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For all the Ibrox bedwetters. Europa tests

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We saw a thoroughly professional performance from Celtic in Stockholm last night.  AIK were always a team we should have beaten, but ‘should have’ does not always happen, as our previous encounter proved.

James Forrest, Mikey Johnston and Odsonne Edouard were on fire, while Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli looked more comfortable than in previous outings.

Lazio finished eighth in Serie A last season, behind all the big names, but a decent ‘Best of the Rest’.  Rennes are off to a flier, top after three wins from three games, including a win over PSG, but finished 10th in Ligue 1 last term.  They will be better than anyone we have faced so far this season but this is why we want to be in European football.

Cluj are the team I wanted most of all.  They are a strong pot 4 team but we were awful against them and need to put it right.  This is a challenging Europa League group providing lots of opportunity to prove a point.  Bring it on.

48 hours from now, we will be in action at Ibrox, where we were outplayed twice last season in games that ultimately cost nothing.  Those experiences seem to have left some in our number with a bedwetting disposition ahead of Sunday.  Steven Gerrard has added ten to his squad while Celtic, if you read some coverage, have done little transfer business of note.  This is bollocks!

Gerrard starts from a losing position.  His team have not won any major trophies.  Celtic have been imperious on a level never previously known, three consecutive trebles!

Of Newco’s ten additions, two were for money (Helander, who they did not pay the reported £3m for, and Edmundson, sending £700k to the English fourth tier in return).  Two are loans (Ojo and King), but the bulk are the Tried and Tested Free Transfers route to building a successful team (Hastie, Jones, Stewart, Davis, Aribo, Barker).

Bargain bucket- teams are easier to assemble than teams full of players who command transfer fees, but when the trophies are handed out, they are seldom on the receiving end.

By contrast, Celtic have so far spent £12m reassembling their disrupted defence (Jullien, Bolingoli, Elhamed), with Bauer on loan  – and an option to buy him.  There is also a quality left back on his way.

Fraser Forster is here on loan (he’s not cheap).  We took advantage of the cross-country opportunity we exploited to sign Moussa Dembele, to capture Luca Connell for £350k, and I expect another first team addition (as well as the left back) before the window closes.

Celtic got everything wrong on one game this season but have all of the most productive, successful and valuable players in the country on the field at Ibrox on Sunday.  We cannot take any game for granted, and I have seldom gone to Ibrox without concerns, but Celtic will blow Scottish football away again this season.  I’m not buying the Newco threat.

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  1. There is a scientific theory, that when there is absolutely nothing to worry you, your brain will begin to ‘invent’ worrisome scenarios in order to keep itself alert and ready

     

     

    Another scientific theory, is that Celtic fans in particualr, are more likely to suffer from this than any other football fan…

     

     

    B-)

  2. HEKNOWSWHOKNOWS on 30TH AUGUST 2019 7:36 PM

     

     

    Thank you, I would wager I’m not alone with these thoughts.

     

     

    HH to you also.

  3. STV saying we’re bringing in Elyounoussi from Southampton on a year loan. Left winger. I’ve no idea if hes any good or not.

  4. CHAVEZ on 30TH AUGUST 2019 8:13 PM

     

    STV saying we’re bringing in Elyounoussi from Southampton

     

     

    Stephen McGowan says same – I think !

     

     

    stephen.mcgowan@mcgowan_stephen

     

     

    Kilder til VG: Mohamed Elyounoussi på vei til Celtic

     

    SOUTHAMPTON (VG) Fredag trente Southampton for siste gang før oppgjøret mot Manchester United og Ole Gunnar Solskjær (46). Der var «Moi» (25) ikke til stede”

     

     

    SOUTHAMPTON (AP) Friday trained Southampton for the last time before the match against Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (46). There was “Moi” (25) is not present.

     

    According to VG announcement was the Norwegian absent from today’s training session because he conducted a medical test in advance of a loan move to Celtic.

     

    Elyounoussi has been Friday night in the final negotiations with the Scottish big club, as are details from securing national team player’s services out of season. It is not yet known whether the agreement contains an option to purchase.

  5. CorkCelt,

     

     

    Big Vic husnae signed for Brugge yet. It was inevitable after Brugge got entry to the Champions League.o_0

     

     

    The Big Guy is a proper screener. 9 in a row is massive, Victor signing would help Celtic enormously but as it stands it isnae likely.

     

     

    Absolutely deelighted with our Forward play. I just Loved Martin walking to the Broomloan with Lenny.

     

     

    I must say not being favourites is much better suited to Celtic.

     

     

    Lenny is a wee Genius.

  6. Now that’s what I’m talking about…..

     

     

    Cracking signing…

     

     

    We’re gonna need a bigger scoreboard…

  7. Really good crowd and entertainment at the Dundee Derby. Great advert for Scottish football.

     

    4-1 Dundee Utd.

  8. The first of this weekend’s derbies has been very entertaining. Half time at Tannadice and it’s Dundee Utd 4 Dundee 1. Which is nice ;-)

  9. Silver City 1888 on

    I see BBC Sport Scotland have Legia under investigation for displaying a picture of John Paul II, presumably in an aggressive manner. Sorry to keep on about it but strict liability would not beneficial to us.

  10. Thanks for the latest batch of voters – BIG ARCHIE, CALL ME GERRY, DRESDEN, GLASGOW BHOY, SCANIEL, CORKCELT, TMOA, CATMAN

     

    That’s 56 now so a very good cross section.

     

    Results out after 10pm

     

    CQNPOTY@GMAIL.COM

  11. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    HEKNOWSWHOKNOWS:I think perhaps you have missed a bit of your name!Perhaps the addition of KNOWSNOTHINGABOUTFITBAPLAYERS might be useful.Boli will not be a defensive back if he plays till he is 40.His game is based on getting forward and putting in good crosses which he does but he has no positional awareness and backtracks like a 5000m runner rather than a 100m sprinter which he needs to be so far out of position.

     

    Your definition of a Celtic supporter leaves a lot to be desired.I don’t agree with all thePope says or all my union says but I still support one all my life and one for 60 years and Celtic in between those parameters.

     

    As a Happy Clapper I despair of the Board’s or PLs continuous useless attempts each year to enact strengthening the team but I am still a Celtic supporter.Not any better or worse than any other but longevity only means your Faither took you there young.

     

    Enjoy Sunday!

  12. Celtic Football Club@CelticFC 3m

     

    🆕✍️ #CelticFC is delighted to announce the signing of Mohamed Elyounoussi from Southampton on a season-long loan.

  13. RODDYBHOY on 30TH AUGUST 2019 4:08 PM

     

    Ibrox is a different animal . From middle to front we are pretty good but we are still all over the place at the back , if we allow the amount of crosses into the box as we did last night we will suffer.

     

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    Apart from the first 15 minutes against AIK I thought the back line did fairly ok. Ralston certainly allowed the winger a bit too much time and space.

     

    As for Sunday, I’d go with Edouard and Forrest up front with Mikey on the bench until we’re ahead.

  14. Frightening looking front 4….

     

     

    Forrest Christie Elyounoussi

     

     

    Edouard

     

     

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    B team

     

     

    Shved Rogic Johnston

     

     

    Griffiths / Bayo

  15. MARTIN42 on 30TH AUGUST 2019 3:36 PM

     

     

    I feel humbled 😃

     

     

    After a pretty trying week that fair cheered me up 👍🏼

     

     

    Hail Hail 💚🍀

  16. Dave17,

     

     

    It couldn’t be happening, could it?

     

     

    Its too late for Sunday him playing but what an oMega boost going into that Match.

     

     

    67 – In the heat of Lisbon……

  17. mild mannered Pedro delgado on

    My bhoys are very excited with the arrival of Elyounoussi. They seem to think the guy is very good

  18. Great result last evening, really looking forward to the Europa League.

     

     

    BHOYLO83 @ 8:02 PM,

     

     

    Well yes, but many thought, like their CEO, they too would be feasting at UEFA’s top table.

     

     

    When it came down to it, what they got was Cluj on a roll.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  19. Interesting that Forster, Bauer and Elyounoussi all signed basically without the usual days of press coverage and rumour beforehand. Begs the question – what else is in the pipeline that we don’t know about ?

  20. Welcome to Celtic Mohamed.

     

     

    There is no better Club.

     

     

    NJoi working under a Legend, that is Neil Francis Lennon.

  21. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 30TH AUGUST 2019 3:35 PM

     

    a Brectum

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A person who is being a complete ars@ about Brexit

     

     

    …………………………………………….

     

     

    :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  22. Are we maxed out on loanees now?

     

     

    Forster, Mo, Bauer….

     

     

    3 or 4 is it?

     

     

    Anyone know?

  23. Embramike, I was thinking the same thing. It looks as if the Club are almost encouraging speculation in certain targets to deflect attention from the actual guys they are really going after.

     

    The obvious gripe is with, Sincy,James, Morgan, Mikey & Shved in the house it would not strike you as a key position that needs strengthening.

     

    I expect two of the above to be going either permanently or on loan before Tuesday.

     

    I would never say no to quality so welcome to the Hoops Mohamed, Hope you leave with at least 3 medals.

  24. PETEC on 30TH AUGUST 2019 9:20 PM

     

    Dave17,

     

     

    I don’t think he’s anywhere near fit. Would be a good boost. Only if he Victor really wants it could it happen.

  25. Another loan! Another winger! Do we ha e any scouts? A waste of money. aNd leaves us in worse position next summer.. a joke of a Celt. Who seems to buy players….. ss. Wages should come out of his wages…hope he is good but why have we zchved…armani..Johny Hayes?

  26. The way things are going you could see Shved going back to Ukraine on loan. Sinclair is finished under Lenny. Johnston very much fancied. Morgan the odd man out.

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