As Celtic know, Rodgers should go to Arsenal


Brendan Rodgers’ TV interview after Leicester’s game yesterday opened some old wounds.  The contents of your employment contract are only confirmed to journalists when you want to advertise those contents, otherwise a simple “my contract is a private matter” would be offered.

Instead, when Brendan was asked if he had a release clause at Leicester he replied: “There probably is in most manager’s contracts.

“It’s all hypothetical these types of situations.”

Whether he moves to Arsenal or not, we know how this movie plays out.  He courted a move from Celtic for the best part of a year before he gave the nod to Leicester and he is following the same path now.  The problems he cost Celtic when he first made his intentions clear, in August 2018, led to chronic distractions with Dedryck Boyata and Moussa Dembele.  Results on the field suffered for months.

Arsenal are the biggest club in London, which is the wealthiest city on the football map.  They have the raw materials to outshine anyone in the game – they should be competing for top talent with Real Madrid and Barcelona.  From a career perspective, it represents a great opportunity to any manager who wants to reach the top in the game.

He has been a phenomenal success at Leicester and they will want to keep him more than anything else right now, but this may prove to be a watershed moment.  Once a manager starts to work his ticket it is very difficult for a club to prosper.  They would be better off with a clean and early break.  The only thing to keep him at Leicester is loyalty, so on that basis, he will jump at the chance if Arsenal match that release clause.  Maybe in a few months, Leicester will realise they benefited from his arrival and his departure, just as Celtic did.

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  1. Hot Smoked


    BigJamesgang, has recently relocated down South, and changed Job to another CEO role


    He messaged me last week, as he couldn’t make it up for the Rennes Game


    Not sure if he has dropped out


    He is nowhere near as active in another group which we participate in either

  2. Surprised my light hearted comment about snow and heated driveways got more reaction than my question re Edouard.


    The landscapers are here already to clear and salt roads and sidewalks. Pavements for proper English speakers.


    I just saw some references to how valuable some properties are down Govan way.


    I guess the pig lipstick painters are working overtime. Will they be paid.


    And of course a huge humongous investment is waiting in the wings.


    Oh looks there’s a flying elephant.

  3. EmeraldBee: Curious to know why you want an English version of An Triail.



    I did some research for you and can’t see any translated versions of the original text. There are some summaries though.



    An Triail is a popular text on the Leaving Cert. Irish language course. I will check further in school for you tomorrow.

  4. I mentioned earlier that Sevco have, on paper, a much tougher game than we do before the LC Final encounter. They also have a much, much more important game AFTER that same Cup Final.


    In the likely event of Porto beating Feyenord, Sevco will need to avoid defeat to qualify for the KO stages of the Europa League.


    As money is desperately needed at Ibrox,the EL game could be considered as being more important than the LC Final. Not by their fans, necessarily but by the more prudent reality which is an outcome of King`s impending departure.

  5. GG – you were looking for me? If it’s about the results of the latest vote this should be out between 10.30 and 11.00 tonight (so in just over an hour’s time)

  6. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    G’day from a wet windy and cold down under surfboard 8-))


    Wouldn’t be surprised if we get that snaw stuff awe you brits


    talk about.


    Is Moreloss with Barca yet?


    Asking for a skint stickie.


    H.H . Mick

  7. *** CQN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019-20 ***





    Time to confess. I had a wee feeling that we might have struggled with our lunchtime visit to the Far North. My confidence didn’t increase when I realised that both Edouard and Ntcham were nowhere to be seen. But we came flying out of the blocks and the result was never really in danger for me.


    For the previous game against Rennes our man of the match (as voted for by viewers of CQN!) featured in 66% of the emails received, reflecting the diverse range of opinions on here. But for the Ross County game the man of the match was almost unanimous with 95% of voters choosing 1 particular hero.


    Thank you to the 58 who voted. The votes for the 14 players who took to the field are as follows (my own choices are asterisked) –


    Forster: 0


    Frimpong – 1


    Jullien: 4


    Ajer*: 17


    Taylor: 21


    Brown: 23


    McGregor: 27


    Christie*: 55


    Rogic: 0


    Forrest: 0


    Morgan: 9


    Johnston: 16


    Griffiths: 1


    Bitton: 0


    Unused subs – Gordon, Sinclair, Bauer, Robertson


    Therefore, the players receiving points for the Ross County game are –


    Christie – 5 points


    McGregor – 4 points


    Brown – 3 points


    Taylor – 2 points


    Ajer – 1 point



    That leaves the overall table reading as follows –


    Brown – 40 points


    Edouard – 32 points


    Christie – 32 points


    Forrest – 26 points


    Elyounoussi – 22 points


    Frimpong – 22 points


    Jullien – 20 points


    McGregor – 20 points


    Bolingoli-Mbombo – 13 points


    Forster – 12 points


    Bauer – 11 points


    Ntcham – 9 points


    Elhamed – 8 points


    Hayes – 7 points


    Ajer – 7 points


    Taylor – 5 points


    Bitton – 3 points


    Bayo – 3 points


    Morgan – 2 points


    Rogic – 1 point



    Again, apologies that I don’t send any personal replies to most of the emails that come in. It’s simply down to the time involved. But I do read every email in full – some have just 3 players names (which is fine) whilst others explain in great detail the mental anguish that went into narrowing their top 3 down, apologising to players that they left out, etc. For this latest game I liked that someone considered giving GG one of their votes for the sterling work that he always puts in with the Live Updates.


    The games of course come thick and fast so hopefully there’ll be no voter fatigue midweek when we host Hamilton.


    Hail Hail

  8. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Just saw Brendan`s interview re. a possible departure from Leicester.


    Smarmy or what .


    Thank God he`s gone.

  9. Hot Smoked


    Yes we (B as well) are going on Wednesday. No Arbroath Emerald CSC bus as you know, so we are on the 2.15 Megabus from Dundee…!



  10. JOBO



    Noticed Forster got nil votes, or am i reading it wrong?


    I’m sure i had him in my top 3, or is my rid biddy addled mind


    got it wrong?


    H.H . Mick

  11. ALMORE on 2ND DECEMBER 2019 8:43 PM


    EmeraldBee: Curious to know why you want an English version of An Triail.



    I did some research for you and can’t see any translated versions of the original text. There are some summaries though.



    An Triail is a popular text on the Leaving Cert. Irish language course. I will check further in school for you tomorrow.



    ALMORE thanks for that. My sister has a morbid fascination for anything to do with ‘dark Ireland’ and I bought her the book from Amazon, only to find out that it was in Irish, hence my request for sources for an English version. BHOYJOEINBELFAST suggested schoolbooks.ie but I tried that without success. Any help/suggestions much appreciated.



    Aint CQN a great place for Tims?



    Ave Ave

  12. Marspapa


    Have you let the cat out the bag.


    Next think you know there will be a race for his signature.

  13. GG



    Have a wee nap, we need you refreshed for the updates


    on Wednesday 8-)


    H.H . Mick

  14. Jobo


    Good to see the different views of everyone from the game.


    Well spread opinions across the side.


    A good sign that we have a well functioning team with strengths in every position.


    Christie is obviously performing well and no doubt will push all the way to the end of the season.


    Somebody earlier dragged up the choice made by McGinn in preferring Villa to ourselves.


    Two points.


    How is it working out for him professionally? Struggling in the nether regions of the EPL three points clear of the relegation zone? I’m sure his bank balance is bursting, but what honors will he see?


    Would we have seen Ryan Christie blossom into the dynamic player he has become? A player who has already garnered cup and league honours.


    A player vying for the title of CQNPOTY.


    The grass is always a lesser shade of green away from Paradise.

  15. Re McGinn and his preference for the English pound. Misquoting Mel Gibson.


    Yes!, Run south you will live high on the hog at least awhile.


    And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as a young man and play for Celtic.

  16. GG, is it still snowing?



    I’m supposed to be flying into Newark tomorrow (via Chicago)

  17. CD2


    Snow will turn to rain overnight.


    If your flight originated here there could be delays due to the backlog at EWR from earlier today, Monday.


    There was a lot of chaos and confusion over the weekend due to the storms and heavy post Thanksgiving traffic.

  18. Good morning CQN from a summers day here in the Garngad 7 degrees and dry at the moment.



    It really is incredible to think that every year our manager has to deal with at least 4 or 5 injuries to first team players at this time. Yet Sevco float through the campaign with hardly anyone getting injured.


    If I was paranoid I would think its the way opposing teams get stuck into us because referees allow it and stand off the Sevco players, but thank goodness I don’t think like that.



    I hope Lenny is playing the media and a couple of our injured bhoys will be back for Wednesday or Sunday.



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

  19. Good morning friends from a dry and mild (for November) East KIlbride.


    Melbourne Mick at 10.57 – noone, including your good self, voted for Fraser. A lot of people did for the Rennes game but not for Ross County.


    As for my own 3 picks I went for Christie, Ajer and (my missing asterisk) MIkey Johnston.

  20. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Good morning CQN from a brighter and drier, than of late, Central Highlands. The mercury is also continuing on it’s positive path and is currently resting at +5c.


    Toasty 😃



  21. Whatever next , Uefa delegate heaping praise on the hun hordes for their conduct in Rotterdam !

  22. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    A brief report on my hypothetical debate yesterday. I asked, if we knew in advance, that we would win one, and lose one, of the upcoming Sevco games. Which one would Posters choose to win: A) The League meeting? or B) The Cup Final?


    The most popular answer was… C) Crack a joke and win both.


    Just about sums us up… 🤪😀🤣



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