Celtic targeting the young player demographic

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Notwithstanding the fact that we have only completed two Bosman transfers from Sheffield Wednesday, there is a consistency between them and the plethora of under contract players we have been linked with.  They are in their late teens or early 20s, everyone with growth potential.

Given the season just ended that strategy feels like it would have been a good idea 12 months ago.  Then, we signed David Turnbull from that demographic, although it would be half a season before he was properly introduced in the first team.  Risks about whatever way you spend your money but this strategy should always be high on the agenda.

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  1. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Need’s a balance.

     

     

    What was it Sir Alex said about winning things with kids?

  2. The Battered Bunnet on

    Do we know who is making the recommendations and who is taking the decisions?

     

     

    It seems somewhat unlikely that the new manager has any prior knowledge of the players given he’s spent his recent professional years in Japan.

     

     

    Nick Hammond left the club in March, some considerable time too late.

     

     

    Gary Penrice came in last year and brought ignominy with him in the shape of Barkas, Ajeti, Duffy, Laxalt etc

     

     

    The CEO has been in post for 5 days.

     

     

    Who owns player recruitment at Celtic?

  3. quadrophenian on

    We have plenty of kids that either deserve or are not good enuff to get a first team break. Tong Galenti!

     

    Balance is exactly whats needed.

     

    Balance between promisings and game-smart Pros.

     

     

    Mooy would be a good fulcrum for starters.

  4. Beamishismypint on

    The battered Bunnet @12.15 That’s the question I’ve been asking myself over recent weeks. Also, we were told that Ange didn’t do player trading in previous roles.

  5. Buying young players is not new at Celtic. We cannot afford these players if we wait to they are fully developed then we wouldn’t be able to afford them. We need to get in quickly and to pick up the cream of the crop.

     

     

    There are risks as well as benefits as not every one will work out. Last season we picked up a few potential stars in Connell and O’Connor but Lenny nor Kennedy did not play them. Both are likely to be disgruntled and will now join the queue of the want aways.

     

     

    If Ange is going to give these young players a chance and they get a run in the team then great but if he reacts like the last few managers then this strategy is doomed.

  6. May be my medication, though I’m in a very agreeable mood today.

     

    Agree with the lead article and the strategy of singing young.

     

    Agree with the need for balance and a good mix of existing and incoming players

     

    Agree with the point around who is responsible for scouting and signing. This is a very interesting point.

     

    Hopefully, someone agrees 👍

  7. Definitely a signing policy which should be the backbone of the Club alongside bringing through our own youth.

     

     

    The biggest risk we seem intent on taking this summer is playing want away players in European qualifiers.

  8. “UNCLE JIMMY on 5TH JULY 2021 12:47 PM

     

     

    Agree with the lead article and the strategy of singing young.”

     

     

    Singing is good at any age :-))

     

     

    If it is a wet day when a new player joins us, will he be `Signing in the Rain? ‘

  9. Big Jimmy

     

    I am pretty sure that Friesdorfer intends making an appearance next Friday and there is a good chance I will turn up as well. Maybe some are put off by the ` Frenzy` appellation. Not many are in the Big Jimmy League of Extraordinary Gentlemen re pints !

  10. An Dun

     

    You would think that a ‘want away’ player would want to impress possible future clubs.

     

    But it’s a funny old game.

  11. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Bit thin Pablo?

     

     

    The approach is sound for the long term.

     

     

    In the short term though Scott Brown has just left.

     

     

    So who is “the daddy”?

  12. Big Jimmy

     

    As mentioned by Hot Smoked, I hope to be there on Friday 16th. Can’t make the 23rd. Posted on an earlier page but you possibly haven’t seen it yet.

     

    HH

  13. HOT SMOKED on 5TH JULY 2021 12:59 PM

     

    Big Jimmy

     

     

    I am pretty sure that Friesdorfer intends making an appearance next Friday and there is a good chance I will turn up as well. Maybe some are put off by the ` Frenzy` appellation. Not many are in the Big Jimmy League of Extraordinary Gentlemen re pints !

     

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    Big Jimmy – BRRB (John) said he will probably make it next Friday as well.

     

     

    That makes 5 So far, a five a side team.

     

     

    D :)

  14. Hot Smoked I don’t really drink, Big Jimmy leads me astray.

     

     

    So don’t worry about the beer Frenzy Bhoys.

     

     

    D :)

  15. THE BATTERED BUNNET on 5TH JULY 2021 12:15 PM

     

    BEAMISHISMYPINT on 5TH JULY 2021 12:41 PM

     

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    Seems to me the choice is either get some players in now, or, wait until the manager has settled in and formed all his own contacts and watched every prospective signing multiple times. Neither timescale, nor, Covid will allow this.

     

     

    The latter would probably mean that we would sign nobody in this window. I am sure that Ange is front & centre when any decisions about first-team signings are made – just like all previous managers. He is new to the club, new to the country and will therefore need all the help and advice he can get – it is then up to him how he uses it.

     

     

    I just wish the “Peter Lawwell signs all the duds and whomever is manager signs all the cream” mindset would go away – it was never ever the case.

     

     

    This is a new season with CL qualification the prize for winning the title. We need to leave all the rancour behind – some won’t of course because they wallow in it – but the rest of us, all 50k+ season ticket-holders, must have our heads up and be looking forward.

     

     

    Things are unpredictable and will most probably be tough, but the new manager has a tabula-rasa from which to work – let’s throw all of our weight behind him.

  16. Delaneys Dunky on

    Having watched the miked up video of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic training session, I was struck by how similar it was, to a miked up video training session, I watched last year, of Marcelo Bielsa at a Leeds United training session.

     

    I really feel that we have the real deal in Ange Postecoglou. However, it is imperative that he is adequately backed by our board in player recruitment.

     

    See no evidence of this happening yet.

  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    A couple of projects, yet again a couple of weeks away from our most lucrative games of any season, same as it ever was….

  18. JHB on 5TH JULY 2021 1:35 PM

     

     

    “I just wish the “Peter Lawwell signs all the duds and whomever is manager signs all the cream” mindset would go away – it was never ever the case.”

     

     

    “This is a new season with CL qualification the prize for winning the title. We need to leave all the rancour behind – some won’t of course because they wallow in it – but the rest of us, all 50k+ season ticket-holders, must have our heads up and be looking forward.”

     

     

    I agree with both of those comments which, considering how some posters see you, must mean I am a Hun as well :-))

  19. Paul67

     

     

    Celtic scouts ( who ever they are ) have done exceptionally well ( Lustig Dembele ) for bosman’s and cross border compensation type players.

     

     

    It’s when we’ve tried to compete spending millions where we’ve gone wrong in recent seasons Bolingoli, Barkas, Ajeti. Aspiring to play for Celtic on a mere £15K, when £70K is available just a few miles away in a vastly superior league.

     

     

    We need straight into the side seniors from fringe leagues in Europe, choosing the right ones from this niche market has always been the trick.

  20. HOT SMOKED on 5TH JULY 2021 12:59 PM

     

    Big Jimmy

     

     

     

     

    I am pretty sure that Friesdorfer intends making an appearance next Friday and there is a good chance I will turn up as well. Maybe some are put off by the ` Frenzy` appellation. Not many are in the Big Jimmy League of Extraordinary Gentlemen re pints !

     

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    I hope that you and FRIESDORFER do make it on Friday 16th July. Dont be too put off by the ” Frenzy” wording..Im just trying to ” SELL/PROMOTE” the Event ?

     

    LOL.

     

    Message to ALL who plan to appear, Please arrive as early as possible on or around 2pm, as I expect the pub to be a little bit busier than usual due to it being Glasgow Fair Friday ?

     

    I will try and ” RESERVE” Two Tables etc.

     

     

    HH.

  21. Beer Tasting Event/Frenzy Friday 16th July.

     

    To those who intend to appear and who havent met me and/or DAVID66 etc etc…..I hope to have our Tables at the LARGE Seating Area , rather than the limited seating spaces near the Bar ?

     

    There are screens to separate tables etc…and the Pub doors will be opened for ventilation etc. You must wear a Mask when moving from your seat to go the Toilets or outside for a Smoke etc….except if like me…You have an ” NHS Mask EXEMPTION Card” ?

     

    HH.

  22. kikinthenakas on

    We are a shambles at recruiting. Our two young centre half’s left for Bayern as there was no pathway to the first team unlike in Munich. We are now signing players the same age plus looking to pay 5m for a 19 CH.

     

    As for Nisbet and Hickey both were available last year Hickey £1-1.5m Nisbet £300k surely the smart thing would have been to sign and loan them out thereby saving us 5/6m

     

    NLs attitude towards the young players has been around at both hibs and us. Him the board and Lennoxtown are shambolic. These new signings appear to be from Hammond…deary me. Expecting Ange to come in and change this is impossible. It needs totally restructured. We are a shambles and letting Broony go was another huge gaffe. Everything that happened last season was in the post for some time and there’s little chance of anything changing as the manager seems stuck with the same back room staff…but hey he was good mic’d up. Canny even get the third strip right…utter disaster of a season coming with the wantaway players still in situ. I can’t see us qualifying for anything we are all over the place. So sad to see us in this state.

  23. DELANEYS DUNKY on 5TH JULY 2021 2:59 PM

     

    David 66

     

    Celtic TV.

     

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    DD – Garry is that for subscribers outside uk therefor need the old firestick?

     

     

    D :)

  24. Meanwhile .

     

     

    Rangers sign a battle hardened 27 year old midfielder,who has played 62 matches over the last two seasons in the EPL.

     

     

    They finished 25 points ahead of us .

     

    We are about to lose a few of our best players .

     

     

    We have gambled on a Southern Hemisphere manager ,who doesn’t know any of the players we are trying to and have signed.

     

     

    We are signing teenage Bosmans ,who don’t have 1 appearance between them ,at a top class level of football.

     

     

    Who is making the decisions on what players we recommend to the new head coach ?

     

     

    This has all the hallmarks of an utter shambles .

     

     

    CL qualifiers in a couple of weeks .

     

     

    If the Huns qualify for the CL group stages and we don’t.

     

    They have circa £45 m of income that we won’t.

     

     

    If they win this seasons SPFL ,there is another £45 million for guaranteed CL entry for next year.

     

     

    Yet we are gambling with untested managers ( in Europe) no known or settled scouts ,and a squad of youngsters and failures.

     

     

    The usual suspects will be on lambasting me .

     

     

    But my level of concern is off the scale.

     

     

     

    Fail to plan.

     

    Plan to fail.

     

     

    TT

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