Eboue breaks signing guidelines


You will remember we track the number of appearances young players make before they sign for Celtic. We have a sweet spot of around 60 games (van Dijk: 62, Wanyama: 51, Dembele: 56).

It typically takes this number of games before a prospect will raise his profile enough to come to our attention, and for subsequent scouting to take place. Consider the process. Before recommending a player to Celtic, one of their in-country scouts will have to see him perform on a number of occasions and tested at a level comparable to the challenges faced by Celtic.

Alternatively, agents will need to produce DVDs to entice some interest. It takes time to differentiate a Kieran Tierney from a one season wonder.

Leave it later, say until around 100 games have been played, and a van Dijk is likely to flicker on radars in England or Germany. Celtic’s chances of acquiring the player would be considerably diminished, as even one season wonders can fetch £8m when an EPL club shows interest. Out of Celtic’s reach, but often still rubbish.

Kouassi Eboue breaks our guidelines. The teenager has made a starting line-up on 16 occasions in senior football plus three as a sub. He was red carded once and subbed off four times, so he’s only played 11 full games. 11 games is not a lot to base a £3m purchase on.

On the plus side, the quality of many of those games is reassuring. Five of his 90 minutes came in the Europa League against Salzburg, Nice and Schalke, so Celtic will have had the chance to see him perform against decent European sides – as an 18-year-old.

There are things I don’t know about this deal, where the recommendation came from being the most significant. I don’t recognise his agent, so not surprisingly it appears we’ve reached beyond the pools we were fishing in under Ronny and Neil. Kouassi also appears to be the agent’s most/only valuable asset. As such, I doubt the initiation came from the agent, or if the player’s profile was raised with anyone outside Russia before Celtic had the preliminaries signed.

Is a season in the Europa League the new sweet spot for a Celtic prospect? Stay tuned.

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  1. prestonpans bhoys on

    Watching Ku Klux Klan on sky nat geo 526, lots of similarities with the VB mob in what they say and believe!!!

  2. Things you no longer see.


    Gentian violet around the cold sores on wains mouths, or snotterry noses.


    Carbolic soap, suleo and a bone comb.

  3. prestonpans bhoys on




    Sure he said the middle word was associated with a circle and they did indeed take our clan to be converted to klan, ku was inserted to make it memorable. Amazing how one brain cell can be so creative…..

  4. I’m just after filling a litre beer bottle with hot water for Mrs TET, nothing like a hot water bottle :-)


    Where I was brought up it was Milne’s lemonade, the factory in Stonehaven closed mid 60s, Bon Accord was the main one in Aberdeen, Alpine tried to muscle in for a while but it never caught on, maybes cos it was pish right enough.

  5. Sorry if this has been asked before but why is the an advert for the game vs St. Johnstone, between Paul’s article and the comments, saying that the game is on Tuesday 24th instead of Wednesday 25th?




  6. What is the Stars on




    i remember them well,


    Then again I remember having to jump out of the way of cattle being herded up Connaught Street in Phibsboro on their way to the cattle market

  7. Barcelona making a bit of a bad tapas of their game v Bilbao.



    2 -1 Bilbao but now down to ten men.



    Barca anything but fluid.

  8. Delaneys Dunky on




    Aye, creative in ways to hate others.


    The klan is alive here today in Scotland, and they are very angry just now. The weearrapeepul culture is dying a horrible death. Their children are becoming Tims, nevermind their grandchildren.

  9. glendalystonsils on

    American cream soda was my favourite. When I heard it was King Kenny’s favourite too I was well chuffed.

  10. What is the Stars on

    Fairhill Bhoy



    I was just about to say …things you dont see anymore



    Cliques on CQN

  11. Trying to smoke cinnamon sticks. Penny caramels. The halfpenny tray, the penny tray, the tuppeny tray and the thruppeny tray. Telling the conductor/conductress to ‘keep the ticket’ on the bus – a good way of implementing your pocket money but just wrong when you think about it ;-)

  12. What is the Stars on




    You could add Deja Vu


    Nostalgia is not what its used to be



    But you could add Deja Vu

  13. Remember;



    Aztec Bars.



    White dug jobbies on the pavement. (As in job was white as opposed tae the dug!)

  14. What is the Stars on




    Never mind the jobbies



    Dogs in the street…..unattended ,roaming free,

  15. Pog


    You just reminded me when you mentioned the Cinamon sticks, we graduated from them to carving out Elderberry wood into home made pipes, there is a pith in the center of the wood so easy to make into tubes and bowls, we then raided the ashtrays in our abodes, when I think back, dearie me, I also remember replacing drink with water, didn’t take long to get caught for that one right enough :-)



  16. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    I noticed you giving a wee medical update on your wife a few days ago.



    I hope your optimism is well founded and she can return to robust health, all the better to keep you in check.


    …..and a Happy New Year to you all plus Felix.

  17. What is the Stars on




    Rangers …boom



    Things you dont see any more



    So obvious,we all missed it



    give the man a Cigar

  18. Almore,


    You don’t see the Calypso Bar anymore either.


    Great pub in the 60s and 70s.



    Yorkhill CSC

  19. What is the Stars on




    Happy New Year to you



    Let me know if you fancy coming to Dublin on Good Friday for the St Kevins Tournament