The Battle of Montivideo in 3 parts.You’ll remember a lot of this, with Bertie being sent off but refused to go!
Mike, I replied earlier about Bertie but 2 x comments went to moderation, whatever TF that is?
Just to say one of my earlier jobs was also a milk round and the ‘wages’ (mostly) went into the home but I got to keep any tips when doing weekly collecting. But I started at around 13 Y.O.
My very 1st ‘job’ (apart from running errands for pennies) was delivering the Catholic Observer.
Rightly or wrongly, that didn’t last, just like my ‘faith’ didn’t. Je ne regrette rien.
& the band played waltzing Matilda
as Ange sent out his team
And they beat all the teams afore them
Going straight into The Euro Champions League
The Engerlish Broadcasting Corporation Sound Dept rehearse the backing track for the upcoming’O** F*** Cup Final.
The EBC are responding to complaints about the racist and bigoted outpourings of the Sevconian Choir.
In order to remain onside with the Klan they are going with a military thème.
’ OK chaps we’re aiming for the Battle of Britain effect but just try and get a few FTPs and the like squeezed in as the bullets go off. Them dirty, feckin Tarriers will have a meltdown’.
Anybody here make the AGM?
Looks like they’re pushing through with the appointment of the Celtic hating cop Higgins regardless of what the support thinks.
As to their treatment of Auldheid and the sly dogs of the CST twisting the wording of Res 11, well, I hate to say I told you so but I had the CST’s number as Controlled Opposition pegged from the,off and called it on these pages.
It’s a shame Auldheid couldn’t make it but as he says elsewhere today’s incendiaries would have created more heat than light.
So much for aw the ‘rebels’ though, eh ..?
Some news from the AGM …
‘Ian Bankier and Brian Wilson are hanging in the balance this afternoon after both men were denied automatic re-election to the board by the Celtic shareholders in the room’
Of course, Desmond & Co will see them alright but this massive vote of No Confidence should have seen both of them vacate their positions immediately.
Instead they’re gonna remain in situ so they can install a Celtic hating copper to their team.
7 fvckin years ago I told you all these cvnts were Masons, 7 fvckin year, and all I took was shit for it.
If you’d paid attention to the proofs I was showing you then we wouldn’t be in this godawful mess we’re in now, I can assure ye of that, ya BBC loving roasters.
Did any of you lads even know the AGM was on today or were you too busy trying to think up funny jokes about sound effects?
Caption: Inside TGM’s head.
😀 😀 😀
It seems to me, and I may well be wrong here, but if Higgins’ appointment goes ahead, and the GB carry out a boycott because of this, and other supporters back the GB, then it could be the biggest cock-up the PLC Board has ever made. Ironically theyd’ve created the perfect storm for their own demise. If so, Beautiful, just fukkin Beautiful!
BTW, IMHO, there’s not ONE Board member nor ONE major shareholder that should be allowed within a hundred country miles of Paradise.
FC not PLC. Hail! Hail!
PS If the w/end’s results fall as we hope they do, it’ll be “sure Hampden was covered in banners of GREEN”
So, another bring your son to work day at the AGM. Genuine concerning questions hand balled around the priggers whiff whaff table, only for to be said at the next meet.
This is our money, take it and lavish it.
Ah, Brendan’s Bar in the Gallowgate. (X = gone).
Last time I drank in there wiz after we beat Killie 3-1 and the start of another bender. Unusually, I got a round in then drank loadsa them silly things in tubes (the green wans) because the ghirls selling them were irresistible.
Anyway, I believe it’s mibbaes now a takeaway……(called) Brendan’s Bolted, Leicester’s Loyal Leg-end (er, sorry…..X will = gone), Lawwell’s Leftovers, Lennon’s Lostit (the 10)….ad infinitum.
And it’s Good Night from him……………
If Higgins gets a job you’ll all justify it by buying the tickets,the merch and the tat.
Starve the Tory bastards out,buy nothing.
Think you sequence of Euro games is a tad askew.