Dembele marks a breakout from previous contacts


There was a bit of surprise in England yesterday that Moussa Dembele, subject to a £6m bid from Tottenham in January, chose to move to Glasgow, instead of remaining in London, or picking up another option in the south. Perhaps it surprised a few here too.

Why choose Celtic? We’re an exciting place to play football, again, which as Moussa made clear, has a lot to do with Brendan Rodgers. Celtic’s aspirations have always been to qualify for the Champions League, but that ambition is a lot easier to see now than it has been since Martin O’Neill’s time.

Two of the four managers we’ve had since Martin outperformed him in the Champions League, but that’s hard fact that is often needed to overcome perceptions of a more golden era.  Martin sparkled, but Gordon and Neil got results at the top table.

When rating a player I avoid YouTube at all costs, those who watch him every week provide far more reliable verdicts. On that front, Fulham fans are full of praise.

I suspect this signing marks a breakout from the previous range of agents and contacts (which appeared increasingly limited to someone in Manchester and an Israeli agent). One of the things Ronny was unable to bring with him was links into a Champions League-ready talent pool. Irrespective of his coaching abilities, Brendan is already ahead on that front.

On paper, signing a guy who scored 23 in 39 for Sporting Gijon was a result, but Stefan Scepovic is a name we’ll forget soon enough. He competed (loose use of the term) with John Guidetti and (then down the pecking order) Leigh Griffiths for the striker role but the feeling around Celtic was that we weren’t seeing the best of him.

He’s now off to newly-relegated Getafe, who clearly saw more in him on loan last season than we ever did.


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  1. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Zbyszek – Miss BGFC (17) is currently on a flight back from Kraków – been there with her school since Sunday.



    I believe she had a great time (did not hear much from her, so that probably means she was too busy enjoying herself). Visited the Salt Mines yesterday, and Auschwitz on Monday (gripping, terrifying and sickening in equal measure, she said) – strangely juxtaposed later in the day with a trip to the Hard Rock Cafe!



    Never been to Poland, so looking forward to her report!






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  3. Dembele has stated that Celtic tried to buy him in January and that he had followed the club’s fortunes since then, hoping they would come back for him in the summer.

  4. BGFC


    Good to hear that she had good times in Kraków and in the same time it was lesson of history. Kraków or Warsaw could be nice places for a wee beak. I hope Miss BGFC reports encourage you to come over to Poland.

  5. Looks like a good signing of someone with proven potential.



    Well done Brendan and Celtic on this signing. look forward to many more out of the SCOUTING options.




  6. Warszawabhoy


    Dziękuję dobrze. I thought about you.


    You better say, how are you?! How the therapy is going? Have you finished it?

  7. Moussa Dembele may only be – nearly – 20 but, imo, he is more than ready to go straight into the starting X1.



    Also looks as if he can take care of himself physically.




  8. I am happy to be the dot counter for my section 443.



    09.00 today 7



    12.30 today 5

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    ZBYSZEK on 29TH JUNE 2016 12:26 PM





    Thank you – I’ll post up her feedback. I’ve always wanted to visit but the opportunity never came up. Now the children are getting up a wee bit, Mrs BGFC might be agreeable to a weekend away for just me and her (but it would have to be when Celtic weren’t playing!).



    Thanks again for replying – HH



  10. My employers have been making me do some work lately, so I’ve missed out on my CQN fix over the last few weeks.



    On Moussa Dembele, Paul67 does not watch the YouTube videos but I am a connoisseur. I can confirm that Dembele’s YouTube video is 122% better than Amido Balde’s and only just comes up short of the Maciej Zurawski magnum opus of strikers YouTube videos. Thus, he shall be star.



    I hear that the Spurs move fell through because they already have a Moussa Dembele and making one of them change their name by deed poll seemed like a lot of hassle at the time.

  11. WINNING CAPTAINS on 29TH JUNE 2016 12:20 PM



    Ordered a copy today, going on holiday Friday week, will book be delivered by then?

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    HRVATSKI JIM on 29TH JUNE 2016 12:57 PM


    Zlatan snubs Celtic:









    Never kicked a ball at the Euros anyway – he’s all washed up { unless he changes his mind and comes to the Hoops :-) }






  13. An Teach Solais on

    DAVIDOPOULOS @ 12.54 pm



    On your question re Res 12, as I understand it the Resolutioners had asked for time to further discuss implications of initial response from EUFA to be followed up with supplementary questions. They had asked for a blackout period in order for this to be progressed.



    I am sure that none of us wants, in any way, to undermine their valiant efforts and, so, keeping schtum is for the best meantime.


    Avanti Res12. HH

  14. During the EURO 2016 quarter-finals I shall be supporting Poland, Wales, Italy and Iceland.



    …but not with my money!



    Well maybe Italy.




  15. Marrakesh Express on

    Paul Hawksby on Talksport now sticking the boot into Woy Hodgson. It seems the England manager was raging when his squad burst out laughing as he told them Wales were now above them in the Rankings. ;0)

  16. TALLYBHOY on 29TH JUNE 2016 1:15 PM



    I’m with you in hoping those four win.


    Was at the Stade de France for Italy v Spain and thought the Italians were superb in everything they did. Defensively outstanding, as usual, but the way they broke at pace surprised me. Didn’t think Pelle was that good but he showed how a target man should play

  17. BABASONICOS71 on

    “Big Zlatan’s sigining fur Man Yi-nigh-tit,aye.Ats coz theyr shitein it that we’re back.Theyr aw shitein it,aw eh teams everywhere.Ats how theyr aw buyin gadgies n at.Its aw coz a us.Ever since we got eh gaffer aw eh arr teams have been gan daft tryin tae keep up wae us.Aw shitein it am tellin yi.They aw ken he kin dae magic n that weery peepil so theyr aw buyin iss n at tryin to stop iz.Its sum laugh watchin em aw throwin poppy aboot n aw for f**k aw coz weel win evryhin nixt season.Eh gaffer says we kin even win eh Champions League although we’re naw even in it coz he kin dae tricks n at.Cany wait eh furry new season.No surrenda.”



    Leejock Wallace,Sevco captain

  18. I would suspect that One of the reasons that Dembele ( and his agent) chose Celtic is that they will get a cut of any future sell on fee.



    Let’s not be fooled ,we are a more attractive proposition than many think ,but in the end ,money talks.




  19. coolmore mafia on

    John James in full tory / UKIP mode. Labour now the ‘Labour Immigration Party’. Guess there is no doubt he is a hun

  20. WINNING CAPTAINS on 29TH JUNE 2016 12:20 PM


    As long as my T-Shirt arriv s by Saturday, off on holiday on Monday.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  21. I’m going to put my neck on the line.


    If we sign Sinclair.


    He will be a better signing than Dembele.




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