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Ajer on-board as strategy rolls forward

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Norwegian football journos I speak to all praise Kristoffer Ajer (17) in the highest terms. The 6’5” midfielder became the youngest captain in Norwegian topflight history when he wore the armband of Start as a 16-year-old last April. He’s a strong and mature individual, apparently.

Despite having made only 36 career starts, Celtic have watched him repeatedly, on top of the loan period he spent at Lennoxtown last month, so they know the player they are getting. The information I hear of him is all positive, but he’ll be learning the game for years, and for the remainder of the year he’ll learn what it’s like to be a Celtic player, something he’ll have little inclination of at the moment.

I like this strategy of recruiting and deploying talent of this age, a policy which has been missing for around 40 years, and has contributed to a similar period of underachievement in producing prodigious talent. It feels right for us.

Welcome to Celtic, Kristoffer.

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  1. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    DD

     

     

    I never liked my name when I was growing up … I actually prefer my Sunday name now but pronounced Ber Nard ….. posh as fek ;)

  2. WITS

     

     

    My son and I and Mighty Tim and his family are in the Ballsbridge Hotel. Any local info pal?

  3. WiTS

     

     

    Thanks for that, Delaney’s I could do that

     

    And

     

    FGF – bloody Norah, didn’t know that Richie Bhoy was going :-)))

     

    Oh

     

    Marspapa, your still welcome to join us, my mhate believes he will be getting a drink on Good Friday, nae chance with me in tow :-)

     

     

    Hail Hail, need to go, red eye flight in morning :-(

  4. What is the Stars on

    Delaneys

     

    Pub I like near there is Slatterys of Grand Canal Street. Worth a visit

     

    Ballsbridge. Very swanky part of the city. Some very expensive large red brick houses.

  5. TBJ

     

     

    He hated the shortened version of his name at school. Saint Pius Drumchapel was full of Bernadettes who all had their name shortened. He was the only male with his christian name. :)

  6. Big Zizou 100℅ as CL manager. Unfortunately he’ll have to virtually maintain that or he’ll be out of a job rápido at that place.

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    W.I.T.S.

     

     

    Many thanks for the Military history website.

     

    Fascinating.

     

    Currently winging it`s way round the globe to some real Glaswegian rebels .

     

    :-)

  8. What is the Stars on

    Macjay

     

    Good to hear

     

    I have spent hours on it over the last year or so.

     

    There is another site, very similar, but it relates to pension claims for those who took part. Some fascinating letters back and forth. I put up a link to it earlier in my reference to Margaret skinnider

  9. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    DD

     

     

    There were a few bernadettes at our Lady & st George’s and more at our Lourdes Secondary but I was the only Bernard .

     

     

    Funnily enough in my adult life I am often called names beginning with a B ;)

  10. WITS

     

     

    Thank you.

     

    FGF

     

    When the West End mob arrive in Ballsbridge, we shall enhance the district. ;)

  11. Cowiebhoy

     

     

    Thanks I’ll keep that in mind, I’d need to sneak out without the shadow knowing .

     

     

    Anytime I’ve seen the boy Wardrop he looks to have a chance also , as with our big team in Europe

     

     

    Lacking that bit of pace spread throughout the team , the boy McCart has a good touch and eye for a pass

     

     

    Decent with both feet .

     

     

    Catchye later

  12. TBJ

     

     

    Growing up in the Rangers end of Partick, I was regularly called a F….. B……

     

    Character building son. Were my late father’s words. :)

  13. What is the Stars on

    Delaneys

     

    You are also very close to Raglan Road, made famous by the song. Nothing special, just fancy red brick houses but on Sunday morning you could stroll along it.

  14. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    A wee report from kilmarnock fans website

     

     

    February 17th 2016: Killie lose 1-2 at home to new Glasgow team The Rangers in the Scottish Cup 5th round. The match report has not been compiled as yet but you can check out Sandy Ferguson’s photos right now and the Hotshots page has also been updated. Added player/assistant manager Lee McCulloch’s comments in the press to his profile page.

  15. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    WhatIsTheStars

     

     

    Thank you very much for posting the Military History link. Bookmarked, and I am hoping it will fill in a few holes in my own family history.

     

     

    Just read a couple of the depositions and it brings home the reality of what those men and women did in a way that history books/movies can never do. Wonderful.

     

     

    I would bet every man jack of them would run a mile from being called heroes, but that to me is exactly what they were.

     

     

    Thanks again.

  16. What is the Stars on

    Delaneys, you are also close to mount street bridge, and Northumberland road. Scene of one of the most famous battles of 1916.

     

    Pause outside 25 Northumberland road and say a prayer for Michael malone who died there but not before him and Jim grace held off 100s of British soldiers

  17. WITS

     

     

    Have always fancied walking doon the Raglan Road. May do it this Easter.

     

    Thanks again pal.

  18. I see Paul is telling us that our, ahem, strategy rolls forward. The phrase Moneyball seems to be dropped but the failed strategy remains.

     

     

    Hurrah.

  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    WHAT IS THE STARS on 17TH FEBRUARY 2016 9:49 PM

     

    Macjay

     

     

     

    Good to hear

     

    I have spent hours on it over the last year or so.

     

     

    There is another site, very similar, but it relates to pension claims for those who took part. Some fascinating letters back and forth. I put up a link to it earlier in my reference to Margaret skinnider

     

     

    – ================================================================

     

     

    I sent it to an old schoolmate of mine whose dad , as a young teenager , left Glasgow to go and work in a farm in the North which was to be his inheritance.While working in the fields,the black and tans drove past and casually opened up on them.No casualties , but it just underlines the tenor of the times.

  20. The Green Man

     

     

    My dad was born in Maryhill (Burnhouse street ) and I kid you not one of his good friends “Jim cusik” polish guy

     

     

    apols for the spelling ,jim was a bookies runner , only had one leg and he was goalie for their team on

     

     

    weekend, someone in their eighties/ nineties would know of him , useless information I knoiw………..

  21. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    Neganon2

     

     

    The failed strategy of changing the culture of the club root and branch, by buying young, promising players on long-term contracts while developing our own youngsters, with the ultimate aim of developing a settled, youthful, talented first team squad that won’t be flogged to Southampton every August just in time for the CL Qualifiers?

     

     

    What strategy do you think we should pursue?

  22. Delaneys Dunky

     

    I hear you regarding growing up in the hun end of Pertick

     

    but character building was running through the cess pit

     

    of Kinning Park with a Celtic Scarf on. Somebody related

     

    to it earlier that when you entered Celtic park it was a

     

    haven and you were with your own kind especially in the

     

    jungle, i think OLDTIM posted that our team were so bad

     

    then and maybe thats why we do not react so bad when

     

    results nowadays go against us.

     

    H.H Mick

  23. TBJ

     

     

    Now just the small matter of getting accurate information like that onto Club websites, especially ours, whenever the occasion demands. And then, cue MI theme tune, SPFL and SFA websites, as we are told that these organisations are the clubs, after all.

     

     

    If you tell the truth often enough the Big Lie will die like the club upon which it is based.

     

     

    Only way the game can be saved here.

  24. @H.T.. An Gorta Mor……..Any info on location ,planning permission etc? for memorial

     

    when the fund raiser is successful?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    H.H.

  25. DRAMBOWIECELT on 17TH FEBRUARY 2016 10:32 PM

     

    @H.T.. An Gorta Mor……..Any info on location ,planning permission etc? for memorial

     

     

    when the fund raiser is successful?

     

     

    ———

     

     

    We’ve been made an offer of a site but we’d prefer to keep it quiet until its confirmed mate.

  26. Greeninbingoinoslo

     

     

    Where to start with your post.

     

     

    Firstly our strategy hasn’t changed on iota. That strategy is, using statistics, buy up any player that shows promising statistics before anyone else notices, hope they come good and then sell them in a heartbeat.

     

     

    It’s not about team building (yet another midfielder anyone) and it’s not about keeping players at all.

     

     

    What on earth makes you suggest we are developing our own youngsters any more than before. And even more incredibly what on earth makes you think we won’t sell the players on to Southampton if we are offered money.

     

     

    Absolutely nothing has changed. There is no evidence of change. Our discredited chairman told us nothing has changed. Paul has told us nothing has changed.

     

     

    But it is wilful delusion that makes you pretend it has changed to somehow justify Ronny and the board calamitous failure.

     

     

    That we have spent the years since the Huns demise going backward is nothing but disasterous mismanagement.

     

     

    No amount of wishful thinking changes it.