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Balde, Hooper, summer challenges

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13 June and Celtic have signed a striker!  Do we have some important games coming up early in the season?  6’4” Amido Balde joined Sporting Lisbon three years ago but never made an appearance for the club.

After three loan deals he joined Vitoria Guimaraes a year ago, where he caught the eye of Celtic scouts.  At 22-years-old, he is right in the sweet spot of Celtic’s recruitment strategy: fully developed physically, old enough to be considered prime first team material but with many years of prime football ahead.

Playing for Celtic is quite different than playing for Vitoria Guimaraes, so it may take Amido a period of adjustment to settle into life as a Glasgow sporting celebrity, but he is clearly the man Neil Lennon and the scouts wanted.  Based on that, I’m happy.

Despite what could be described as cover, and the fact that the player has declined a new contract, I’m still not happy to sell Gary Hooper.  We have lots to do this summer before that moves up the agenda.

Welcome to Celtic, Amido.

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  1. Kayal,

     

     

    Any thoughts on a move for Genoa players. Would have a sell on value

     

     

    Andrea Bertolacci

  2. Unless Hooper moved to a CL involved club, there is no sense, for him or Celtic, in moving until after the qualifiers.

     

     

    GH, if he is still with us, would be on fire in the quals, in a bid to impress bigger clubs than Hull / Norwich, etc.

  3. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    Enjoy the Golf

     

     

    Earl won first prize at a Father’s Day tournament which was an envelope.

     

     

    When he opened the envelope, he was very surprised to find a voucher for a free visit to a brothel. He had never been to one before but he decided to go the next day even though he was very nervous.

     

     

    The girls were very friendly and soon he found a lovely young lady and went with her to her room.

     

     

    Five minutes later, she came running to the Madam and asked,

     

     

    “Can you tell me what a Mulligan is?”

  4. Was at the Greenock CSC last night.

     

    Superb entertainment.

     

    Willie Wallace, a true Celtic legend, was wonderfully funny at times and throughout came across as incredibly modest. ( Why is he not our Aussie scout?)

     

    We got a great insight into just why the Lions were so great; Willie often spoke of the 17 man squad being the key, not simply the 12 who stripped at Lisbon.

     

    I’m pretty sure the bonding and friendship,to this day, these guys share in what made them the very special group they were and in part explains why they were such a great team – apart from their obvious individual talent.

     

     

    Thanks to BRTH and all at the Greenock club for providing a memorable night.

  5. Oops sorry. that didn’t work. Trying to repost from end of previous article.

     

    H.h

  6. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    No sign of ole Philvis comin’ out of his podium purdah?

     

     

    I hope he’s well.

  7. Welcome Amido.

     

     

    Wow, BOBBY, we are likely to make the last 8 this season now in the corrupt Champions League.

     

     

    Celtic, just keep on keeping on.

     

     

    I dislike Globalism big time, the Bible warns about that way back at the start, we can be a real force for Good however and keep preaching the true tenets of Christianity in our actions, as a Club.

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6A-ucLv44Y

     

     

    The Devil has never been more alive than he is right now, IMHO.

  8. Happy Liquidation Day to all, especially the Gowfers.

     

     

    Looking for a favour. A work colleague is attending her first racing meet at Musselburgh today – do any of the horsey CQN crowd have any tips I can pass on?

  9. Dontbrattbakkinanger

     

     

    09:57 on 14 June, 2013

     

     

    No sign of ole Philvis comin’ out of his podium purdah?

     

     

    I hope he’s well.

     

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    I hope he is ok, I’m not really a dayshifter but if he is offline (probably on a World Cruise knowing that Internet Bampot) well he could have at least told one of his acolytes.

     

     

    A philvistrack to take you bach 2…

     

     

    “Ridicule is nothing to be scared of.”

     

     

    That was very powerful,especially when he now has many wondering where he is, the God Fearing person that he definitely is. ;)

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_aWXGS4yFM

  10. Let’s hope Amido develops into a top player. I think it’s a good move to get a physically strong and imposing striker.

     

     

    This is what this year’s top European clubs have, Bayern with Mandzukic and Dortmund with Lewandowski. I would also like to see us play the same 4-2-3-1 system as these two clubs, but the central player of the 3 has to be someone who can score, create and really work his socks off. I don’t think we have such a player.

  11. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    A father spoke to his son, “It’s time we had a little talk, my son. Soon, you will have urges and feelings you’ve never had before. Your heart will pound and your hands will sweat. You’ll be pre-occupied and won’t be able to think of anything else .”

     

     

    He added, “But don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal…it’s called golf.”

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    79CAPS

     

     

    I reckon Kris Commons is the closest we have to that.

  13. 79caps

     

     

    10:09 on 14 June, 2013

     

     

    Let’s hope Amido develops into a top player. I think it’s a good move to get a physically strong and imposing striker.

     

     

    This is what this year’s top European clubs have, Bayern with Mandzukic and Dortmund with Lewandowski. I would also like to see us play the same 4-2-3-1 system as these two clubs, but the central player of the 3 has to be someone who can score, create and really work his socks off. I don’t think we have such a player.

     

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    It is obvious Celtic have taken their TIME scrutinising this player.

     

     

    He will be a CL sensation IMO.

     

     

    We don’t have to rush anything anymore, our Board have got us into this situation.

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls8t1AcXN_o

  14. Bobby Murdoch … @ 10.12

     

     

    I agree, he’s the closest, but he doesn’t have the engine of a Muller (Bayern) or Goetze/Reus (Dortmund). But I would like to see him in that central position, with Forrest and Samaras playing wide.

  15. E njoy the golf folks. I never played the game, was the ball’s friend and the turf’s enemy.

  16. South Of Tunis on

    Cavani Quick News ..

     

     

    Just heard his mother being interviewed on the radio. —-

     

     

    ” When he signs a contract , I’ll be the first to know. Something will happen in the next 2 weeks . It looks like 3 clubs want my boy —–Real Madrid / Manchester City and Chelsea . My boy wants to play for Real Madrid , I want to my boy to be happy so I hope he gets what he wants.”

     

     

    Napoli’s owner has repeated that the first club to hand over a minimum of 63 million euros can have Cavani . Cavani has reiterated his desire to play for Real Madrid .

     

     

    Sunny , clear blue sky . Should hit 35 .

     

     

    Monty and The Cyclones CSC —–Way down south.

  17. I see from RM that some of the idiots think that Keiron Prior’s purchase of 785k shares puts money into the club.

     

     

    Hey lurkers it doesn’t. It puts money into the pockets of whoever sold the shares.

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