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. TD67



    Nobody has condoned reckless behaviour.


    The culprits were arrested, and banned by Celtic.


    What do you want…Blood.


    You will get plenty of that next season…bide your time:)


    The culprits have been punished.





  2. dessybhoy



    Like the former chief of police, McCaskill was arse necked out the door too, that’s why police Scotland have the attitude today, McCaskill gave them the green light to go Tonto.


    He is one ignorant b,.,.,d, and it showed today, he did not like Findlay at all, but she handled him well I must say, she’s good when she keeps the head, clever woman, it’s her grand standing and drama queen stuff that lets her down, IMO, that is.

  3. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Many thanks to ALL. who wished me a Happy Birthday as they are too many to name.Happy Birthday to awe aw as well and young ACGR.The are a few generations there and all good Tims!! Anyway,thanks again will get you all a wee drink at Dublin2016!:) Sorry Awenaw bloody text!

  4. TD67



    I read every post.


    But some are even too much for me:)


    You are worse than me…its all your fault:)





  5. TD67


    I agree that is why Police Scotland police the way they do , they have bridges to build, he is one ignorant b……d

  6. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Sipsini, I read James F’s blog earlier, he echoed many of my sentiments from a few weeks ago. Those that want to see the Huns punished for their sectarianism will regret that once the authorities start docking Celtic points for persistent re-offending.



    At least it’ll make the league more competitive though.


    Wonder why they never thought about it before eh?

  7. sixtaeseven - Gardez la Foi on



    “Ahm gonna have to do some arresting around here on account of yer WiFi !”



    Magic Hat:


    “WiFi? We ain’t got no WiFi. We don’t need no stinking WiFi !!!”



    Sierra Madre CSC

  8. The Battered Bunnet on

    Awe Naw, Happy Birthday. Funny enough, I got this one yesterday:



    Dear TBB,



    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



    Ronny Deila, Celtic Manager



    p.s Sorry this is a day late, but I leave it to John Collins to organise the birthday stuff, and the guy’s a total trumpet. Did you read what he said about Sevco? Walloper.






    I know mine’s an original, ‘cos it’s signed by Ronny and he spelled his name correctly.




    We have enough Celtic songs you would think.


    Anything else…we leave ourselves wide open to being branded.


    Not clever.




  10. Wi’ all these personal birthday messages Ronny’s sending out it’s no wonder it’s taken him so long to realise he needs a 4-4-2…!




  11. As long as stupid marches in fancy dress outfits are condoned and supported on our streets, then sectarianism will always be evident.



    No matter what football does.


    Our politicians of all persuasions must know that. They are guilty as charged.




  12. eddieinkirkmichael…



    The cheating and connivance will reach another plateau next season, of that I have no doubt.



    Their b*****d support will cause bedlam wherever they appear.



    Oh well, what’s new…different shite…same flies.

  13. eddieinkirkmichael on

    The Green Man, honestly not wanting to fall out or be disrespectful but that last comment is a stay at the back of the bus moment.


    Why are some so worried to defend the rights that others take for granted?


    Freedom of speech and freedom of political expression are the centre stones of any democracy yet you would deny our fans that right.



    Two Celtic fans gave their time freely today to defend the right’s of others. Jeanette stated that some of the songs that were deemed offensive are songs she wouldn’t sing at a football game, yet here she was defending others right to do just that.



    Some will say keep politics out of sport, we all the debates and have heard the arguments a hundred times so it’s pointless starting it again.

  14. I’v noticed that since the Celtic supporters association has put out what they thought of those nutters on Sunday it’s ok for them, but to say that, but when the club say something along the same lines, it’s not on? How does that work?

  15. Sheik


    I would imagine it would be the political songs which the media describe as secterian.

  16. Delaneys Dunky on




    There were no sectarian songs sung on Sunday.


    The chant, “Get the Brits out now.” was as close as it got.

  17. Eddieinkirkmichael.


    Ive got no problem with Celtic fans singing whatever they like.


    But like you say….it will be used against us.


    There will be no change in Scottish Football.


    Its full steam ahead for corruption and cheating.


    Any song the hun media dont like…will be classed as sectarian.


    You know all this.





  18. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    Anthony Stokes loan deal done and agreed. Now to await official confirmation from Hibs and Celtic.



    Any chance of moving Derk

  19. Eddieinkirkmichael





    C,mon on now.


    In Scotland.


    Thats going too far:)





  20. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Upset ? Me, no way, just amused as thinking about some of what you say reminded me of quote from the school of Gonzo journalism- “There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”




    Anthony Stokes loan deal done and agreed. Now to await official confirmation from Hibs and Celtic.



    Any chance of moving Derk




    Derk to The Sevco??

  22. Macaskill also tried to make the OBaF act an election issue today which was refuted by his fellow MSP’s on the committee,he gives the impression he would be happy in a dictatorship providing it is him and his like who are doing the dictating

  23. Gents,



    Interesting article in E Tims the other day about the chant ” Get the Brits out now”



    It questioned why is it necessary, indeed applicable to sing that at a Celtic game. It also stated that the Brits have gone and it also questioned the reaction if the chant was ” get the blacks, Jews ,Pakistanis or Syrians out”



    I wonder in this increasing PC world, whether the article was insuniating racist chanting.



    This is not what I am saying, I’m only quoting An article in E- Tims which was linked on here.



    Food for thought thought.




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