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. My dear old mother used to say her and the pals used to walk 4 miles to get to the picture house on the saturday night out……money never exchanged hands entrance was gained on the presentation of a jam jar.

  2. Sin City Bhoy,


    heading to Vegas in October so will get in touch with you nearer


    the time for some info if that is ok

  3. Barrs say no returns on their bottles…..maybe giving a wain a rammy is now considered a offensive weapon

  4. ACGR



    The reminiscing of old ginger brought back a story that my mum told me of her acquiring a liking for whiskey.


    My dad’s favourite was Glenmorangie and on hearing the icy outside my mum had decided to have a wee glass as well so off he went to get a bottle of lemonade for her as a mixer.


    She had had it before with lemonade and found it ok to drink, so when she tasted the drink my dad made her when he got back from the icy she immediately noticed the difference and it turned out my dad had been given a bottle of cream soda by mistake!


    She loved it and that became her whiskey mixer.



    Maybe something to try?!!

  5. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    Compliments of the season to you, too.



    St. Kevin’s sounds good. Hope it still sounds good in April.





    I have sympathy for you in your pets’ placement dilemma.



    Daughter #3 is heading out to Abu Dhabi at the end of the month and is threatening us with fostering her two cats, Ernie and Erica.

  6. Cabanas


    Mint cracknel


    Victoria biscuits


    Chill blanes


    Yon video games that were tennis, squash and fitba but were all basically the same.


    Electric curlers!



    HH jamesgang

  7. saltires en sevilla on

    Lawrence 59 boots



    Spanish Gold



    Naming yer Black Baby – Jinky or Lou or Kenny



    A pre-wrapped mcvities chocolate digestive biscuit with yer wee bottle of milk. Before they had the wee pyramid shaped cartons that tasted sour…



    Wondering why there was a circular hole drilled at the top of yer desk



    Counting with coloured wooden pieces on a wooden board



    Plasticine and papier mache farms

  8. A stick of rhubarb dipped in sugar always nice to taste……..the older folk would say you,ll end up wi worms…….no forgetting a piece on lemon curd…..no butter needed……..some o wains even used to come out wi pieces on HP sauce and even sugar.

  9. Jamesgang



    Got a picture of you in my head now with your poor chill blaned feet up, electric curlers in, playing a wee game of tennis on the Atari while getting tucked intae your cabana :)



    Will see your cabana and raise you a golden cup or a five centre.

  10. saltires en sevilla on

    Sin City Bhoy



    Heading out on the Thursday leave Glasgow 11:00 arrive LV 90 minutes later ( magic!) for 7 nites – staying at the Paris



    Not booked Green Night or main event yet as meetting family from Oz there and want to have same table if possible.



    Any advice welcome buddy

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    Lovely Jubbly



    Particularly frozen Jubbly.

  12. Wearing smog masks in the winter going to St Thomas’ Primary Riddrie….about ’68.God i’n old ….

  13. CultsBhoy - Believes in Brendan on

    Dembele or £20m. Hypothetical but interesting.



    Its right on the cusp of acceptance.



    Sure he might go up in value and help us secure £15m in CL.



    However there is a ceiling in Scotland so his potential to out grow that fee is small imo.



    Personally I’d take £25m in a heartbeat.



    But then again I prefer Griffiths.



    The only way he’d go is it Brendan has a wee Jackie Manamara clause in his contract.



    Unless of course there are other Dembeles in Brenda’s mind?



    Its a good game to play for the media.




    Sounds like you have the major items in hand. The conference venue is right around the corner. I’d advise downloading the Lyft application beforehand to a mobile device, as they are cheap and guarantee fast pickup to get around the city.



    If time and opportunity permits, I’ll be on site to provide additional taxi services to points of interest out with the Strip.

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on





    I suspect that , if Dembele were to go soon , Brendan would be right on his heels.

  16. Sin City Bhoy,



    We are coming in on the Wednesday and leaving on the Monday. We are staying at the Westgate. If you are in Northern California between now and June. Let me know and we will take you wine tasting and watch the Bhoys. Otherwise maybe we can meet up at the Peppermill for some drinks?



    HH, CaliBhoy




    This will be my fourth conference attendance. After the first visit in 2004, or 2005, can’t remember which, as it was a vague alcoholic haze–> ended up one night out in the desert somewhere with three other loons slurping copious amounts of Jack Daniels and singing songs that would have scorched Lizzie’s ears…



    I don’t participate in the organized events now. I prefer to drift around the periphery mixing with Tims from the four corners of the globe.



    Not to say the big events aren’t great, and if this is your first attendance I’d advise going. It’s all an experience not to be missed.

  18. CALIBHOY on 6TH JANUARY 2017 12:50 AM



    You’re on, long visit to SF planned in July, so we’ll meet up at the conference. Staying on Union Square during SF visit.



    My missus was born in Daly City during the hippie era, and frequently suffers short term memory loss as a result…She grew up in around Menlo Park and Palo Alto.



    We were married on the 19 March 2003, the day Bush declared war on Iraq. SF was a ghost town, and we had city hall to ourselves. We were married by the only justice of the peace onsite who happened to be a member of “Dykes on Bikes”. What a day. We spent our honeymoon marching in the anti-war demonstrations.

  19. Sin City Bhoy,



    Great story on your wedding. SF is a great city. We are north in Sonoma County. We have a CSC up here so it would be great if you came and watched a game(CL qualifiers in July) and then we could take you wine tasting.


    Looking forward to the convention. It will be a big one. A lot of former players are coming.



    HH, CaliBhoy

  20. Sin City Bhoy,



    Great story about your wedding. SF is a great city. We are north in Sonoma County. We have a CSC up here and would love to watch a game and take you wine tasting if you are up for it.