Celtic’s Europe-UK transfer dilemma


If right back, Aurelio Buta, completes his proposed move from Royal Antwerp, added to Carl Starflet and Christopher Jullien, who will return later this year, we have the beginnings of a stable defensive structure.

Not that Aurelio would be of any immediate benefit, as travelling here from Belgium would require him to isolate until after the first legs of the third qualifying rounds of the Champions and Europa Leagues.  If we want a right back to play against PSV or Jablonec he has to already be in the UK.  This is a dilemma.

I have zero expectations we will reach the Champions League group stage.  PSV look too strong, with or without a new right back.  A win tomorrow night will secure at least Europa League group stage qualification.  Lose tomorrow, and overcoming Jablonec in the next round of the Europa becomes vitally important.  The latter outcome makes a UK-based signing more likely, the former points to Buta getting the nod.


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  1. When I say we’re not exceptional I do mean “we”



    Paul67’s articles and his contributions to Celtic are exceptional

  2. The dilemma for Barcelona should also be applied to the huns but we have weak as fuck administrators in Scottish Football who are shit scared of doing anything.



    Until someone with balls stpes up they will continue doing as they wish with no consequences.

  3. Who makes up these stories?




    Celtic have made a “concrete offer” for Peruvian striker Gianluca Lapadula. That’s according to reports in the player’s homeland and in Italy, where the front man plies his trade with Serie B side Benevento.



    Libero in Peru claim that Lapadula is valued at £8.5million but his club and the Hoops have made a bid, although whether Celtic ‘s reported “bid” matches the asking price is unknown.



    Lapadula was part of the Peru squad that reached the semi-finals of this summer’s Copa America, losing to eventual runners-up Brazil. His displays in the tournament coupled with Benevento’s relegation from Serie A last season means he’s a wanted man this summer. Benevento need cash in order to sign players themselves in an attempt to win promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking. And Ange Postecoglou is on the look-out for a striker with Odsonne Edouard attracting serious interest from Brighton and Leigh Griffiths’ long-term future at the club uncertain.



    The 31-year-old counts Parma, AC Milan and genoa amongst his former clubs.



    He enjoyed his best goalscoring season back in 2011/12 when he hit 24 goals on loan at San Marino Calcio.




    Sounded great until you see he is 31 and had his best season 9 years ago.

  4. This is stunning. I cant deny I got goose bumps and a wee bit misty eyed. Stream starts at 11 min 30 secs.





    An Gorta Mór


    The stream for the unveiling of the Memorial in Glasgow to An Gorta Mór is scheduled for 2pm on Sunday 25th July 2021.






  5. CELTIC40ME on 27TH JULY 2021 2:45 PM



    Celtic securing second place and usually not having European football after Christmas




    I am pretty sure at this juncture it is the considered view of the majority.



    If things take a more favourable and unexpected turn, then we will all be happy and be delighted to change our appraisal.



    *How often have Celtic progressed beyond Christmas in the last ten years?



    *If we lost the league by twenty-five points last season with a settled winning squad bolstered by signings. How can a coherent case be made for winning this season with a fragmented squad, new additions, top players leaving and a new manager & CEO just getting their feet under their desks…..and up against an opponent that has apparently strengthened into the bargain?



    Common sense must be the first port of call – but we can hope for a minor miracle.



    Be interested in your considered view!

  6. IniquitousIV on

    SAINTSTIVS @ 2:44



    Jimmy Johnstone playing in a Morton strip, against a Souness select, at the opening of the Gourock YAC clubhouse, 1988.



    Saint, What a brilliant picture (and rare) photo of Jinky with Souness! It reminded me that, 5 or 6 years before that, I played alongside Jinky at Helenvale several times for an amateur team. As I can imagine a worldwide CQN chorus of “Did Ye? Aye,” I am also reminded that the proof exists somewhere in my house as a faded copy of an Evening Times article and team photo taken prior to one of the games. I’ll dig it out, scan it, and post it when I find it.




    that is a brilliant tale to tell.


    That day at gourock several of the players were YAC amatuers I had played with or against. I am trying to remember what othher celtis were there, Conroy and Provan, maybe ritchie.



    Tell me the name of your amauter team and I will see if I can find anything.

  8. CaddingtonCommon on

    Watched the video clip ofButa in action. A few things got me interested.


    1. The blue team reminded me of us last season., donating chances like gifts .


    2. No sign of any defensive action from him so jury’ is out on that one.


    3. Looks a bit Lacey but my granddaughter can beat me over a short sprint, mind you I am over 70.


    4 He looks strong enough on the ball but he does indeed look no taller than 5ft 7ins.


    Hail Hail


    Stay Safe

  9. SAINT STIVS on 27TH JULY 2021 3:19 PM



    magnificent and Theresa is a wonderful singer.

  10. Thanks, SAINT STIVS, lovely, lovely service. I was down yesterday and viewed, very moving, por cierto

  11. If Buta is considered by the club and more importantly, Ange as the better option we should go for him regardless of whether he can play in Europe or not.



    I don’t think a new right-back will massively alter whether we beat PSV or not and we need to be looking at the bigger picture and building long-term.

  12. Why so little talk about the keeper situation. Tbh I’ve played with better pub team Keepers than bain and in particular barkas who is so bad he wouldn’t get a game for an average pub team. Bain only slightly better. Statistically almost every 2nd shot on target is a goal. Same as last season. Of course v the gers they didn’t even get one shot on target and won!!


    Barkas really not fit mentally to play – his mind is so obviously not in the game. He should tell the boss he’s not fit to play. Vain is just poor.

  13. Go tell the Spartim on

    From what I can gather from Ange’s perspective he likes his defenders to be pacey and good one on one, and to win his own battles, much like Starfelt is, I also expect he imagines we’ll have most of the ball. If all the RB does, whoever that may be, is put Kent out the game with a not too trivial injury then I’d be content with that (though I’m really wanting him to be great)

  14. IniquitousIV on



    I was a guest ‘ringer’ and, for the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the team. It was run by a mate of mine, Des Bonnar, of Uddingston, who I have long since lost touch with. He worked for the Scottish Development Department as an Economist, so it might have been their team. Oddly enough, I can remember the opposition the night the Times took the pic. It was the Law Society.



    Before I was deported in 1984, I went along to the Archives office of the Times to see If I could buy a copy of the photograph. They told me that they didn’t have it. I asked how can that be? They explained that, on any one day, they had multiple editions of the Sports sections, and only archived one or maybe two. The one I wanted wasn’t one of them.



    I wouldn’t even have seen the pic, but a mischievous workmate of mine saw it, and posted it on the Notice Board of our office, with a caption something like “Jimmy Johnstone fulfills ambition to play alongside IniquitousIV!”



    I’ve just been down to my basement. I have a lot of files. This will force me to declutter in an effort to find to the pic. I will try to post it by tomorrow.

  15. Dpn’t mind smallish backs if they can defend the player from Chelsea comes to mind Azpillicueta

  16. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on




    First part of this is right up there with “where’s ma birthday cake?”



    Don’t worry Gigi – from what I hear the PSG fans and executive leadership are tolerant, patient, respectful stakeholders.



    I’m sure they’ll fully support you through thick and thin.

  17. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    For JHB if he’s around,





    JHB on 26TH JULY 2021 7:50 PM



    ROCK TREE BHOY on 26TH JULY 2021 7:03 PM




    Sorry – I do not understand.



    Please tell me what your point is – I merely answered your post with a different point of view – isn’t that what the site is for?






    Yes, that’s what this site is for, but check back, it wasn’t my post you were answering, it was STEBHOY’s.

  18. Lambert 14,


    I take stick.From who?People that are same as you,whingers.Fine by me.


    I am fine with the thought Celtic give me great joy,God only knows what supporting them brings to you,going by your endless misery filled posts.


    Whatever makes you happy.Or not.

  19. Interesting talk about the height and abilities of full backs – As unit, Celtic lack height in the box. Even with starfelt in the team we will continue to cringe every time a ball is looped or whipped into the box.



    Both posts covered by Taylor and Ralston?



    Starfelt, although not huge, does seem to have ability to attack and head the ball (Mjallby style) – I think Ange will bring in another Center and HOPEFULLY a commanding goalie.



    Dermot Desmond getting involved in transfer business!! good news for celtic , bad news for the board!

  20. Celtic’s board sat on their hands after sacking Neil Lennon when Ross County beat us 1-0 on February 24.


    They appointed Ange Postecoglou on June 10.


    They spent three and a half months


    – NOT communicating effectively with fans


    – NOT apparently aware of the perfect storm of Euros, Olympics, Pandemic & UEFA qualifiers


    – NOT acting decisively with their preferred (via the media) choice of successor


    – NOT demonstrating effective leadership to players, coaches, staff & fans


    – NOT appointing a manager with sufficient time to prepare a squad & the team for competitive games.



    I have no idea what their order of business was during the 105 days when we had no manager, but it smacks of complacency that their inaction means that we find ourselves facing the real prospect of no European football for the upcoming season.



    Just in case we forget that we are being led by the nose, the headline article on this morning’s Celtic FC’s website is entitled –


    “Manager: European football is always a priority at Celtic”


    Sadly, this is more of the same nonsense we are fed at this time of the year regardless of who manages the team. Ange has already registered some of views on the lack of preparation time he’s been given and by default, the state of the squad he has inherited.


    To parapharse Amge’s comment from today “it’s the collective that’s gonna get us the result we need” I just want the collective to include everyone at Celtic.



    Was it really beyond the ability of the board & their agents to secure the services of just one decent, proven football manager for Celtic within a reasonable timeframe?


    Via media leaks we’re informed that the delay was over waiting for one man to decide whether he wanted the job or not – for almost 3 months. Meanwhile, Covid restrictions continued & the world moved on.



    Celtic used to be a club that was universally admired, not just for any success, but for the way we were run & the attitude of our players & staff. Now, we are a laughing stock whose ambitions have shrunk to fit our organisational incompetence: the maximum forlorn hope this year is the Europe League Group Stage.


    I repeat this morning’s headline from the official club outlet –


    “Manager: European football is always a priority at Celtic”.



    It appears that the same men are in charge of the debacle called Celtic FC.


    Men with little to offer except spineless acquiescence to the prevailing views of the big men.


    A new CEO will make little difference since the board is still the same, with all the nods, winks & arrangements that prevailed in the past.


    The wrong people are making the important decisions so that our continuing downward spiral shows no sign of being arrested.


    Ange seems to be a decent coach with a successful track record, but I suspect that his success in Australia & Japan was achieved WITH the full & real support of directors & the rest of those organisations for whom he worked. We know that he will only receive token support at Celtic.



    I know of several people at Celtic who effectively, have jobs for life regardless of whatever mess they make of things. This includes the boardroom & almost every department.


    We cannot be a charity for our own employees where we happily accept mediocrity, while expecting cutting edge expertise in the football department, expertise that relies on hard nosed decisions about who we hire & what system we adopt to secure success. Celtic FC is dysfunctional still & I can now better understand Gordon Strachan’s opinion that Celtic managers only have a 3 or 4 year lifespan before they have to step down. The dysfunction is not immediately apparent & when it is, the manager attempts to work with or around it to achieve his aims. In so doing, he ensures that he becomes enmeshed in the dysfunction & soon the stress takes its toll.



    On the day we are told that European football is a priority, we find ourselves, courtesy of this board, with little chance of progressing into the Europa Group Stages. European Football may be a priority but there are clearly many other priorities that take precedence over it if you look closely.



    From what I can see our team for tomorrow picks itself & I hope they pull it off & we can have a go at PSV.


    ‘Concentrating on the league’ may be words heard at Lennoxtown sooner that we’d like.

  21. SAINT STIVS on 27TH JULY 2021 2:08 PM


    Today is a historic day for St Mirren FC…SMISA has now completed the purchase of Gordon Scott’s remaining shares, taking our stake in the club to 51%. For the first time our club is majority owned by its supporters /1



    Would be great if we could do that.


    Our first Board


    CEO Lambert 14








    MAD Mitch

  22. Go tell the Spartim on

    We had height in the team last season and couldn’t keep weans out a close, Ajer being an example of being tall but poor in the air, it’s ability that’s the current issue nit height

  23. JHB



    I do like how you bang on about considered views. You probably should have considered your view a little more when you were scaring us with the doomsday scenario of the Huns starting the season debt free and looking forward to an £80m (now £90m) shot in the arm from 2 years CL cash. 5 minutes on the internet and you could have put yourself straight about the hun zero debt lie



    “ I am pretty sure at this juncture it is the considered view of the majority.”



    I haven’t heard seen or imagined anyone who supports Celtic talking about us “securing second place next season.” Imagine if Paul67 put it in an article! Just imagine!



    “ *How often have Celtic progressed beyond Christmas in the last ten years?”



    5 out of the last 10 years



    3 out of the last 5 years



    So to say we usually don’t is a bit of a lazy assumption based on what I’m not sure



    We’re likely to either play Europa or Conference league group stage football this season, we usually qualify from the Europa league groups. If we don’t qualify from the conference, to borrow a much used CQN phrase, we’re in even more trouble than I thought.

  24. onenightinlisbon on

    TURKEYBHOY on 27TH JULY 2021 4:38 PM



    Why can’t you show a bit of respect to others on here. People who have different opinions to you are entitled to express them without your smart arse comments. Just scroll past them and stay in your bubble.

  25. VINNIETHEDOG on 27TH JULY 2021 2:11 PM


    I can assure you not one celtuc fan in Rome thought julien was…a big girls blouse, unless, over rated, or any other bull shit he was treated shamefully by lenny after Duffy was signed….we missed him hugely last season….has been terrific against the huns ( my main benchmark) …..Welsh better??…deary deary me




  26. Paul Sweeney MSP




    I have lodged this motion at Holyrood marking the unveiling of




    ‘s memorial to the Great Hunger. Glasgow’s Irish Catholic community has long desired a dedicated memorial to the suffering of our ancestors. Thanks to determined citizens like




    who made it happen.

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

    Cheers for the reply Turkeybhoy



    SCULLYBHOY on 27TH JULY 2021 12:42 PM


    ….Seems it is not true – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-7fO8xuaTk



    Cheers – had a look. Not the most inspiring highlights video I’ve ever seen – they things can usually make Paul McGugan look like Ronaldo (Fat Ronaldo that is).



    Oanywho – if it is true, I hope Ange has picked him – as he said, he needs to be involved in anything he is carrying the can for. I have more faith in him spotting a player (i.e., a ‘neutral’ level of faith) than I have for some others (i.e., a less than neutral one).



    Facts that the wee guy is – well – very wee, and he doesn’t look lightning fast, and there is NIL evidence of him being able to defend in the video – are but minor concerns (!).






  28. CORNELIUS on 27TH JULY 2021 4:37 PM



    Did you mean we have little chance of progressing to the CL group stages? I certainly wouldn’t write off the Europa yet

  29. Why so little talk about the keeper situation. Tbh I’ve played with better pub team Keepers than bain and in particular barkas who is so bad he wouldn’t get a game for an average pub team.



    That Greece have got some Pub Team.