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  1. I’m with Bada – Just because Jock Stein bought Scottish players doesn’t mean that it will work now. That being said, I don’t think we write the country off either.

     

     

    I like the look of young Ferguson. Loads of first team appearances for his age, he’s one of Aberdeen’s top players and I think he will improve with age.

  2. Maloney def knows whats going on at club.he his bfs with John Kennedy.Probably briefed by Kennedy not Lawwell

  3. lets all do the huddle on

    we arent writing the country off

     

     

    it has nice scenery

     

     

    but the weather is pish

     

     

    and its natives cant play football

  4. Stephbhoy67 @ 12.48

     

    I was the one that stated Jullien would be out for majority of 2021

     

    It was Feb, it was stated he would be out for 9 months, that takes us to at least Oct, he then starts training, so would potentially be Dec before back playing

     

    That’s at lwast 11 months of 2021 out of playing in my world – that’s if he feels fit enough to get back by Dec.

     

     

    If you think we only need 5 players to move forward, you are seriously lacking the ambition I have for Celtic

     

    Gk – Barkas, bain, Doolan – add Hazard, are any of the 4 good enough ?????

     

     

    Rb – o’conner, new x 1 starter – at least 1 ( is O’Conner a right back ?, I am happy to give youth a chance, but we need an established Right back)

     

     

    Lb – taylor, new x 1 starter ( need much better than we currently have)

     

     

    CB – jullien, Welsh, Hjaiti (17 year old playing first team at ross county) new × 1 starter, ( need at least 2 out and out CH’s, this may allow Welsh to support right back role, see above on Jullien, Hjaiti is 17, and may have a big future ? Not seen him, would we give Hendry a chance ??)

     

    I honestly think we need to sort the spine of the team with determined winners ( youthful Scott Browns)

     

     

    Cm – turnbull, soro, mcgregor, brown (1 year only) connoll, robertson, henderson, shaw ( again happy to give youth a chance, will McGregor still be there, add McInroy, I think we need at least 2 more first team regulars in here)

     

     

    Rw – forrest, shved (deserves a chance) – can accept that

     

     

    Lw – johnson, new x 1 starter – can accept that

     

     

    Cf – ajeti, griff, klimala, new x 1 starter ( Bayo ??) not been convinced by any of the others including Griffiths, who has not been a 1st regular for approaching 3 seasons, need much better quality

     

     

    At least 8 first team players needed

     

    And this is bolstering the squad with our talented youth

  5. Dessybhoy

     

    Maloney left us twice as a player

     

    Add

     

    Once as a coach

     

    Would take him back if coming with Martinez though 👍

  6. IMO, to start next season, we need a new GK,and a new back 4,as Norrie said,Jullien out until winter time….

  7. On the subject of Scottish players not being good enough,some totally writing them off.I think,quite strongly,that if we had brought in,Gallagher,O’Donnell in the window,to shore up our depleted defence,we we would not be in the position we are.Dont think we would have dropped the 12 points that killed us.2 big guys would have helped defend the cross balls that crucified us.Not long term,but these guys are performing very well at international level.Sometimes you just need someone to do a job.No frills.

     

    Look at the Huns.We were all ridiculing the likes of Goldson,Helander,etc,but they do a job,not only in the SPFL,but in Europe.Thats the problem with this snooty approach to players from some in our support.To finish,who would have done a better job for us,Gallagher,or Duffy.

  8. Should be in serious talks with Kris Ajer to prevent suitors coming in during summer with only a year left on his deal.

     

     

    Hope John Kennedy’s words sound a warning to the hierarchy.

  9. ST STIVS

     

     

    Some goal eh..Big Ritchie some player..met him at St Patricks night in St Brendans..good craic.also seen him score a belter at CP from about 30yrds against the wind only for it to get chopped off

  10. TURKEYBHOY

     

     

    Just read back about your Brighton comment.

     

     

    I enjoy watching them play. They play some lovely, intricate football, are well-coached and are easy on the eye. Somebody touted Graham Potter as a coach we should be looking at and his CV is certainly impressive.

     

     

    However, I can’t help thinking there might be a bit of the Tommy Burns about his Brighton side. All the coaching and silky football will mean nothing if they get relegated. He’s one to watch though.

  11. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 28TH FEBRUARY 2021 11:11 AM

     

    Should be in serious talks with Kris Ajer to prevent suitors coming in during summer with only a year left on his deal.

     

     

     

    Hope John Kennedy’s words sound a warning to the hierarchy.

     

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    I didn’t hear what he said. Could you tell us the gist of it?

  12. DREW1967 on 28TH FEBRUARY 2021 11:14 AM

     

    ST STIVS

     

     

    Some goal eh..Big Ritchie some player.

     

     

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    Met big Andy a few times, most notably he stood near me in the jungle often, in the days before he joined the scouting network. He was 65 last week.

  13. BSR

     

     

    If big Ajer is still with us next season (which I hope he is) having signed an extension, I think it would indicate a lack of ambition on his part.

     

     

    And I don’t think he lacks ambition.

     

     

    I do think his attitude during this entire 💩show has been exemplary. How to properly put/keep yourself in the shop window.

     

     

    HH jg

  14. JAMESGANG on 28TH FEBRUARY 2021 11:27 AM

     

     

    Agree on Ajer. It’s been said that he’s one of the “wantaways” but you wouldn’t know it from his effort and application. His celebration after the penalty against Hearts will live with me….

     

     

    Good player who has outgrown the SPFL and if he makes the right career move, can go on to become a very good player.

  15. Geebee

     

     

    Something I have noticed is that he longer complains much to the refs when our players get booted. He used to be one of the few to do so, along with PC Lustig.

     

     

    Neither of the guys who’ve recently worn the captain’s armband do so. Was particularly noticeable and galling when young Welsh was hirpled by the big St Mirren striker.

     

     

    I sense Ajer is just focussing on being a good pro. And/but I also loved his reaction when he sealed the Treble.

     

     

    HH jg

  16. tosb

     

     

     

    KRISTOFFER AJER will be a wanted man in the summer – and interim boss John Kennedy admits Celtic will face a struggle holding onto the versatile Norwegian international.

     

     

    The 22-year-old defender turned in a Man-of-the-Match performance in the 1-0 win over Aberdeen at Parkhead yesterday.

     

     

    Ajer has already been linked with a reunion with ex-Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City while AC Milan, who thumped Neil Lennon’s side home and away in the Europa League Group H this season, have been tracking the player since summer.

     

     

    Borussia Dortmund are also in the hunt and could follow the example of Bayer Leverkusen in raiding the Parkhead club after Jeremie Frimpong’s £11.5million move to the Bundesliga outfit last month. Atletico Madrid have also been credited with an interest.

     

     

    Ajer, who was signed by his countryman Ronny Deila for a bargain £650,000 from FK Start in 2015, has one year left on his Celtic contract and, like striker Odsonne Edouard, is bound to attract interest at the end of a thoroughly disappointing campaign.

     

     

    Stand-in boss Kennedy, who will be in charge for the next seven league games, said: “Kris isn’t overly-thinking about his future. For him, it’s just about giving his best wherever he is.

     

     

    “But I’ve no doubt that there will be interest in him. He’s still very young and he’s an international player.

     

     

    “With his profile of speed, size, technique and ability – there’s going to be interest in him.

     

     

     

    “When that comes, it’ll be the club and Kris himself making that decision. It’s important for the club going forward to keep players like him.

     

     

    “But it’s a two-way thing of the player having that commitment contractually, as well. We’ve got boys here such as Scott Brown and Callum McGregor who know the club inside out, enjoy being here and have an affiliation with Celtic.

     

     

    “They’re happy here and content, they want to maximise the time they have.

     

     

    “But other players as we’ve seen in the past, come in, do well for the club – but if it makes sense for the club from a business perspective and the player sees his future elsewhere, naturally things change.

     

     

    “But that’s not just at Celtic, that’s at every club.”

     

     

    Reflecting on the second single-goal victory over the Dons in 10 days, Kennedy, speaking to the Sunday Mail, added: “Kris was terrific, especially in the second-half when Aberdeen put us under pressure.

     

     

    “I’ve known him since he came in here as a kid on trial. He’s a great character and a leader, in terms of how he works and conducts himself.

     

     

    “That was a big performance from him against Aberdeen. Even when he was tired at the end, he was throwing himself in front of things or getting his head on balls.

     

     

    “We know he’s a good footballer, but we’ve always tried to work on his aggression in the box.

     

     

    “That didn’t come naturally to him because as a kid he was a number 10 in midfield.

     

     

    “But he’s got it in his game now and that performance will give him confidence.”

     

     

    CQN Magazine

  17. JAMESGANG

     

     

    Yes we’re back to the circuitous £20,000 a week for Celtic, or £70,000 a week in a bigger

     

    league.

     

     

    Someone reminded us in the week, if only all Celtic players were like, “ Jimmy McGrory of the Celtic. “

     

     

    How you square that circle beats everyone including exited CEO’s and managers.

  18. Thanks BSR

     

     

    JK’s comments about the wider issue of players who, and most who don’t, come across as very level headed and pragmatic. Both are valuable attributes.

     

     

    HH jg

  19. If Elric had great ambition .

     

    We would sign Gabriel “ Gabigol” Barbosa from Flamenco.

     

     

    It is within our financial ability.

     

     

    He would cost £18m and £50K a week.

     

     

    We could fund it from the sale of Eddy .

     

     

    At 24 he has a point prove .

     

    He failed at Inter as he was too young.

     

     

    He has a Copa De Libetadores and Brazilian championship winners medals .

     

     

    He wants to come back to Europe .

     

     

    He would comeback maturer and driven to succeed.

     

     

    A salesman with conviction could convince him that Celtic would be a great place to play for 2 seasons .

     

    Put himself in the EPL / European shop window .

     

    If he does well in our European ties and scores lots of goals ,he can move on like .

     

     

    Wanyama,Ki,Hooper,Armstrong,Forster,DEMBELE,and VVD.

     

     

    But sadly ,I doubt if we have any such ambition.

     

     

    He is more likely to make it and be sold for a profit ,than Bayo,Ajeti,Shved,Klimala,.

     

     

    TT

  20. Brendan Rodgers & 10iar have been the drivers in the recent record uptake of season tickets. With both gone, what will happen this year?

     

     

    *Will the same people renew because of optimism of a massive re-build? There will be no massive rebuild.

     

    *Will the same people renew because of the appointment of a top manager? There will be no top manager.

     

    *Will the same people renew just because they don’t want to lose their designated seat? This is most likely scenario, however how many of them.

     

     

    We had c£19m in the bank at 31 Dec 2020. Much of that will have been used by the end of the season. Around £5m will be accounted for/added, due to the Frimpong sale. So there is no “pot of money’ to fund a rebuild. Money will need to be raised/freed -up from who we sell.

     

     

    Winning the title (10iar) would have increased our feelgood factor, but apart from a more optimistic view on season ticket income, would not have made a great deal of difference financially going forward.

     

     

    Over at Ibrox the figures must be horrendous, as they have been for ten years. The difference is that it doesn’t seem to matter to them – they seemingly have an endless line of well-heeled supporters will to bank-roll losses…we have not.

     

     

    Our decline has started, how long will it last and how steep will it be?

  21. DAVID66 on 28TH FEBRUARY 2021 9:33 AM

     

    Good morning troops from a hungover Garngad

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Oh ma Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.

     

     

    ………

     

     

    Yer a Bad Man David…….

     

     

    HH.

  22. BSR

     

     

    That financial won’t be squared by anybody, will it!

     

     

    We’re a cog. Or a beastie on the food chain. We can seek to be an outperforming cog or beastie, but our chance to make fundamental change is vanishingly small.

     

     

    Hence all the more reason to focus our investment in great coaching and scouting. And to focus on success in Europe. A tonic for fans and players alike.

     

     

    Hope you’re well Sir

     

     

    HH jg

  23. Stivs @ 11.49am – powerfull stuff.

     

     

    Got emotional watching that.

     

     

    We will be back.

     

     

    COYBIG

     

     

    D :)

  24. My friends in Celtic,

     

     

    I am confident we will attract a top rated manager that resonates with our status, aspiration and rebuilding process.

     

     

    A manager of stature that clubs will trust with their young prized players.

     

     

    I’m sure Stadium naming rights, more use of the Parkhead infrastructure and individual tv deals will all form part of the new agenda.

     

     

    I’m also sure that we will be looking at Legal ways to mitigate players being the highest taxed in the UK. This could be a minefield, but it must be addressed.

     

     

    The majority of us called for change, and this is what change will entail.

     

     

    HH.

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