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93 days of this left, the farming of Patrick Roberts

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May is not out, the manager is not formally in place yet, but there’s an early bit of transfer rumblings underway as Celtic begin the process of building a squad for an attack on The Nine.

In response to speculation linking Celtic to one of his players, Motherwell chief exec, Alan Burrows, wrote on Twitter, “figures in papers are often educated stabs and not a true reflection on either what one/any club might be prepared to pay or the other might be prepared to accept.”

In short, any inquiry from Celtic for David Turnbull is at an early stage and conversations will not be around the figures reported.

We have 93 days like this until the transfer window closes….

Like you, I enjoyed watching Patrick Roberts.  He is a gifted player and good professional.  His could have been a permanent signing for Celtic but Pep Guardiola had other ideas.  Now he has signed a new contract, keeping him at at Manchester City for another three years, a club he will almost certainly never play competitively for, while simultaneously agreeing to a one year loan at newly promoted Norwich.

It is hard to escape agricultural metaphors when watching what the tier one clubs in England do with young talent.  They are a crop to hoard and sell, not to consume.  City paid Fulham £12m for Patrick four years ago.  His new contract will be worth several millions per year, and when his value is right, they will sell him.  This is a business model, independent of first team considerations.

A season in the English Premier League could be enough to raise a fee in excess of £20m, but there is a risk going to Norwich.  Patrick’s talents are most valuable unlocking packed defences.  Players of craft are less valued the further down the league you go, where robustness and counter-attacking football has become mandatory.

He would contribute his share in that Manchester City squad, or at Celtic, but his bit-part season at relegated Girona is a portent of what could lie ahead for him in Norwich.  At least he’ll be able to catch the tunes on North Norfolk Digital.

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  2. fairhill bhoy on

    BADA-I would be raging if that was gave against us,but wanting Liverpool to win I’m indifferent ?

  3. Fool Time Whistle on

    The most blatant hand ball I’ve seen in a while.

     

     

    He has his arm out at right angles & as the ball comes at him he brings his arm in towards his body but also to where the ball is.

     

    The ball hits his right nipple area then rolls down his right arm – changing ball’s diretion away from danger.

     

     

    VAR confirms it.

     

     

    If it was us, I’d be laser staring at the defender.

  4. Silver City 1888 on

    Don’t care if these penalties are always given or never given just as long as there is consistency. Must have written that before. After first three words each word was first in my predictive text list.

  5. Fool Time Whistle on

    Silver City 1888

     

     

    I agree that consistency should be the aim but we both know that won’t happen.

     

     

    Different referees in same league will interpret same thing differently.

     

     

    Between different leagues the gulf is often as wide as the Danube.

     

     

    VAR is still subject to interpretation when it’s available.

     

     

    Consistency within the same game would be a start.

     

     

    HH

  6. Silver City 1888 on

    FOOL TIME WHISTLE

     

    I’m sure I’ve said this before too. The EPL has written guidelines going beyond the rule book. That should further reduce inconsistency but not eradicate it.

  7. Smptonatic of way the so called champions of Europe has become. Tonight the teams are from the same league and are not champions of their league, this year or last.

  8. fairhill bhoy on

    It’s a final ffs,two teams trying to win it but terrified to lose it,like most finals ?

  9. Spurs have been poor yet still better than Liverpool, hopefully one of them score another, would be tragic if that 1st minute penalty decided it.

  10. Silver City 1888 on

    I wonder what would be getting said about Celtic by some of our contributors if we put in a performance like this.

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    Prestonpans Bhoys – Prestonpans – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Jobo Baldie – East Kilbride – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Hot Smoked – Arbroath – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Chairbhoy – High Wycombe – England

     

     

     

     

    Park Road 67 – Girvan – Scotlan

     

     

     

     

    Gene – Biddulph, – North Staffs – England

     

     

     

     

    PADDYMACOZ – Australia.

     

     

     

     

    BSR – Lower East Kilbride – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Fool time whistle – North Carolina – USA

     

     

     

     

    JamesGang – between Kew and Dunblane but always Glasgow in my

     

     

     

     

    JMcCormick – Wishae – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Bada Bing – East Kilbride – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Knightswoodbhoy – Guess? – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Glasgowbhoy – Edinburgh – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Glasgowghirl – Edinburgh – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Mncelt – Minnesota – USA

     

     

     

     

    BIGRAILROADBLUES – Govanhill – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    DRESDENCSC – Dresden – Germany

     

     

     

     

    Timhorton – Ontario – Canada

     

     

     

     

    Almore – Áth Cliath (De Nortside) – Éire.

     

     

     

     

    WITS – Áth Cliath (De Nortside) – Éire

     

     

     

     

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    Sid – Stirling – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Lazydynamite – Whitby,North Yorkshire, – England

     

     

     

     

    16 roads – Belfast – Ireland

     

     

     

     

    SFTB – Cambuslang – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    WBC – Cathkin Braes – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Emeraldbee – South East Kilbride – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Fairhillbhoy – Hamilton – Scotland

     

     

     

     

    Hebcelt Stornoway Scotland

     

     

     

     

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  12. FAIRHILL BHOY on 1ST JUNE 2019 8:49 PM

     

     

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    Don’t think he was quite the hero to them as slippy was pal . But must say what a horrible individual souness is he was made for sevco

  13. fairhill bhoy on

    Jimtim -souness only went down in their esteem when he did the article with the sun.

     

    But your right,made in heaven ?