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Coherent recruitment strategy, in June!

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There was a standing joke on here for years.  On day one of the transfer window someone would write, “The transfer window’s been open 13 hours and still no news, get your finger out Celtic”.  It mirrored the less jovial comments when the transfer window had 13 hours left, although “get your finger out Celtic” occasionally still featured.

It’s not just Celtic, transfer business is a deadline activity.  Why sell your prime asset early when you know desperate clubs will pay over the odds to appease the manager who is demanding sufficient resources to meet target?

You need to work an angle to pick up prime cuts this early in the window.  We picked up Virgil van Dijk for a paltry £2.6m in June 2013, which is remarkable, considering he is an outstanding player who was working in one of Europe’s heavily scouted leagues.

We got in early with van Dijk, who had been released by Willem II without playing a game before making 62 appearances with Groningen.  A false start followed by a period with just enough form to tempt Celtic’s scouts, but not so much as to alert the slower footed.

So what do we know about Dedryck Boyata?  He’s 24, three years older than Virgil when he joined, but has played around half the number of first team games Virgil had experienced.  Dedryck was vacuumed up by City as a 16-year-old, part of the annual harvest major clubs make each year.  He clearly had something about him to convince City to retain him, but first team outings were rare.  When Celtic came shopping a year ago, City were prepared to live without Jason Denayer for a season, but not Dedryck, who went into their first team squad.

It’s correct to say that knowledge of Dedryck is scarce, even among City fans, but Ronny has spent time on City’s training fields with him, and had him watched extensively in non-first team outings over the last year.

Is he the answer to our defensive prayers?  Time will tell, but the recruitment strategy which brought him here is coherent.  All our scouts and management team have watched him to the extent that a consensus has been reached.  His profile is not high enough to commend a fee which is out with our budget, and most importantly, we can bring him in now, making sure he’s embedded before the potentially lucrative Petrofac Cup Champions League qualifiers.

Welcome to Celtic, Dedryck.

Still laughing, in case you were in any doubt.

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  1. West End of East End on

    I had a wee look in FF to see if there’s any talk about who the new manager might be and need to buy a new keyboard now…

     

     

    km2008 km2008 is offline

     

    Gold Star Poster

     

     

    Join Date: 20-07-2008

     

    Posts: 2,467

     

    Default stuart baxter.

     

    Stuart Baxter,leaves south African champions kaizer chiefs could he be our new man

  2. The Battered Bunnet on

    Tommy Sheridan eh…

     

     

    The Romantic portrait would paint him in the light of a latter day Red Clydesider, campaigning for the poor so savaged by the cold human reality of Conservative and Neo-Conservative economic policy, and framed by the same political machine he fought against.

     

     

    The Realist portrait paints the figure of a five and dime demagogue, dishonesty incarnate, using disingenuous street rhetoric to create an image of himself, for himself, by himself, viewed through the lens of his own aggrandisement.

     

     

    The Surrealist would simply give you a postcard of Dali’s The Great Masturbator, and let you draw your own conclusion.

  3. WeefratheTim on

    Jamesgang

     

     

    I’ve got you an appointment for Specsavers. Lol.

     

     

    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  4. Geordie Munro on

    Canamalar,

     

     

    The ol saying about may and cloots has nothing to do with the month of May.

     

     

    Uselessinformation csc

  5. An tearmann

     

     

    ‘Who had access to the fleg poles? We demond to know! Who are these people?!’

     

     

    Fpmsl!

     

     

    HH!!

  6. foghorn leghorn on

    the battered bunnet

     

     

    16:39 on 3 June, 2015

     

     

    Tommy Sheridan eh…

     

     

    The Romantic portrait would paint him in the light of a latter day Red Clydesider, campaigning for the poor so savaged by the cold human reality of Conservative and Neo-Conservative economic policy, and framed by the same political machine he fought against.

     

     

    The Realist portrait paints the figure of a five and dime demagogue, dishonesty incarnate, using disingenuous street rhetoric to create an image of himself, for himself, by himself, viewed through the lens of his own aggrandisement.

     

     

    The Surrealist would simply give you a postcard of Dali’s The Great Masturbator, and let you draw your own conclusion.

     

    ————-

     

     

    i’m not agreeing or disagreeing with any of that

     

     

    but it remn

  7. GM

     

     

    An here’s me thinking it did, a bit like the thistle thing.

     

     

    Cut a thistle down in may, it will be back the next day.

     

     

    Cut a thistle down in june, it will be back soon.

     

     

    Cut a thistle down in july, it will surely die.

     

     

    EvenmoreuselessinformationCSC

     

     

    HH

  8. foghorn leghorn on

    the battered bunnet

     

     

    16:39 on 3 June, 2015

     

     

    Tommy Sheridan eh…

     

     

    The Romantic portrait would paint him in the light of a latter day Red Clydesider, campaigning for the poor so savaged by the cold human reality of Conservative and Neo-Conservative economic policy, and framed by the same political machine he fought against.

     

     

    The Realist portrait paints the figure of a five and dime demagogue, dishonesty incarnate, using disingenuous street rhetoric to create an image of himself, for himself, by himself, viewed through the lens of his own aggrandisement.

     

     

    The Surrealist would simply give you a postcard of Dali’s The Great Masturbator, and let you draw your own conclusion.

     

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    as i was about to say…

     

     

    im not agreeing or disagreeing with what you said

     

     

    but for some reason that post reminds me of the Blackadder episode with Robbie Coltrane playing Samuel Johnston

     

     

    a classic moment in tv

     

     

    so i shall extend my pericombobulations on you post

     

     

    and i will return interfrastically

  9. TET,

     

    It’s a bit cauld to be casting cloots just yet, I’m going to hang on to the cloot till June is oot.

  10. Geordie Munro on

    Tet,

     

     

    Never heard that yin before.

     

     

    I remember it when I’m next on a thistle cull :)

     

     

    HH

  11. thomthethim for Oscar OK

     

     

    hi there mate,just to say i loved your post last night,’ there was just us’ class and in my view that ethos has not changed.thanks for sharing.:-) and i hope your well.

     

     

    good reading last night CorkCelt,Oldtim,shug,and others with their 67 tales

     

    thank you all(those i missed)

     

     

    GlasgowDave

     

     

    good to see you post last night,i cant make it into the pub on friday but i am sure a good day will be had

     

     

    have a great night Celts.

     

     

    hail hail

  12. So, during Tommy Sheridans trial, one day after he left the court, he realised he had forgotten his bag, so back to the court he goes, it’s empty apart from the cleaning lady, she askes him what he wants, to which he replied : ” I have come for my holedoll ” ah ffs Tommy, are you no in enough trouble.

     

     

    I’ll get ma coat

     

     

    HH

  13. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    an tearmann,

     

     

    Thank you.

     

    As I said last night, it was good to pause and have a wee reminisce on my youth and the exciting, explosive era in which I was fortunate to grow up.

     

     

    It will never be repeated, as it was the era when the world changed and everything that followed, for good or ill, came from that Renaissance.

  14. glendalystonsils on

    Don’t you just love transfer window journalism?

     

     

    Celtic won’t pay the asking price for a player and are therefore miserable, tight fisted are baskits.

     

    Brondby won’t pay the asking price for Pukki ,Celtic are therefore miserable tight fisted baskits…..

     

     

    WTF?

  15. foghorn leghorn on

    the battered bunnet

     

     

    16:56 on 3 June, 2015

     

     

    Foghorn Leghorn

     

     

    What, this?…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOSYiT2iG08

     

     

    ContrafibulariousCSC

     

    ——”

     

     

    “sausage?

     

     

    SAUSAGE?”

     

     

    ridiculously funny!!

  16. The Battered Bunnet on

    It’s a well observed FACT! that the transfer window is not officially opened until Len Brennan has posted his first list of In/Out rumours.

  17. Reminder for all Dublin Tims.

     

     

    Bertie Auld, John Clark and the Big Cup are in the Jervis Centre Celtic Shop tomorrow 5-6pm.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  18. foghorn leghorn on

    anyway

     

     

    im sitting in one of EK’s less salubrious pubs

     

     

    just read BFDJ in the evening times saying hes raging that lee erwin only got a yellow card for his push on moshni

     

     

    then i hear a guy in the pub, who is obviously a hun regular, say the same thing to the bar maid

     

     

    so have i missed something or is pushing someone in the back now a jailing offence?

     

     

    i feel their pain

     

     

    only kidding, i dont, but i can smell it!!

  19. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    Brendan Gleeson will make a great Sepp Blather in the movie of all this

  20. Philbhoy and Olivia

     

     

    Kindest regards and am sure you will be fine

     

     

    and back to school with lots to tell your pals

     

     

    in no time at all.

  21. skyisalandfill on

    Blackadder – Ah, Old hag. Can you tell me where I might the find the wise woman?

     

     

    Old Hag – The wise woman. The wise woman. Two things must ye know about the wise woman.

     

     

    BA – Do tell

     

     

    OH – First. She is a woman. and second she is ……

     

     

    BA – Wise?

     

     

    OH – Oh, you do know her then.

     

     

    BA – No. Just a quick stab in the dark, which incidentally is what you’ll be getting if you don’t start being a bit more co-operative.

  22. leftclicktic on

    leftclicktic

     

     

     

    13:15 on 3 June, 2015

     

     

     

    Big Shoe :)))

     

    update

     

    Off to xray

     

    dept

     

    docs odds

     

    Broken foot 2/1

     

     

    RheumatoidArthritis‎ 1/1

     

     

    metatarsalgia‎ 1/2

     

    ——–

     

    Should nae be a doc or a bookie :)))))))))))

     

    Thats me home with my Broken foot ,

     

    BigshoeCSC:))))))))))) or a moonboot as they say in the monklands:))))))))))))))))

  23. foghorn leghorn on

    ekbhoy

     

     

    17:42 on 3 June, 2015

     

     

    foghorn leghorn

     

     

    17:20 on 3 June, 2015

     

     

    Salmons a Leaping

     

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    i cant say ;-)

     

     

    LittleArrowsInMyClothingLittleArrowsInMyHairCSC

  24. I used to get annoyed reading SMSM reports on things Celtic or indeed them ‘uns. Now I turn to it as a source of humour and rejoice in it. The SMSM (Sports departments) played a massive part in the inability of RFC Oldco fans and now Sevco followers, to organise themselves in any meaningful way to save their club. They continue to divide and conquer their own – to what end I really don’t know – and, by and large, unite the rest of Scottish fitba in a common distaste for things Ibroxian…..

     

     

    Fair play to them.

     

     

    While I’m on what else do we need for the CL qualifiers? Cover at LB? The elusive target man striker? Another CB just in case?

     

     

    I’m a believer in at least one signing to freshen things up in the creative department. I’m looking forward to GMS and Armstrong getting a good pre season with us. As Hately would say our two new signings from DUFC will be like new signings. Only this time it’d be accurate.

     

     

    We seem to have a lot of options middle to back with just that player we hoped pukki, scepovic, guidetti et al would turn out to be.

     

     

    If I haev any complaints it’ this – how come Sevco can clear out 14 bits of dead wood so quickly and we canny? What’s that you say? Oh, I remember now……

  25. No worries , I remember some old codgers years ago getting turfed out the snug for wearing football colours , EK Thistle

  26. Foghorn – BFDJ and chums are a perfect example of the bull plop they create. ‘Woe is us’ ‘how dare they send off one of us without evening it up’….

     

     

    There is a bluenose/ loyalist type attitude that seems to say ‘We know we did something wrong but we shouldn’t be punished for it unless someone else is found doing something and punished too……’ Again, the MSM have given them this ‘gift’, aided and abetted by the attitude displayed during committee meetings to help formulate the OBB that said ‘we need a law to even up the number of arrests’. One side has to be as bad as the other. it’s like a badly behaved child’s first reaction to getting caught at naughty stuff – ‘I wisny the only one’ they cry…….

     

     

    Such a lack of self awareness is a dark place to be for any individual or group.

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