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Celtic continue cornering French youth team

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Celtic look set to continue their cornering of the French youth international team by capturing Olivier Ntcham (21) this week. He would be the most recent signing in a productive relationship with Manchester City which has seen Patrick Roberts, Dedryck Boyata and Jason Denayer all make the journey to from Manchester to Glasgow.

Olivier joined City as a 16-year-old and has been on loan at Genoa for the last two years. The player will doubtlessly be impressed by the progress of Roberts and international teammate, Moussa Dembele, at Celtic Park.

Ntcham is an attacking central midfield player who will compete with Tom Rogic and Stuart Armstrong for a place in the team. At 21, he has played a lot less football than either of them, but with 30-odd games in Serie A under his belt whose progress has been meticulously planned by City since 16, we should be getting someone first-team ready.

A year ago, we were told our signings were a reaction to the arrival in town of Joey Barton. I wonder who has us worried this year? Or maybe we just plan our business well, pay our bills, tax and NI, then spend whatever is left over. Like we have done for 20 years.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TURKEYBHOY

     

     

     

    I thought the Post article was a disgrace.

     

     

     

    I’ll be honest,I had no time for Ricksen in a blue jersey,any more than any of them. But anyone suffering that-IMO-most dreadful of diseases deserves sympathy,empathy,support,prayers.

     

     

     

    He doesn’t deserve to have his name paraded and words twisted in that way.

  2. Wether you love or loathe John James,his blog fairly rips into them in a grand fashion.asbestos suits required for Regan ,Doncaster.

  3. saltires en sevilla on

    Paul67

     

     

    Good plan to go with French Bhoys

     

     

    In a manner of speaking …;-)

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TURKEYBHOY 1158

     

     

    I reckon if you shoot the average hun in the left ear,you’ll miss their brain by about three feet.

  5. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    A Tim (and a Lannister) always pays his bills.

     

     

    In the Game of Social Taxes – you win or you die!

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  6. Having watched a reasonable amount of French football over the last couple of years, I can confirm that the wave of young talent in the game there is astonishing. This could be their golden generation.

  7. Turkeybhoy

     

    Sadly the Ricksen story is not just confined to the Post, a few other smsm outlets are running with it, pure scum.

     

    I look forward to the spfl statement, it will tell us either way what will happen, being abetting man I know what I would wager on, but Pedro’s influence may well bear fruit, we will just have to wait and see.

     

    HH

  8. Wish it was Christmas till we see our new signings . Paul 67 what are you doing coming away with stuff like that , the laptop loyal and tinfoil will be researching as we speak .

  9. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Turkeybhoy,

     

     

     

    Frasier was probably the best of it’s generation.

     

     

     

    Brilliant cast, even though Daphne, Jane Leeves, couldn’t act her way out of a wet paper bag.

     

     

    But, by Jove, she certainly knew how to Tango!

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Better than ‘a taxi driver told me..’, wee Paddy has asked about availability of the kennels he used for his dug, which he used last year….fact.Must be coming home…

  11. BMCUW,

     

     

    We always knew what they were like,but this plumbs the depths.The daily parade of conflicted players,Neuman being the latest,paid half a million in illegal payments,just what purpose does that serve?.Do they really think that anyone,apart from the foaming at the mouth Huns,will pay the slightest attention to what a recipient of a “Side letter”thinks.

     

    Their straw clutching,and barrel scraping is truly mind boggling.

  12. Sometimes the subtlest digs are the best. Paul’s last sentence is a cracker.

     

     

    A bit like Brendan’s comment about “the best players only move late in the transfer window.”

  13. THOMTHETHIM FOR OSCAR OK on 10TH JULY 2017 12:25 PM

     

    Turkeybhoy,

     

     

     

     

    Frasier was probably the best of it’s generation.

     

     

     

     

    Brilliant cast, even though Daphne, Jane Leeves, couldn’t act her way out of a wet paper bag.

     

     

     

    But, by Jove, she certainly knew how to Tango!

     

     

     

    Agreed.Still watching it regularly on Mobdro.On a continuous loop.Up there with the best.The interplay between Frazier and Niles is pure genius.

  14. Big Georges Fan Club – Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on 10th July 2017 12:19 pm

     

     

    A Tim (and a Lannister) always pays his bills.

     

     

    In the Game of Social Taxes – you win or you die!

     

     

    HH

     

     

    BGFC

     

     

    ======================================

     

     

     

    Are you saying we should beware dwarves with crossbows?

  15. I see some support for declaring TRFC are a new club in order to satisfy justice.

     

     

    I can understand the desire to take titles away based on sporting advantage unlawful ebts provided but as that will never be accepted by the nasties on the deluded but unshakeble belief those players would have signed anyway then the not the same club solution has to be an option if a review is carried out and it finds that

     

    a) the LNS Commission was corrupted by dishonesty by concealing wtc documents from it.

     

    b) therefore it’s findings are unreliable and are set aside.

     

    c) payment of players by a means made unlawful through dishonest concealment of side contracts involving a third party makes any prizes won utilising ebts worthless.

     

    d) However as those prizes won by dishonest methods have been attributed to a club whose existence ended in 2012 they cannot be removed and

     

    e) UEFA have informed the SFA that under UEFA FFP, which Scottish club licensing must comply with, UEFA have determined The Rangers Football club are a new club as defined in Article 12 of FFP

     

     

    There will be no future action against Rangers currently in liquidation and TRFC although the latter cannot lay claim to the honours of the former which will be recognised in SPFL and SFA records and marketing.

     

     

    I think that If The Rangers FC supporters had any sense of decency divorcing themselves from such extensive dishonesty should be viewed as an opportunity to start anew properly and the above is an elegant solution to the problem.

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TURKEYBHOY

     

     

    I’ve got a paperback of the complete scripts. I’ve lent it to a few people over the years and they all admit to reading it “in character”!

     

     

    I know what they mean,impossible to avoid.

  17. APRICALE on 10TH JULY 2017 12:20 PM

     

    Having watched a reasonable amount of French football over the last couple of years, I can confirm that the wave of young talent in the game there is astonishing. This could be their golden generation.

     

     

     

    I did mention this the other day.all the talent is coming from The Le Havre Academy.They are churning out the best players in Europe at the moment.Last season we watched Monaco dazzle us in the CL with around half coming from there.

  18. Dear City of London Police/The Guardian

     

     

    Why did Souness receive an EBT from the now Liquidated Rangers while FC while he Souness was the manager of Blackburn Rovers?

  19. Interesting to hear that while in Canada,Ncham played a fair bit of Footsal.Expect to see a fair bit of Rogic style footwork.

  20. Repost from previous.

     

     

    I see on Twitter that silence from SPL Board means no action will be taken.

     

     

     Now fully aware as I am that the meaning we give anything is driven by a core hard to shake belief that we all defend at all costs, here is the meaning I’m giving the silence but based on a bit more facts than I suspect many have.

     

     

    (Doesn’t mean I’m right of course but here it is anyway)

     

     

     At the SPL Board meeting in Feb 2013 that decided to accept LNS it was done in 2 stages.

     

     

     First a discussion by Teleconference!

     

     

     Then a week later after the legal advice on making an appeal they sought was provided -get this – the final decision was done by E mails!!!

     

     

     Eric Riley Celtic’s SPL Board man was on holiday at the second stage and did not take part in accepting, so you can bet yer boots Celtic are not going to let such an important decision get out of their control.

     

     

     You cannot rattle a sabre over a phone or e mail as you can in person. (it seems he was on holiday and is just back.)

     

     

     Lawwell stance (if it were me) will be he will be crucified if an independent review is not done and as Celtic ain’t the bad guys he will be effed if he is going to let that happen.

     

     

     He has all the evidence LNS was duped and SFA were less than honest on UEFA licence and knows it is out on social media, so he has a strong hand to play as in taking SFA to court as Fergus did.

     

     

     That’s my view of course but letters from supporters/shareholders expressing their feelings and fears if nothing is done give him incentive and power to demonstrate to the others the cost to Celtic of no review.

     

     

     So contact him and strengthen his arm 

  21. Imatim wants justice and the titles to be stripped from the cheats on

    From Johnjames

     

     

    Who is the EBT recipient in the black?

  22. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 10TH JULY 2017 12:37 PM

     

    TURKEYBHOY

     

     

     

    I’ve got a paperback of the complete scripts. I’ve lent it to a few people over the years and they all admit to reading it “in character”!

     

     

     

    I know what they mean,impossible to avoid.

     

     

    Brilliant.The over the top “Ham acting “from Frazier.The stagger back,hand on the forehead”Oh dear God”,is my favourite.

  23. Alasdair MacLean on

    Improper registration of players.

     

     

    DELIBERATE improper registration of players.

     

     

    Fraudulent registration of players.

     

     

    Improperly registered players.

     

     

    Deliberately improperly registered players.

     

     

    Fraudulently registered players.

     

     

    Mind, Spartans MISTAKENLY missed a second signature on a contract. (Gaining nothing and when a 5 second scribble would have rectified.)

     

     

    Trying here not to let the rage take over my life!

  24. AULDHEID ,wrote,

     

     

     

    I think that If The Rangers FC supporters had any sense of decency divorcing themselves from such extensive dishonesty should be viewed as an opportunity to start anew properly and the above is an elegant solution to the problem.

     

     

     

    Falls back,hand raised to forehead crying”Oh dear God”.

  25. Auldheid – you have an email address at the club where I can sent my letter over to?

  26. I have long suspected that the EBT’s did not stop within Ibrox or Murray’s company.

  27. Armstrong goes, he get my best wishes, he stays I’ll be a very happy Tim, a don’t like some of the stuff getting said about the young man it’s his decision and he’s no mug and only he knows what’s best for him.

     

    Lawwell to make a statement? Why? He already has, the balls in the SPFL court now, i’v every confidence on the way CFC play this, but! The rest of the SPFL teams? That’s another story, I’ll bide my time and wait them out, and if it turns out a CFC only standing up to them, then so be it, right beats wrong every time, more so this time so if it’s a stand alone situation then to get things done we are going to have to come out of the box drastically, this story has to get out of dear little Alba and spread all about Europe The World? We are big enough, all we want is justice, and it has to be seen to be done, a team/sports person just can’t walk about sticking up two fingers to all and sundry showing no contrition for what he/she/they have done, for nothing to happen, is just not on and if the SPFL can’t see that, then it’s a whole new ball game.

     

    #stripthetitles