Ajer can follow van Dijk to top


Kristoffer Ajer made clear to Norwegian media his intentions to leave Celtic this summer. “With one year left of my contract, that would be the best solution for me and my club.  Something is going to happen this summer.”

Kris made it clear to the club two years ago he would not sign a new contract and has stuck to plan since.  For me, he was our stand-out Player of the Year last season and compares to the very best central defenders we have seen in the modern era.

At 23, Kris is one year older than Virgil van Dijk when he joined Celtic in 2013.  I would be hard pressed to pick a more impressive season between Kris’ last season or Virgil’s first.  Virgil was better in the air but I have never seen a Celtic central defender break through the lines as safely or effectively as Kris.  Virgil tried this but was not in the same class.

Just as we knew Virgil could do better than Southampton, Kris can do better than the apparently-keen Newcastle.  Liverpool could do worse than pair them up next season, he will play for a top EPL team eventually.  I hope we keep him for the European qualifiers.

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  1. Mick, come off Sentinel or is it senile Celts for a moment and let us know how the Swindon Celt is doing!

  2. Ps got ticket for Scotland Vs Czech Reb via English brother-in-law. Only other person I know who got one is also English . WTF?

  3. ART OF WAR on 4TH JUNE 2021 11:55 PM




    What connections do have in the UK’s SFA?

  4. turkeybhoy ! before you flonce for about the , we’ll hundredth time , can you give us a tip on the boat race ,, so we can bet on the opposite 😆. !

  5. IniquitousIV on

    This is almost unimaginable at Celtic with Dermot Desmond. But if it can happen at Man U after 16 years, why not?



    Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer broke a near 16-year silence on his family’s ownership of the club and told a fans forum meeting he wanted to “win every competition we compete in”.



    Glazer vowed to make interaction with supporters a priority in the wake of United’s involvement in the European Super League debacle.



    He revealed an intention to form a ‘Fan Advisory Board’, to “consult with the club’s senior leadership and owners”. It is hoped significant progress will be made before next season.



    In an expansive opening address to the meeting, Glazer outlined what he felt were the positive aspects of the ownership since 2005.



    BBC Sport has been told by one fan representative present at the meeting that they were shocked at how engaging Glazer was, although some questions did not receive direct answers.



    In addition to answering questions, Glazer took follow-ups, meaning the meeting was extended by an additional 20 minutes.



    “I was pleased to join the fans forum to listen to the views of supporters, address their questions, and share ideas on how we can improve the way we work together,” said Glazer.



    “As owners, we want exactly the same thing as the fans – a successful team and a strong club – and we want to work in partnership to achieve those objectives.”



    Glazer takes on board fan complaints



    Glazer addressed the virtual meeting from an office in the United States that almost exclusively contained United memorabilia.



    Witnesses say he appeared genuinely moved at the contents of a statement read out at the start of the meeting on behalf of the 11 fan representatives, which spoke of their vision of what the club is, which did not involve share prices and social media interactions.



    Glazer is said to have referred back to the contents of those opening remarks on a number of occasions and did not give the impression of someone who was acting up for the occasion.



    His previous silence, he said, was due to a desire to step back from the public side of the business and not be in the limelight as other owners have tended to do. He accepts this may have been perceived as a lack of interest but insisted this was not the case.



    Full detail of the actual question and answer session will not be released until next week, when United hope to publish the full minutes. One club official said that it was possibly the most significant fans forum meeting in the history of fans forums.



    Glazer answered every question, including ones around the club’s massive debt burden and dividend payments that provide the family with millions of dollars in income every quarter. He also confirmed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be provided with funds to strengthen his squad, while pointing out the coronavirus pandemic had affected United financially.



    However, possibly the most important aspects of the near two-and-a-half hour event centred around the structure of the club.



    The Fan Advisory Board will contain elected fan representatives, and in addition to senior club figures, at least one member of the Glazer family will be required to attend every meeting. This is intended to ensure there is no repeat of the ESL decision, which went against the wishes of the vast majority of the United fan base.



    Talks will also begin over a meaningful share scheme for fans. In theory this will allow them to build up a collective stake in the club and, at the same time, have a meaningful input into its future direction.



    Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) said they were “cautious” about the proposal and whether it will meet their tests.



    They added: “Despite the huge concession on voting rights that this proposal signals as ever the devil is always in the detail.



    “In particular, despite Joel Glazer’s assertion that this will be ‘the largest fan ownership group in world sport’, MUST is concerned that there is a risk that the scheme will limit the number of such fan shares made available so reducing the opportunity for this to achieve a meaningful collective fan ownership stake – and ultimately with the potential to result in a change in control of the club.”



    Positive words, now action is required



    Aside from spending on the team, Glazer says the club “will now accelerate the process of planning much more significant investment and upgrades to the stadium”. He is also planning work on the training facilities and says “significant funding” will be made available for that area of the club.



    “We want this club to always be successful and win trophies,” he said.



    “To compete for trophies requires significant investment. The commercial growth at the club has helped deliver the revenue which ultimately underpins that investment in a sustainable manner.



    “That approach has allowed us to have among the highest net transfer spend in world football over the last five years and have one of the highest wage bills.



    “Also, as a direct result of our commercial business we have kept ticket prices affordable for all fans and not raised season ticket prices in over 10 years.”



    Those present took the words in good faith and having spoken to a number of sources, BBC Sport understands the message Glazer delivered was positive enough to ensure the process will be repeated if the opportunity presents itself, as expected.



    However, placed in the delicate position of needing to be aggressive enough to ask difficult questions but not so much the club’s owners do not view the process as being worthwhile, they also underlined a determination to hold the Glazer family to account.



    The promises have been made and the discussions have started, they all now expect the words to turn into action.

  6. Dismissing celtic’s success over the last 10 years because no sevco is a disgraceful. We won it all on the pitch against the best in out country like it or not. Sort of thing I expect to here from a sevconian.



    Dont see how allout war on the board is going to do anything other than poison the atmosphere around the club. Do agree board are cunts.



    No idea if ange is going to be good enough, same applies to any other manager regardless of past achievements or place of birth.



    Certainly not throwing in the towel before a balls kicked, that is just stupid. If the past season has shown us anything it is that anything can happen.


    Dont think celtic will be so poor again next season.



    Renewed my season ticket today in the world of some I may be viewed as an idea, stupid or being taken for a ride etc. Wonder how many of that lot will still watch the tic and will cheer on the hoops next season. If you can honestly say you will not follow the tic next season then perhaps football is not for you. Better goi go to the movies where the god guys always win




  7. FOLK IN HEAVEN, Haus zum Himmel, Pieterlen BE / Switzerland, 2 March 2014


    The James Connolly Songs of Freedom Band project is the live expression of Mat Calahan’s passion and commitment for reviving interest in the life of Connolly, an Irish socialist leader who was executed by the British in 1916, ostensibly for his role in the Easter uprising. In addition to singer/guitarist Calahan (USA), the lineup included Irish musicians Shirley Grimes (vocals), Joe McHugh (pipes and whistles) and Alan Burke (guitar and vocals) and Swiss performers David Brühlmann (accordion, bodhran, vocals) and Stefanie Aeschlimann (fiddle) as well as acclaimed Swiss blues singer Yvonne Moore, who brought the house down with her stirring interpretation of “The Red Flag”.



  8. As we say goodnight to Broonie, giving him our best regards


    Tip our hats to Mr Kristof, dear old Norways favourite bard


    I’m left thinking – who the hell will be lining up in our first game next season?


    We were complacently negligent last season. Are we about to repeat that mistake?

  9. Pope’s message for the launching of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.




    Pope Francis, in a video message delivered by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, calls for urgent collective efforts in caring for our common home.

  10. quadrophenian on

    Dismayed if reports are true that Ange P will appoint Muscat to his coaching staff.


    That moves us from one of Australia’s most loved and respected coaching experts, to almost its exact opposite.


    ‘Musky’ ranks as one of the game’s dirtiest ever players – 12 reds cards and 123 yellows for the ex-Ibrox idol.


    https://www.sportingnews.com/au/football/news/something-i-have-to-live-with-kevin-muscat-haunted-by-infamous-tackles/1o2k9ee0rpsmf1c5lthzoh6b3y [see incident headbutting Sheffield goalie Paddy Kenny]


    As as a coach, was seen as an old school hairdryer and his stint in Belgium was a short unmitigated disaster.


    Mibbys Ange putting in a new Alpha silverback to control the playing squad? Hope not.



    Cmon Celtic – Alex Neil as Postecoglou’s right hand man pls!!

  11. JHB on 4TH JUNE 2021 11:09 PM


    The overwhelming majority of Celtic supporters don’t give a damn what the Green Brigade thinks.







    No fans at club matches – no fans at the Scottish Cup final…….and yet 12,000 at Hampden for the Euro;s, and thousands of drunks in a fan zone day after day as Covid infections rise exponentially…….what is the reasoning? Scotland the Brand – the cult cannot resist it – to hell with public health!




    Are YOU in contact somehow with the MAJORITY of Celtic supporters….Again..How do you KNOW this ?


    So its NOT just Eddie and ANY of his backroom team that RUN to YOU with details of why they chose not to come to Celtic….YOU also have the MAJORITY of Celtic supporters running to YOU ?


    Funny how YOU never asked ME of my opinion of The Green Brigade ?



    Why are you bothered about what happens in Scotland….YOU live in ENGLAND…..Dont you ?



    England v Scotland at the EURO’s next Friday…No guessing who you will be supporting especially as you sit there all alone, with your half Pint shandy in one hand and your Union Jack Flag/Butchers Apron in the other…NOT forgetting your ” I LOVE Boris BREXIT Badge” on your Englander shirt…



  12. JHB on 4TH JUNE 2021 11:09 PM


    “No fans at club matches – no fans at the Scottish Cup final…….and yet 12,000 at Hampden for the Euro;s, and thousands of drunks in a fan zone day after day as Covid infections rise exponentially…….what is the reasoning? Scotland the Brand – the cult cannot resist it – to hell with public health! ”




    So, I take it that there will be NO Fan Zones in England for the EURO’s ?……NO England fans getting drunk watching the EURO’s ?


    Has Boris CONSULTED YOU yet about Fan Zones in England ?

  13. Hey Big Jimmy,



    Sorry can’t make your beer frenzy. Not home until the 17th.



    Enjoy your pan galactic gargle blasters, and give my best to all.


    The next time I hope.



    Cheers and HH.

  14. …….ahhhh, short read back.


    Penny draps.



    The odditiy………multi-moniker messin’ aboooot wi’ imaginary freens.

  15. The Derby…IF not interested feel free to scroll on by…


    I had the winner of the Epsom “Oaks” yesterday ( SNOWFALL) @ 11/2, on a couple of lines.


    I also have Snowfall in a DOUBLE with ” HURRICANE LANE” @ 8/1 Ante Post to Win Todays Derby….heres hoping ?


    This is it, the DAY has finally arrived, when I can go INSIDE my Local pub for some Beers , and it will be the 1st drink that I have had in EIGHT Months. I will go in at opening time at 11am, and stay to around 1.30pm and then cross the street to my hoose and watch the Horse Racing and cheer on Hurricane Lane….I MAY return to the Pub after The Derby has finished, no matter the result of the Derby ?



  16. Jimmy – enjoy yer beer. Take care, keep the faith an’ keep the heid!




  17. GREENPINATA on 5TH JUNE 2021 6:00 AM




    No worries mate, we can arrange a Meet and a Bevvy once you are home.



    We better make it asap, BEFORE any THIRD Lock Doon !





  18. BANKIEBHOY1 on 5TH JUNE 2021 6:48 AM


    Jimmy – enjoy yer beer. Take care, keep the faith an’ keep the heid!




    Cheers mate. as I mentioned before, I could have went to a Beer Garden or Drank Beer in the hoose before now, but I am NOT a Fan of drinking in the hoose and/or OUTside, even in ” Normal” Times.



    When I last left my local pub around 6pm on October 6th LAST YEAR ( As ALL pubs HAD to Close), if someone had told me that it would be a further EIGHT Months before I would enjoy a few beers again, especially in my Local….I would have said they were Nuts !




    HH Mate. stay safe.


    PS..Ive always been able to ” Handle” many beers in any session over amny years…I am HOPING that I dont feel drunk after just TWO Pints today ?


    I WILL keep the Heid, I usually try to…. unless some CHUMP noises me up ?





  19. Boris STILL plans to Reopen the WHOLE of England on 21st June…Given their population doon there compared to Scotland…what wee Nicola is planning for the Scottish public doesnt even come close to what Bonkers Boris is planning for 21st June and beyond….


    AND YET….No slagging of Boris and his Tory cronies on here…FUNNY that ?

  20. I WAS hoping to Book an Hotel in England in early July for maybe a weeks holiday…I think that I should maybe give England and Boris a MISS !

  21. Big Jimmy on 5th June 2021 5:37 am



    JHB on 4TH JUNE 2021 11:09 PM





    He also said the majority of Celtic fans (60% to be precise) were stupid and sectarian. Go figure.

  22. prestonpans bhoys on

    Big Jimmy



    He’ll do as he’s previously done, delay any action.



    I’m in Bowness on Windermere for two weeks in July, will enjoy it even if they shut the pubs, unlikely though🍺😂

  23. Re Muscat as part of the coaching set-up…



    As gruesome as this sounds, if Ange rates him and wants him as his right-hand man, we can’t complain that our manager doesn’t pick his coaching staff then complain when he does.



    Or do we want Lawwell to force Kennedy, Strachan and McManus on him?

  24. SCULLYBHOY on 5TH JUNE 2021 7:11 AM


    Big Jimmy on 5th June 2021 5:37 am







    JHB on 4TH JUNE 2021 11:09 PM












    He also said the majority of Celtic fans (60% to be precise) were stupid and sectarian. Go figure.





    Aye I know he Posted that about 60% of Celtic supporters.


    I MUST be in the OTHER 40%, given that I have some Educational Qualifications and I Married not one…but TWO Proddies ?



    HH Mate.

  25. If John Kennedy & Strachan stay in the job then you know the reason why Howe never came 👍

  26. There’s gotta be some kinda ” howe” rejoinder there…………..but I just can’t get to it…………



    Howe bad is that?




  27. fourstonecoppi on

    SUTTON1888 on 5TH JUNE 2021 8:11 AM


    If John Kennedy & Strachan stay in the job then you know the reason why Howe never came 👍



    From the beginning imho it always was gonna be Kennedy & Strachan. We’re downsizing, selling players and sadly this will be a period of hun dominance. Of course i’ll be there with my ST blindly supporting the team.



    We’ve been here before with various boards but and the end of the day most of these boards don’t give a flying ****…..they’re usually Vichy supporters. So called Celtic fans as long as it doesn’t screw with their profit,


    The currants on the other hand will pump all, legit or not, money into getting the ECL money to sustain a long run on top.

  28. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Peter Lawwell appreciation post.



    We’re in great shape for the season ahead. A lesson in preparation. Brill8ant work.

  29. “There was a new breed of supporters that I had nothing in common with and who belie the values of the club. They are the ones that are giving the club a bad name.”



    I was disappointed when Lenny got the job and angry when he didn’t resign earlier, but I think he has a point here. Fate was against him this year. The Board did take a gamble by keeping Eddie rather than replace him with Toney, but how many would have thought letting Eddie go at the start of such a big season was a good idea? If you did, then put yourself forward for the manger’s post quickly!

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