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Background on Shkendija and Kalju, Turnbull, another that got away

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If Celtic overcome FK Sarajevo in the Champions League first qualification round they will face either Macedonians, FK Shkendija or Nomme Kalju, from Estonia.  Shkendija are first round seeds.

Last season Shkendija eliminated Welsh side The New Saints in a remarkable tie, winning the first leg 5-0 and losing the return 4-0.  They then eliminated Moldovans, Sheriff Tiraspol 1-0 on aggregate before Salzburg knocked them out 4-0 on aggregate (no shame there).  Our old pals Rosenborg then knocked them out at the Europa League play-off round, 5-1 on aggregate.

In 2018 Shkendija won cofomrtably against Moldovan opponents in the Europa first qualifying round, then beat HJK Helsinki in the second round and Luthianians Trakai in the third.  This setup a trip to the San Siro for the team from Tetovo (population 52,000), where they lost 6-0.

Nomme Kalju exited last season’s Europa League at the first round to Stjarnan, our pals from Iceland.

It is almost certain Shkendija will progress to the second round.  They are one of the better teams who float around the qualifiers without ever reaching a group stage, but Celtic should have enough in the tank to progress through both opening rounds.  Happy to take this draw.

It is clear Celtic wanted David Turnbull, but not at any price.  Wage structures have been broken for ‘the right player’ but everyone needs to have signed up to the view that the player in question is worthy of breaking the structure.  The player and his agent are entitled to shop around for the highest wage.

Still, it is another one that got away.  Stiffer challenges than Sarajevo, Shkendija and Kalju will arrive in August.

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  1. 3-0 up with 15 mins to go you defend for your life, Scotland girlies didn’t, suck it up, as for the VAR thing, it will be the best thing that happens in Scottish football, if it ever does.

  2. Chairbhoy

     

    “Being a Celtic CEO is not always easy, but it is very worthwhile;)”

     

    Don’t know whether to thank you, or not, for spraying my $10 a bottle beer all over the bar.

     

    ?

     

    HH

  3. TEUCHTER ÁR LÁ @ 10:35 PM,

     

     

    BSR is forever an inspiration…

     

     

    If (when) we meet up… I’ll replenish the beer.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  4. Dexter P. Bampot on

    At last!

     

     

    Press conference scheduled for 1pm tomorrow at Parkhead.

     

     

    Sources say that we will be announcing that Hoopy the Huddle Hound has had his injections

  5. I detest this VAR and its impact on football matches. We have seen no evidence it makes for a fairer game. Only a horrible nervy stop start one. The ref was a shocker tonight also. It is odd though because I actually not feeling sorry for the team. No team should lose 3 goals from that position against a mostly amateur side with only pride really left to play for.

  6. Looking at the Huns signings i would say they have strengthened with Aribo, looks a good player, the others don’t worry me in the slightest.

     

     

    Now if we’re saying they have only strengthened in one position we can’t then start rhyming off our squad player’s who have shown little inclination of being at the level of first team starters, you can’t have it both ways.

     

     

    Bayo, oh dear signs are not good.

     

     

    Arzani, not proven, a couple of nice touches against the worst team in the league, in a game at 5 nil. Been out for a season.

     

     

    Kouassi, promising signs and worrying signs, been unlucky, not relying on him.

     

     

    Shved, looks very promising, can he handle the physical side?

     

     

    Not one of those have proven anything all are guys you would like as squad players challenging the starters.

     

     

    Anyone who thinks we aren’t weaker is crazy, we need experienced guys who have played at a higher level than the SPFL, still no guarantees but chances are vastly increased, those cost money.

     

     

    Wakey, wakey, yes we still have time although we have already missed an opportunity to have these players bedded in, our need is greater, with the CL qualifiers and our disasters in previous windows.

  7. Emeraldbee

     

     

    I would love that

     

     

    Hope there is a party to come back for

     

     

    B-)

  8. I would like to apologise for my post at 3.54pm. It seems i used Weather rather than Whether.

  9. AN TEARMANN on 19TH JUNE 2019 6:08 PM

     

    David17 hi mate

     

     

    The £9m we got,what do you think? Crossed my mind when juve got Sarri for 5M

     

     

     

    HH

     

     

    —–

     

     

    Alleged figure, might be for the entire backroom team.

  10. Corkcelt

     

    We have lost 9 players who all contributed to our success last season

     

    DeVries, Lustig, Gamboa, Toljan, Boyata, Benkovic, Izaguirre, Weah & Burke

     

    1 who contributed nothing

     

    Allen

     

    We should be looking to move on ( even if on loan to free up some money)

     

    Compper, Hendry, Mulumba, Millar (Calvin) possibly others ?

     

    Looks like Ntcham is going ?

     

    Don’t think we would be difficult to deal with for

     

    Sinclair, Gordon, Rogic ??

     

    Not sure

     

    Morgan will make it ?? – he will be back though

     

     

    That is over 15 players we could lose

     

     

    We Do need a first team/choice

     

    Right Back

     

    Centre Half

     

    Then a few others to back up the squad

     

    We will have

     

    Christie, Ebouia ( I would like to see more of him), Arzani ( not sure how much he will contribute) & Bayo ( no idea of him) back from injury, plus Griffiths – again not sure how well he will come back ??

     

    We have Shved to come in

     

    All of the above still leaves us 15 or 16 down on last season

     

     

    We need at least

     

    Right Back

     

    Possibly 2 Centre halves

     

    A Striker

     

    Then probably around another 4 squad members ( which should include a back up keeper if Gordon goes)

     

     

    So for me

     

    Up to 7 or 8 in

     

    To replace 15 or 16 out

     

    A fair bit of work to be done on the squad

     

    And the numbers out should be freeing up funds for better quality in

     

     

    Lower Squad size of better quality is my Vision – we may also save a bit on salaries, although we should be reviewing our costs, to improve quality

     

     

    Now how did I manage to post that without the web page on iPad crashing again ?

  11. Corkcelt

     

    We have lost 9 players who all contributed to our success last season

     

    DeVries, Lustig, Gamboa, Toljan, Boyata, Benkovic, Izaguirre, Weah & Burke

     

    1 who contributed nothing

     

    Allen

     

    We should be looking to move on ( even if on loan to free up some money)

     

    Compper, Hendry, Mulumba, Millar (Calvin) possibly others ?

     

    Looks like Ntcham is going ?

     

    Don’t think we would be difficult to deal with for

     

    Sinclair, Gordon, Rogic ??

     

    Not sure

     

    Morgan will make it ?? – he will be back though

     

     

    That is over 15 players we could lose

     

     

    We Do need a first team/choice

     

    Right Back

     

    Centre Half

     

    Then a few others to back up the squad

     

    We will have

     

    Christie, Ebouia ( I would like to see more of him), Arzani ( not sure how much he will contribute) & Bayo ( no idea of him) back from injury, plus Griffiths – again not sure how well he will come back ??a

     

    We have Shved to come in

     

    All of the above still leaves us 15 or 16 down on last season

     

     

    We need at least

     

    Right Back

     

    Possibly 2 Centre halves

     

    A Striker

     

    Then probably around another 4 squad members ( which should include a back up keeper if Gordon goes)

     

     

    So for me

     

    Up to 7 or 8 in

     

    To replace 15 or 16 out

     

    A fair bit of work to be done on the squad

     

    And the numbers out should be freeing up funds for better quality in

     

     

    Lower Squad size of better quality is my Vision – we may also save a bit on salaries, although we should be reviewing our costs, to improve quality

     

     

    Now how did I manage to post that without the web page on iPad crashing again ?

  12. How on earth did that happen

     

    Crashed as I hit post, then pops up twice

     

    Should I try for a Treble

     

     

    ???

     

    ???????????

     

     

    Oh and forget that League Cup this season coming

     

    Try to improve on Europe

  13. Gordybhoy, if Aribo doesn’t sign then in my view they haven’t strengthened they’re first 11 but probably strengthened the squad.

     

     

    However, one person who doesn’t agree with my assessment is NFL, he thinks Jordan Jones is a great player, hmmmm.

  14. THE HANDS CANT HIT WHAT THE EYES CANT SEE on 19TH JUNE 2019 10:14 PM

     

     

    you’re right it is in £.

     

     

    There does seem to be an error in the Celtic figures, so in a really sad exercise I found the Ajax annual accounts for the years 2015-18 and it looks like the figures that the link takes you to are correct for them.

     

     

    2017-2018 shows the numbers for 2017 and 2018

     

     

    https://jaarverslag.ajax.nl/xmlpages/resources/TXP/ajax/pdf/Ajax_jaarverslag_2017_2018.pdf

     

     

    The figures for 2017 and 2018 in this report show the cash balances for 2018 as €12m and 2017 €64m which doesn’t include short-term assets which are included in the first linked website

     

     

     

     

    The reports for 2016 and 2015 show cash balances of €70m and €80m

     

     

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=2ahUKEwjs-_31zfbiAhUPQUEAHXfnDQ4QFjABegQIARAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ajax.nl%2Fweb%2Ffile%3Fuuid%3D8ddc64af-3b8d-487d-ac69-6167b4f335d7%26owner%3De03a09a6-d759-4cce-8e1a-c2d932caf4f6&usg=AOvVaw0QhbVWiGJNqG6mKDTLPATg

     

     

    “liquide middelen” is liquid assets

     

     

    So, ignoring short term assets for the sake of simplicity here’s the accurate cash at bank at 30 June:

     

    2015 – €80m

     

    2016 – €70m

     

    2017 – €64m

     

    2018 – €12m

     

     

     

     

    The figures we have quoted for both Celtic and Ajax relate to “Assets” which are included on the “Balance Sheet”. It has nothing to do with income which is included under the “Income Statement” sub-heading.

     

     

    I don’t know why your tying yourself in knots about this but I do understand what a balance sheet and an income statement are, and the difference between income and assets. I understand the difference between income and cash which you don’t appear to. You can’t just add income from Brendan Rodgers compensation package to the balance straight after it has been agreed to get a new cash balance.

     

     

    The simplest and quickest way of trying to get to an very roughly estimated cash at bank balance is to take the most recent cash balance from the interims, and estimate what the cash flows would have been between now and then. If it was £36m on 31 December its extremely unlikely that we would have had a positive cashflow of £14m in the second half of the season, especially when you take any cash from the BR compensation package out of the equation. Not impossible but extremely unlikely and without having access to the data pretty difficult to calculate with anything near the certainty you seem to have.

  15. A very sad post that one, but hopefully it’ll go some way to debunk some of the theories about Ajax’s successes and our present and future disastrous failures.

  16. This is getting to look like another very poor transfer window . We have fans who think we don’t need a big spend ,I’m not one of them . IMHO we need fresh faces in a number of positions , again for me we hold onto players who we rely on but give us very little ,and disappear from games when the going gets tough , we have seen this on a number of occasions this season ,but notably on our visit to a team we skelped easily last season . Many Posters on here have there thoughts on where we need improvement and most are correct in a RB , a couple of CH,s , and a striker , but not many calling for a battle hardened midfielder. as far as I’m concerned especially with broonie now getting some dull ones From guys who wouldn’t have went near him a couple of seasons ago , this type of player is a must . No way are we going to see rogic , Sinclair , Forrest , or in some matches Callum mc getting the sleeves rolled up and battling away for the team , god we witnessed arfield, Halliday , jack , bully that quartet not once but twice , broonie can’t do it all on his own ,but that’s what’s been happening , the scouser knows our Achilles heel , were way way too soft , We can’t continue to play teams with three or four men not turning up when the going gets tough and that’s what happened on a few occasions last season . And yes I know we did win the treble again . tin hat on . HH

  17. Good morning CQN from a damp but sunny at the moment Garngad

     

     

    Come on Celtic, get some signings done. You know it makes sense.

     

     

    Good by Mikel Lustig and thanks for the service.

     

     

    D. :)

  18. There’s a horse running in the 3:40 @ Ascot, sounds like the Aberdeen fullback “Fanny Logan”…

  19. Good morning friends from a drizzly and foreboding looking East Kilbride. Just one more sleep till I’m playing my 3rd off the tee at the 1st hole at Aberdour. Hope to see a few of you there.

  20. 3rd attempt to post this morning

     

     

    DD – should have added, Welcome back to Blog, last night ?

     

     

    Jimtim @ 12.21,agree with your assessment – shortened response,

     

    Where does Nir Bitton fit in ?

     

    NFL, should have decided by now on his squad, and structure to play this coming season

     

    Let see get on with making it happen

  21. Is anyone else being plagued by pop up ads for heated driveways?

     

     

    Is this a reflection of my browsing history?

  22. Taurangabhoy on

    The window has just opened. Plenty of time to get first team players in. Calm yer farms. If they are first team players they will be looking at a number of options, other than Celtic, and for the best financial deal. Celtic will understand how that game plays out. Signings will come and believe or not the daily record might not even know about them. Hail Hail.

  23. I watched the Scotland game last night and they have some really good players, particularly Cuthbert.

     

     

    If VAR is implemented, we’ll probably hardly ever see a penalty saved again. It’s almost impossible for a keeper not to move forward just before the ball is kicked. I’d say at least 90% of penalties should be retaken if the letter of the law is to be followed (which it isn’t right now).

     

     

    Very sorry to see Lustig leave and given the circumstances I think it’s foolish not to keep him. We have until July 4th to sign players for our first European games. Right now we have one right back, Tony Ralston, who is hardly a first choice pick. It’s also likely that KT will struggle to make these first games, leaving us with Hayes at left back. Fingers crossed that Jozo doesn’t get injured and we’re not playing on any artificial surface. Lustig would have been worth keeping just for the early European games alone.

     

     

    We’ve know where we need to strengthen for ages yet we wade through treacle on the transfer front.

  24. Farewell to PC Lustig, undoubtedly the best right back in Scotland last season.

     

    A real Celtic man of substance.

     

    We will be fortunate to recruit as good a replacement.

     

     

    Eurochamps67

  25. Good Morning – Looks like flaming June has flipping went past us… Still Fresh & Mild & Verdant In The Chilterns…

     

     

    Gutted for the Scottish ladies, maybe we should have Andy Murray as our Minister for sports, he’s the only one since Stein I can think of that’s beaten that Scottish hoo-doo.

     

     

    JIMTIM on 20TH JUNE 2019 12:21 AM

     

     

    This is interesting, in Paul67’s lead he says…

     

     

    Still, it is another one that got away.  Stiffer challenges than Sarajevo, Shkendija and Kalju will arrive in August.”

     

     

    Which maybe indicates the feelings of frustration we’re having with regards players coming in but maybe we’ve still got time to build this team.

     

     

    He could well be right, he most often is…

     

     

    Yet Sarajevo is a tricky tie, I’m more than pleased we have them away first. Otherwise if we hadn’t finished the tie off at Celtic Park, we could have faced a formidable opponent in Bosnia.

     

     

    The team is a work in progress at the moment and you have pin pointed a fundemental area. Just what style of football will we be playing and which type of players do we need?

     

     

    My issue with the board not backing Ronny and Brendan wasn’t only to do with the obvious lack of investment in quality players, it was also to do with the fact that our style of football changed when Ronny came in, it was a board decision to change it and the change affected the teams at all levels.

     

     

    We needed a certain type of player to play that formation and tactics; athletic, good passing, excellent technique, super fit – either coached in that style of play or coachable in that style of play.

     

     

    If never happened, well not to the extent it dhould have. At this point last year if BR had got his 4/5 targets secured, we may well have been almost there.

     

     

    Now! Are the team changing their style or is Lenny changing his style?

     

     

    The players we bring in need to reflect this.

     

     

    So what work needs to be done and what progress are we making…

     

     

    Hail Hail