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Club partnerships will be the next big story in football

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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. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    At Glasgow Sheriff Court, lawyers for 802 Works said the firm wanted the money ring-fenced to ensure payment if the club goes into insolvency.

     

     

    they don’t give a damn about anybody else do they

  2. SIPSINI on 12TH JANUARY 2016 9:53 PM

     

     

    SFTB…

     

     

    His argument in favour of staying with the Bill were:- Look at Northern Ireland where policemen get killed!- do we want that here? This is all about Sectarianism which is bringing Irish “stuff” into Scotland and we want nothing to do with that.

     

     

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    Ban the orange walks then, simple!

     

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    Correct.

     

     

    Why the Scottish government are so supportive of Orange walks?

  3. Delaneys Dunky on

    Sipsini

     

     

    We would need to ban all walks or parades. I would be for it, and I have taken part in many Republican Parades, in Glasgow, England and Ireland.

  4. sipsini on 12th January 2016 9:53 pm,

     

     

    Ban walks save £20M odds. £20M odds, We could even put the money toward their Education I.E. Build more Catholic Schools?

     

     

    Then again…..

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

    SFTB

     

     

    It sounds as if he is the thinking man’s peanut.

     

     

    Hopefully common sense will prevail and the politicians of all parties will find a way to accept that this is wrong without having to admit defeat. This therefore may take time, but credit to FAC for doing this today and keeping up the fight while others do nothing or little.

     

     

    As you know there is always more than one issue and many reasons when making a choice who to vote for and for me it shows how much labour has let us down, that despite this crazy act, people did not vote for them.

     

     

    All about opinions and freedom of choice, I suppose.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  6. NatKnow…

     

     

    That’s their heritage we are encroaching on now… That’s different:(

     

     

    Delaneys…

     

     

    To get those bassas of our streets, I’d ban all, if that what it takes.

     

     

    Caltontongues…

     

     

    The schools have changed from our time, most are mixed now, although the Catholic education is still allowed to teach their faith at the moment.

  7. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s, budgie was one of the Bankies’ most consistent players .

     

     

    I would go to Kilbowie if I couldn’t get to our game or we were playing on a different day.

     

     

    Micky Larnach was a very good player. Abhoy I knew from the Drum , Martin Hughes put in a good shift for them also.

     

     

    A guy I worked with in Clydebank , csarcastically called the Knightswood Michael Conroy , Big and Dangerous. He didn’t like him at all.

     

     

    I don’tthink the other former Bankies player from Knightswood , Campbell McKeown, is remebered to fondly bt Clydebank fans.

     

     

    John McCormick is a great guy plus one of the hardest players I have seen on a pitch. The league my son’s former team was in, used to have coaching for under 13’s and under14’s in Hamilton. John would coach two players from each team in the respective age groups , every second Friday. He was brilliant with the boys. No shouting , didn’t get angry . He would stop training routines if the boys weren’t doing as requested then show them again what to do.

     

     

    I’m sure he was a councillor for people with addiction issues.

  8. Surely the Scottish Government would be OK with Republican marches?

     

     

    Don’t they want a Republic?

  9. Delaneys Dunky

     

    I’m not big fan of David Bowie but he brought few Polish accents into his works. One of his songs was “Warszawa” (Warsaw). Lyrics and music was based on song by Polish folk band Sląsk. I heard Ian Curtis was obsessed with this song, this is why he named his band Warsaw before it was named Joy Division.

     

    This is Bowie’s “Janine” , Polish girl.

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEMcyO5myeY

  10. Sipsini,

     

     

    The schools have changed from our time, most are mixed now, although the Catholic education is still allowed to teach their faith at the moment.

     

     

    Precisely, that was my point.

     

     

    HH

  11. CT

     

     

    To me, he always was a non-entity but he managed to rise to the dizzying heights of shadow Deputy First Minister within the SNP. He was quite recently the Minister for Justice and he still has a ministerial brief for Tourism.

     

     

    If the Scottish public were asked to name SNP MSPs he would still be in the top 5 of recognisable names.

     

     

     

     

    sipsini, DD, Nat KNow & CT

     

     

     

    The SNP commisioned the Morrow (their favourite “go to” guy on this issue for obvious reasons) Report on Sectarianism which managed to put the boot into football again and totally excused the parades as contributing to the issue.

     

     

    You know I do not buy the Neg Anon line on the SNP being institutionally anti-RC or anti-Irish, or ernie lynch’s view that their historical anti-catholicism is relevant in the modern era, but they sure do have a problem with football snobbery and a blind spot about tackling the OO. I think the Celtic fans within their membership should be asking questions about this instead of telling us that it will all be dealt with once we’ve reached Shangri-La, The Big Rock Candy Mountain or The Emerald City.

  12. Dallas

     

     

    The Clydebank ladies loved my handsome mate Campbell McKeown. His slops were welcome when I was 16. ;))

  13. setting free the bears for Res. 12 & Oscar Knox on 12th January 2016 9:40 pm

     

    However, we got a flavour of the fate that waits in store when any parliamentary review takes place. The frankly deranged meanderings of Kenny MacAskill, in stark contrast to the more reasoned objections of the other SNP MSP who spoke, lets us know that defeat of this SNP Bill will not be tolerated.

     

     

    His argument in favour of staying with the Bill were:-

     

     

    Look at Northern Ireland where policemen get killed!- do we want that here?

     

     

    This is all about Sectarianism which is bringing Irish “stuff” into Scotland and we want nothing to do with that.

     

     

    The Act is working because opinion polls show a majority do not want sectarianism and this Act is stopping sectarianism.

     

     

    *so it’s ok then to sing in praise of a brigton fascist.

  14. Delaney’s Dunky: I loved every minute of the trip and everyone we met in Stranraer were so friendly and welcoming. Yourself and EIK were great company and my bro said he’d definitely go to a few away matches next season. Thanks again to HT for tickets, and Dena29 who made sure we got from the ferry to our respective modes of transport.

     

     

    Got home at 1am and was up again at 6am. Just home from union meeting so haven’t had time to read back.

  15. Zbyzsek

     

     

    Thank you. Track downloaded to my playlist.

     

    TBJ told me that Warsaw is a special place at Christmas.

     

    I must visit my Grandfather’s birthplace Gdansk soon.

     

    Hope you are in good health.

     

    Hail Hail

  16. SFTB at 10.12 pm,

     

     

    I get that re him, not Nega Non, but, as someone who has worked with various SG departments for 20 odd years. The SNP are, by far, the most responsive – Don’t Think Yes Minister, towards their immediate employees.

  17. Natknow

     

     

    Do you continually feel let down in Scottish football?

     

     

    Yes?

     

     

    You’re, right regarding corporate etc, etc.

     

     

    Celtic with a wholly corporate identity remain a defeated entity in this country, it’s in the mission statement and the banners they ‘bizarrely show on the stadium today’ prove that, they live a lie.

     

     

    I’m not wealthy enough to just ‘give it to Celtic’ and sit back, believe me I would, but I can’t, looks like I’m gone soon.

     

     

    It’s beyond it, and Bllionaires need to be told, especially since they are clueless, in the Fenian bastard stakes.

     

     

    HH

  18. Caltontongues…

     

     

    I gathered that, it’s the brush we are beating with any time sectarianism is mentioned…faith schools.

     

     

    They seem to take the moral high ground on this, to be honest, I’m unsure where I stand on it anymore.

     

     

    Should I be open minded or keep the faith!

     

     

    Oh well, I’m going to my kip and leave it at that, night all. ;)

     

     

    One wee point…it doesn’t seem a problem in any other European countries!

  19. crc

     

     

    “As you know there is always more than one issue and many reasons when making a choice who to vote for and for me it shows how much labour has let us down, that despite this crazy act, people did not vote for them.”

     

     

    Well aware of that. You know my views as I’ve expressed them often enough. It is important that you call out the bad that is being done in your name. The Celtic supporting SNP members and backers have a greater opportunity to influence this debate than I do. That is because, up to now, The ACT gas been passed with 100% of SNP MSPs backing it and 100% of opposition MSPs opposing it. The Act will stand or fall dependent on how the SNP vote.

     

     

    I am well aware of the damage that the Labour Party inflicted with Iraq and Sleaze. They let a lot of people down badly and deserved much of what came their way. However, I still find it mind boggling when a Celtic site actively opposes the mover of this petition, James Kelly, and advocates voting SNP to get him out.

     

     

    A lot of the good guys who spoke so sensibly today- Graeme Pearson, Michael McMahon, James Kelly and the Scots-Asian MSP whose name I missed are highly likely to lose their seats and be replaced by drones who will troop in behind Kenny MacAskill to weigh their victoriious votes in favour of keeping the OBaF Act. The appearance of just one single SNP rebel willing to state publicly that this was a mistake and to apologise for making it, would be a credit to the party you back and would earn serious praise from me.

     

     

    Sadly, if the SNP tweet I provided is anything to go by, I will not be offering such praise anytime soon.

  20. Very well played to the Tims at the Parly today – Not an easy venue but both put in a professional and authoritative shift.

     

     

    The boul’ Kenny (and his ilk) is the ugly face of what we are up against.

  21. Delaneys Dunky

     

    Thank you, I’m well. Yes, you must visit Gdansk. Few other places here are worth your time too.

  22. CT

     

     

    “The SNP are, by far, the most responsive – Don’t Think Yes Minister, towards their immediate employees. ”

     

     

    That is your experience but not mine. I witnessed Nicola Sturgeon turn a meeting of parents of children with Autism into a Party Political Broadcast and I had not seen anything like that when Previous Scottish Government spokespersons had addressed such conferences.

     

     

    If what you say is true, why is there a blind spot all round that leads to the OBaF Act and the Morrow Report? Who exactly are they listening to there?

     

     

    Have to go off now- will catch replies later

  23. Almore DD

     

    Glad you enjoyed the game on Sunday had a Wee walk about tried to find you

     

    Couldn’t see you for smoke

     

     

    HH

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

    SFTB

     

     

    My view is that it take 2 further parliaments to remove.

     

     

    Hope I am wrong

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  25. I can’t keep up.

     

    Which one is this ?

     

    Wednesday 13th January

     

    LORD WOOLMAN

     

    PETITION DEPARTMENT

     

    UNSTARRED MOTIONS

     

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    P1266/15 Pet: Mash Holdings Ltd for orders under sec. 996 re Rangers

     

    Brodies LLP

  26. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s, campbell was better off the pitch than on it.

     

     

    The Steedman’s killed the Bankies as a senior team but thankfulky the fans worked wonders to get them set up as a junior team .

     

     

    I hope you have recovered from your missionary work in the south west at the weekend.

  27. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Butsy

     

    He was in safe hands with myself DD and Eddie, in line with 18 yard line next to smoke bombs

     

    DD was happy to blame the kids for the strange smell coming from the smoke