93 days of this left, the farming of Patrick Roberts


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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    @ BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 31ST MAY 2019 3:59 PM



    Well the league was weaker then. No Sevco, no Steve Clarke at Kilmarnock, Hearts and Hibs were woeful and were both relegated in Lenny’s last year.





    Repeat after me Three Times Celtic have just completed the treble treble, eight trophies in a row, and eight leagues in a row



    Then look back at your post and see how it reads.

  2. Go tell the Spartim on




    im not sure many wanted Lennon either, me included but hey ho, we move on.

  3. Bada. I disagree. I believe lawwell is bullitt proof. He is our £3m man. Our star man. Our top earner.


    The hands. Haven’t watched it in a while. Need to dig it out and watch it with my crazy wife.


    She just loves tom hanks.


    Who doesn’t?

  4. Neil took over from Brendan Rodgers in February of this year in an interim role and secured the club’s eighth successive Premiership title in May. And just last week his team sealed the unforgettable Treble Treble with a 2-1 win over Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.



    And here was me thinking it was snake eyes’ team ?




  5. !!Bada Bing!! on

    ‘So Jose,your contract and budget is all agreed,meet your assistant manager John Kennedy….’




  6. McPhail Bhoy on

    Welcome back Lenny, hello again John Kennedy and Damien Duff!


    Hail, hail to all of you and good luck!


    Here’s to 9 in a row ( again)

  7. onenightinlisbon on




    Yes I do, last chance saloon for him.

  8. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 31ST MAY 2019 4:25 PM



    Same as Brendan Rodgers signed





    Very true and we now know why BR would have agreed or indeed wanted such a deal.

  9. Rock TB



    ” .. If that story is genuinely true ”



    Within a second of typing that, you then went on to write as though the `if ` part did not exist.


    I have noticed quite a few doing that on CQN.


    `Possible` to `probable ` to ` we all know`.



    I just had a fiver each way on the winner of The Oaks. Were i to adopt the increasingly negative approach to winning prevalent on CQN, I would be bemoaning the fact that I hadn`t put on more money.



    Cheerio for now,



  10. glendalystonsils on




    If it is indeed the last chance saloon for NL why would he set himself up for failure? Working under tremendous pressure ,restricted by lack of backing from the board and facing being back on the dole at the end of the first year of his rolling contract?

  11. Bada Bing @ wbc



    Jim Goodwin contacted my dad at tea time last night to tell him he was staying at Alloa.


    My dad was over the moon , high as a kite, great guy , and a great gaffer who is loved by all the staff.


    Definitely a myth he’s a lon channey?

  12. Congratulations to Neil Lennon. He has the basis of a team already. But we need some fresh and hungry young players in there.



    Aribo, Turnbull, Harper & O’Shea all fit the profile

  13. just think of all the money we have saved with NL and his thrown together coaches that we can put towards our transfer kitty , or maybe we should just offer it to ML stay on , heaven forbid.

  14. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    If Moyes was going to get the job, why not give it to him when BR left? He was available then.

  15. Timaloy29



    Aribo and Turnbull would be great acquisitions.


    would bring a lot of renewed energy to the team

  16. Pog



    I’m so chuffed for you and proud of your son.



    I do however blame the teachers for continuously helping brilliant young people achieve brilliant results! ?




  17. No Celtic players in the Scotland Women squad for the world cup. Disappointing that.

  18. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 31ST MAY 2019 4:46 PM




    Repeat after me Three Times Celtic have just completed the treble treble, eight trophies in a row, and eight leagues in a row




    Then look back at your post and see how it reads.






    Repeat after me 3 times, it’s 9 trophies in a row…

  19. weebobbycollins on

    So, what is the issue with Gary Parker? Neil’s long time friend and colleague with the great beard…

  20. whitedoghunch on



    i can’t fathom,


    At the time I was sure he said bye bye as he waves at camera


    I’ll find out though.

  21. POG, huge congrats to your Bhoy – brilliant



    Now , when Brendan left, he took Davies, Driscoll and Toure with him


    We have now replaced Brendan with Neil


    Davies, Driscoll and Toure with Damian Duff


    (Kennedy already put out the cones out for Brendan)



    So we have saved 2 wages


    And drastically weakened our coaching and tactical team


    Over the moon, so we should all be



    Shambles Lawwell, absolute shambles


    Why not now add your pal John Park



    A hugely frustrated Celtic season ticket holder

  22. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Wow. We laugh at Sevco’s statements but that one of ours is a belter!

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