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Few in the world match Celtic’s transfer success

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They call it Helicopter Money. Income that just lands in your lap without you having to do any work for it. It brings a special kind of joy. The millions Celtic will earn as a result of a sell-on clause from Virgil van Dijk’s £75m sale to Liverpool is a classic of the genre.

Right off, let’s acknowledge a few facts. Virgil’s £2.6m capture from Groningen was a brilliant piece of business by the club. Many are due credit for this, including Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell, but the occasionally-maligned John Park, in particular, deserves applause.

Park lost his Midas touch after the January 2012 capture of Mikael Lustig, but that had as much to do with the change in comparative finances between Celtic and the bottom of the English Premier League, than any degradation of our former chief scout’s ability.

Virgil had played only 62 games in senior football when he signed for Celtic. We got him because we moved, showing incredible agility, before anyone else had the opportunity to act. We will not be able to exactly recreate the Virgil business – others see where and how exceptional value has been earned and copy, but this has always been the case.

What we can say for sure is that few clubs anywhere in the world have the success rate of Celtic at finding under-priced footballers and transforming them into Champions League players who are sold at multiples of five or ten times value.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BLANTYRETIM

     

     

    A fine young player,and we were lucky to have him. But for his injury problems,I have little doubt he would have been a Celtic Great.

     

     

    It was wonderful to see his family presenting the League Cup a few weeks ago.

     

     

    R I P,Phil.

  2. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    BMCUW

     

    I took mini to his testimonial match for her first game.. she has never looked back☘️☘️

  3. vice anyone ?

     

    I have a “new” reconditioned desktop computer.

     

    I have the volume turned up full on the new monitor, but still too low.

     

    If I bought a “Sound Bar” from Argos etc….would that allow me have my music thru the PC LOUDER ?

     

    Cheers for any advice Bhoys and Ghirls.

     

    HH

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BIGJIMMY

     

     

    I’d have taken it back to the shop and asked them to set it up for you.

     

     

    I hope you’re managing to put your recent health problems behind you,bud. Onwards and upwards in 2018!!!

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BLANTYRETIM

     

     

    It’s great when you take someone to see Celtic for their first time,and they just “get it” right away.

     

     

    Hoopyhug to M,long may her love for Celtic continue.

  6. BIG JIMMY. right click the speaker icon bottom of the screen. it has options to increase volume or troubleshoot your sound controls. best of luck.

  7. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Good luck for today,and for the future,to the site’s resident Adonis and his smashin’ lass!!!!!

     

     

    HH

  8. Morning all.

     

     

    Woke to that rare experience in Largs: a heavy fall of snow. Glad I haven’t plans to drive anywhere today.

     

     

    I was heartened by Catman’s claim yesterday about the fee we will be getting for VvD. He seems to be in the know at Parkhead. Let’s hope we can strengthen the team, which isn’t simply about spending money. Few players of the required standard will entertain the thought of playing in our league. Hope our scouts can unearth a couple of unheralded gems.

  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Good luck to Jamesgang today

     

    I hope he and his wife have a wonderful life together

     

    I told him if he is as happy as Mrs BT and I he will be fine… :-))

     

     

    Big Jimmy

     

    Hope you are on the mend, I’ll try to pop into town next week as I’m off until the 8th

  10. glasgow district cooncil better get the finger oot or there will be no gemme the morra

     

    heavy snow causing chaos on the roads of glasgow at present motors struggling on even the slightest of inclines. wife couldn’t even get to work and only travelling from g64 to the west end

     

    more heavy snow forecast for tonight a tomorrow-

  11. Imatim wants justice and the titles to be stripped from the cheats on

    Just a reminder of the sponsors who prop up the SFA.

     

     

    They include:

     

     

     

    – Vauxhall

     

     

     

    – William Hill

     

     

     

    – Specsavers

     

     

     

    – McDonalds

     

     

     

    – Tesco Bank

     

     

     

    – Bank of Scotland

     

     

     

    – G4S

     

     

     

    – JD Sports

     

     

     

    – Mars

     

     

     

    – IMG

     

     

     

    – Avia Signs

     

     

     

    – Adidas

     

     

     

    – Park’s Motor Group

     

     

     

    – Sky Sports

     

     

     

    – Irn Bru

     

     

     

    – Betfred

     

     

     

    – Sega

     

     

     

    – EA Sports

     

     

     

    – BT Sport

     

     

     

    – Ladbrokes

     

     

     

    – Impact Signs

     

     

  12. Good luck to Big Jamesgang today. Unaware of his upcoming nuptials but, a true gentle man and one who undoubtedly deserves a lifetime of happiness with his soon-to-be better half ;-)

  13. Mickbhoy 1888

     

     

    I was just thinking the same thing . Im around 12 miles from CP. Snowing fairly heavy now.

     

    If it keeps up all day , game has to be in doubt tomorrow.

  14. Jamesgang – Best wishes to you and your bride to be on your wedding today from Ms S and myself.

     

     

    HH

  15. Snow forecast to turn to heavy rain by this afternoon. No danger the game will be affected, by tomorrow the streets and roads will be clear.

  16. P67 — you have a brass knock you couldn’t mark with a blow torch.

     

     

    You push the money side but gloss over the performance failures on the park.

     

    You mention the “winning” strategy but forget its tortured beginnings in 2006.

     

    You push the narrative that the club is well run but forget the missed opportunities and bonus driven disasters that caused us so much grief in 2009 / 10 / 11.

     

     

    CEO loving sycophant and then some.

     

    Not credible anymore — second rate money grabber.

  17. For Celtarellas sake

     

     

    GLASGOW CELTIC

     

     

    CELIC

     

     

    GLASGOW CELTIC

     

     

    I think Mags is out of touch.

     

     

     

    My Irish Soldier Laddi, disnae hear thaT jIBBER jABBER FRM mOI.

     

     

    high Schools…..

     

     

    Different ketttle of frogs.

     

     

     

    KEVJ.CSC

     

     

    Junglism is KevJ.

     

     

    Milton Keynes was a disappointment. Winning 5-0 away to Aiberdeeen suggested so mch.

     

     

     

    Jobo and CRC are Awesome beuond the word.

     

     

    CRC and Jobo do something bad,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I know you are Humans.

     

     

    Wonderful Dudes.

     

     

    KevJ is True.

  18. Best wishes to Jamesgang and his better half.

     

     

    From Green big hinging colourful donkey , full of sweets and treats.

     

     

    HH to you both.:)))))))

  19. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Back to Basics – Glass Half Full on 28th December 2017 11:34 pm

     

     

    I think you will find that Martin Conaghan is a CQN’er – posibly more of a lurking one right enough.

  20. BARNEY 67

     

     

    I know that Barney I was really refering to Saturday hoping it could be the begining of the end.

     

     

    KEEP THE FAITH

  21. Best wishes to JAMESGANG and his good lady ! TONYROME you got your snow shoes and sledge looked out KTF !!

  22. MADMITCH on 29TH DECEMBER 2017 10:11 AM

     

     

    Surely if your opinion of P67 is as you wrote and as you say his views “are not credible anymore” you would choose to get your Celtic news from a credible source. the daily record or the sun perhaps? it appears to me your anger is more “credibly suited” to their readership. You could even choose the BBC, you can read a great story on there about how Celtic fans are racist and throw bananas at black players. that would surely staisfy your appetite for credible, No?

  23. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Best wishes to JamesGang on his nuptials today.

     

     

    Best of luck big guy – hope her eyesight gets better soon right enough!

  24. Work done! off to hit the post match refreshments! see you Bhoys on the other side.

     

     

     

    3-1 Hoops (Sinclair, Dembele, Ntcham)

  25. PARKROAD 67

     

     

    Hi mhate

     

     

    We have about 4 inches of snow here in Linwood and it’s still coming down.

     

     

    Mrs TONY ROME thinks we are driving to Govan to take her dad shopping.

     

     

    I canny see it but you know how scared I am of her and I will be brow beat into it.

     

     

    Hope you and E aren’t as unlucky as us.

     

     

    KEEP THE FAITH

  26. Jamesgang Why should you get away with it. Happiness , health and fun to you and your new boss Mrs James gang. Hail hail. .

  27. The Battered Bunnet on

    Very best wishes to Jamesgang and his belle on their wedding day.

     

     

    Remember, if it wasn’t for marriage, men and women would have to fight with complete strangers.

     

     

    C.MurrayCSC

  28. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Bateen Bhoy on 29th December 2017 10:54 am

     

     

    What if you watch that in the Scud?

  29. GM’s press conference @ the end was frightening.

     

     

    When Murts name checked Myth then an Actual Manager in Neil.

     

     

     

    Saturday is gonnae be MEGA.

  30. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    Best wishes to Jamesgang and the soon to be Mrs Jamesgang for their white wedding today

     

     

    May you have many years of happiness together

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  31. BLANTYRE TIM….I am on my 2nd course of anti biotics so hopefully Ill be better in a couple o days…at last ?

     

    If so, we could meet up later next week for a swally and catch up, that would be great.

     

     

    BMCUW…I cant take it back to the shop mate, as I ordered the PC over om a company in Essex called ” BlackBarn”…Hope yr okay mate.

     

     

    BIG PACKY…Cheers mate I tried that right click…but to no avail as its all up to 100%

     

    but I have a kind of “sound box” and speakers from my old computer…Im gonna try and hook those up with the new one….just watch me go up in a puff of Green smoke !

     

    HH