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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. Sionnach Abu on

    If we’re serious about justice, hit them were it hurts, in their pockets. No away support to any club that doesnt officially demand an independent inquiry into the years of cheating and no support whatsoever for any SFA Scottish Cup ties.

  2. INVINCIBLE 'GG on

    I came across some predictions from last year when the Hunnish hordes were full of misconceived confidence on the outcome of the season.

     

    If you remember, many pundits were convinced Warburton’s team were going to sweep all before them in grand style.

     

    So having despatched the previous failed team, Dave King must have handed some KPIs to Pedro Casino when he scooped him up from under the noses of a number of interested EPL clubs.

     

    So based on King’s recent statements can we deduce what these might be?

     

    I think they may have agreed on 4 main deliverables.

     

    Number 1 is not as the teddies might wish. Closing the nigh on 40 point gap to match up with ourselves is far too much even for the gullibillies to swallow.

     

    It can only be to overtake Aberdeen who were a mere 9 points and 27 goals ahead of the tribute act.

     

    Number 2 would be to clear out the non performers and replace them with cheap, world class cast offs to reduce the payroll, put bums on seats and bring back the glory days.

     

    Number 3 would be to convince the Klan that 1 and 2 were achievable and only required them to purchase replica shirts, increased season tickets and copious amounts of over priced pies and pizzas at home games.

     

    And the 4th unwritten goal?

     

    It is obviously to provide as much entertainment and farce to long suffering Celtic fans who will be seeking emergency treatment from splitting sides and painful wide grins.

  3. Som mes que un club on

    Lochee is the only place in Dundee where there is almost zero anti Celtic sentiment.

     

     

    To a lesser degree Menzieshill also, but more or less an extension of a Lochee to the west.

     

     

    Plenty of bitterness all over the city towards Celtic and by association, Catholicism, with these exceptions.

  4. INVINCIBLE 'GG on

    From Scotsman Rumour Mill.

     

    Please consume with large pinch of salt.

     

    BTW. Does anyone miss the wee blue salt packet in crisps?

     

    Odds slashed on Patrick Roberts return

     

     

    Celtic are odds-on favourites to re-sign midfielder Patrick Roberts, according to bookmakers Skybet. The Hoops are now 10/11 to land the popular player who spent 18 months at the club on loan from Manchester City. Other clubs have enquired as to the availability of the playmaker, but no deal has yet been completed. (Various)

     

     

    • Mikael Lustig believes James Forrest can fill the void left by Patrick Roberts, calling the Scottish international “one of the best wingers in Britain” when he’s on his game. (Daily Record)

     

     

    READ MORE – Stephen Craigan calls for switch to summer football

     

     

    Marseille eye Dembele

     

     

    Marseille have made Celtic striker Moussa Dembele their No.1 signing target this summer. The French side are on the hunt for a new striker having sold Bafetimbi Gomis for £3million in June. To land the French under-21 star they face stiff competition from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and AC Milan. (Sky Sports)

     

     

    Celtic close in on Ntcham

     

     

    Celtic are likely to announce the signing of Manchester City midfielder Olivier Ntcham later today. The 21-year-old underwent a medical on Sunday after travelling up to Glasgow and is expected to officially become a Celtic player in time to be included in Friday’s Champions League squad to face Linfield. (Scottish Sun)

     

     

    • Celtic have told Stuart Armstrong he will have to lower his contract demands if the midfielder is going to sign a new deal with the Scottish champions. (Scottish Sun)

  5. Good morning, just got into work to be told by a fellow tim that twitter is awash with huns complaining some bad people have been setting alight their bonfires prematurely. :)))))

  6. SIPSINI on 11TH JULY 2017 6:03 AM

     

    Good morning, just got into work to be told by a fellow tim that twitter is awash with huns complaining some bad people have been setting alight their bonfires prematurely. :)))))

     

    ———————

     

    Morning Sips….was sitting there thinking to myself last night ‘ why doesn’t a right good Tim set fire to the bassa early ‘?

     

    Thepowerofthought c.s.c hh

  7. SIONNACH ABU on 11TH JULY 2017 2:07 AM

     

    If we’re serious about justice, hit them were it hurts, in their pockets. No away support to any club that doesnt officially demand an independent inquiry into the years of cheating and no support whatsoever for any SFA Scottish Cup ties.

     

     

    A boycott of Hampden should have been done 5 years ago, but it’s never too late to get this done.

     

     

    This is the very least we can do, a no brainer !!

     

     

    Do not give the SFA the green pound.

  8. Sionnach Abu on

    MORAVCIK on 11TH JULY 2017 6:50 AM

     

     

    Would be too much of a bitter sweet pill for Assimilted Tims to swallow. Alas, they make up the masses.

  9. I remember the battles with the Dundee Utd fans…

     

    before / during / after the 1974 SCF, 3-0 to us…

     

    also, the following year, 1975 SCF vs Airdrie 3-1 to us…

     

    it was also Big Billy’s last ever game for us, anyway…

     

    the Airdrie fans were getting stuck in about it,….

     

    I remember they we’re chucking missiles down from,…

     

    the old pigeon dookit stand above the north enclosure…

     

    sumdy mentioned the battles vs Dundee fans in the 77 SCSF…

     

    I remember having to keep moving to different bits of the…

     

    Rangers end that night, still say that was huns in amongst the…

     

    Dundee fans that night, talking about Dundee, did Darius Adamcuk..

     

    no have an EBT as well ?

     

    Anyway,….back to Big Billy, in his last ever game for us, I’ m sure…..

     

    that we won the treble ?

     

    Scottish Cup 3-1 Airdrie….

     

    League Cup ?

     

    Dryborough Cup – Jinky penalty winner vs the huns ?

     

    who knows….?

     

    The down side….huns stopped a, Mr Stein 10 in a row :(

     

    Anyway,…..

     

    …..off-oot.

  10. Oh,….btw, what’s the point in boycotting…

     

    the SFA, when the compliant Celtic PLC…

     

    are in bed wi them ?

     

    Ah still canny believe the amount of years,….

     

    that I’ve been typing this stuff and, still they don’t…

     

    get it !!!

     

    Heaven help yeez…….off-oot.

  11. Help please.

     

     

    My CQN screen/background has turned into an amazon prime advert instead of the normal background.

  12. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Happy Birthday to BMCUWP! He celebrates his birthday with the legendary Charles Patrick Tully.. which is MUCH better than being 10 minutes from being called William!!!!!

  13. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Bobby.

     

     

    Many happy returns of the day to the most tolerant , moderate and civilising influence on CQN.

     

     

    Hail Hail to yourself and to your producer.

  14. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on 11th July 2017 12:00 am

     

     

    Oh blast…sorry ive missed this:)

     

     

    Just in April there, The Scottish Reformation Society were celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther, with a Conference.

     

     

    The theme of the Conference, ‘Scotland’s Debt to Martin Luther’

     

     

    You dont have to look too far bhoys

     

     

    8sitting in a Dublin hotel, yesterday we took a wee trip out tae Connemara and the driver was educating the passengers about the “big” day up in the black north and how the enemy, the Holy Father, was on the wee dikepluggers side. They as we know don’t live in a real world and believe what they want

     

     

    As far as martin luther is concerned he lay on his death bed with a set of rosary beads wrapped round his fingers. Henry the eight went to his death convinced he was still a casey affleck.

     

     

    Anyway off now tae catch my flight tae TO and still convinced what my teenage pals da, a Kerry man, used tae say, the best Irishmen live in the West of Scotland.

  15. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Word of The Day (Not an option for everyone….)

     

     

    Dianoetic /ˌdaɪənəʊˈɛtɪk/

     

     

    adjective

     

    1. of or relating to thought, esp to discursive reasoning rather than intuition Compare discursive (sense 2)

     

     

    Word Origin

     

    C17: from Greek diano ē tikos, from dianoia the thinking process, an opinion, from dia- + noein to think

     

     

     

    KTF

  16. vale bhoy on 11th July 2017 8:22 am

     

     

     

    Help please.

     

     

     

    My CQN screen/background has turned into an amazon prime advert instead of the normal background.

     

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

     

    Same problem- Started this morning.

     

    Extremely annoying , very difficult to read posts. Anyone any ideas to solve problem?

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Happy birthday BMCUW

     

     

    And well done to your mother for managing to allow you to make your debut on 11th rather than the 12th☘️☘️☘️☘️

  18. The Res12 is excellent – very clear and precise.

     

     

    One question though; are there meant to be hyperlinks to the source documents that are referenced?