Frimpong’s creative thinking


It is not going to be welcome tonight, but the absence of Callum McGregor, in anticipation he appears at Pittodrie on Sunday, could be vitally important to our season.  Three weeks out resting a hamstring, there is no way he can be fit to play two games in three days.  We need Callum for Pittodrie, so cannot play him tonight, irrespective of the consequences.  The Leverkusen game is not our priority this week.

There was some creative thinking when Jeremie Frimpong discussed his desire, or otherwise, to leave Celtic earlier this year.  He told the media, “I was not looking to leave Celtic. When the chance came to join Leverkusen, it was not something I was actively looking to do.”

Well, he was not looking to leave Celtic, until Bayer Leverkusen came calling.  Celtic were not looking to sell him either.  Not unreasonably, the player was clear on his desire to play in the Bundesliga from the moment he was aware of the possibility.

I liked his energy and character if not his deliveries.  Best of luck to him, after tonight.

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  1. It is nothing short of Hunnish to declare that Rangers won the league last year and are going to win it this year only because Celtic let them. It can’t be possible that Rangers were actually better than us for one season out of 10. They only won because Celtic wanted them to win.



    It just wouldn’t do to admit defeat to them on merit would it?



    As I say – Hunnish, and childish.



    I don’t know about sunny Scotia, but over here in the U.S., everyone over 65 is recommended to get the pneumonia vaccine. It lasts for life. And I hate to tell ya, Jimmy, but it normally comes in 2 doses, 6 weeks apart.



    Same for Shingles – 2 jabs, 6 weeks apart. Strongly recommended. A mate of mine didn’t get the jab, got agonizing shingles all over his body, including his tongue and his boaby ( not related🤣 ). Said it was the worst experience of his life. So I suggest you ask your nurse about that as well.


    Cheers, IniquitousIV










    The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It’s also known as the pneumonia vaccine. Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, blood poisoning (sepsis) and meningitis.




    Cheers TOM for your for your info also your Post at 2.20pm.


    I had Septis in late 2019 ( and other issues), so I was in hospital for 5 Total.





    Apologies – hadn’t read your post before replying to Big Jimmy.




    Thanks for your response. You have an interesting outlook, and I have no issue with it at all.

  5. The huns will survive regardless of whether they finish first or second. We should all know that by now. Our season ticket sales and business model may need them in the league but that doesn’t mean gifting it to them.



    Without paying any attention to the rumours, if we get tanked tonight and don’t win at Pittodrie then the heat on Ange will increase significantly. If we are 8-10 points behind at the end of October then the arguments to sack him will be coming from the stands and not just the media.



    I would not be surprised if DD has sounded out Roy Keane and/or WGS to step in at short notice. We know Keane wanted the job and nothing has likely changed in the interim. Few on here wanted him but would we have been any worse off? Would he galvanise the team or destroy it even further?



    Ange inherited a shambles and, despite a brief upswing, it has gotten worse. How much of that is his fault, who knows, probably not much at all. But the board will need a patsy.

  6. GlassTwoThirdsFull on



    Yeah – actually tonight could be just the kind of game where it might work. We will have less possession than normal and playing a bit more on the counter where you could utilise his pace.



  7. onenightinlisbon on

    Give Ange the time and he will make us great. I have no doubts about this.



    As for our board wanting Sevco to remain, it’s hardly a surprise is it?



    The business model in Scotland is for Celtic and Sevco to be in fierce competition – bums on seats and all that.

  8. I don’t like dropping points or losing a game we participate in, tonight for me is a free hit.



    Going into this game with a full squad playing regular together I might have gave us a chance,unfortunately our fragility at the back might undo any good we produce going forward.



    Still hopeful though.



    To the friends I Havnt seen for a while that are attending the game, be/stay safe.

  9. Copied over from our RCQN WhatsApp group


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    The CQN/Sentinelcelts community, and the many friends of Garry Duncan aka Delaneys Dunky, would like to commemorate Garry’s life and friendship as well pay respect to his recent untimely passing.



    We have had many great suggestions from you on how we best commerate Garry’s life, including flowers, a memorial brick, donation to Mary’s meals and financial support for the family etc.



    Garry’s family, like so many others in our world today, is not a rich family and find their wealth is through the happiness of the family, so to have the burden of not only laying Garry to rest, but also the cost that goes with it is horrific .



    Having spoken with Garry’s son Ryan, we feel it appropriate to pass any monies raised direct to the family to let them decide the best way to use it.



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  10. Having read many of the post on here I am beginning to wonder when the Celtic last tried to win a match


    and not try to gift the Stench something or other in the process


    Think Ange will stick with his strategy again tonight and hopefully give us a much needed boost

  11. It blows my mind the rumours that we gave them the league when top two went into the qualifying rounds of the cl.


    The big problem for most of the fans is win the league and 30ml.



    Ange would be given more time (by fans) if it was the champions go into one of the qualifying rounds and second and third into europa.



    Tonight is a huge step tn opposition, i would not risk players tonight Sunday is the big oneIMO

  12. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    NORRIEM on 30TH SEPTEMBER 2021 3:05 PM



    Cheers NORRIEM – done with pleasure










    Celtic are a better financial investment as part of an economically viable and stable Old Firm.



    Failure to win the league last season would have jeopardised the huns ability to survive as a realistic Old Firm opponent.



    In those circumstances it is not unreasonable that Celtic’s de facto owner, and his representative on earth, would have had a somewhat ambivalent and insouciant attitude to Celtic winning the league. Nice if it happened, but perhaps nicer if it didn’t.



    Not a huge and detailed conspiracy, just a general understanding between a couple of old pals who had their hands on the levers of power.



    It’s the way the world works and football is no exception.

  14. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    Graeme Mathie (Sporting Director) is leaving Hibs. Interesting interview with him from the Athletic taken in July. Wonder where his next job will take him.



    The Athletic – July ‘21



    When George Craig called time on his career in football, the door opened for Graeme Mathie to become Hibernian’s first sporting director.



    The baton of responsibility would be handed over at the start of 2020, which seemed the perfect time to get his feet under the table — but little did Mathie know what lay inside his desk would be a premonition of the next 18 months.



    “I found a painter’s mask in the drawer that he left me, so I’m pretty sure he saw it coming when he retired.”



    Although he states that nothing can prepare you for COVID-19 and the financial and logistical challenges it has created in the game, Mathie was given a good grounding in his five years as the club’s head of recruitment.



    “George was great with me as he allowed me to go and negotiate 80/90 per cent of deals with players, agents and clubs and that’s not something you usually get as a head of recruitment,” he says. “It helped stretch me and push me.”



    Mathie talks to The Athletic in detail about the latest failed proposal to restructure Scottish football, the “bunker room” Hibs use to plot their recruitment, using data to appoint Jack Ross and the ambition to cement their place as the third power in Scotland, but the familiarity with negotiations has created a refreshingly honest stance when it comes to the valuations of their most valuable players — Kevin Nisbet, Ryan Porteous and Josh Doig.



    “It’s a bit of a personal crusade but I’d love to break the club’s transfer record,” he says.



    “With the Brexit market as it is, we should be getting more money for Scottish players.



    “I have had some robust conversations where I’ve said, ‘If you take the player at our club and make them Belgian or Dutch or Swedish, we’re not talking about the same number (transfer fee)’. Our league is competitive, our club competed in the top end of it and played in national semi-finals and finals last year. At some point, people need to recognise that.



    “There is a long list now of players who have gone down south and done very well.



    “The bit that annoys me, and I don’t mind saying it, but (Brentford striker) Ivan Toney leaves League One (Peterborough United) for the Championship for significantly more than what we have potentially been offered for our players. He had an incredibly good season, but nobody can tell me that scoring goals in League One is worth five or six times the money of someone scoring goals at the top end of the Premiership. That is the part that has to change.



    “I don’t see why they are perceived as significantly better.”



    As far as the inner workings of a football club go, Mathie has experience of seeing how it operates from just about all angles.



    The Scot left school at 16 to play for Coventry City down south but after eight years in the game, he moved into youth coaching at Celtic. He worked his way up to become one of John Park’s scouting analysts at a time around a decade ago when Celtic developed a reputation for unearthing great potential in the likes of Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk, before spending time developing the nation’s youth football structure for the Scottish FA.



    His role at Hibernian only came about after Craig had been true to his word and rung him 18 months after a role he had discussed with Kilmarnock had been and gone.



    “I’ve learned loads, so these experiences help, but you come into these things and with your own ideas,” he says.



    So did Hibs’ owner Ronald Gordon, the US businessman who became the Edinburgh club’s majority shareholder two years ago this month.



    The “Hibernian DNA” document, about what sort of club they wanted to be, written before their return to the Premiership in the summer of 2017, has since incorporated some of his ambitions, which include becoming more global in their search for players and establishing themselves as the home for young Scottish talent.



    “He (Gordon) wants people to look at Hibs and say, ‘That’s the club I want to be at, as I will get a chance and develop in a shop window to kick my career on’,” says Mathie, who jokes he asks the agent of John McGinn, the club’s poster boy in this sense, every window whether this is the one he should be expecting the sell-on clause that was part of the summer 2018 deal that took him to Aston Villa to come north.



    Hibernian’s recruitment has stood out over the past two years because they have been finding value in the Scottish market and achieving squad stability by offering multi-year deals in a league that always sees a lot of churn each summer.



    Last season, they picked up Drey Wright from St Johnstone, Alex Gogic from Hamilton Academical, Kyle Magennis from St Mirren and Nisbet from Championship side Dunfermline Athletic. They also brought midfielder Chris Cadden, who broke through at Motherwell as a teenager, back from 18 months with MLS side Columbus Crew in January.



    Already this summer, they have signed 20-year-old Daniel McKay from Championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle and 22-year-old Jake Doyle-Hayes from St Mirren, while 19-year-old Steven Bradley is threatening to break into the side after joining from Queen’s Park’s under-18s side in 2019.



    With Rangers and Celtic buying fewer domestic players in recent years, there appears to be an opportunity for Hibernian to build that core of young Scottish players.



    “We’ve done a few over the last few years because it’s the first place to look,” says Mathie. “Kevin (Nisbet) made the step up and we hope Dan McKay can replicate his Championship form. There is a risk no matter where you bring players in from, but we do hope we can do it.



    “Jack (Ross, the manager) has had a huge input into it too, as I imagine there is a temptation as a manager to get safe players who are a bit more established who we know can do us a job and win us games. But Jack hasn’t been like that. He enjoys working with young players and making them better, so that gives me a lot of comfort when discussing signings.



    “If you’re only ever offering one or two years, it becomes difficult to generate a value. If you bring in a young player, it shows a real commitment and at times we have incentivised it so the contract increases over time. It gives us time to develop them too, and we think our sports science and medical departments are up there with the best in the country. The way they can physically develop players and keep them on the pitch week after week is incredible.



    “For example, would Kevin have got closer to the Celtic first team by going directly there rather than come to Hibs first? It’s probably a question that can’t be answered but he has changed his body shape within a year and I think he’s more sought-after due to a season in the Premiership. Sometimes players need that extra step.”



    Hibernian had to make significant cuts to staffing during the pandemic across various departments. COVID-19 has had its impact on the academy and scouting too, but Mathie learned from Park’s processes and knows how managing information well can inform better decision-making, even during the formative era of video scouting which consisted of burning footage of players onto a DVD.



    “Calvin Charlton has been with us since 2015 as lead analyst but, midway through last season, I asked him to take a far greater leadership role in recruitment analysis, so he’s taken those skills and added the data components.



    “With Jake Doyle-Hayes, we’re really clear on him and the type of player he can be as the data shows up what he’s done in the league. We’re able to show the staff why we think we could push the boundaries more with the way we set up and the players around him.”



    The recruitment strategy is underpinned by an emphasis on planning.



    “We call it a bunker room,” Mathie says. “It’s a whiteboard in one room with three slots for every position. It’s not an exact science but it’s a first choice, a cover player and a development player.



    “George and I went down to (England’s base at) St George’s Park and they had something similar. We want to assess talent properly but that’s hard. What we did with our coaches was put the names of every kid in the academy on the left side of the board and asked them to move the kids you think have a genuine chance of making the first team to the right.



    “The sports science guys said, ‘Here are the best athletes’ — so they had a coloured star. Then it was, ‘Who has the best attitude?’ and, ‘Who wants to learn the most?’ When you start to build it up, it gives you a totally different picture of what you think talent might be.



    “The best example is Ryan Porteous. The question was posed, ‘Can Porteous move from the development box to (the) cover (box)?’; if he can, it means we can spend more money on an area we really want to invest in. We’ve got a bit of a gap now as there are only one or two 18/19-year-olds who are in the system but we hope in the next 12 months there are others pushing into that cover position.”



    Long-time club captain David Gray has just moved into a coaching role at age 33 after seven years of service, which included one of the most iconic goals in Hibs’ history — the stoppage-time winner against Rangers to clinch the Scottish Cup in 2016. That leaves Darren McGregor, Paul Hanlon, Jamie Murphy and Lewis Stevenson as the only players over the age of 30 in the squad but they are laying the groundwork for that transition.



    “I think there is a realisation in Scotland that we seem to struggle with the transition piece of youth development,” he says. We’ve always seemed to compete up until 16 and, for some reason, it seems to tail off.



    “I look at Dundee United and think, ‘Fair play’ to what they’ve done (promoting Tam Courts from the academy to be their new manager). They’ve taken a major gamble but what they’ve said is, ‘This is the most important part for us now’. The acid test of that will be how results go but at least they have a vision and are putting things in place.



    “England produced a player book, so for a geeky guy like me, I love it. It was about looking at where the hotbeds have been and why that is. But they found that most of their centre-backs hadn’t been capped below under-19 level. They were picking the players at the top teams who weren’t doing a lot of defending.



    “I spoke to Craig Mulholland (Rangers’ head of academy) about this and I mentioned it. He said, ‘The next time we play you and it’s three 30-minute periods, why don’t you do us a favour and play direct and throw balls into the box and make our defenders defend? Then, in the second period, you pick a theme — press us high up, so we can play out through pressure; and then we’ll both play our style the last 30.”



    Original thinking is what the Scottish Football innovation proposal, which included the inclusion of Rangers and Celtic B teams in the SPFL as an option, tried to bring together but it still failed to win enough backing.



    “I look at the innovation paper and the question I keep asking is, ‘Where does it sit?’” says Mathie. “There does seem to be a bit of a vacuum because I think the Scottish FA see themselves as running the game up to the under-18 league while the SPFL is the reserve league and upwards, so there is a middle bit where no one seems in charge of it. What does a good strategy look like when you don’t know who is responsible for driving it?”



    Hibs have been drawn to play Malta’s Gzira United or HNK Rijeka of Croatia in the third qualifying round of the new Europa Conference League next month (assuming, that is, they see off Andorra’s Santa Coloma over the next two Thursdays). Win that, and they’ll be a two-leg play-off away from the group phase. Mathie says the money that comes with any kind of European group-stage football would be a “gamechanger” for Hibernian.



    “We feel that Hibs hasn’t really competed in Europe for long enough,” he says. “It’s rightly recognised as one of the biggest clubs in the country but it’s not really got a long history of achieving that level of place in the league. To finish third last season was great but for it to be the first time in 16 years wasn’t great. It should have been able to do it a lot more.



    “Holding onto our assets would be great as that keeps the core of the group who achieved a good degree of success last year, but we do want to add one or two that can give us something different and help us go one further as we were disappointed that we didn’t win silverware last year.



    “We don’t think we’re too far away from being able to do it.”

  15. I dont believe that the board and the Football Dept conspire to hand the league to the Huns. I prefer the disgruntled players wanting more money theory.



    What more concerns is what is wrong with the team since Seville and the poor performances. I know we have key players injured but we have 73 players to pick from. I hope that Ange can get the team to return to high tempo attacking football.



    “In those circumstances it is not unreasonable that Celtic’s de facto owner, and his representative on earth, would have had a somewhat ambivalent and insouciant attitude to Celtic winning the league. Nice if it happened, but perhaps nicer if it didn’t.”



    Exactly right, which is why the Board and fans will never see eye to eye. Opposites in perspective.




    rangers will never really die, it will be reborn somehow – too many people depend on them for their reason to exist.



    Having rangers around is good business for Celtic and the rest of the SPFL but that hardly supports the case that Celtic powers that be had a “a somewhat ambivalent and insouciant attitude to Celtic winning the league. Nice if it happened, but perhaps nicer if it didn’t.” Had Barkas and Ajeti performed as expected and had RC, OE and KA and a few others kept their form, I think Celtic would have been certs to win the league. Even DD surely could appreciate the significance of 10IAR. But all of these problems can be laid at the door of the board and their usual failure to keep going forward when in a strong position. It wasn’t simply about rangers.

  18. Marspapa,



    They did indeed. My mother is still there – and I moved back in last year.



    Gerry Majella (Maj/Majestic as we called him) Hart – hence the Majestic Harts’son (sic)



    How do you know them? St Mary’s I’m assuming?

  19. ILJASB on 30TH SEPTEMBER 2021 4:17 PM




    So if there had been no hiccups along the way there might have been a different outcome?



    If ma auntie didnae have a cervix, as it were.

  20. RC on 30TH SEPTEMBER 2021 4:28 PM


    ‘DD playing golf in Scotland just now.’







    Do the Green Brigade have a flying picket cadre?




    Sorry pal no tickets but I’ll put up a couple of pints behind the bar in the Vaults for you.



    Your Mum and Dad are Great people. They’ve been in that house for a long time now, Havnt seen them for years.



    Hope all is well 🤗

  22. sceptical citizen on

    Did we not gift the huns the league last season to prevent a fall in Ibrox ticket sales, which would’ve precipitated an Ibrox insolvency event, meaning hun expulsion from SPFL for who knows how long?


    Another five years maybe with thousands of empty seats?


    Did we not gift the huns 3 titles in a row 2009/10/11?


    When in 09 we had puppet manager Strachan pissing off the dressing room with stupifying team selections and tactics causing an unpalatable odour about the club, going into the first old firm game of the season at Celtic Park without midfield iron man Barry Robson resulting in us being bullied to a 2-4 defeat, going 7 points ahead of huns at New Year leading to a complacent Willo Flood window and allowing a host of experienced players to leave to secure Lawwells bonus, and in our last 2 matches of season we played crab football with hardly a shot at goal, and not a single whimper from puppet manager Strachan about outrageous mibbery decisions?


    To combat the mibbery issue and unsettled looking team, and the departure of puppet manager Strachan at the end of 09 season, we recruited ex Celt Tony Mowbray from relegated West Brom, finishing last out of 20, he was recruited to improve the clubs position from puppet manager Strachan’s disastrous last season, and the concerning rise of mibbery issues affecting the team on the pitch.


    If Tony Mowbray had played the system which elevated his managerial status at Hibs several years before, playing a system of tight at the back and, playing on the break, which saw him take Hibs to Celtic Park and ibrox, and dish out muggings to MON’s Celtic team, and McLeish’s hun team. Not bad at all.


    But Mowbray, like many others before, and after him, seemed to be [bewitched] by this “play the Celtic Way” nonsense, which is impractical, fairytale, mythology, with usually results in Celtic Park becoming a managerial graveyard.


    Sure for example, Brendan Rodgers did it, but against the skint, Warburton, Murty, Pedro’s barking caravans,inexperienced Gerrard, but move Brendan’s Celtic to a European challenge and it didn’t end too well. Sure the trophies were good, but nobody outside of the Scottish puddle noticed this.




    In season 2010 under Mowbray, we quickly won a trophy at Wembley, and soon after we won a European CL qualifier by losing at home, and winning the away leg, in Russia I think?


    Then we lost 1-2 at Ibrox and what became known as “the honest mistakes season” was well and truly under way, with Mowbray standing looking at his shoes after every decision against us and a silent, disinterested directors box.


    The season ended after a 0-4 defeat for us at Love Street in March I think?


    And Lawwell pulled a stunt by replacing Mowbray with, inexperienced fan favourite, Neil Lennon, for the remainder of 2010 season, effectively securing the PLC of criticism if the following, 2011 season was lost as well, as Celtic fans were expected to be patient with Neil Lennon.


    So, 2009 puppet manager Strachan [deliberately?] blew this season on orders from his adoring fan club in the directors box?


    I say he did exactly that! Blew the league to help Celtic PLC to keep Rangers alive, remember this is the season that enabled the huns to strengthen for the following season, which would lead to the European license SFA switcheroo in 2011???


    Strachan was also Scotland manager many years later, and he used that office of Scotland’s national team manager, to lobby for league reconstruction because Rangers lost out on promotion to the SPFL after defeat to Motherwell. This was the same Rangers, unpunished for all of their deeds, part of those deeds was cheating Strachan’s Celtic team out of the title in 2009, and there was Strachan trying to rig the rules to get Rangers promoted? Celtic man? Yeah just like Sir Rod the fraud. These 2 figures are in hawk to Celtic PLC !!!


    Season 2010 was a given as I’m sure the PLC/Lawwell would’ve known full well that, Mowbray would’ve crashed and burned once the mibbery got into full swing? No?


    Then 2011 was served up on a plate as the PLC/Lawwell would’ve known that Neil Lennon, would be supported by Celtic fans, if he made at least a good sign of promise to be seen as challenge to Walter Smith’s hun juggernaut.


    But Neil Lennon did more than show promise, he tooled up his team to good effect, Beram Kayal being the standout for me, as he bossed the Ne’erday old firm game at Ibrox, facilitating a 0-2 surprise win for us, with both, Georgios Samaras who scored the 2 goals, and the excellent, Paddy McCourt both being unplayable, in a great day to be treasured by Celtic fans.


    There’s always a but.


    But that 0-2 defeat for the huns, and Neil Lennon’s salutations to the incredible Celtic fans in the Broomloan Road stand, seemed to open up the gates of hell in the West of Scotland, with bombs and bullets being sent to Celtic’s players from the colonial six counties in the north of Ireland, Paddy McCourt, Nial McGinn, and of course, Neil Lennon himself.


    The Scottish media circled their wagons and unsurprisingly, blamed Neil Lennon, for getting bombs sent to him, and his fellow targets, McCourt and McGinn!!!


    Scotland’s govt were their usual deceitful, veiled hatred selves. No surprises there.


    Three months later Neil Lennon’s team defeated the Walter Smith team 1-0 in Scottish cup at Celtic Park and we all know the rest.


    To clarify.


    2009 puppet manager Strachan secured the PLC plan – title to Ibrox.


    2010 Tony Mowbray capitulated under mibbery PLC plan – title to Ibrox.


    2011 Neil Lennon just fell short PLC plan – title to Ibrox.


    2020/21 Neil Lennon did a Strachan see above PLC plan – title to Ibrox.


    2021/22 Ange calamity replaced by Strachan? PLC plan – title to Ibrox.

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