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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. Silver City 1888 on

    Talking of money, do we get a sliver of any add-ons for VVD winning the Not the Champions League title?

  3. Roy Croppie

     

    My dear departed uncle, a great Celtic fan, stayed in the pit row next to Newton colliery.

     

    Attended St Charles primary.

     

    Nothing wrong with Airdrie considering the number of Tims.

  4. Mahe the Madman on

    Well done the Pool.

     

     

    Melbourne Mick, hope you well Sir.

     

    Sonora, Central California, The U , S of A .

     

     

    Hail Hail

  5. Fool Time Whistle on

    The spectacular wins by both teams in the semis AND the fact that they know each others’ play so well was always going to make this an anti climax game for me.

     

     

    Spurs did well enough but Liverpool’s goalie didn’t get concussed early on this time.

     

     

    Allison did what Karius didn’t.

     

     

    Can I ask if you haven’t already done it, just to put your blog name and location onto Melbourne Mick’s running list.

     

     

    HH

  6. Well, I thought the Scottish Cup Final was pish but compared to that it was practically a classic!

  7. Fool Time Whistle on

    Mahe

     

     

    Melbourne Mick went to bed a few hours ago – pressure from his princess is what he said.

     

     

    :oI

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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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    McPhail Bhoy Dún na nGall, Éire

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Jc2- east kilbride

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Silver City 1888- Stirling – Scotland

     

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  9. weebobbycollins on

    Is it true Celtic were the first team in the universe to parade the European Cup from atop a coal lorry?

  10. Mahe the Madman on

    Ftw,,

     

    I had to read that last bit twice ;)

     

    Anyway im here looking recruits.

     

    Who’s up for saving the soul of a great club from evil clutches ? ;)

     

    Hail Hail

  11. CHAMPIONS League finale , of course it was he ‘he ‘he, and so to Celtic , how does sentiment sit with our new future, this isn’t going to finish well

  12. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    Amazing number of Celts all over the world, looking at the

     

    list i found myself saying, been there, been there, but others

     

    i can only dream about.

     

    Thank you all for updating it, i know where to send my begging

     

    letters now when i run out of Guinness money 8-)

     

    Off to round up our bhoys now another big game today.

     

    H.H Mick

  13. Celtic Champs Elect on

    4 Quality players and we can win the European Cup again

     

     

    That tonight was dreadful

     

     

    Big eddy would roast Virgil

  14. Fool Time Whistle on

    OWEN on 1ST JUNE 2019 10:54 PM

     

    Where the EFF is Kurgan I’m from Lurgan.

     

    ………

     

    You mean who don;t you…

     

    He was the bad man in Highlander who eventiually lost the heid.

     

     

    aka Clancy Brown

     

     

    HH

  15. eddieinkirkmichael on

    MELBOURNE MICK’S LOCATION LIST

     

    It would appear most of those that post on here are in Denial

  16. Fool Time Whistle on

    Melbourne Mick

     

     

    I’ve just told Mahe that you’re in your scratcher by royal command…

     

     

    See what you started with yon list….

  17. Melbourne Mick on

    p.s thought Turanga bhoy would have posted, that would surely

     

    be the furthest away from Celtic park.

     

    As it is, it looks like us Aussies.

     

    H.H Mick

  18. Melbourne Mick on

    FOOL TIME WHISTLE

     

     

    Just shows you how good people gather from all over to talk

     

    about this great club of ours.

     

    Got to go now.

     

    H.H Mick

  19. Marrakesh Express on

    The hand ball killed that final. UEFA n their haste to ensure rules by the new book actually outlaw a natural body position (it’s a sport where millisecond reactions count now it seems)

     

    Result..

     

    2 finals ..fan experience negativity,

     

    Where to now?