Eye for a player and the scouting feedback loop


I remember a sharp intake of breath when I looked up Eboue Kouassi’s playing record when he joined Celtic three years ago: 10 appearances in the Russian league, where he arrived as an 18-year-old from Ivory Coast.  There is always an assumption that the club have scouted beyond YouTube clips, but with only 10 appearances, the opportunity to go from settling into southern Russia, to solid performer and then promising talent are limited.

Celtic moved early, too early, as it turned out, but there would have been an acknowledgement of the gamble before it took place.  With most European leagues blanket-scouted, our resources moved to the periphery, and even then, if you take too long to make your mind up, you lose.

Feedback loops are important in scouting.  When scouts make good recommendations, clubs back their next call.  “He has an eye for a player” and all that.  But no one’s vision is faultless.  Whoever put their name to Eboue will have since suffered the feedback loop consequences.

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  1. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    And a big sunny good morning fae aul Mick who’s legs are louping.


    Chasing a herd of ferrel cats ( under 6 boys ) does that he..he.


    Anybody any word on


    TET ?


    SOT ?




    Anybody. ??????


    H.H . Mick

  2. Melbourne Mick,


    TET had been posting on SC for a good while,


    last time i saw anything from him,he was posting


    links to coronavirus information .


    He hasnt posted on SC for some time.

  3. Melbourne Mick on




    It’s very worrying when you don’t hear from prolific posters


    for a while in these difficult times.


    Thank goodness the bhoys have rallied round WHITEDOGHUNCH.


    But nothing at all from BIGYINMILAN is mystifying.


    H.H . Mick

  4. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Sorry don’t remember who first posted this but still gives me a belly laugh when I read it



    The old farmer said,”Well, as i see it, Donald Trump is like a “post tortoise”, not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a “post tortoise” was.



    The old farmer said, “When your driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with atortoise balanced on top, thats a post tortoise.


    The old farmer saw the puzzled look on the doctors` face so he continued to explain “You know he didnt get up there by himself, he doesn`t belong up there, he doesn`t know what to do while hes up there, he’s elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb-ass put him up there to begin with.



    Sent from my deep fat fryer

  5. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    I think TET, was just unfortunate to open the subject on here when people were beginning to experience real tragedy affecting our own lives.


    It is/was an interesting topic for discussion but not when people around us are suffering.


    And being lost.

  6. Melbourne Mick on




    That ” Post Tortoise ” was one of the funniest things I’ve ever


    seen on CQN.


    And it was entirely appropriate.


    H.H Mick

  7. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Just wish I could remember who first posted :) it, they deserve a medal for that, I’m sure it was one of our stateside brethren.

  8. Melbourne Mick on




    Think when things get back to normal and our CSC is back


    the gither i’ll see if PADDYMAC will get our wee yearly presentation


    to Cqn’rs going again.


    It was usually a club top and other Celtic stuff given for the winner


    of a quiz etc. so maybe one for the funniest quip would be good.


    I’m seeing Paddy today for a wee snifter so will discuss.


    H.H . Mick

  9. On St Patrick’s Day, how long it seems, Imperial College models were predicting 2.2 million deaths in the USA and 1/2 million in UK.


    We were warned of the health system being overwhelmed.


    There wouldn’t be enough ICU beds to take the number of urgent cases.


    There wouldn’t be enough ventilators, masks or PPE gear to allow hospitals to treat patients.


    Fast forward to Memorial Day, the traditional start of the US summer.


    We passed the 100k milestone of deaths this weekend.


    As bad as it is, it is nowhere near the panic predictions seen in the early days.


    We mourn the mostly elderly and compromised comorbid who have suffered most.


    Unfortunately many have had to face death without the consolation of their families present or the administration of the sacred Last Rites.


    I feel particularly discontent as I have been deprived of Sunday Mass during the most sacred weeks in the Catholic Calendar, but as I’m in the vulnerable category, an old fhart, I would have probably not attended anyway.


    With no vaccine in sight we face a summer of continued lockdowns particularly when there is the prospect of a second wave in the autumn.


    I had to visit my local hospital today for bloodwork and I was struck by how quiet and empty the usual entrance areas were. I had to pass through a barrier where my temperature was taken and I was questioned about recent illnesses, given a mask, I was already wearing one, a pair of gloves and told to maintain social distancing.


    Is there a better way to face up to the pandemic?


    As summer approaches and temperatures rise, would we better relaxing restrictions, while concentrating on the elderly, the ill and early detection?


    Churches are closed. Restaurants are on take out only basis. Hospitals are laying off staff as elective surgeries are cancelled. Factories have closed and furloughed employees.


    How do we get back to normality and yet ensure the vulnerable are protected?

  10. GORDYBHOY64 on 27TH MAY 2020 12:03 AM


    Melbourne Mick,





    TET had been posting on SC for a good while,





    last time i saw anything from him,he was posting





    links to coronavirus information .





    He hasnt posted on SC for some time.





    From 6 hours ago



    Mr Jan – Is there anything you might stop doing after this lockdown is over – I don’t think I’ll watch as much sport.


    Moi- yes I might stop summoning demons from the underworld for a while.



    Mr Jan – That’s nice.



    So he is fine as is his demonic but lovely partner

  11. Auldheid



    Good to hear bout tet and Jan.cheers :-)



    And thanks for your input and work on res12.it is learning we should read about constantly,


    I read roddybhoys post on sfm and the ‘ slap in the face’to those who bought into Fergus’s Vision when raising capital(DD did too) to rebuild us,I see his point as a small shareholder.


    Hope your well and persisting in resisting.


    Keep the spirits up.:-))



    Billy Connolly Seargent where’s mine





  12. Neil Lennon & McCartney on




    Apologies, I missed your considered reply (time difference) Thanks & agreed.




  13. Good morning CQN from a dry sunny morning in the Garngad



    I see Gove has came out and said he asked his wife to go for a drive as his eyesight was bad.


    I don’t know when this was but ffs these cnuts are taking the piss.



    D. :)

  14. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    As a compromise, in order to better preserve Scottish football as a professional sport in our country, I’d be prepared to vote for three teams to advance from the Championship into a 14 team Premiership to replace Hearts.

  15. Are Sevco really buying Hagi? If so, I feel we can dismiss articles predicting their apparent and imminent death.


    Wherever the money is coming from, it seems to continue to come and I see no end to that situation.



    PS I think it is unlikely to be 4 million but whatever it is SHOULD be beyond them.


    HOT SMOKED on 27TH MAY 2020 9:17 AM



    One million up front rest PROANMILL CHEQUES.

  17. HOT SMOKED on 27TH MAY 2020 9:17 AM



    Remember they will have season book money already with more to come. It’s the same as the Kent signing last year.



    They have the cash available to pay for it now. Will they have enough cash to get them through to the end of the season? Different matter.

  18. Hagi – straight from the Hun playbook…



    More cash needed now. Stimulate the season books with an early victory in the pre-season cup. Buy a “superstar” who will win the 55…hurrah….buy more tops, tat and tickets…



    Cash is King. Pay Genk in instalments with money tomorrow.



    Short-termism, let’s stop the Ten….



    We’ve seen how this plays out when the football begins….

  19. Hi Ghuys I phoned WDH just before I watched 09:45 Mass at St. James’s Coatbridge. Poor reception and had to call him back. He asked me to post that he values the continuing messages that are being sent to him.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  20. In a strange but not entirely unsurprising twist in the Hagi transfer it appears that PL has told Gent not to pay the kouassi money to Celtic. Instead sevco will only pay Gent £2.7m and under the 5 way agreement will ‘never pay Celtic the £1.3m.


    PL stated that we must support the principle of having a strong sevco.

  21. GENE on 26TH MAY 2020 3:56 PM


    Por Cierto


    “I live 5 miles from Congleton and it had nothing to do with any Celtic signing. 🤭


    Curse of predictive text CSC”



    :))))))))))))))))))) POR CIERTO!!!

  22. David66



    i was always told it made you go blind. Never believed it until Gove and Cummings eyesight went!

  23. DAVID 66,


    It should have been Goves wife who needed the “Eyesight test”..Just WTF was she thinking.

  24. Por Cierto


    Congleton is also known as beartown – so maybe you were not far off.🤔

  25. The Huns pulled the same stunt with Sparta Prague,when Smith signed,whatever his name was,knowing they could not pay.Ended up Prague were stitched up for 2 million when they went bust.I have read,there is a hold up with the Hagi deal due to the money,payments,etc.Whatever.Any team that deals with this mob,taking staggered payments,deserve all they get.

  26. rpmcelticfan on

    Morning all , unless ive missed it only one poster has asked after MACJAY , so my question this morning is does Y.N.W.A apply to all Celtic supporters or just a select group , I can see no reason for regular posters to stop posting unless ill , so i fear the worst for MACJAY, SOT , and others , its horrible to think of fellow Celtic supporters being forgotten in these weird times of Glory and Death . Hail Hail to all and if perchance you can read this then know that your in my thoughts and heart today , so Y.N.W.A.

  27. as Douglas Ross is in the news for doing the right thing; did he do the right thing at Ibrox in 2018?



    I have tried to take off my green tinted glasses and be objective but i’ll still not sure.



    Douglas Ross was very sure and right in line with it. It did look like Jozo looked at Morelos before putting his arm out to get across.



    Morelos also seems to stick his head in instead of an arm as you would expect.



    Overall, I think it was accidental but can’t argue with the linesman’s view of it (dat means 2 tings).



    How’s that for fence sitting?




  28. I see surprise surprise The Rangers Football Club Limited not to be confused with The Rangers Football club PLC in the liquidiser, obtained a UEFA licence.



    E Tim’s have set out the rules today and it is impossible to state if all criteria for a licence have been met although their accounts due to be lodged with Companies House in a couple of days and published on 12th June might help see how they met the criteria.



    However The licensing process is confidential between a member club and the SFA.



    It is a tick box exercise not worth the paper its re lied upon.



    It has to be much more transparent and subject to more UEFA audit.



    Not sure from memory if any was ever done on an application by a club as opposed to the process itself. Not on a Scottish club that can be identified by UEFA’s audit department report but I’ll check.



    Remember Andrew Dickson is viewed as an expert in football administration and knows the rules back to front and prepared to find interpretations like loans arent wages when testifying to the FTT.



    But he is in with the in crowd, a golden boy and just another bender of the truth when a rule or law has to be swerved. They run the country.



    To restore any semblance of trust in Scottish football the licensing system needs to become transparent.



    To restore any trust in Celtic they should be demanding it, supported by all other clubs put at a financial disadvantage because one club doesnt under stand what “fair” means in Financial Fair Play.



    How can Celtic and other clubs ask you to support them financially if they don”t? How can they assure you what happened in 2011 and more importantly, since, with respect to the SFA that the game is fair?

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