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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. Morning all.

     

     

    First match of (pre) season tonight.

     

     

    Pre-season matches are usually pish(!), but it’s always a pleasure to cheer on the Celtic irrespective of who/where they are playing.

     

     

    Was seriously considering going to the game as it’s only a six hour drive from here! No can do unfortunately, will have to make do with TV coverage.

     

     

    HH!!

  2. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Morning Celts.

     

     

    Kevinbhoy…Glad you are safe and sound.

     

     

    So…Who are we signing today:)

     

     

     

    KevJ….Rebel Flag Flying High

     

     

    HH

  3. South Of Tunis on

    Scorchio -way down south .

     

     

    ” I hate you . I want a divorce . I will begin divorce proceedings when I know how to.. In the meantime we need to negotiate me being able to access your house , use your cooker and your fridge . I would also like to continue to take advantage of your Gym membership .— It’s good to see the Brits haven’t lost their sense of humour ”

     

     

    Maria Elena Boschi – Minister -Constitutional Affairs . 29 6 16.

     

     

    Picked this up in Palermo yesterday –

     

     

    Coxsone’s Music 2 :The Sound of Young Jamaica 1960 -62 ..

     

     

    A triple Lp ———- it is the bees knees ….

     

     

    Work to do and then a beach and a lovely refreshing sea .

  4. traditionalist88 on

    jimthetim53 on 29th June 2016 10:10 pm

     

     

    We have a development squad and under 20s team who are winning everything in front of them. Why on earth do we need to sign a 17 year old from Dumfermline? I don’t understand it. No disrespect to the young guy.

     

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    We have a development squad and under 20s team who are winning everything in front of them. Why on earth do we need to sign a 19 year old from Fulham? I don’t understand it. No disrespect to the young guy.

     

     

    HH

  5. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SOUTH OF TUNIS on 30TH JUNE 2016 9:20 AM

     

    Scorchio -way down south .

     

     

    Maria Elena Boschi – Minister -Constitutional Affairs . 29 6 16.

     

     

    ” I hate you . I want a divorce . I will begin divorce proceedings when I know how to.. In the meantime we need to negotiate me being able to access your house , use your cooker and your fridge . I would also like to continue to take advantage of your Gym membership .— It’s good to see the Brits haven’t lost their sense of humour ”

     

     

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    Perhaps someone should be asking Maria Elena what the Italian navy is doing these days ?

     

     

    Or who liberated her country from Musso.

  6. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Macjay1,

     

     

    Now you are just being silly.

     

    Your arguments are usually better than that.

     

    Keep out of the sun and have a lie down

  7. timaloy29 sleeps on the heated driveway on

    Sinclair for 2 million? Sounds more like it.

     

     

    Duffy? Sounds a good bet as well.

     

     

    King Brennie has impressed me so far. You need to get rid of the deadwood too!

  8. TRADITIONALIST88 @ 9:24 AM,

     

     

    And jimthetim53,

     

     

    No disrespect but if you believe our U20s can’t do with improving, I suggest you watch the performances in last seasons Premier League International Competition.

     

     

    No pretty…

     

     

    We can certainly improve.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  9. traditionalist88 on

    Chairbhoy on 30th June 2016 9:36 am

     

     

    I was being facetious, based on the original post, which I found highly ludicrous and I expect us to sign the top young players in the country if and where possible and I realise it isn’t always possible to see into the future, pick the good ones and sign them before other clubs ;)

     

     

    HH

  10. O.G.Rafferty on

    SOUTH OF TUNIS, 9:20

     

    I had the pleasure of seeing the superbly spry Ernest Ranglin on his farewell tour at the Barbican on Monday evening, complete with a plane full of Canadians that had flown over just for the occasion.

     

    A 20 min version of Surfin’ was indeed Scorchio

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    THOMTHETHIM FOR OSCAR OK on 30TH JUNE 2016 9:29 AM

     

    Macjay1,

     

     

    O.K.,Thom .

     

    Thanks for your advice.

     

     

    The Italian Navy are just now attempting to raise a “refugee boat ” thought to contain the bodies of hundreds of women and children .

     

    Perhaps she should focus on that tragedy and understand perhaps just one aspect of why Brexit has occurred .

     

    Instead of making snidey wee jibes about the British and our democracy.

     

    Dear god. They elected Berlusconi.

     

    Is that a better argument for you ?

  12. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    Dear god. They elected Berlusconi.

     

     

    Is that a better argument for you ?

     

     

    MARGARET THAT……….. 3 TIMES ………………..emdy.

  13. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BOGNORBHOY on 30TH JUNE 2016 10:03 AM

     

     

    Excellent stuff.

     

     

    I presume you are suggesting it should be brought to the attention of :

     

     

    Maria Elena Boschi – Minister -Constitutional Affairs . 29 6 16.

     

     

    ” I hate you . I want a divorce . I will begin divorce proceedings when I know how to.. In the meantime we need to negotiate me being able to access your house , use your cooker and your fridge . I would also like to continue to take advantage of your Gym membership .— It’s good to see the Brits haven’t lost their sense of humour ”

  14. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Macjay1,

     

     

    The point she was making was not on the Brexit result, but the ludicrous position of the architects of the Leave campaign ; namely the idea of wanting to leave the EU, but to retain all the benefits of membership.

     

     

    Sounds very Sevco to me.

     

     

    I don’t like discussing politics on here, no matter what direction it comes from.

     

     

    It is divisive.

     

    I also believe in the paraphrased maxim of, No representation without taxation.

     

     

    In other words, I try to keep out of another country’s affairs.

     

    Doesn’t always work though!

  15. ETims diary saying we’ll be signing Joe Allen, Shane Duffy, Scott Sinclair and possibly Hal Robson-Kanu

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Seems Angela Eagle has upset her constituency members by her decision to stand against Jeremy Corbyn. No surprise there.

     

     

    John Smith improved democracy by his insistence on OMOV. That system provided Corbyn-massively-with a mandate to lead the party.

     

     

    But around a gross of members don’t like OMOV now,and are actively undermining his position. I don’t think it is only Eagle’s constituents who will be testing the waters on deselection.

  17. traditionalist88 on

    Gary67 on 30th June 2016 10:29 am

     

     

    ETims diary saying we’ll be signing Joe Allen, Shane Duffy, Scott Sinclair and possibly Hal Robson-Kanu

     

     

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    No Jordan Rhodes? ;)

     

     

    HH

  18. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    I wonder if Mr Pastry will still be saying that Brendan might be England manager.

     

    Obvious troll tactics.

     

    Dont be fooled by him.

     

    Scroll by….dont give him a platform.

     

     

    HH

  19. Time for champagne socialists ob Labour Right to put their money where their hearts are and form an unambiguous centre right party.

  20. Delighted to see Brendan has quoshed the speculation on the English job – as I had said, it was always going to surface – now we can get on with supporting him as he re-shapes the squad, with first qualifier coming up soon.

  21. Morning Macjay,

     

     

    I see you are still posting about Brexit,

     

     

    Do you think that there are any possible,

     

     

    a) Economic

     

    b) Security (internal/external)

     

    c) Political

     

    d) Human Rights

     

     

    negatives to Brexit? I’d encourage you to think this through.

     

     

    What do you think of the response of ISIS? See attached. What do you think of the influence of Russia in the debate? Why do you think it is believed Russia might be involved in fostering/funding anti-European groups? Why would the benefit from this?

     

     

    What destabilised the Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan?

     

     

     

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/isis-brexit-news-eu-referendum-result-praises-response-islamic-state-daesh-political-crisis-crusader-a7109781.html

  22. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    THEGREENMAN

     

     

    His predictions suck,mate. The Brendan one came a few days after he predicted a 20% winning margin to remain,and about 15 months after telling us Labour wouldn’t lose a single Scottish seat in the 2015 GE.

     

     

    Still,I suppose it keeps him away from “the corridors of power” that he’s used to. He might be a figure of fun here-and there too,btw-but here at least he’s just a figure of fun.

  23. Wonder if there is still an appetite for getting rid of DD and PL, and sacking all board members?

     

     

    What would it actually achieve?

     

     

    My guess is that none of my 50,000 plus fellow season ticket holders have the least bit of interest in sacking anyone at Celtic Park at this moment in time.

     

     

    We are trimming and adding to the squad and all in our garden seems rosey.

  24. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    50 Shades of Green

     

     

     

    Mr Benn and that strange shopkeeper spring to mind.

     

    Explorer, Astronaut, Soldier,….and Mr Pastry:)

     

     

    HH

  25. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    BMCUWP

     

     

    Pastry is at it, as per usual.

     

    Trying to sow discord.

     

    However….he is a fud:)

     

     

    HH

  26. Hello CQN, posting from Valencia I’m here for a month, some work some play.

     

     

    Anyone recommend somewhere to watch to Euro’s? Preferably not some plastic Irish bar if possible.

     

    I’m staying near the Beneferri metro but I know the city reasonably well and happy to travel for a good place.

     

     

    Saw a plastic Irish place yesterday did not even have a telly!!

     

     

    Thanks in advance.

  27. Are we in purdah with regard to Res12?

     

     

    Things have gone strangely quiet.

     

     

    Perhaps my considered advice on waiting for the Supreme Court verdict has been heeded at last.

     

     

    Then, and only then, will there be the hard evidence needed to formulate our case against cheating and conspiracy.

  28. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Morning All

     

     

    Has the 6.45pm kick off time for tonight’s game been confirmed?……..or not?

     

     

    HH