England, or Israel, or Sweden, or Iceland, striker search goes on


It’s probably rash to suggest Neil Lennon dismisses the inflated English market when trying to sign a striker in preference for the Continent.  Europe has plenty of quality leagues, and gifted players, but it also has plenty of scouts.

The tops leagues enjoy blanket analysis, which has consequences.  Our experience of Lassad and Miku suggests that if we can tempt a striker to move from the likes of Spain to Scotland there’s maybe a reason why.  Even the secondary leagues, such as Slovakia and Poland, are scouted extensively by German clubs, who are the most desired destination for most East European players.  The success rate in bringing targeted strikers to the club from Europe has been low, which had real consequences for this season.

So where does that leave us?  Second tier teams in second tier (but still good) leagues, like Vitoria Guimaraes, who we bought Amido Balde from (strikers at top Portuguese clubs are aiming for the sky), go back to the English Championship, or maybe a peripheral league, like Sweden or Israel, again, or Iceland.

Celtic proposition is not without merit, we will now be touting Champions League football under the noses of every prospect, but finding a player capable of delivering the talent for that stage is the central challenge to the club.
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  1. derbyshirebhoy on



    16:01 on


    4 December, 2013



    Hi there



    You’re right to say that that one swallow does not a summer make but even given how poor the opposition were there were differences evident in the amount of movement and crisp passing the midfield showed. Even though he didn’t score Stokes was an integral part of that with his movement. Until we have something better I’d like to see this given a chance to develop further. Friday will be an acid test.

  2. South Of Tunis on

    Steinreignedsupreme@ 16 05..



    Had the Telfmeister been Italian his name would have been ——Paolo Guerrieroferoce.

  3. SRS



    ‘Hopeless Italians?!’



    I hope you were not referring to Charlie Muldini!



    Forza Celtic!!




  4. Steinreignedsupreme.



    Please share with us your Herald story.



    It can be shared with us in an etims styley.



    “Now what I’m about to write is total made up rubbish.


    None of it has any semblance of truth.


    It’s just made up pish ,to provide a bit of a laugh.”



    Go on .


    What’s stopping you?




  5. Steinreignedsupreme on

    South Of Tunis 16:33 on 4 December, 2013



    “Had the Telfmeister been Italian his name would have been ——Paolo Guerrieroferoce.”



    That would have been a challenge right enough.

  6. traditionalist88 on

    South Of Tunis


    16:33 on


    4 December, 2013


    Steinreignedsupreme@ 16 05..



    Had the Telfmeister been Italian his name would have been ——Paolo Guerrieroferoce.





    If Paolo Nutini was Scottish his name would be…Paul Nutter…oh hold on a minute…




  7. Paul Telfer was a basic hard working pro.



    Now Lee Naylor ,he was pish.







  8. derbyshirebhoy on

    Parkheadcumsalford who is supporting the Amsterdam 5


    16:36 on


    4 December, 2013



    I’m with you. Could never understand the crticisim that came his way.

  9. Re my post at 16.36



    Before anyone else posts.



    I know that I could put that notice before all of my posts.




  10. CFC did have a ‘hopeless Italian’ manager in the early nineties.



    Came from Largs ‘tho.




  11. South Of Tunis on

    Steinreignedsupreme @16 37.



    Some might have spotted the possibility of coupling it with -atroce..



    Not me —— I thought he was much maligned

  12. Hi ghuys probably a dumb question but how do I change the number of CQN annuals I wish to purchase from more than one? I,ve tried to change where it states quantity but nada-anyone? Hail Hail Hebcelt

  13. Steinreignedsupreme on

    TinyTim 16:36 on 4 December, 2013



    I did give a clue.



    If I’ve been told the story I’m sure Etims already have it. Nothing gets past ole Rui Miller.

  14. The Honest Mistake loves being first on



    I missed your clue, can you leave a clue to what time you left your clue?

  15. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on

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    Got my wee girl one last year, on it all the time, good for taking on holiday and watching movies. One downside is, it’s not as user friendly to some as an ipad is.

  16. My Dear Kojo….



    By Jings….!



    Can We Confidently Assume From The Improved Tactical Performance On Sunday…..



    That NFL Is At Last Taking The Advice We Proffer In Our Most Perspicacious Submissions ?



    He Was Looking Fresh…And Well Rested In The Post-Match Interview….



    Presumably, He Has Also Come To Appreciate That SFTB’s Banal And Tedious Posts…



    Are An Excellent Remedy For Insomnia..



    Now,If He Could Be Persuaded To Play Atajic Regularly……



    Up The Hoops !

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  18. SRS 16.47



    Sorry I missed your clue.


    Could you repost it.



    Even better just post the story with the notice as I suggested.




  19. winning captains


    16:53 on


    4 December, 2013



    Daddy NB got his annual and he says its awfy braw…well impressed he is ….thanks to all the CQN annual crew …

  20. Steinreignedsupreme on

    The Honest Mistake loves being first 16:50 on 4 December, 2013



    “I missed your clue, can you leave a clue to what time you left your clue?”



    ernie lynch answered at five o’clock.

  21. channelislandcelt4DAM5 on

    Referees Association express deep unhappinness at lenciency of ban handed out to dun utd player for manhandling a linesman.



    Strike action ? …Nah ,didnae think so .




  22. the long wait is over on






    17:06 on



    4 December, 2013





    Referees Association express deep unhappinness at lenciency of ban handed out to dun utd player for manhandling a linesman.



    Strike action ? …Nah ,didnae think so .








    men in black strike only when man wear hoops.




  23. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    The refs are right to be concerned said disgraced exref dougie dougie

  24. Derbyshire



    Thanks fur the Reply.



    I certainly agree wi you ..



    Friday.. WULL…. be the Acid Test.( Nice wey that ye pit it,pal.)



    Ah hiv noticed this..



    Amido..whom Ah jist Adore.. well..no Adore,in actuality.. it’s jist a Ma Wey of Underlining,



    the Fact.. that Amido..hiz.. In Ma Opinion… Awe the Necessary Requirements, which a Celtic Striker Needs..



    In order tae Function well…in the Hurly and Burly..of S.P.L.



    Yes, Amido, is Strong ,and Large n he has that Je ne sais Quoi.. PRESENCE?



    yes,,,that’s it…



    He is Physically Imposing,and he Diz not tak kindly tae Over Aggressive Center Backs..



    He gives as much as he takes…and Ah like That.



    Awe he Lacks..is.. Experience..



    He needs that..and the wey Neill Is Handling his Case..



    Well,Ah don’t know how he is gonna Acquire some o that!



    Neil, Should Be giving Amido..More Starts.. and Neil ,is .. No Gien Amido



    well….. Mair Starts.



    This is A True example of The Legendary Catch44.. which is different frum,the equally famous… Catch 21



    as,in this case… it only pertains tae Celtic Youngsters..and tae no Anybuddy else.



    Celtic, youngsters are No Gien Enuff .. well.. STARTS.



    Neil,is noo gonna go oot an Buy…anither.. Centre Forward..which is no a Bad Idea..






    If he expects tae Find wan.. who is Baith Inexpensive and Skilled in the Scoring Arts.. then he is In Fur a Dizzy..



    Fur , Centre Forwards ,who are baith skilled in the Art of Scoring Goals..and who are Inexpensive.. are as Rare as Frog Hair!



    Neil, shoulda hiv gien Amido..or anither of oor Fine Youngsters.



    Mair , Playing time.. afore he Gave up oan them.



    Ah disapprove of Celtic being forced tae Hand over .. Six Million o oor Hard earned cash.. in order tae Bring in..whit Neil considers tae be .. a High Scoring.. Centre.



    It is obvious, tae..well.. ME.. that



    Pukki, wz a PANIC BUY..’



    and if thur is wan thing that Ah hate tae see Neil dae..



    And that is Tae go oot and Make a Panic Buy..



    Which ,he is In danger of Daein,in January.



    Neil.. Should explore all his Present Number of Resources… First.


    And that means..



    Neil, should gie. Amido and BANGURA.. and Atajic..and Johnstone and WATT..



    Mair time at the Rudder..



    Afore ,he goes oot…and Makes a PANIC BUY..



    At Six Million.. that kinda Panic Buy. if It Disnae turn oot .. right…



    and it May no.. because.. like Ah said..



    The Trouble wi’ Celtic,at this time…,oan the main…



    Rotates aroon the Low Scoring Rate of oor Present Complement of Strikers..



    and that condition… In Ma Opinion..




    EMANATES.. frum oor Non Creative.. Midfield.



    If Neil, wants anither Centre,so badly..



    Ah wid send Him tae . Peterboro..



    They hiv a Guy who wull be Fairly Inexpensive.. Who wid dae just fine fur us..in the S.P.L.



    Fur he is Strong AN OX, and wull tak nae Grief… frum Anybuddy.



    and he wullnae Cost the Proverbial, eethur.






    None of this Scrabblin fur a Noo High Scoring Striker, wid hiv bin Necessary






    Neil.. Simply had used his Present Resources in the Striking Dept..mair Wisely.




    Fur Ah wiz sure..alang wi Forty Million Frenchmen



    That .. Tony Watt, wiz the Answer..tae oor Stiking ,Striking.. Deficiency..



    But.. obviously..Neil ,Thought Differently..and in not Gien Tony enuff Starts in the First Team..



    Neil, Purchased the Stick,which is Being Used…. tae Break His Own Back.




    That is Ma Opinion.. which is not Necessarliy ….the Correct wan.



    But..it is the Only wan that Ah hiv.. so Ah mak No Apologies fur Holding it.



    Nice Chatting






  25. Tamrabam,



    loved your ode to Bobo, one of my favourite players.



    The kit man at the deid club hated when he was in the lineup because he had to get fresh shorts at halftime for anyone who dared wander into Big Bobo’s vicinity.






    liked your analogy of the coppers and the square sausage incident, priorities eh






  26. A Ceiler Gonof Rust Supporting Justice and Freedom for the Dam 5 on

    Right no laughing, but a hun on deid heid media is discussing signing big Georgios on a baseman in the summer, hee hee!!

  27. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Winning captains


    How about an interview with the honourable Mr Craven the only honest ref in Scottish football till he was drummed out for exposing the cabal

  28. Winning Captains,



    I’ve tried to order annual but it wants me to go through Paypal. I don’t want this. I simply want to pay with my credit card. Help, please.




  29. Steinreignedsupreme on

    TinyTim 17:22 on 4 December, 2013



    Sevco employees are being paid in cash. That is a vital part of the sory.



    Daniel Day-Lewis CSC