Compper, Boyata’s strike and Brendan’s recruitment


In 1998, MSV Duisburg sold Celtic 33-year-old Lubomir Moravcik.  Yesterday, Celtic returned the favour by selling Duisburg 34-year-old Marvin Compper.  I think we did the better of the exchange.  Marvellous Marvin, as he was never known at Celtic, goes into the annuals of Celtic history alongside the likes of Rafael Sheidt and Dmitri Kharine.

In the summer of 2017 Dedryck Boyata made it clear he would not sign a new contract, Celtic acknowledged this.  No promises were made (they never are, of course), but Celtic intimated they would try to backfill.

The plan was to have a replacement at the club in January 2018, allowing Dedryck to be sold.  Marvin was scouted, went through the approval process and was purchased.  It took less than 83 minutes for Brendan Rodgers to decide the player was not suitable for Celtic.  For all his brilliance, this episode is emblematic of the glaring weakness of Brendan Rodgers management: recruitment.

The consequences of this were significant.  Dedryck did not get his move last summer.  As a consequence, he went on strike, placing the first poison in the well that month.  He missed the Champions League qualification defeat to AEK Athens, leaving Jack Hendry to fill the gap.  Sentiment in the dressing room was not what it should have been during the most important weeks of the season.

Whatever tally you are keeping on the cost of Compper, you have to consider the liability of a central defender on strike when we go out of the Champions League to a cross ball-goal.

Neil Lennon seems keen on Rapid Vienna left back Boli Mbombo, who he hopes to sign within the next 24 hours.  Before we get too carried away, remember, we lost both a left back and a right back this summer.  I expect at least three full backs coming in, even if we don’t lose a further player.

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  1. Laura informed the school last week


    She was supposed to be getting primary 7


    And has this changed to primary 6 due to the news



    Know your daughter in laws family very well, good family


    ( worked with her dad at UCP)


    Her uncle Kevin likes a song or 2




    Uncle Jimmy ( the one who played for Airdrie) is a top top bhoy

  2. So that’s the Boli deal done ??



    Thanks Catman


    Mind you Bada told us yesterday ???

  3. A bit of retro here (sung to the Harry Hood song) ?



    We don’t need your Harry Maguire


    Kyle Walker or Eric Dier


    We’ve got someone from the Congo


    We’ve got Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo


    Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo

  4. Catman. Seeing as you are around, anything you’d like to tell us. Any word on Rakeem Harper?

  5. CELTIC Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, who has joined the club on a four-year deal from Rapid Vienna.


    The Belgian, who can play in a variety of left-sided roles, moves to the Scottish Champions after two years with the Austrian side, and having played his first ever game for Rapid Vienna against Celtic in a pre-season friendly back in 2017.


    The 24-year-old began his career with Club Brugge, spending four years there before moving to Austria. During that time, he made 73 appearances for the club, scoring three goals.


    More to follow from Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo on the official Celtic website.

  6. (3) Celtic FC do not ‘buy’ or ‘sign’ players they ‘finally complete’ deals. The hugely dull nature of this event should be emphasised at all times by using at least one of the following terms – ‘protracted’ ‘long-running’ ‘drawn out affair’ and ‘dithering’

  7. Corkcelt



    Lots of work going on in a few directions.



    Ear to the ground




  8. Norriem. Please pass on my congratulations to Laura and Stephen. You must be truly delighted. Was with the McKays yesterday for Ross’ 18th Birthday. I am sure there will be great rejoicing again today with this good news.

  9. Hail! Hail! Norrie , great news. Very similar to my daughters own time line when she had the news kust as she had accepted an “acting up” role , I think thats what they call it in teaching?


    Anyway , all is good now. The wee man is mad as a brush and she has returned to her vocation on a 4 day week , something she doesn’t regret despite the promotion being a possibility at best.


    Take care of them, and you know I wont agree with you about our new right back or Callum McGregor but what the hell? There are more important things to concern ourselves with, thats a fact. HH

  10. Tim Malone Will Tell on




    Surely that should be Crivens, Jings and help M’Bombo?

  11. Norrie M – Great news for Laura and Stephen as well as yourself and H, best wishes from S and myself.




  12. Norriem…



    Congrats to Laura & Stephen.



    With you on the short memories of some that Brendan achieved.



    There’s arguments on both sides but for me, he did a grand job and was let down by the board.



    Hopefully this season will see Lenny getting the backing, as seems to be the case, waiting for the bomb to drop though. :(( Hail Hail. ☘️

  13. !!Bada Bing!! on

    !!BADA BING!! on 3RD JULY 2019 10:53 PM


    Norrie- LB and Catman are the Saint and Greavsie of CQN



    Might be a fight for the halo..



  14. 100% agree on the revisionist agenda on the Brendan Rodgers period.


    In a few years time they will be remembered as the glory years and rightly so. HH

  15. In ither news…………..



    “How do we keep the rainjurz relevant while minimising what The Champions are doing


    in the transfer market?”



    ShortiesConundrumGuff CSC

  16. !!BADA BING!! on 3RD JULY 2019 11:15 PM


    BSR- I seen the goals stat on Wiki…i think he scored 5….?






    BSR Fake News

  17. Bit strange announcing it last thing on Wednesday night is it not?



    Or did he need to be signed before midnight tonight for the match next week?



    Assumed it would be tomorow

  18. NORRIEM on 3RD JULY 2019 9:51 PM



    Many Congratulations, best wishes to Stephen and Laura.

  19. BHOYLO83 on 3RD JULY 2019 11:29 PM



    Various social media platforms were down earlier.

  20. David17



    Is that all



    There was me hopin it was because we had another lined up for tomorrow




  21. Saw a vid of KT on Sky earlier. Was in the pub so no sound. Nothing anywhere else so I assume they are just pushing the ‘Premiership’ agenda with no new facts

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