Club partnerships will be the next big story in football


I watched a few cup games on TV over the weekend, including the Exeter City-Liverpool and Hearts-Aberdeen games. There was a huge juxtaposition between the two Liverpool goalkeepers on show, Adam Bogdan (28), who had a nightmare for Liverpool against Exeter, and loan-ee Danny Ward (22), who was Aberdeen’s top performer against Hearts.

Within a day Jurgen Klopp recalled Ward from Aberdeen, who I’m sure will now become first deputy at Anfield. Six months ago Ward was not part of first team plans at Liverpool, who wanted Bogdan to be deputy to Mignolet. Ward took his chance, played in Europe and became a fans’ favourite at Aberdeen.

Without this loan, I’m sure Ward’s profile at Liverpool would be well below its current level. This is a great example of why you put players out on loan. Players sitting in the stands, or playing youth or reserve football, will find it very difficult to progress.

The other aspect of Danny Ward’s Aberdeen experience is that he was hooked back home after a live TV game. With the sheer number of players out on loan, I often wonder how much scrutiny of their progress parent clubs are able to deploy. Especially if it’s Celtic sending a player to Norway. It’s hard to escape the conclusion that Ward’s performance being on TV at the critical moment when Liverpool were pondering their reserve keeper position had a bearing on his career development.

For some clubs, appropriate scrutiny of players out on loan will be practically impossible (Chelsea list 30 players on loan at the moment).

If we extrapolate the way large clubs harvest players, there’s a good possibility loan players will make up the bulk of transfer activity across football going forward. Teams like Aberdeen should be using their Danny Ward experience to demonstrate what a good place they are for English Premier League teams to send players. I know a couple of years back there was some apprehension that one Scottish club were making inroads into Newcastle United’s misfits, but some cunning campaigning put paid to that.

All clubs need to learn how to feed off the squads of others, while managing the development of their own talent, not yet ready for a place in the first team.  Those who do this well will flourish.  Club partnerships will be the next big story in football, they will change the balance of power.  At the moment there is little discernible pattern to how and where clubs loan players.  This will change as clubs try to replicate the experiences of Danny Ward and Jason Denayer.  Partnering with others, both up and down the food-chain, looks like the biggest efficiency gain in the game today.

Delighted at the genuine anticipation ahead of our next Scottish Cup game, which will be against either East Kilbride or Lothian Thistle. It’s a great story for grassroots football, no matter if it’s played in the Lothians or Lanarkshire.

Anyone surprised that lot were hauled into court this week by someone else looking to be paid? What a way to run your business. We know how the story will end.

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  1. Timaloy29



    Unfortunately professional football is all about money now.



    Hail, Hail to you.

  2. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Well thank you very much Ronnie





    Dear Charles



    As it’s your big day I just wanted to wish you a fantastic birthday from everyone here at Celtic Football Club.



    We appreciate your support throughout the season and hope you have a great day.



    Best wishes



    Ronnie Deila



    p.s I agree with everything you say on CQN but don´t tell Peter. Also we hang your photie in the shower rooms. It keeps the bhoys from getting big headed.

  3. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Awe didums, is yer wee bullying tantrum no getting you any where, awe snookums.


    Res12 is all my work, I wrote the resolution and I selected who I wanted to help me take it forward.



    You on the other hand, joined this blog under orders to try and sink Res 12 and you failed miserably didn’t you, even your sad sad attempts at intimidation failed miserably it really is a shame for you, what a sad miserable old wretch you must be if the only point to your sad existence is to try and wreck attempts to bring the SFA to justice.


    You can continue your pathetic attempts to polarise and create opposition to Res12 but like every attempt till now you will fail, can’t be easy being such a failure but no doubt you will continue to excel at it.


    Pathetic old attention seeking sad man.

  4. Surely Michael o halloran isn’t thinking of signing for that shower. No true Tim would even consider it. I would sign him the boys got it.

  5. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Time for bawbaws


    I’ll leave old sad sack to beat his computer to a pulp in his vain attempts to goad his preferred response :oD)))))

  6. Res12 is all my work, I wrote the resolution and I selected who I wanted to help me take it forward. – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/club-partnerships-will-be-the-next-big-story-in-football/comment-page-4/#comment-2752525



    Hahaha, aye so yi did, …..to take it forward? Lol, you flecked off at the 11hr with not so much as a by your leave, you bottled it, and as for claiming that it was all your work? You should be ashamed of yourself, absolutely ashamed, your a chancer on a blog, a lump of sawdust.

  7. GREENPINATA on 12TH JANUARY 2016 4:53 PM



    I agree it’s a shame.



    I think the suits in England would hate to damage the “product” by upsetting poppy fascists every November

  8. Feckin Hell on wheels.


    This place will go doolally next season, when the spawn of Satan are unleashed from the bowels of 1690.


    It will be like Apocalypse Now….and the Dawn of the Dead rolled into one.


    The SFA will be longing for Smoke bombs and flares to mask the horrific violent bigotry of the huns.


    Im getting ma Milbro Catapult oiled up.


    You’ve seen it in the movies….but now its real…its SEVCO





  9. Instead of Celtic fans policing SMV etc; can they come on here and police the supposedly mature and/or wise folk on here who spend all day acting like children



    I’ve been amused then bored by the puerile arguments and now I’m getting angry.


    Pack it in

  10. James Forrests latest blog is an excellent read about a few topical events of late, I’ll leave it for the mhan to post it himself…be good.



    Ps… Hoopy birthday to awe naw and cosy corner bhoy hope your having a good one. HH

  11. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Happy Birthday to Aw Naw and Cosy Corner Buoy.



    Twins separated at birth apparently :-)







  12. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Not that kind of buoy but this kind of bhoy

  13. Feel compelled to peek my head above the parapet on the flares issue. SFA/BBC are creaming themselves.


    Did a bit of co-ordination go into hiding those setting off flares? This would make it hard to blame on a rogue individual setting out to harm our club. Could someone explain why this is going on? I honestly do not understand why.


    If I was a twisted agenda driven moron with allegiances to a certain other club and was determined to drag Celtic down to the level of said club, I would go to Celtic games and set off flares.


    I’ve read about the experience of Celtic fans who have attempted self policing. The reaction they received is akin to the worst of the said club’s fans.


    I’m sure this has already been discussed, had to say my piece.

  14. I have just watched the coverage from the Scottish Parliament on the petition brought by FAC, both Jeanette and Paul did well, Macaskill who was justice secretary when this came in to being was flippant and incoherent, no wonder this was been passed with him at the top of the tree,I liked Michael McMahon’s comments about the former commander in chief of Police Scotland towards the end of coverage.




    Stranger things have happened.


    I remember when the Hun mob were on a Euro rampage a few years ago.


    Turned out, it was Chelsea fans that caused the trouble:)


    And to make matters worse, the same Chelsea fans followed the Huns to Manchester, and caused all the trouble that night as well, and got the Huns the blame for it.


    Shocking eh.





  16. Good to see Neganon back on. Thought his post that ‘Celtic are Dead’ was not quite accurate. This is one fact that cannot be challenged. Peter Lawwell has been CEO for 12 years, during his tenure , we have had floods , ISIL, and numerous other calimatious world events, coincidence?

  17. meansong



    There are a few thinking along those lines, me to, somethings going on, even the clowns in here who condone it, make you think, that includes the ones who say…..ohhh I’m not condoning it…BUT!

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