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Decades of youth talent withering on the vine

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Celtic’s Twitter account mentioned today is Anthony Ralston’s 19th birthday. Living through decades of youthful talent withering on the vine, it is startling to realise a player with such potential still has a year of his teens left.

The early months of this season has seen Brendan Rodgers trust the player with considerable responsibility, not least going face-to-face with PSG’s diver-in-chief, Neymar. But it cannot stop here.

Monday night’s party animal, Mikael Lustig, should be rested at home this weekend, allowing Anthony to travel for Saturday’s fixture in Dingwall. We have an enormous burden of 13 games in the next six weeks ahead, precious few of which will be of little consequence. I would let Anthony, and Calvin Miller, have plenty of action during that period.

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  1. Especially difficult trying to remember real names, and it disnae help when you meet someone called Philboy and it turns out he’s nae called Phil :-)))))

  2. SFTB

     

     

    I think the problem for Celtic with regards to wages now compared to say 20 years ago is that instead of an increase of £10,000 a week the increase can now be £50,000 or more. There was always a belief that we could have held on to some of our better players for a small wage increase whereas now we know how hard it is to keep players.

  3. saltires en sevilla on

    SAINT STIVS on 16TH NOVEMBER 2017 7:27 PM

     

    Morton v Celtic 1982

     

     

     

    20 mins, magic wee watch, how good was paul mcstay,

     

     

    as an aside is that a young saltires in the crowd on 7 mins 10 secs,

     

     

     

    Morton v Celtic from October 1982. The first game Celtic played since the death of scoring legend and former manager Jimmy McGrory.

     

     

    Celtic win 2-1 thanks to goals from McGarvey and Nicholas.

     

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWqWLut7RsQ

     

     

    –//–//–//–//–//

     

    Saint Stivs

     

     

    Eagle eyes :-)

     

     

    I think that’s my good buddy Frank Hughes fixing his hair

     

     

    KTF

  4. THIRDS63 – Just to reiterate what Almore and one or two others have already said – you should definitely go to the Bad Ass Café for the Celtic game tomorrow. I’ve been there a few times for see the Bhoys and it’s a great spot with a lot of top lads around.

     

    CorkCelt: I’m booked in to Premier Inn (Buchanan Galleries) on December 5th. Won’t be too far away from you. Are you flying over?

     

    HH

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    YORKBHOY on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 10:10 AM

     

     

    As a 21-year-old at the time of his move to Arsenal, Charlie Nicholas reportedly became the highest paid footballer in Britain and was described as being “the most exciting player to emerge in Britain since George Best.”

  6. TIM MALONE WILL TELL on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 9:50 AM

     

     

    ‘The wreckage caused by Brexit, an independent Scotland and a united Ireland all achieved in one nights work’

     

     

    ##

     

     

     

    The arguments in favour of the UK remaining a member of the EU apply even more to Scotland remaining in the UK.

  7. YORKBHOY on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 10:10 AM

     

     

     

    Celtic are a selling club and have been for some time.That’s just the economic reality. The challenge is to hold together a squad of good players long enough to make an impact in Europe, knowing that the more they progress the more difficult it will be to hold on to them.

  8. The Rickshaw Challenge has just passed along the High Street in Linlithgow!

     

     

    Lovely moments!

     

     

    God bless them!

  9. NEIL LENNON & MCCARTNEY on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 10:23 AM

     

    YORKBHOY on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 10:10 AM

     

     

     

    As a 21-year-old at the time of his move to Arsenal, Charlie Nicholas reportedly became the highest paid footballer in Britain and was described as being “the most exciting player to emerge in Britain since George Best.”

     

     

     

    Charlie went to Arsenal… How many of the good players we have lost go to top English teams? We have been losing players to low level EPL teams. This may change but I wonder where Armstrong will go to if he leaves.

  10. Ernie

     

     

    That’s the problem.. that’s my concern for any Celtic manager. They build a core of players and then they leave to treble or quadruple their wages.

  11. YORKBHOY on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 10:50 AM

     

     

    I remember when Liam Miller left MON said he had been hoping to build a team round him. That exemplified the problem.

  12. PHILBHOY on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 10:52 AM

     

    Yorkbhoy

     

     

     

    It happens in every industry not just fitba’.

     

     

     

    Not much we can do about it.

     

     

    I agree but most people don’t have the emotional link to Tesco or Jet2 that we have for Celtic so it hurts

  13. Yorkbhoy

     

     

    I could probably develop an emotional link to Tesco’s if the quadruple my wages.

     

     

    I think!

     

     

    :-)

  14. PHILBHOY on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 10:52 AM

     

     

     

     

    ‘It happens in every industry not just fitba’.’

     

     

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    Not to the same extent, because most businesses don’t exhibit the talents of their star performers live on telly. Nor do their employees have agents constantly looking for better deals elsewhere.

  15. FRIESDORFAR: Thanks for the heads up mo chara but I just rang the Celtic FC ticket office there 20mins ago and tickets are sold out unfortunately. Only a very limited few must have went on sale earlier.

     

    I’ll remain hopeful that one will show up somewhere for me.

     

    HH

  16. ERNIE LYNCH

     

     

    I will respectfully disagree with that post.

     

     

    Perhaps most small businesses, not company’s who pay their top staff thousands a week.

     

     

    Like Celtic.

     

     

    I have worked for investment banks and newspapers and head hunting was common.

  17. So called low level EPL teams can blow us out of the water in the wages dept, all because of the multi billion pound Sky deal, which is in itself financed through our old favourite, advertising.

  18. PHILBHOY on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 11:10 AM

     

     

    Companies who pay their top staff thousands a week will recruit new talent by offering potential targets a bit more than their current salary. And they will risk losing their current staff by competitors offering a bit more than their current salary.

     

     

    That’s not what happens in Celtic’s case. Consider how much KT is on at the moment, and what other clubs might offer him.

     

     

    Furthermore Celtic are operating in a domestic market which is practically destitute, yet geographically and culturally is adjacent to the richest market in the world.

  19. Furthermore Celtic are operating in a domestic market which is practically destitute, yet geographically and culturally is adjacent to the richest market in the world

     

     

    I wouldnt mind being ‘destitute’ on a fitballers wages.

  20. NEIL LENNON & MCCARTNEY on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 10:23 AM

     

     

    YORKBHOY on 17TH NOVEMBER 2017 10:10 AM

     

     

    As a 21-year-old at the time of his move to Arsenal, Charlie Nicholas reportedly became the highest paid footballer in Britain and was described as being “the most exciting player to emerge in Britain since George Best.”

     

     

    *hmmm Peter Marinello was given that label 10 years earlier when he moved tae the same club, scored on his debut at Old Trafford tae. Similar outcome in a poor career choice tae.

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