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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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  1. Melbourne Mick on

    GENE

     

     

    What a load of dosh you have in your account, any chance you

     

    could give big Pete a call to buy a right back, i’ll transfer the money

     

    for you now that i’ve got your details.lol

     

    H.H

  2. MM

     

    My local , The Commercial, is very near the harbour and many of the regulars are Celtic supporters but I cannot think of any Pub that I would actually describe as a ` Celtic Pub`. Naturally, some have more Tims/Arabs/Sevcoites/Dons than others but I cannot think of any that are exclusively associated with one team ( apart from Tutties Neuk on Red Lichties match days).

     

    JJ

  3. !!Bada Bing!! on

    HOT SMOKED on1ST JUNE 2019 1:34 PM

     

     

    When I hear people talk of abuse of children and refer to the Catholic Church and/or Celtic, I quickly discover that they have no interest in the abusers nor in the victims but only in the Church and the football team.

     

     

    100% correct Jim

  4. BB

     

    Thanks for your response.

     

     

    Someone said the other day ( on here) that BR wanted to win everything but such was not the case with Lennie.

     

    How does this quote sit with that poster`s view:

     

     

    ” Asked what challenges lie ahead, Lennon said: “Trying to win a fourth treble.”

     

     

    JJ

  5. Melbourne Mick on

    Hot Smoked

     

     

    Thats the pub, it was all Celtic that night , a european game and the

     

    whole pub was rooting for the bhoys.

     

    I was with some hardy Celtic mad ex fishermen who were my bhoys

     

    offshore so maybe the crowd were being mindfull of that fact lol.

     

    H.H Mick

  6. MELBOURNE MICK’S LOCATION LIST

     

     

     

    Melbourne Mick – Melbourne – AUSTRALIA

     

     

     

    Prestonpans Bhoys – Prestonpans – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

    Jobo Baldie – East Kilbride – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

    Hot Smoked – Arbroath – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

    Chairbhoy – High Wycombe – ENGLAND

     

     

     

    Park Road 67 – Girvan – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

    Gene – Biddulph, – North Staffs – England

     

     

     

    PADDYMACOZ – Australia.

     

     

     

    BSR – Lower East Kilbride – Scotland

     

     

    timhorton – Dundee – Scotland

  7. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    Matt Stewart on 1st June 2019 12:40 pm

     

     

     

    ST SIMON,S PARTICK. I was baptised there jan .1946.

  8. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    vbournesouprecipe on 1st June 2019 2:20 pm

     

     

    PORTA POLENSA in two weeks .I will buy you a treble treble if you are there.

  9. Fool Time Whistle on

    If its lists for Michael from Melbourne Soup Recipe then I’m in.

     

     

    Cornelius, North Carolina.

  10. Fool Time Whistle on

    Via loads of places of course

     

    Partick,

     

    Denniston

     

    Castle milk

     

    East kilbride

     

    Irvine

     

    Anniesland

     

    Linwood

     

    Milton of Campsie

     

    Buckingham

     

    Bletchley

     

    Reading

     

    Melrose

     

     

    HH

  11. Knightswoodbhoy on

    Melbourne Micks location list

     

    Knightswood Bhoy unsurprisingly knightswood via Maryhill

  12. MELBOURNE MICK’S LOCATION LIST

     

     

     

     

    Melbourne Mick – Melbourne – AUSTRALIA

     

     

     

     

    Prestonpans Bhoys – Prestonpans – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

     

    Jobo Baldie – East Kilbride – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

     

    Hot Smoked – Arbroath – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

     

    Chairbhoy – High Wycombe – ENGLAND

     

     

     

     

    Park Road 67 – Girvan – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

     

    Gene – Biddulph, – North Staffs – England

     

     

     

     

    PADDYMACOZ – Australia.

     

     

     

     

    BSR – Lower East Kilbride – Scotland

     

     

     

    timhorton – Dundee – Scotland

     

     

    JamesGang – between Kew and Dunblane but always Glasgow in my ?

  13. Melbourne Mick on

    Just to let you all know that i’m not a member of the dark web and i won’t

     

    be giving you a call to buy your shares in this wonderful club of ours, i’ve

     

    got enough of my own, but it really does mystify me about this magical place

     

    called Celtic.

     

    So many people over the years have found a sympathetic post from the other

     

    side of the world whether it’s from Bangladesh or Benidorm, Melbourne or

     

    Montrose, the Celtic family always come through and i know we have our

     

    posters with a rather negative attitude but thats only my opinion and i like to

     

    think they are only being mindful of any nefarious actions of our board.

     

    But they are Celtic and so are we.

     

    H.H Mick

  14. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Riddrie

     

    Queenslie

     

    Dennistoun

     

    Burnside

     

    Kings Park

     

    East Kilbride

     

     

     

    No further than 10 miles from Celtic Park…

  15. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Excellent analysis of Neil Lennon, compared to BR on Radio Shortbread there,with Ian McCall,Willie Miller and Tom English there….i hope a few of the doubters were tuned in…

  16. MELBOURNE MICK’S LOCATION LIST

     

     

     

     

     

    Melbourne Mick – Melbourne – AUSTRALIA

     

     

     

     

     

    Prestonpans Bhoys – Prestonpans – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

     

     

    Jobo Baldie – East Kilbride – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

     

     

    Hot Smoked – Arbroath – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

     

     

    Chairbhoy – High Wycombe – ENGLAND

     

     

     

     

     

    Park Road 67 – Girvan – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

     

     

    Gene – Biddulph, – North Staffs – England

     

     

     

     

     

    PADDYMACOZ – Australia.

     

     

     

    BSR – Lower East Kilbride – Scotland

     

     

    Fool time whistle – North Carolina – USA

     

     

    JMcCormick – Wishae – Scotland

     

     

    Bada Bing – East Kilbride – Scotland

     

     

    Knightswoodboy – Guess? – Scotland

  17. Melbourne Mick on

    FOOL TIME WHISTLE

     

     

     

    North Carolina, Luv saying that sounds so cowboyish.

     

    Always fancied myself riding the range and shooting all the bad guys

     

    maybe i should have got out more, but there were too many injuns..

     

    sorry huns, where i lived and i didn’t want to lose my Beatles haircut 8-)))

     

    H.H Mick

  18. BSR @ 1:50 PM,

     

     

    Yes, I think your right, the Board have put themselves central to these appointments and to the transfer process.

     

     

    If there is a failure this season, it will be the Board that the support will look too for answers.

     

     

    It should incentivise them to ensure that doesn’t happen.

     

     

    When I’ve criticised our transfer policy and implementation my point has centred on the systemic issues.

     

     

    Some have taken that to mean a direct criticism of Big Pedro. Now as he is the chap who is responsible for the systems there’s a point. It’s not what I mean though.

     

     

    My feelings is that our player management is about a revenue stream rather than squad management. Prospects and loanees are brought in, often not a good fit, even when successful there are issues.

     

     

    VvD and Deneyar were an example, they were never sufficiently replaced and put a hole at the centre of our defence. You could argue we are still seeing the repruccusions today.

     

     

    Dembele was the same last Season, a void up front that cost in both in terms of performance and results.

     

     

    Contrast that with Fraser Foster, when he went we promoted the very capable, very experienced Craig Gordon and it was relatively seamless – that works.

     

     

    Using players as a revenue stream has to be tempered. If we bring in the right players and manage the squad correctly players leaving for better leagues with high transfer fees will be a by product of a good system, leaving in a controlled way to be properly back filled.

     

     

    There are other issues but hope you get my drift…

     

     

    PL has said John Parks knows how we work.

     

     

    PL has said Neil Lennon knows how we work.

     

     

    So, you take that on board and you do what yer telt and that’s not going to change come hell or high water.

     

     

    So me know where we are… we have a good manager in place and we are aiming for a quadruple and a UCL spot.

     

     

    Happy Days

     

     

    Aff Oot

     

     

    Hail Hail

  19. The abuse of children should never be used to point score regardless of where it took place. The people who commit these type of crimes abuse The trust of The organisations, parents, families and children.

     

     

    Society is not comfortable when dealing with these issues and The further you go back The more clear that becomes. We tends to judge the action of people in the past by todays standards which is somewhat unfair re: steps to take, action of authorities etc…

     

     

    Even todays, go report your a victim of domestic abuse from your female partner and see how far you get. In 50 years timei have No doubt the will look back in horror at their position and actions.

     

     

    i want anyone involved in such activity to be brought to justice. I care not a bit about people who try to make it some kind of point scoring exercise. It does concern me that people are still so norrow minded that they cannot see its an issue across society.

  20. Melbourne Mick on

    GHUY’S

     

    Amazing when you think of it, only a coupla hours and look at how many

     

    tims are in this wonderful world of ours, and we’ve still to hear from Oslo,

     

    Croatia, Poland, and never forget the green isle our beloved Ireland.

     

    Feckin amazin@ csc.com

     

    H.H Mick

  21. Bada Bing!! on 1st June 2019 2:11 pm

     

     

     

    HOT SMOKED on1ST JUNE 2019 1:34 PM

     

     

    When I hear people talk of abuse of children and refer to the Catholic Church and/or Celtic, I quickly discover that they have no interest in the abusers nor in the victims but only in the Church and the football team.

     

     

    100% correct Jim

     

    ____________________

     

    Whatever the motive of the media people these were still horrific sins and crimes against children.

  22. Is the ole location list still running? Glasgowbhoy and glasgowghirl both from Edinburgh.

     

    HH

  23. MELBOURNE MICK’S LOCATION LIST

     

     

     

    Melbourne Mick – Melbourne – AUSTRALIA

     

     

     

    Prestonpans Bhoys – Prestonpans – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

    Jobo Baldie – East Kilbride – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

    Hot Smoked – Arbroath – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

    Chairbhoy – High Wycombe – ENGLAND

     

     

     

    Park Road 67 – Girvan – SCOTLAND

     

     

     

    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 ?

     

     

    Timhorton – Dundee – Scotland

     

     

    JMcCormick – Wishae – Scotland

     

     

    Bada Bing – East Kilbride – Scotland

     

     

    Knightswoodboy – Guess? – Scotland

  24. Fool Time Whistle on

    BACK TO BASICS – GLASS HALF FULL on 1ST JUNE 2019 11:54 AM

     

     

    “I hate noise..”

     

     

    Loved your true & unabridged account of the appointing of the Celtic manager.

     

     

    HH

  25. Melbourne Mick on

    GLASGOWBHOY

     

     

    Glasgowbhoy and Glassgowghirl both from Edinburgh.. feckin brilliant

     

    Oh the Glesga banter lol.

     

    H.H Mick

  26. Fool Time Whistle on

    MELBOURNE MICK on 1ST JUNE 2019 2:51 PM

     

     

    Well Mick, there’s plenty of cowboys still..

     

     

    I had one do some work in the back yard (not garden my grandaughter’s tell me)

     

     

    Should have know – he was wearing a black hat.

     

     

    As for Indians, poor people are long gone – decanted to Colorado or Oklahoma in the 19th century.

     

     

    But being Amurka they love the thought of quaint people arounf – just not the reality.

     

     

    Within 30 mins of here we can find town of Indian Trail or the town of Indian Land.

     

     

    In the grand order of social importance the Native Americans found themselves well down the list somewhere between the Blacks & the Chinese I think.

     

     

    We have Badlands but that’s just a euphemism.

     

     

    All in al a bit like Glasgow when you were decanted to the schemes & then found out you were living in the Badlands amongst some cowboys.

     

     

    Nice idea about the list by the way..

     

     

    HH

  27. Melbourne Mick on

    O.K Ghuy’s the princess has decreed that it.s lights out, and i always

     

    dae as i’m telt.

     

    I’m sure when i log on in the morning there will be tims from all over

     

    the planet proud to print where they are from, and a part of the Celtic

     

    family.

     

    God bless you all.

     

    H.H Mick

  28. 52 years ago, exactly 1 week after we won the Big Cup, Sgt Pepper’s was released on the world. The key to listening it to today (as I’ve just done whilst ironing!!) is to try to imagine that you’re hearing it for the first time. Some of the songs and arrangements must have been mind blowing when first heard in 1967. A worthwhile 40-odd minutes. And it even mentions Pablophanque….

     

    https://youtu.be/VtXl8xAPAtA

  29. UEFA Champions League Soccer – Tottenham Hotspur FC vs. Liverpool FC

     

     

    Watch Channel

     

     

    Game Info

     

    2:00 – 4:00p

     

    (6/1)Tottenham and Liverpool, a pair of Premier League squads, meet in Spain to decide the UEFA Champions League championship. Neither team was considered a favorite when UCL play began but both teams have ridden their systems all the way to the final.

     

     

    Americans try, but they don’t quite get the beautiful game

  30. Turnball has never grabbed my notice while playing for Motherwell. I feel he is not worth £4m to Celtic. We have offered £1.2. No way should we even go to £2m, unless of course it is to force the price up is Sevco are involved.

     

     

    Turnball could be of greater \value to likes of Sheffield, villa or Norwich or even Brighton and Burnley. Motherwell might get more from the EPL clubs

     

     

    No way should the McGinn experience force us to pay over the odds, no way is he worth $4m + wages to Celtic

     

     

    Would he start before McGregor, Christie, Rogic, N’tcham or Henderson?

  31. Melbourne Mick on

    FOOL TIME WHISTLE

     

     

    All those years we thought the injuns were the bad guys, but not so.

     

    MNCELT

     

    Minnesota USA feckin amazin.

     

    H.H Mick

  32. bigrailroadblues on

    Govanhill via Boston, Chicago, New York, London and Grand Rapids. Feck me, I’ve been about. ?.

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