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Dembele marks a breakout from previous contacts

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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. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    iPads are great! Sittin’ in the garden on a nice bright day, drinkin’ cold Stella. Talkin’ Celtic :)))

     

     

    Carlsbergwednesdays CSC

  2. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Dundee Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of attacker Michael Duffy on a season long loan from Celtic.

  3. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    CELTIC is delighted to announce that Joe Thomson has signed a two year contract with the club, keeping him at the Scottish champions until 2018.

  4. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    I see that Mary Shelley’s “Rangers” have signed a full back called Lee Hodson.

     

    Norn Iron international apparently.

     

     

    Should he no be playin’ for Iceland wi’ a name like that?

  5. scotbrownsbhoys on

    MON set the tone for the next few years at Celtic, I would rather look at were we were before than were we stood after his tenure.

     

     

    Don’t think Lenny would agree that he was a better manager than MON.

  6. glendalystonsils on

    HUNDERBIRDS ARE GONE on 29TH JUNE 2016 5:42 PM

     

     

    Lee Hodson?

     

     

    His faither was a brickie.

  7. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    I only became aware of Shane Duffy as a result of rumours linking him with a move to Celtic (from here?). So during the first game I watch, where I am aware of him, he gets outmanoeuvred by a striker, gets wrong side, gets done for pace and rashly brings the striker down, resulting in a red card.

     

     

    Can Efe and Bhoyata no do that for us already?

     

     

    Dontshoutatmeitstongueincheek CSC

  8. Thindimebhoy on

    Spotted the glib and shameless one flying out of Glasgow this afternoon and not a newsman in sight. I said to my boy there is Dave King when he was at least 30 yrds away, he looked over at us either he has super hearing or that strange eye of his can lip read long distance.

     

     

    He was travelling light by the way must have been a quick stay or he has someone else carrying the luggage

  9. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    THINDIMEBHOY

     

     

    C’mon keep up wi’ the programme…………

     

     

    ………he was jettin’ oot, shoorly ;)

  10. glendalystonsils on

    THINDIMEBHOY on 29TH JUNE 2016 5:59 PM

     

     

    Maybe DK didn’t have an empty suitcase. They’re all stuffed full of notes!

  11. Thindimebhoy on

    Hunderbirds are Gone

     

     

    Forgot the script the rest of us just plain ole fly whilst sevconians jet oot :)

  12. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Clough’s Forest have the admirable record of successive EC wins.

     

     

    However, at that time, they were two of the drabest, boring, anti football performances that had ever been seen in that competition.

     

     

    Yes, they were that bad.

  13. Thindimebhoy on

    Glendalystonsils

     

     

    It was one of those black bags you see lawyers head to court with it could hold a fair wad of fifty’s that’s for sure :)

  14. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    HUNDERBIRDS ARE GONE on 29TH JUNE 2016 5:42 PM

     

    I see that Mary Shelley’s “Rangers” have signed a full back called Lee Hodson.

     

     

    Norn Iron international apparently.

     

     

     

    Should he no be playin’ for Iceland wi’ a name like that?

     

     

    ******

     

    If the deal hits a snag, he will be known as Lee Hodoanson!

  15. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    So the ‘undisclosed’ transfer fee the Huns paid for new signing from MK Dons who spent the 2nd half of last season on loan at Kilmarnock is reported as £60k , bringing their close season transfer spend to – £60k

  16. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    On the subject of transfer budgets (hate the word ‘warchest’), would I be right in assuming that Brendan’s reported £15m budget is net of any income from transfers out and spend to include transfer fees plus wages in 1st year?

  17. MWD –

     

     

    My nephew received a letter from Celtic informing him that his application for Zebra Finance had been declined. The letter advised him that they would hold his seat until a specified date, which I can’t remember, but it was about 5 or 6 days.

     

     

    Fortunately his missus was able to sign up in her name, so he got his seat. I didn’t want to pry, so didn’t ask him why he was declined, so cannot comment on how strict they are. I presume their hands are tied by consumer-credit legislation.

     

     

    Who knows?

  18. glendalystonsils on

    THINDIMEBHOY on 29TH JUNE 2016 6:14 PM

     

     

    Is it a bag?

     

     

    Is it a case?

     

     

    Naw! it’s a warchest!!

  19. THINDIMEBHOY on 29TH JUNE 2016 6:14 PM

     

    Glendalystonsils

     

     

     

    It was one of those black bags you see lawyers head to court with it could hold a fair wad of fifty’s that’s for sure :)

     

     

    Would it be libelous or slanderous to suggest that the bag might have been full of shreddings?

  20. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Credit rating agencies hold crap information.

     

    Reasons for rejection can be based on a family member or ex spouses history.

     

    Sometimes even your address, based on previous tenants/owners situation can result in a refusal.

  21. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Latest transfer story re Dunfermline’s 17 yo forward ?

     

     

    Inside The SPFL ‏@AgentScotland 22m22 minutes ago

     

     

    Celtic sign PJ Crossan for £130k up front, potential to £300k dependant on goals (10), CL group stage debut & full International recognition

  22. I thought we were home first game of season .. Has our first home game been confirmed so I can check flights ?

  23. AuroraBorealis79 on

    TRADITIONALIST88 on 29TH JUNE 2016 3:14 PM

     

    Paul67

     

     

     

    Did Martin O’Neill do something to your kettle?

     

     

    Yea, he Tea-bagged it.

  24. AuroraBorealis79 on

    AULD TAM on 29TH JUNE 2016 6:34 PM

     

     

    It could well be that Zero Credit History.

     

     

    The saying goes “No Credit is Bad Credit. Poor Credit is good Credit.”

     

     

    I had the same problem a few years ago.

  25. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Proudbhoy

     

    Celtic requested change due to friendly so we are away to Hearts for first game of season

  26. BT

     

     

    Cheers

     

     

    Has our home game been confirmed or we waiting on TV to decide ?

  27. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Breaking news.

     

    There’s been a hitch wi’ the Dembele transfer.

     

     

    Experian knocked back the finance based on a search of “Glasgow” and “Football Club” ;)))

  28. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Celtic’s domestic fixtures for August:

     

     

    Sunday 7 Aug Hearts Scottish Premiership 14:15 A

     

    Wednesday 10 Aug tbc League Cup R2

     

    Saturday 20 Aug St Johnstone Scottish Premiership 15:00 A

     

    Saturday 27 Aug Aberdeen Scottish Premiership 15:00 H

  29. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Proudbhoy

     

    Not sure to be honest

     

    Read on here the flag was being unfurled at CL qualifier

     

    So not sure when 1st home game is due to play sheep on 27th August but maybe changed for TV