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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. Could there be two CQNs? One for the positive supporters and one for the negative supporters.

     

     

    If all the Positives were on the same site,blood pressure and frustrations would be diminished.

     

     

    If all the Negatives were on the same site, at least that would stop others seeing them as Huns .

     

    Looking forward to tonight`s game. AIK beat the real Huns a few years ago and destroyed Hibs 9-0 !!!

     

     

    Cycling time.

     

    Cheerio for now.

     

    JJ

  2. ST TAMS on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:25 AM

     

    I can’t believe people on here are talking about signing Adam Matthews. A guy who couldn’t get a game for Sunderland last season.

     

     

    It seems that it’s not just NL thats lost the plot

     

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    I wasn’t advocating that we sign him.

     

     

    Somebody said “Our recruitment database appears to be Neil Lennon’s Whatsapp group…”

     

     

    My point was, Adam Matthews was available on a free but we decided to go to Israel to sign our RB. A lot further afield than Neils contact list.

  3. BIG WAVY on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:23 AM

     

     

    You are right. Fraser Forster isn’t rated at Southampton anymore.

     

     

    It’s their loss. I don’t have issues with coaches signing players they are familiar with. Even the best coaches do.

     

     

    The lack of respect shown to guys who delivered titles and reached the last 16 of the Champions League is a joke.

  4. I met John Fallon before the game last week, he was looking great. Do you think we should give him a shout.

  5. Stairheedrammy on

    Having used both twitter and facebook while having clumsy large fingers means I have mistakenly liked or added a smiley face to topics such as natural disasters, death announcements, and even people talking about how depressed they felt. Fortunately, I have sometimes actually realised that I did it!

  6. onenightinlisbon on

    TIMALOY29 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:33 AM

     

     

    Lack of respect? So we give someone a free ride to do as they please because they served the club before?

     

     

    Lack of respect is allowing our club to slowly go down the toilet and do nothing about it.

  7. The Battered Bunnet on

    Daryl Murphy at RoSol, according to Kelvin Wilson who’s ahead of him in the queue for the MRI

  8. Why is signing a 10mill keeper such a schect idea when Bainy’s out with a bad thumb? Rather than deride it as pish policy, mibby its good the recruitment strategy is flexible enough to opportunistically nab the right player that becomes available at the right price?

     

    HALFFULL CSC

     

     

    TIMALOY29 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:09 AM

     

    Tell me your first sub is Eden ?

  9. QUADROPHENIAN on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:37 AM

     

     

    Tell me your first sub is Eden ?

     

     

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    I wish. dunno if Bain has recovered for injury. If not Conor Hazard will be on the bench.

  10. ONENIGHTINLISBON on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:35 AM

     

     

    Lack of respect? So we give someone a free ride to do as they please because they served the club before?

     

     

    Lack of respect is allowing our club to slowly go down the toilet and do nothing about it.

     

     

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    Right, so rubbishing the guy before he’s even signed is the appropriately measured response?

  11. I’m a negative person. Celtic don’t sign anyone – I’m raging. Celtic sign someone – I’m raging. Nothing in life makes me more furious than all the stuff Celtic do and don’t do. But I’m a Celtic supporter. Honest.

  12. The Battered Bunnet on

    Chavez, spot on, although you’ve overlooked the things that Celtic might* do, if, and things that might* happen as a consequence.

  13. I guess giving a chance to a guy who was a great servant previously counts as a “free ride”

  14. Go tell the Spartim on

    I get that we cant sign the top echelon of players, or maybe even the 2nd or 3rd and there used to be mileage in getting players in with a point to prove, but it looks like we’re a retirement home for guys that used to be good, he’ll have to prove himself all over again (hope he is up to it).

     

     

    I tend not to pay attention to what NL says to the media as its all bluster and what do we expect him to say, but his latest piece would be laughable if i believed a word from any press conference.

     

     

    Im still working on that date with Charlize Theron, have been for a while now but if it doesnt work out ive a contingency in place for that.

     

     

    Media and Timternet perception is one thing but even if you reel that in a bit, our recruitment strategy for managers and players alike is the level below amateur.

  15. traditionalist88 on

    Bet if Big Victor was signed tomorrow not one of the same arguments about going backwards, Lennons Whatapp group, losing place in team, lack of scouting system…would be repeated…

     

     

    HH

  16. onenightinlisbon on

    TIMALOY29 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:40 AM

     

     

    It would appear that we have no transfer plan/policy in place. I have nothing against big Fraser, did a job for us years ago but so did others, doesn’t mean we have to welcome them back with open arms.

     

     

    Our board and manager are treating us with contempt, where’s the respect shown to us?

  17. Think Gordon is on his final year, Bain is showing signs of second season syndrome, perhaps Celtic are planning ahead, FF is 31 young for a Keeper, if he rediscovers his form, he could be a great buy.

     

    Like all players confidence is everything bit particularly in Keepers, he was an outstanding Keeper, big question is can he be again. Gordon worked out fine, decent chance FF will too.

     

    Overall ,I’m ambivalent on this one , wouldn’t be labeling it a disgrace on the one hand or wouldn’t be giving out high fives on the other,

  18. onenightinlisbon on

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:54 AM

     

     

    Wanyama is a completely different prospect. Playe for a top English team, played in the Champions League final. Slightly different from big Fraser don’t you think? And do you actually believe he would come to us?

  19. ONENIGHTINLISBON on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:54 AM

     

     

    It would appear that we have no transfer plan/policy in place. I have nothing against big Fraser, did a job for us years ago but so did others, doesn’t mean we have to welcome them back with open arms.

     

     

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    Neil gave Bain a chance and he failed.

     

     

    We’ve massively upgraded in my opinion.

  20. onenightinlisbon on

    TIMALOY29 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:59 AM

     

     

    Obviously I’ll give the big man my full support, he’s with us again but just think it’s clutching at straws.

  21. ONENIGHTINLISBON on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:58 AM

     

     

    Wanyama is a completely different prospect. Playe for a top English team, played in the Champions League final. Slightly different from big Fraser don’t you think? And do you actually believe he would come to us?

     

     

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    Fraser Forster was once considered a big prospect in English football.

     

     

    Wanyama was only in the team at Spurs because 4 or 5 players ahead of him were injured. They then went out and spent big on two players in his position.

     

     

    Spurs don’t rate Wanyama. They want rid of him.

  22. More pros than cons from me on Forster, great trainer,great GK ,lost form and confidence, at 31 plenty left in the tank for a keeper, what age was Gordon when he signed,and was written off BTW….

  23. My friends in Celtic.

     

     

    If NFL wasn’t convinced about Scott Bain or Craig Gordon, or just wanted back up then fine.

     

    We have had ample time to properly scout a young upcoming GK in the mould of Artur Boruc.

     

    Yet we go into our archives of players who were good years ago but chose to leave and are now are in obscurity.

     

     

    As stated earlier , it beggars belief and will be a right confidence booster to Craig Gordon tonight.

     

     

    HH.

  24. traditionalist88 on

    ONENIGHTINLISBON on 22ND AUGUST 2019 9:58 AM

     

     

    My point has nothing to do with any of that or whether I think he’d come.

     

     

    Read it again.

     

     

    It simply said…if Big Victor was to re-sign for Celtic, none of the following arguments would likely appear on CQN:

     

     

    *The clubsgoing backwards

     

    *FFS Lennons Whatapp group again

     

    *losing place in Spurs team… he must be on a downwards trajectory

     

    *lack of scouting system…

     

     

    So hardly fair on Forster when he has proven ability as much as Victor.

     

     

    Can we at least be consistent? We’d slate the MSM for less.

     

     

    FF has presence and quality which can be brought out of him again. Gordon was at a lower ebb when he was picked up.

     

     

    HH

  25. Not having posted or looked in for a while it’s been great catching up on the last few days posts. I’m especially delighted to see so many new names. it’s great how they all seem to be highly informed on what’s going on behind the scenes at Celtic park, and not only that, they appear to have all the answers to every issue that Celtic face.

     

     

    I’m certain that they have nothing but the best of intentions towards our club. A big hearty welcome, and I look forward to reading your insights and wisdom when things are going well for the team.

  26. Correct me if im wrong but we did sign two up and coming goalkeepers in the last few weeks who are not quite ready for full time senior football

     

     

    Forster will do for now

  27. Go tell the Spartim on

    So Timaloy29

     

     

    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

  28. onenightinlisbon on

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:06 AM

     

     

    The arguments would not appear because Wanyama would be seen as a positive signing. Foster is not.

     

     

    Going backwards, most often than not, does not work.

  29. The Transfer Policy, if we ever had one,is a total shambles, and is a Lawwell production, we are now buying on the hoof at last minute.com ,or Dudu Duhans doodoo.The next couple of panic buys,will determine if Lawwell and Lennon are here for much longer. IMO

  30. I Think its time wee all get realregarding all things celtic football club’Everytime we try and make a signing its all negative comments’in fact eveything its all negative thoughts from the club to the fans why is that

  31. onenightinlisbon on

    TIMBHOY2 on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:10 AM

     

     

    It’s negative for a reason. We are a shambles.

     

     

    Bury your head in the sand if you want to.

  32. traditionalist88 on

    ONENIGHTINLISBON on 22ND AUGUST 2019 10:09 AM

     

     

    Well unless you have a crystal ball no one knows on which occasions ‘going backwards’ will work and when it won’t.

     

     

    Therefore we should be consistent and if hypothetically we are being fair to Victor we should do so with Forster on his return and leave the snide remarks out and give him a chance to get back to his brilliant best.

     

     

    I remember the meltdown when a 33 year old unknown Slovakian signed, thankfully there was no social media around then!

     

     

    HH