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Cluj, give Jullien a run, Ian Holloway

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They may have ejected Celtic from the Champions League, but Cluj did not have the look of genuine contenders for the group stage.  They lost 0-1 at home to Slavia Prague last night, with Masopust (no relation) getting the goal.  The Romanians will almost certainly drop to the Europa League.

AIK arrive in Glasgow today smarting from their home defeat on Sunday.  Scouts from both Celtic and AIK will have taken in each other’s games at the weekend, but it is unlikely much of consequence was learned, or at least, I hope AIK learned little about Celtic.

Whatever reasons lay behind Neil Lennon’s team selections at home to Cluj, Boli Bolingoli and Christopher Jullien both have an additional 90 minutes under their belts, so are more likely to make the line-up, especially if concerns remain about Kristofer Ajer’s shoulder injury.  I know this is not a universal feeling, but I want Jullien to be given a run in the team.  We have scouted this player, there is more to come than we have seen.

Ian Holloway’s comments, where he blamed the EU for football’s new handball rule is a perfect metaphor for our time and the entire Brexit debate.  The world is full of clowns who believe simple answers exist to complex problems.  No weight of logic will shift them, and they are not limited to the Brexit loons, football problems are easy to solve, just ask anyone with no experience.

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  1. FF is 31.

     

    Gigi Buffon recently returned to Juve after a career dotted w form slumps, betting scandals, alleged fascist leanings and periodic depression. He was welcomed back after a lucrative, money chasing transfer to PSG with open arms and most at JuveQuickNews celebrated.

     

    GB is 41.

     

    If you pass el medico, welcome back Fraser.

  2. onenightinlisbon on

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:14 AM

     

     

    More than happy to give him my full support as I do with all of those who wear the hoops.

     

     

    Doesn’t stop me thinking we are shambolic.

  3. AIK bound to be a tough game for us, we rarely get it easy against Swedish or Norwegian opposition. Always fit, always well-organised and always hard working.

     

    A win and a 2-goal cushion needed to calm the nerves. If we concede early, as we are known to do in Europe, it will be a nerve-wracking night.

  4. GO TELL THE SPARTIM on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:08 AM

     

     

    Who would you take first out the two Wanyama or FF, one would make a significant impact the other minimal, in the order that its read.

     

     

    He’s a step up from Bain and Gordon granted but not much

     

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    I’d take FF. We have plenty of players at Central Midfield.

     

     

    Wanyama is an improvement on Brown. So it would also be a good signing.

     

     

    My overall point on Wanyama was that many of the criticisms from Forster would apply. His career is on a downward trajectory. He’s surplus to requirements at Spurs. He’s behind Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lo Celso, Alli and possibly Dier as well.

     

     

    But I’ve never rated Bain much. I think Fraser Forster is a much better keeper than Bain or an aging Craig Gordon.

  5. onenightinlisbon on

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:14 AM

     

     

    Johnstone? Burns? Larsson?

     

     

    Think you are being a bit touchy on that one.

  6. In Neil Lennon’s final couple of seasons 12-14 FF was simply a wall, a fantastic goalkeeper. Serious injury problems limited him at Southampton, when i saw him play it looked his lis legs were not moving quickly enough and he was caught out, confidence dented. One hopes we get the former back.

  7. traditionalist88 on

    ONENIGHTINLISBON on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:16 AM

     

     

    I know, a lot to be concerned about in general.

     

     

    Just calling for a bit of consistency and to give FF a chance, at least we know the potential he has.

     

     

    If he has fought back from injury and mental health issues (wasn’t aware of this previously) then it shows his resilience as well and if I was a Centre back I’d have Fraser in goals behind me before Bain or Gordon.

     

     

    HH

  8. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    @ TIMALOY29 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:03 AM

     

     

    Spurs didn’t have 4/5 injured central midfielders. He is not first choice and they have bought a £60m replacement for CM.

     

     

    It is no disgrace to not be 1st choice in a team that spends £60m on a CM, finished runner-up in last year’s CL and is arguably in the top 10 teams in the world (in terms of quality).

     

     

    The situation with Fraser is different by virtue of the team he plays for and his place in the pecking order. I don’t mind his return, but we need 3 or 4 players (hopefully signing FF does not constitute one of them) and a back-up GK is nowhere close to the top of the list.

  9. traditionalist88 on

    ONENIGHTINLISBON on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:23 AM

     

     

    Don’t get your Johnstone, Burns, Larsson point?

     

     

    HH

  10. onenightinlisbon on

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:27 AM

     

     

    Think I have said before on here, every single one of us want Celtic to be successful. I have nothing against anyone who has a different opinion to me on here and totally respect them for it. Right that we are able to debate in a climate of respect.

  11. onenightinlisbon on

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:29 AM

     

     

    I sometimes called Tommy Burns “Burns” when speaking of him, same for Henrik and Jimmy. doesn’t mean I disrespect them does it?

  12. traditionalist88 on

    ONENIGHTINLISBON on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:30 AM

     

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:29 AM

     

     

    I sometimes called Tommy Burns “Burns” when speaking of him, same for Henrik and Jimmy. doesn’t mean I disrespect them does it?

     

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    I don’t think I said it does?!

     

     

    HH

  13. traditionalist88 on

    ONENIGHTINLISBON on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:30 AM

     

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:29 AM

     

     

    I sometimes called Tommy Burns “Burns” when speaking of him, same for Henrik and Jimmy. doesn’t mean I disrespect them does it?

     

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    I don’t think I said it does?! Maybe someone else?!

     

     

    HH

  14. “NO OLD PAL’S AXE FROM JOHAN”

     

     

    I mean shirley kinda CQN headline is indicative of just how far the club & anyone connected to it has slumped.

     

    If CQN subbies dont know their ‘acts’ from their ‘axe’ well, feck, I’ve just about had enough with this board mob

     

    They’re taking me, all of us, for linguistic mugs. Think they can serve up nonsensical idioms eh?

     

    What kind of ‘idiom’ do they take me for?? It’s indicative ah tell yous.

     

    Unless they get it fixed – chop chop – I’m gunna girn, girrrn, grrrr, grrrrrrrrr

     

    GRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrr!

  15. THE HANDS CANT HIT WHAT THE EYES CANT SEE on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:28 AM

     

     

    Point is, Vic isn’t really going to part of Spurs plans now. Alli is injured and Lo Celso has yet to be introduced into the squad and the best he can do is unused sub appearances.

     

     

    Spurs only signed 3 players who will actually be for the first team this season. Ndombele, Sessegnon & Lo Celso. Two in Vic’s position.

     

     

    That’s a sign that they believe that this was a problem area. That’s a sign that relying on Victor Wanyama is a problem for Spurs.

     

     

    As for Forster, he isn’t coming back to be second choice. He will be Celtic’s first choice this season.

  16. Celtic still need to sign two fullbacks, possibly a striker & a CB. This doesn’t change that.

     

     

    Doesn’t mean its a mistake either.

  17. onenightinlisbon on

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:33 AM

     

     

    Apologies, made an arse of that one!

  18. Forster was Stevie Woods first task as GK coach, and he improved him,his kicking especially, hopefully he can get FF back to his best.

  19. Delaneys Dunky on

    Looks like I am in the minority, but I would be delighted if Fraser Forster passes his medical and signs today. The big man would be an upgrade on our two current keepers. Hope his pal Victor joins him too. Still need two full backs though. Would be happy with Gumny and Meling.

  20. I also would point out that his third-choice position at Southampton was hardly set in stone. He was on the bench against Liverpool.

  21. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:20 AM

     

     

    Sigh…………. “Lennon”. Unlike “Brendan” or “MON” or even “Mogga .Nope, just Lennon will do

     

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    Yup. Some of the other Celtic Blogs out there are hard to differentiate from The Record or other SMSM anti-Celtic pish.

     

     

    Glad we have at least one Celtic blog that is positive and rational. Good to have an alternative to the anti-Celtic agenda being supported by co-opted narcissists.

  22. DELANEYS DUNKY on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:52 AM

     

     

    Looks like I am in the minority, but I would be delighted if Fraser Forster passes his medical and signs today. The big man would be an upgrade on our two current keepers. Hope his pal Victor joins him too. Still need two full backs though. Would be happy with Gumny and Meling.

     

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    I’m part of that minority too. When Craig was signed not everyone thought it a good move. He’d been out injured for a while and it looked like his time was over. Turned out not bad for us.

     

     

    Take Vic in a heartbeat too. Might be limited chances for his where he is but he’s do a job for us.

  23. QUADROPHENIAN on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:58 AM

     

     

    Quick, dont overthink this Q:

     

     

    We lost Dorus.

     

     

    We gained Fraser.

     

     

    Upgrade?

     

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    Yup.

  24. traditionalist88 on

    Loan with option to buy for FF.

     

     

    Any future fee will effectively have 10% off because there is a sell on fee in his contract from when we sold him!

     

     

    HH

  25. The disrespect to FF shown by some on here is appalling.

     

     

    Suggesting he disappeared down a plug hole as soon as he went south is just plain wrong.

     

     

    He continued to be fantastic and if memory serves won ‘save of the season’. He also cemented his position on the England set up tending to be favoured as No 1

     

     

    However he suffered a catastrophic injury which could easily have ended his career and indeed at one point it was thought it had.

     

     

    Naturally he list his place for club and Country during his exceptionally long recuperation. The game has moved on now of course and he was never great with his feet but without question one of our greatest ever keepers.

     

     

    He may or may not be able to replicate the past but this is no dud and if he replicated what CG did I would not be surprised at all.

     

     

    Respect… It costs nothing

  26. RADITIONALIST88 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 11:01 AM

     

    Loan with option to buy for FF.

     

     

     

    Any future fee will effectively have 10% off because there is a sell on fee in his contract from when we sold him!

     

     

     

    HH

     

     

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    The sell on fee is only applicable for the duration of the original contract. Thats not how it works anyway.

  27. And for the record, following Celtic for 55+years we’ve never had such a sequence of goalkeeping excellence as…..

     

     

    Boruc, Forster, Gordon

     

     

    Goalden Age

     

     

    HH

  28. NEVERALONE on 22ND AUGUST 2019 11:05 AM

     

     

    The disrespect to FF shown by some on here is appalling.

     

     

    Suggesting he disappeared down a plug hole as soon as he went south is just plain wrong.

     

     

    He continued to be fantastic and if memory serves won ‘save of the season’. He also cemented his position on the England set up tending to be favoured as No 1

     

     

    However he suffered a catastrophic injury which could easily have ended his career and indeed at one point it was thought it had.

     

     

    Naturally he list his place for club and Country during his exceptionally long recuperation. The game has moved on now of course and he was never great with his feet but without question one of our greatest ever keepers.

     

     

    He may or may not be able to replicate the past but this is no dud and if he replicated what CG did I would not be surprised at all.

     

     

    Respect… It costs nothing

     

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    Good post. Respect in short supply on here recently.

  29. TIMALOY29 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:40 AM

     

     

    Lo Celso is an attacking mid, he won’t be in competition with Victor. More likely a replacement for Eriksen

  30. traditionalist88 on

    DAVID17 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 11:06 AM

     

     

    Ok thanks – that could possibly vary on a case by case basis though? Or maybe not common?

     

     

    HH